Music Weekly: METAL GEAR MSX2 & NES Soundtracks, METAL GEAR SOLID Restock + New Distro Titles!

Hello all, this week we are thrilled to present the premiere physical releases of the original soundtrack to the game that started it all: METAL GEAR for the MSX2. We will also have a super limited, one time pressing of the soundtrack to the Ultra Games, Nintendo Entertainment System version of METAL GEAR (limited to 1,000 copies!) as well. In addition, we will finally be restocking our vinyl pressing of the soundtrack to METAL GEAR SOLID.

On top of that we have a slew of new distributed titles, including Data Discs' latest RADIANT SILVERGUN, SCROOGED from our friends at Enjoy The Ride, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES VOLUME 2 and PET SEMATARY 2 from TerrorVision, and FLCL: PROGRESSIVE / ALTERNATIVE from our friends at Milan.

As usual, new releases and restocks go on sale on Wednesdays at NOON (CT) via mondotees.com

NEW THIS WEEK

METAL GEAR - Original MSX2 Video Game Soundtrack 10-Inch. Music by Konami Kukeiha Club. Original Artwork by Paul Mann. Pressed on Heavy Weight Camouflage vinyl. Expected to Ship in 7-10 Business Days. Ships Worldwide. $20

Mondo is proud to present the premiere physical release of the soundtrack to the classic game that started it all: METAL GEAR for the MSX2.

The METAL GEAR series began in 1987 in Japan, and while it took decades for this original MSX2 version to make its official debut in the United States (the Ultra Games NES version is disavowed by series creator Hideo Kojima) it is considered an essential game of the '80s. And while not the first to implement stealth in gaming, METAL GEAR certainly popularized the genre and served as the launch pad for a two-decade long franchise of games considered some of the greatest of all time.

This premiere physical release of the soundtrack is cut at 45RPM, and features all new original artwork by Paul Mann that pays tribute to the '80s action films that inspired the game, and is pressed on heavyweight Camouflage colored vinyl.

The soundtrack to the US / NES Version of the game, featuring different artwork, is also available.


METAL GEAR - Original NES Video Game Soundtrack 10-Inch. Music by Konami Kukeiha Club. Original Artwork by Paul Mann. Pressed on Heavy Weight Split-Colored vinyl. Strictly One off pressing of 1,000 units. Expected to Ship in 7-10 Business Days. Ships Worldwide. $20

Mondo is proud to present the premiere physical release of the soundtrack to the 1988 NES version of the classic game that started it all: METAL GEAR.

Retroactively considered unofficial by both the game's creator and fans, the American release of METAL GEAR is one of the few black sheep of the legacy franchise. But for some it was the entry point to one of the most essential game series of all time. And due to the technical limitations of the system itself, the soundtrack to the NES version differs from the MSX2 version, solidifying it as a unique, if flawed departure from the developers original intent.

This premiere physical release of the soundtrack is cut at 45RPM, and features all new original artwork by Paul Mann, this limited-edition release is pressed on heavyweight split colored vinyl, and strictly limited to 1,000 copies.

The soundtrack to the MSX2 Version, featuring different artwork, is also available.

BACK IN STOCK

METAL GEAR SOLID - Original Video Game Soundtrack 2XLP. Music by Konami Digital Entertainment. Artwork by Randy Ortiz. Pressed on 2X 180 Gram Green Smoke colored vinyl. Also available in 2X 180 Gram Black vinyl. Expected to Ship in 7-10 Business Days. Ships Worldwide. $35

Mondo is proud to present the premiere vinyl pressing of the soundtrack to Konami’s 1998 espionage masterpiece: METAL GEAR SOLID. Pressed on 2X 180 Gram vinyl, and featuring the original song “The Best Is Yet To Come" by Rika Muranaka, and original artwork by Randy Ortiz.

DISTRIBUTED TITLES 

RADIANT SILVERGUN - Original Video Game Soundtrack 2XLP. Music by Hitoshi Sakimoto. Distributed by Data Discs. Pressed on 2X 180 Gram Orange vinyl. Also available on 2X 180 Gram Black vinyl. Expected to Ship in January 2020. Ships Worldwide. $30

Data Discs, in partnership with acclaimed Japanese game developer Treasure, are thrilled to announce their RADIANT SILVERGUN vinyl edition.

Originally released in 1998, in the arcades, and for the SEGA Saturn console, RADIANT SILVERGUN is widely regarded as one of the greatest shooters ever made. As a testament to the game’s inventiveness and unique aesthetic, RADIANT SILVERGUN has maintained a legendary status and cult-following for decades, despite not being officially released outside of Japan until 2011, when a HD remaster was published on the XBOX 360 Live Arcade.

