Game music vinyl albums: so hot right now

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Vinyl records are having something of a resurgence these days, with sales being at their highest for decades, and it’s not just sweaty punk rock bands and obscure German minimal techno producers that are releasing music. Yes, you can buy video game soundtracks on vinyl. Two LPs were recently announced: both The Last of Us and Street Fighter II are getting the vinyl album treatment.

The Last of Us OST

In case you weren’t aware, The Last of Us is a heartwarming tale of a young girl and her chaperone heading on a coming of age road trip. Just kidding. It’s about said team running from terrible mushroom zombies and trying to survive. Mondo have added the LP to their recently launched music section and it’s spread across four high quality records, along with some striking artwork from the artist working on Firewatch.

The Last of Us 4XLP OST. Original Soundtrack by Gustavo Santaolalla. Complete video game soundtrack, also includes soundtrack to the DLC “Left Behind.” Artwork by Olly Moss & Jay Shaw. Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl. Available Wednesday (June 22nd) at a random time. $75

Street Fighter II OST

We all know what Street Fighter II is, right? Well, you can now get both the CPS-1 and CPS-2 music, ripped straight from the audio chip and personally approved by the original composer. How’s that for authentic? There’s some seriously memorable music in that game. And probably a lot of muscle memory flexed when it’s heard.

Fans of physical media will be treated with a double album that features liner notes by Yoko Shimomura and Polygon.com writer Matt Leone. Additionally, and for the first time in the series history, we will present with Capcom a limited edition vinyl release, carefully and especially remastered in translucent colored vinyl, with art prints sourced from the Capcom archive.

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My take

As a DJ and a fan of vinyl records, I love the idea of fusing my two favourite hobbies (well, other than longboarding). Love it or hate it, there’s something magical about playing music off a record that you just can’t replicate with digital media. It’s a lot like the experience of playing games on cart-based media. There’s a ritual to the experience: choosing what to play, preparing the equipment, starting it up and sitting down to enjoy it.

I’d love to see a vinyl release for the Deus Ex Human Revolution OST, which is one of my favourite video game soundtracks of all time. The epic fusion of classical and electronic music would be perfect for the medium and the cover art could be spectacular. Perhaps we can hope for a release with the upcoming Deus Ex Mankind Divided? After all, Michael McCann is composing once again!

Your take

What do you think about vinyl releases of video game soundtracks? Are there any others you’d like to see?

You can order the Street Fighter II OST via Brave Wave when it’s released, and The Last of Us OST via Mondo.

About Dan Morse

From the Atari 2600 right through to bleeding fast PCs, Dan's played on them all. One thing that's never changed is an unwavering passion for video games. Twitter: @happydan | Steam: happydan | GOG: happydan