TEKKEN series soundtracks smash their way onto vinyl
Laced Records has partnered with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. to release TEKKEN series soundtracks on audiophile-quality vinyl. Releases will include all mainline titles from 1994’s TEKKEN to the latest entry, Tekken 7, and also includes TEKKEN Tag Tournament and TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2.
Nine TEKKEN soundtrack vinyl sets will be released over the course of 2020. Each release will be specially remastered and pressed onto audiophile-quality, 180g heavyweight vinyl LPs, housed in a deluxe sleeve featuring original artwork.
The vinyl series kicks off with TEKKEN and TEKKEN 2 original soundtracks, both available as deluxe double vinyl sets housed in a gatefold sleeve with original artwork provided by Samuel Donato aka DXSinfinite. Tracks have been selected from both the arcade and home console versions. This first pair of titles are now available to pre-order via Laced Records’ store.
The Laced team worked closely with four-time Guinness World Record-holder, multi-game world champion (including two Evo championships) and all-round fighting game community legend Ryan Hart to develop the releases. This was to ensure that the vinyl track lists covered all the right bases when it came to arcade versus home console release soundtracks; representing different characters and stages; and including fan-favourites from down the years.
The list of musicians who have contributed to the series is vast, including industry veterans Rio Hamamoto, Shinji Hosoe, Keiichi Okabe, Nobuyoshi Sano, and many, many more. The music of the series is incredibly eclectic, covering everything from electronic music to rock to classical.