With its surprisingly complex mechanics, blending traditional shoot 'em up elements with puzzle-like gameplay, RADIANT SILVERGUN subverted audience expectations and defied genre conventions. This unorthodox approach also extended to its musical score, which was composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto (whose other works include FINAL FANTASY XII and FINAL FANTASY TACTICS). Whereas other shooters at the time had been accompanied by frenzied and bombastic scores, Sakimoto took an entirely different approach for RADIANT SILVERGUN. What begins as a stoic and determined score of recurring motifs, featuring percussion, strings and bells, slowly descends into an unexpectedly reflective and ambient score, with choral passages and a sense of minimalism that completely juxtaposes, but oddly complements, the frantic intensity of the game. There is no grandiose battle theme at the end, nor triumphant crescendo, nor glory. Just stillness and life. And there is life everywhere.

RADIANT SILVERGUN is presented as a remastered double 180 Gram LP, with the first disc featuring Hitoshi Sakimoto’s original compositions and the second focusing on the SEGA Saturn versions. The package includes a double-sided lithographic print and a foldout poster, showcasing original and rare artwork from Treasure’s archive. Available on Translucent Orange or Black vinyl.


 

UNSOLVED MYSTERIES - Original Broadcast Soundtrack 2XLP Volume 2. Pulled from the original tapes. Music by Gary Malkin. Art by Earl Kess. Distributed by Terror Vision. Liner notes by Ryan Graveface and Adam Wingard. Stoughton Gatefold Jackets / two full-color inner sleeves. Pressed on 2XLP Heavyweight 180 Gram vinyl. Expected to Ship in December 2019. Ships Worldwide. $40

Terror Vision is thrilled to announce the release of the UNSOLVED MYSTERIES Volume Two Original Broadcast Soundtrack! We released Volume One in June of 2018 and it very quickly became a best-seller. Whereas Volume One focused on one topic - all things haunted - Volume Two is a bit broader…BIZARRE MURDERS / UFOs / THE UNKNOWN. Trust me when I say, this is one you don’t want to miss.


 

PET SEMATARY TWO - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2XLP. Music by Mark Governor. Art by Earl Kess. Distributed by Terror Vision. Liner notes by Mark Governor. Stoughton gatefold packaging, two full-color inner sleeves. Includes mini “one-sheet”. Pressed on 2X 180 Gram Black vinyl. Side D includes six bonus tracks. Expected to Ship in December 2019. Ships Worldwide. $36

First time this amazing score has been available on vinyl! Audio pulled from original tapes and remastered by composer himself.


 

SCROOGED - Music From the Motion Picture LP. Music by Danny Elfman. Distributed by Enjoy the Ride Records. Pressed on 140 Gram Clear with Cigar Smoke Colored Vinyl. Expected to Ship in December 2019. Ships Worldwide. $25

Enjoy The Ride Records and Paramount Pictures are proud to present the Danny Elfman score to SCROOGED, available for the first time on vinyl. The iconic '80s holiday dramedy is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and is directed by Richard Donner (THE GOONIES, LETHAL WEAPON films, TALES FROM THE CRYPT), features Bill Murray, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen, Carol Kane and a host of other Hollywood veterans. The score is a real treat to revisit, as you can hear many elements that would become the iconic Elfman sound in future projects, such as BATMAN, BATMAN RETURNS, Tim Burton's THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS and TALES FROM THE CRYPT. The score jumps all over, from cheery holiday tunes to dark and sinister sounds, perfectly capturing the story depicted in the film. This vinyl release is pressed on 140 Gram Colored vinyl, housed in a 350gsm jacket that features the iconic Bill Murray promo image and includes an insert, featuring credits and production shots. The album also contains bonus tracks and source cues for your listening pleasure.


FLCL PROGRESSIVE / ALTERNATIVE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK 2XLP. Music by The Pillows. Distributed by Milan Records. Pressed on Yellow and Blue Vinyl. Expected to Ship in December 2019. Ships Worldwide. $35

FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative are the sequel series to the cult anime classic FLCL. Produced by the studios Production I.G. and GAINAX, the FLCL series have become beloved outside of Japan for their unique animation style, robust action sequences, offbeat style, and unforgettable soundtracks. The music to FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative was composed and performed by the Japanese alternative rock band the pillows. The pillows work on the original FLCL series introduced them to audiences in the west, and their original compositions for the show remain among their most popular.

For FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative, the pillows have again created a rock dynamo featuring new songs including “Spiky Seeds” and “Thank You, My Twilight”. Reworked songs originally composed for FLCL, including “LITTLE BUSTERS” and “I Think I Can” are also featured in FLCL Progressive and  FLCL  Alternative. This LP release includes 14 tracks by the pillows pressed on a Yellow and Blue vinyl discs, housed in a gatefold jacket featuring artwork of the Medical Mechanica "irons".