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Jeremy LaMont, Paul Watson, and Anthony Agnello keep you entertained and informed about the latest on video game soundtrack releases on vinyl record. Featured soundtracks every episode, with discussions of the music and the games we love. Join us, and visit us at www.videogamegrooves.com

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Jeremy LaMont, Paul Watson, and Anthony Agnello keep you entertained and informed about the latest on video game soundtrack releases on vinyl record. Featured soundtracks every episode, with discussions of the music and the games we love. Join us, and visit us at www.videogamegrooves.com

    Episode 95 :: Mega Man Legends, Across the Worlds: Chrono Cross Wayô Piano Collection

    Episode 95 :: Mega Man Legends, Across the Worlds: Chrono Cross Wayô Piano Collection

    Blog Link: http://videogamegrooves.com/2022/05/21/episode-95-mega-man-legends-across-the-worlds-chrono-cross-wayo-piano-collection



    Spring has sprung, and like may flowers so have we! This episode is a tiny salute to game series that took a hard left turn but wound up right where they were always meant to be. Our exemplars this week begin with the cult favorite Mega Man Legends from Ship to Shore Media. We look back at this trailblazer of 3D storytelling from before the likes of Metal Gear Solid, and we appreciate its "Saturday morning anime" vibe. The music, too, is a fun little grab-bag of music from disco to classical to synthy cartoon rock or swing, and it's all pretty ahead of its time. We also dive into our first piano arrangement album with Across the Worlds: Chrono Cross Wayô Piano Collection, which is a multi-artist adaptation of a game that still divides fans of the "Chrono series" today. We appreciate the emotional range of the piano, and the daring of a piano arrangement album in general to augment or approach a favorite score with nothing but the instrument and someone to play it. We also examine the time and place of Chrono Cross, and whether or not it is actually a sequel to the universally-acclaimed Chrono Trigger.



    We continue our discussion with some reflections on game series that changed creative direction, and how the story, aesthetic, and music either benefited or suffered. And finally, we look at all the new releases that have come out in the past few weeks, along with some non-release news that might save you a few bucks on your next vinyl order! Join us to laugh, love, and learn.



    Outro: "La tresor interdit" - Across the Worlds: Chrono Cross Wayo Piano Collection, by Benyamin Nuss



    Twitter – @vg_grooves, @jeremy_lamont, @ajohnagnello



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    https://www.instagram.com/mushbuh/



    Video Game Grooves Episode 8 (Super Castlevania IV, Hero of Time)

    http://videogamegrooves.com/2017/07/25/episode-8-super-castlevania-iv-hero-of-time/



    Ace Attorney 20th Anniversary (Laced Records)

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/collections/ace-attorney/products/ace-attorney-20th-anniversary-limited-edition-x6lp-boxset

    Trek To Yomi (Devolver Store)

       https://merch.devolverdigital.co/products/trek-to-yomi-deluxe-double-vinyl

    Ghostwire Tokyo (Laced Records)

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/collections/ghostwire-tokyo/products/ghostwire-tokyo-deluxe-double-vinyl

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/collections/ghostwire-tokyo/products/ghostwire-tokyo-limited-edition-x4lp-boxset

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction (Laced Records)

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/collections/6-siege/products/tom-clancys-rainbow-six-extraction-deluxe-double-vinyl

    A Monster's Expedition (iam8bit)

       https://www.iam8bit.com/collections/a-monsters-expedition-earlier-adventures/products/a-monsters-expedition-earlier-adventures-2xlp-vinyl-soundtrack

    Phantasy Star (Ship To Shore PhonoCo.)

       https://shiptoshoremedia.com/collections/featured/products/phantasy-star

    Art Of Rally (Mana Wave Media)

       https://manawave.co/products/art-of-rally-2xlp

    Heart Of The Woods (Very Ok Vinyl)

       https://www.veryokvinyl.com/products/heart-of-the-woods-official-soundtrack

    Banana Jamz 2 (Cartridge Thunder)

       https://cartridgethunder.com/collections/new-releases/products/banana-jamz-2

    Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator (Serenity Forge)

       https://store.serenityforge.com/products/space-warlord-organ-trading-simulator-2xlp-vinyl-soundtrack

    Kingdom: Two Crowns - Norse Lands (ByNorse)

       https://bynorsestore.com/products/kalandra-kingdom-two-crowns-norse-lands-extended-soundtrack-12-black

    Attack Of The Petscii Robots (The8BitGuy)

       https://www.the8bitguy.

