Some quick VGM suggestions due out this month!
TURRICAN SOUNDTRACK ANTHOLOGY (Chris Huelsbeck)
That amazing Terminator-meets-Magic The Gathering art up there? That’s ol’ Turrican, one of the shooter/platformer greats of the early 90s. I mostly know Super Turrican (SNES) but its INCREDIBLE soundtrack has made me a Turrican OST fan for life. Composer Chris Huelsbeck just posted the four-disc anthology to Bandcamp late last month, so check it out – particularly Second Floor!
FINAL FANTASY VII VINYL (Nobuo Uematsu)
Hey, you Europe folks. Apparently you can see this but I can’t – a page on Square’s storefront for a limited edition FFVII vinyl collection! They’re picture discs (I hear vinyl enthusiasts don’t care for ’em) but IMO the novelty and prestige of owning VGM on a record beats out the potential drop in audio quality. More on the countries and music via this Reddit thread. You can check out more FFVII in our four-part FF series!
ASSASSIN’S CREED IV (Brian Tyler)
More than 50 swarthy tracks from this sea-soaked adventure. Haven’t heard it but I assume there’s a lot of cinema-quality themes in here. Available digitally on Amazon and iTunes.
DEVIL MAY CRY SOUND BOX (Various artists)
Four-disc set featuring tunes from the first four games. Expect lots of shredding guitar and KMFDM-esque riffs! You gotta import, but hey, welcome to VGM collecting. Same goes for the Mega Man X sound box.
SONIC CD: TEMPORAL DUALITY (OC ReMix)
A FREE homage to my favorite Sonic the Hedgehog game, Temporal Duality spans three “discs” and honors both the US and EU/Japan soundtracks. Plenty o’ VGM folk love to turn up their nose at the Spencer Nilsen US OST (which Sega of America used to replace the original Japanese OST), but I maintain it’s quite good, and there’s certainly room for more good game music – no need to trash one just to elevate the other.