Mondo releases new vinyl special editions every single Wednesday. They are they ultimate edition of whatever they put out, featuring extensive liner notes, brand-new commissioned artwork, and always have a limited-edition size. The vinyl itself is usually colored or a photo disc, as well. Basically, it's like the Criterion Collection of movie and gaming soundtracks. This week we get a game soundtrack very underrated for its time: Streets of Rage 3!
One of the most unique, ambitious and experimental game soundtracks ever made, now on vinyl for the very first time.
Similar to the task of condensing Yuzo Koshiro and Motohiro Kawashima's abundance of ideas into a Mega Drive cartridge in 1994, it feels impossible to convey the influences, technical achievements and sheer ambition of their masterpiece into a single paragraph today. By combining automatic composition methods, custom programming languages and a complete sense of artistic freedom, Koshiro and Kawashima transcended their medium and created something so incomparable that it's hard to believe it came from any games console, let alone a 16bit one. STREETS OF RAGE 3 is urgent, demanding and a complete rejection of the notion that video game music is either pedestrian or predictable. We are honored to be releasing it.
STREETS OF RAGE 3 is presented as a double LP in a heavyweight single pocket sleeve, with accompanying lithographic print featuring artwork from the SEGA archives in Japan. The audio was sourced from original hardware and carefully remastered in collaboration with Yuzo Koshiro, who also supplied exclusive liner notes for this release. Available on translucent orange or black vinyl.
As with all Mondo releases, this will go up for sale on Wednesday at Noon central time. The edition size for this one is limited as always, so you will want to jump on this pronto. You can grab a copy today right here.