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Episode 94 :: Street Fighter Alpha 2, Skullgirls

    Episode 94 :: Street Fighter Alpha 2, Skullgirls

    Blog link: http://videogamegrooves.com/2022/04/24/episode-94-street-fighter-alpha-2-skullgirls



    No fighting game soundtrack left unfeatured! At least, that seems to be our motto, but can you blame us? We just can't pass up these pristine pressings of pugilistic polyphony! This week, Anthony takes us back to class and demonstrates the musical evolution of the Street Fighter series with Street Fighter Alpha 2. We listen to some of the riffs on the classic SF2 themes, and we're introduced to some new ones that fit seamlessly into the pantheon of music... but what are we left humming? Then we take a jog on the jazzy and jiggly side with Skullgirls, jamming to Michiru Yamane and Vincent Diamante's homage to the 1940s, while the gameplay recalls Marvel vs Capcom 2. The game's interesting history and ambitious art and music are front and center for appreciation. We may throw down a few gauntlets in this episode. Ready? Fight!



    We press on to discuss the "genre" considerations of listenability and vinyl pressing. Why have fighting games been regularly featured on VGG, and what types of games seem to be missing? We also catch you up on the latest releases and announcements! Could international currency exchange work in your favor this week? Mmmmmaybe.



    Outro: "Guy Theme" - Street Fighter 2 Alpha, by Setsuo Yamamoto, Syun Nishigaki, Tatsuro Suzuki



    Twitter – @vg_grooves, @jeremy_lamont, @ajohnagnello



    Links:

    Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition Vinyl (Square Enix US) (Square Enix JP)

       https://store.na.square-enix-games.com/en_US/product/725855/chrono-cross-the-radical-dreamers-edition-vinyl

       https://store.jp.square-enix.com/item/SQEX_10936.html

    Final Fantasy Chocobo and Friends (Square Enix US)

       https://store.na.square-enix-games.com/en_US/product/725858/chocobo-and-friends-select-tracks-from-the-fantasy-series-compi-vinyl-set

    Final Fantasy 9 (Square Enix US)

       https://store.na.square-enix-games.com/en_US/product/726993/final-fantasy-ix-vinyl

    Needy Girl Overdose (Frontier Works, Amazon JP)

       https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B09WYJYL5K/



    Deathloop (Limited Edition X4LP Boxset) (Laced Records)

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/products/deathloop-original-soundtracklimited-edition-x4lp-boxset

    Deathloop (Deluxe Double Vinyl) (Laced Records)

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/collections/vinyl/products/deathloop-original-soundtrack-deluxe-double-vinyl

    Tiny Tina's Wonderlands (Laced Records)

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/products/tiny-tina-s-wonderlands-limited-edition-deluxe-double-vinyl

    Far Cry 6 (Laced Records)

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/products/far-cry-6-limited-edition-deluxe-triple-vinyl

    Mercenary Kings (Yetee Records)

       https://theyetee.com/products/mercenary-kings-soundtrack

    Streets Of Rage 4: Mr. X Nightmare (Brave Wave)

       https://limitedrungames.com/collections/all-soundtracks/products/streets-of-rage-4-mr-x-nightmare-vinyl-soundtrack

    Umurangi Generation (Stumpy Frog Records)

       https://www.stumpyfrog.com/

    About That... Paradise Killer B-Sides (Black Screen Records)

       https://blackscreenrecords.com/collections/paradise-killer/products/about-that-paradise-killer-b-sides

    Eastward (iam8bit)

    Standard: https://www.iam8bit.com/collections/eastward/products/eastward-2xlp-vinyl-soundtrack

    Board game: https://www.iam8bit.com/collections/eastward/products/eastward-2xlp-limited-edition-board-game

    Unpacking (Limited Run Games)

       https://limitedrungames.com/collections/all-games/products/unpacking-2lp-vinyl-soundtrack

    Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarök (Lakeshore Records)

       https://www.lakeshorerecordsshop.com/product/assassin-s-creed-valhalla-dawn-of-ragnarok-original-game-soundtrack

    • 1 hr 37 min
    B-side: Erik Elsom, Magic Map Studio

    B-side: Erik Elsom, Magic Map Studio

    Blog post: http://videogamegrooves.com/2022/03/25/b-side-erik-elsom-magic-map-studio/







    Welcome to our next B-side conversation, this time with Erik Elsom from Magic Map Studio about King's Quest V: Songs of Serenia. This crowdfunding project currently on offer at Qrates ("crates") is a reimagining of Sierra Online's touchstone point-and-click adventure game. In this conversation, we talk to Erik about his history with point-and-click adventures, and with the personal relationship he has with the music of that genre and time. We discuss the tight-knit community (which has already produced a handful of similar albums based on the Space Quest franchise) and its involvement with the project, as well as how he adds his own touch to the process of reimagining such well-loved music from Mark Seibert and Ken Allen.



    The Qrates project ends in 1 week. Hear samples and pledge here:

    https://qrates.com/projects/25365-king-s-quest-v-songs-of-serenia



    Magic Map Studio

    https://magicmapstudio.com/

    • 49 min
    Episode 93 :: King of Fighters ’98, Sayonara Wild Hearts

    Episode 93 :: King of Fighters ’98, Sayonara Wild Hearts

    Blog link: http://videogamegrooves.com/2022/03/16/episode-93-king-of-fighters-98-sayonara-wild-hearts



    We are back, and this time our social relations link is tight and powerful. Jeremy and Anthony finally tackle the labyrinthine world of SNK fighting games, and we dig allllll the way in with King of Fighters '98 by Brave Wave. We learn what it means to fight in the Dream Match, how KOF invented the "city pop" vibe, and what would Jeremy do to the shrimp cocktail bar at the party on the album cover. We move it along to a more electro-pop vibe with Sayonara Wild Hearts from iam8bit. This tarot-themed relationship recovery magical girl simulator is full of some bops, and we may bend the rules just a bit to give you a full taste of it, as we talk about the best ways to consume such a thing.



    We cover the newest releases and preorders that are available to wreak havoc on your bank account, although this time the slate is merciful. We then observe recent moves in the game publisher space by Square Enix to give the people what they (musically) want, and discuss what that might mean for game music broadly, vinyl releases, and what other publishers may be watching.



    Outro: "ESAKA?" - King of Fighters '98, by Hideki "sha-V" Asanaka*



    Twitter – @vg_grooves, @jeremy_lamont, @ajohnagnello



    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xpdud47G0s



    Links:



    Viewtiful Joe 2 (Ship To Shore PhonoCo.)

       https://shiptoshoremedia.com/products/viewtiful-joe-2

    Risk Of Rain 2: Survivors Of The Void (Black Screen Records)

       https://blackscreenrecords.com/collections/all-releases/products/risk-of-rain-2-survivors-of-the-void

    Stardew Valley 1.4 & 1.5  (Fangamer)

       https://www.fangamer.com/collections/stardew-valley/products/stardew-valley-1-4-1-5-vinyl-soundtrack

    Zeldawave II (Midwest Collective)

       https://marblepawns.bandcamp.com/album/mm

    Genesis Noir (iam8bit)

       https://www.iam8bit.com/products/genesis-noir-2xlp-vinyl-soundtrack

    A Plague Tale: Requiem (Focus Home Entertainment)

       https://store.focus-entmt.com/us/product/720474/a-plague-tale-requiem-collector-s-edition

    Elden Ring (Bandai Namco US) (Bandai Namco UK) (Bandai Namco EU)

    US: https://store.bandainamcoent.com/elden-ring-the-vinyl-collection/

    UK: https://store.bandainamcoent.eu/uk/product/719395/elden-ring-the-vinyl-collection-limited-edition

    EU: https://store.bandainamcoent.eu/eu/product/719394/elden-ring-the-vinyl-collection-limited-edition

    Diablo II: Resurrected (iam8bit)

    Collector's Edition: https://www.iam8bit.com/collections/diablo/products/diablo-3xlp-boxset

