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August 4, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

iam8bit teamed up w/ Rare to produce deluxe vinyl soundtracks for Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, & Perfect Dark

Not long ago we wrote about the upcoming Rare Replay for Xbox One, featuring 30 games from Rare's library on one game disc! Today is it's release day and although I don't have a Microsoft console I do have a turntable... you know, a record player. If you've been shopping lately you may have seen the dramatic influx of music being released on vinyl records. It reminds me of childhood :)

Rare has teamed up with iam8bit to release 3 different soundtracks on vinyl from games on Rare Replay. These records are slated to be available in November 2015.

Battletoads on Vinyl

Battletoads Vinyl Soundtrack Battletoads Vinyl Soundtrack - 180 Gram Vinyl, Music Composed by David Wise, Album Art by Nick Gazin, Limited Edition of 3,000.
Battletoads Vinyl Soundtrack This vinyl isn't just 40 minutes of that infamously funky beat. Deemed one of the hardest - if not the hardest - game ever made, the frustration that Battletoads has inflicted upon players over the past 25 years has not diminished anyone's love for our favorite toad-trio.

With this in mind, iam8bit proudly presents the original soundtrack composed by the legendary David Wise.

Battletoads track list

  • Side A
  • 1. Title Theme
  • 2. Ragnarok's Canyon
  • 3. Wookie Hole
  • 4. Turbo Tunnel (Prelude)
  • 5. Turbo Tunnel
  • 6. Arctic Caverns
  • 7. Pause
  • Side B
  • 8. Dark Calling (Cutscene)
  • 9. Surf City / Terra Tubes
  • 10. Karnath's Lair
  • 11. Volkmire's Inferno (Prelude)
  • 12. Volkmire's Inferno
  • 13. Intruder Excluder
  • 14. Rat Race
  • 15. Clinger-Winger
  • 16. The Revolution
  • 17. Boss Battle
  • 18. Stage Clear
  • 19. Game Over

Banjo and Kazooie on Vinyl

Banjo and Kazooie Vinyl Soundtrack 2xLP Banjo and Kazooie Vinyl Soundtrack 2xLP - 2xLP 180 Gram Vinyl, Music Composed by Grant Kirkhope, Album Art by Jacub Gagnon, Limited Edition of 3,000.
Banjo and Kazooie Vinyl Soundtrack 2xLP Music is such an integral part of the game - it's no coincidence that the pair are named after instruments. To honor composer Grant Kirkhope's incredibly iconic score for the game, we proudly present the original soundtrack as a beautiful double vinyl set, featuring art by Toronto based pop-surrealist Jacub Gagnon.

Banjo-Kazooie was one of Jacub's favorite games growing up, and it shows through how heartfully he recreated Banjo and Kazooie for this cover.

Banjo and Kazooie track list

  • Side A
  • 1. Main Title
  • 2. Banjo Overture
  • 3. Spiral Mountain
  • 4. Witch's Lair
  • 5. Mumbo's Mountain
  • 6. Treasure Trove Cove
  • Side B
  • 7. Clanker's Cavern (Exterior)
  • 8. Bubble Gloop Swamp
  • 9. Freezeezy Peak
  • 10. Gobi's Valley
  • 11. Mad Monster Mansion (Exterior)

  • Side C
  • 12. Rusty Bucket Bay (Exterior)
  • 13. Click Clock Wood
  • 14. Grunty's Furnace Fun
  • 15. Tooty's Theme
  • 16. Credits
  • Side D
  • 17. Mumbo's Barbeque
  • 18. Top of the Lair
  • 19. Final Battle
  • 20. On Vacation
  • 21. Bottles' Bonus

Perfect Dark on Vinyl

Perfect Dark Vinyl Soundtrack 2xLP Perfect Dark Vinyl Soundtrack 2xLP - 2xLP 180 Gram Vinyl, Music Composed by Grant Kirkhope, Graeme Norgate and David Clynick | Album Art by Marco D'Alfonso, Limited Edition of 3,000.
Perfect Dark Vinyl Soundtrack 2xLP Rare is known for an eclectic library of games, each cherished by fans all over the world. Joanna Dark is such an incredible bad-ass. To create an eye-catching cover for our Perfect Dark double vinyl set, artist Marco D'Alfanso took the thematic iconography of the classic 007 paperback novels and gave us his interpretation of what if would look like with Joanna on the cover.

Perfect Dark track list

  • Side A
  • 1. Main Titles - Graeme Norgate
  • 2. Institute menu - Grant Kirkhope
  • 3. dataDyne Central- Defection - Graeme Norgate/Grant Kirkhope
  • 4. dataDyne Central- Investigation - Grant Kirkhope
  • 5. dataDyne Central- Extraction - Grant Kirkhope
  • 6. Carrington Villa- Hostage one - Grant Kirkhope
  • Side B
  • 7. Chicago- Stealth - Grant Kirkhope
  • 8. G5 Building- Reconnaissance - Grant Kirkhope
  • 9. Area 51- Infiltration - Grant Kirkhope
  • 10. Area 51- Rescue - Grant Kirkhope
  • 11. Area 51- Escape - Graeme Norgate/Grant Kirkhope

  • Side C
  • 12. Airbase- Espionage - Grant Kirkhope
  • 13. Air Force One- Anti terrorism - Grant Kirkhope
  • 14. Pelagic 2- Exploration - Grant Kirkhope
  • 15. Deep Sea- Nullify Threat - Graeme Norgate/Grant Kirkhope
  • Side D
  • 16. Carrington Institute - Grant Kirkhope
  • 17. Skedar Ruins- Battle shrine - Grant Kirkhope
  • 18. Alien Conflict - David Clynick
  • 19. Credits - Grant Kirkhope

These look like great collections and iam8bit has a terrific track record for delivering high quality specialized products from vinyl LPs to digital strategy. They're a very cool company and a great selection for this awesome vinyl release.

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