DATA008: Panzer Dragoon
We are proud to present the first ever vinyl edition of Yoshitaka Azuma’s score to SEGA’s classic rail-shooter, Panzer Dragoon. First released in 1995 to coincide with the North American launch of the Saturn console, Panzer Dragoon has since become a cult favourite, not only for its stark art direction, inspired by renowned French artist Jean “Mobieus” Giraud, but also for its sweeping soundtrack. Composed by the late Yoshitaka Azuma, whose previous solo albums for Nippon Columbia had drawn on everything from ambient, prog, krautrock and electronic minimalism, the music of Panzer Dragoon moves between swelling orchestral pieces, blasts of rhythmic synthesis and ambient passages that wouldn’t seem out of place in the Tangerine Dream discography. When viewed as a standalone concept album, Panzer Dragoon succeeds in somehow conveying, by the sum of its seemingly dissonant parts, that most basic of human fantasies; the sensation of being in flight. In the 90s. Panzer Dragoon is presented as a double 180g LP, cut at 45rpm and housed in a single pocket, 425gsm mirror board sleeve with accompanying lithographic insert and silver laminated OBI strip. This release features the entirety of Azuma’s score, along with three bonus tracks of alternate synthesizer versions. It is available in the following editions:
• 180g 2xLP on frosted clear, sky blue and grey vinyl (limited edition)
• 180g 2xLP on sky blue vinyl
• 180g 2xLP on classic black vinyl
PLEASE NOTE: Some copies are in shrink wrap, others are in polypropylene sleeves. The limited edition features a random colour effect; every copy has a unique combination of blue, grey and clear. In terms of shipping weight, this item counts as TWO records.