    Standard Edition: https://www.iam8bit.com/collections/diablo/products/diablo-2xlp-vinyl-soundtrack

    Doshin, The Giant (Silent River Runs Deep) (Ship to Sore PhonoCo) (Black Screen Records)

       https://diskunion.net/portal/ct/detail/1008448990 (proxy required)

       https://shiptoshoremedia.com/collections/featured/products/doshin-the-giant

       https://blackscreenrecords.com/products/doshin-the-giant

    Skeler Boy Kickstarter (ManiacBoyStudio)

       https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/skelerboy/skeler-boy-part-ii-for-game-boy-cartridge-and-pc/description

    King's Quest V - Songs Of Serenia (arrangement) (Two Guys Records)

       https://qrates.com/projects/25365-king-s-quest-v-songs-of-serenia













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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 92 :: Demon’s Souls, Astro Bot Rescue Mission

    Episode 92 :: Demon’s Souls, Astro Bot Rescue Mission

    Blog link: http://videogamegrooves.com/2022/02/28/episode-92-demons-souls-astro-bot-rescue-mission



    We have returned, just in the nick of February, with a wildly schizophrenic show that his the boundaries of human emotional response. Ryan Huff from One Run Records joins us again but we're not sure he knew what he was getting into this time... We decided February was a fine time to look back at Demon's Souls from Milan Records, and work our way through the trauma. This game may have launched not one but two genres of media: "souls-like" games and "souls-like" music! Composer Shunsuke Kida gets way out of his regular discography to bring us intense-Latin-choir-ala-Dante-Alighieri, and quiet understated themes of quiet and dark reflection. Some of what we discuss is hearsay (because we're bad at the game) and some of it is grammatical. (No, we do not finally solve the apostrophe thing.) Next, we swing to the far opposite side of the mood spectrum with Astro Bot Rescue Mission from Fangamer. Kenneth CM Young brings forward his experience with completely joyful games like LittleBigPlanet to make even the darkest moments of Astro Bot colorful and adorned with blinky digital eyes. We discuss Sony's relative success of using pack-in games to demonstrate new tech functions in a way that rivals or even surpasses Nintendo. We stop short of singing the praises of Astro's Playroom, which is not yet on vinyl... but we will bide our time.



    New releases and news bring up the middle section, with a quick solo dash through the newest vinyl your money can buy (links below), and we all reflect on the relative benefits and drawbacks of the now-biannual Record Store Day. Questions have arisen whether it helps or harms independent record store owners. We also observe that it doesn't tend to touch video game releases, and whether that's a good or a bad thing. We also discuss whether it might be better for RSD to take a break for a year, so the world might be mended (So the world might be mended). What do you think?



    Outro: "Follow Me (Into The Storm)" - Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Kenneth CM Young



    Twitter – @vg_grooves, @jeremy_lamont, @ajohnagnello, @onerunrecords



    Links:

    Russian Subway Dogs (Very Ok Vinyl)

        https://www.veryokvinyl.com/products/russian-subway-dogs

    Guild Wars 2: End Of Dragons (iam8bit)

       https://www.iam8bit.com/products/guild-wars-2-end-of-dragons-vinyl-soundtrack

    GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon (Ship To Shore PhonoCo.)

    https://shiptoshoremedia.com/collections/featured/products/getsufuma-den-undying-moon

    Wallachia: Reign Of Dracula (PixelHeart)

    https://www.pixelheart.eu/produit/wallachia-reign-of-dracula-ost-vinyle-2lp/

    Samorost 2 (Amanita Design)

       https://merch.amanita-design.net/collections/frontpage/products/samorost-2-soundtrack-by-floex-double-vinyl

    Martha Is Dead (Wired Productions)

       https://shop.wiredproductions.com/products/martha-is-dead-official-soundtrack-vinyl

    Lumote: The Mastermote Chronicles (Wired Productions)

       https://shop.wiredproductions.com/collections/lumote-the-mastermote-chronicles/products/lumote-the-mastermote-chronicles-vinyl-soundtrack

    Evil Dead: The Game (Boss Team Games)

       https://boss-team-games-store.myshopify.com/products/test-evil-dead-the-video-game-collectors

