DATA016: Space Harrier
The complete music from the 1985 arcade classic, newly remastered and released on vinyl for the first time outside of Japan.
Space Harrier is perhaps most memorable for its lengthy and melodic opening theme, in which SEGA’s renowned in-house composer, Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi (OutRun, After Burner), armed with a Yamaha DX-7 and the most minimal of resources, sought to recreate the sound of a full band. In doing so, he defied the technological constraints of the time and inspired a generation of game composers, including Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), who has since cited Space Harrier as a defining early influence. Looking beyond its iconic main theme however, Space Harrier also shows Hiro playing with a range of sounds and styles, from infectious loops and jaunty battle themes, to the doomy and surprisingly bass-heavy WIWI JUMBO.
Space Harrier is presented as a single remastered 180g LP, pressed at 45RPM and featuring the complete 1985 arcade score, along with a bonus arranged version of the main theme by SEGA’s in-house live band (S.S.T. Band). Also included are new and exclusive liner notes written by Hiro himself and a lithographic print of the original artwork from the Japanese archives.
We are also thrilled to reveal that the limited edition will feature a bespoke 3D lenticular cover, carefully re-modeled from the original illustration and befitting the iconic visual style of the game. Available in the following editions:
- 1 x 180g Translucent light green with purple/green splatter and 3D LENTICULAR COVER (Limited Edition)
- 1 x 180g Translucent dark green
- 1 x 180g Classic black
A1. MAIN THEME / A2. SQUILLA / A3. IDA / A4. GODARNI / A5. WIWI JUMBO / B1. BATTLEFIELD / B2. SYURA / B3. VALDA / B4. STANRAY / B5. LAKESIDE MEMORY / B6. WHITE SUMMER / B7. MAIN THEME (S.S.T. Band Arranged Version)
This album is also available to buy as a digital download from our BANDCAMP store. Please be aware the vinyl edition does NOT include a download code (it's sold separately due to licensing arrangements).
NOTE: Please allow up to 1 week for your order to ship. Some copies are in shrink wrap, others are in resealable polypropylene sleeves; all are brand new. All images shown here are mockups, the final product may differ. Only the limited edition features a lenticular cover (the green and black editions both have regular covers).