DATA010: Galaxy Force II & Thunder Blade
For our tenth release in partnership with SEGA of Japan, we are excited to offer two arcade classics – Galaxy Force II (1988) and Thunder Blade (1987) – together for the first time ever on vinyl. Composed by Koichi Namiki, Katsuhiro Hayashi and Tohru Nakabayashi, both soundtracks adopted an ambitious funk and fusion style, simulating an impressive range of real world instrumentation (think synthesizers, drums, slap bass and cowbells), which for its time and hardware limitations, is nothing short of astonishing. And yes, there’s even a coded slap bass solo.
These two brief, but remarkable soundtracks each accommodate a single side of an LP, but work together seamlessly. Galaxy Force II includes a bonus arranged version of its leading track, Beyond the Galaxy, produced by Hiroshi “Hiro” Kawaguchi (composer of OutRun, Space Harrier) and features a full studio band, complete with brass section and a keyboard solo by Hiro himself. In addition, the Thunder Blade side includes three unused tracks.
The audio for both games was sourced from the original arcade machines and carefully mastered for vinyl. Presented as a 180g LP in 425gsm sleeve, accompanied by an OBI strip and lithographic print featuring original Galaxy Force II artwork sourced from the SEGA archives in Japan.
Available in the following editions:
- 180g Frosted Clear & Translucent Yellow with White Splatter (Limited Edition)
- 180g Translucent Yellow
- 180g Classic Black
A1. Coin / A2. Scene Select / A3. Beyond the Galaxy / A4. Defeat / A5. Take Back / A6. Stage Clear / A7. Alone Fighter / A8. TRY-Z / A9. Name Entry / A10. Beyond the Galaxy ([H.] Arrange Ver.)
B1. Coin / B2. Thunder Blade / B3. Burning Point / B4. Round Clear / B5. Type II / B6. Name Entry / B7. Take Off (Unused) / B8. Primary Attach (Unused) / B9. In Conclusion (Unused)
Note: Some copies are in shrink wrap, others are in resealable polypropylene sleeves. Please also be aware that the colour effect of the limited edition is random and will vary between copies.