    Call Of The Sea (Raw Fury)

       https://www.amazon.de/-/en/MER-CALLJOURNEYPS5/dp/B09NCMXT3B/

    Neo (Friday Night Funkin' mod) (Turtle Pals Tapes)

       https://www.turtlepalstapes.com/product/neo-vinyl-pre-order

    $ S.E.B. (Diggers Factory)

       https://www.diggersfactory.com/vinyl/244694/bastien-agussol-seb-original-game-soundtrack

    Affinity Sorrow (Second Dimension)

       https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/seconddimension/affinity-sorrow-a-true-16-bit-turn-based-rpg-adventure/description

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Episode 91 :: Final Fantasy VIII, Battletoads Smash Hits

    Episode 91 :: Final Fantasy VIII, Battletoads Smash Hits

    Show Notes: http://videogamegrooves.com/2022/01/31/episode-91-final-fantasy-viii-battletoads-smash-hits/



    We're back for 2022, perhaps a little bit sleepy, but hibernation can do that to you. Jeremy, Anthony, and Caleb are kicking off the new year with a giant spiked boot and a cool Squall Leonhart necklace. (Yeah, we know.) We are ready to return to the days of slow MIDI beats to study to with Final Fantasy VIII from Square Enix, extracting a few thematic elements from the generally well-liked Uematsu score, and putting them on the turntable for all to see. Redbook audio? Who needs it?? And who in the Final Fantasy universe is the Vin Diesel analog from The Fast and the Furious? We move it along to a much earlier (and also much later) era with Battletoads: Smash Hits from iam8bit. We discuss a bit of the origins of the franchise with David Wise's not-actually-heavy-metal leanings in the 80s, and run through the weird and warty history up to Battletoads (2020). David Housden expertly weaves many metal threads together into a simultaneously self-aware but genuinely great metal album... along with some calliope music.



    We look at the new releases that have come out or been announced in January, and the list is not too bad and generally pretty encouraging! We also put down some predictions for 2022, including production and industry matters, the kinds of releases we expect to see, and we toss a few out-loud wishes into the podcasting ether to see what comes back to us.



    Outro: "Balamb Garden" - Nobuo Uematsu, Final Fantasy VIII



    Twitter – @vg_grooves, @jeremy_lamont, @ch3records



    Caleb's other prediction is that game music vinyl labels will be releasing a lot of other kinds of "merch" this year. We shall see.



    Links:



    Guilty Gear (Channel 3 Records) (sold out)

       https://ch3records.com/products/guilty-gear

    Valis: The Fantasm Soldier Collection (Limited Run Games)

       https://limitedrungames.com/collections/neo-frontpage/products/valis-the-fantasm-soldier-collection-3-lp-soundtrack

    Cris Tales (Black Screen Records)

       https://blackscreenrecords.com/products/cris-tales

    Bämeräng (Black Screen Records)

       https://blackscreenrecords.com/collections/all-releases/products/bamerang

    Ys Origin (Wayô Records)

       https://www.wayorecords.com/en/vinyls/754-ys-origin-vinyl-collector.html

    Dead Cells Volume 2 (Laced Records)

       https://www.lacedrecords.co/collections/dead-cells/products/dead-cells-volume-2-original-soundtrack

    Yooka-Laylee And The Impossible Lair (Fangamer)

       https://www.fangamer.com/collections/yooka-laylee/products/yooka-laylee-vinyl-soundtrack-impossible-lair

    Shadow Dancer: The Secret Of Shinobi (Data Discs)

       https://data-discs.com/products/shadowdancer

    Syberia: The World Before (Decca Records)

       https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QCY1MCX

    Arknights: Journey Of Hope (Yostar) (requires proxy; sold out)

       https://yostarshop.com/view/item/000000000161

    Martha Is Dead (Wired Productions)

       https://shop.wiredproductions.com/products/martha-is-dead-official-soundtrack-vinyl

    Chocobo & Chill (GameChops)

    https://gamechops.bandcamp.com/campaign/chocobo-chill

    Duke Duke Dance Party (Duke Nukem arrangement) (Qrates)

       https://qrates.com/projects/25478-duke-duke-dance-party













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