Sonic 1&2 Soundtrack Releases in Japan

Masato Nakamura’s Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack was released in Japan on Wednesday.

As part of Sega’s 20th Anniversary celebration-cum-cash-in, this new soundtrack is three discs big. While the first contains the same old tracks we’ve heard a jillion times, the second disc has the never-before-released original demo tapes of all the games’ tracks. The Dreams Come True bassist reportedly sent these tapes via snail mail to Sega to be sequenced into the games.

The third disc is a mini-album containing Sweet Sweet Sweet from Dreams Come True’s hugely successful The Swinging Star album, better known as the ending theme in Sonic the Hedgehog 2, as well as its English version, Sweet Dreams. They’re accompanied by the equivalent themes produced by Akon for the Sonic the Hedgehog soundtrack in 2006.

The Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack is available to import from Play-Asia and CDJapan. There’s no news yet whether it’ll see a release in the West, however.

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  1. Thats cool. I might buy it if I have a bit of money left over after the 4th of November comes around. :3

  2. awesome but i hate the englsih version it just gave me an idea SEGA supports animalxhuman realtions

    1. You, Elise haters, just don’t realize that she was a remake of the original character and concept from the very first game that was scrapped at the very end. The creators of S06 just decided to rebuild the very first concept, as part of a return to the roots (as they said). Therefore, you can say thanks to your favorite retro, because the storyline of S06 has turned out the way it is because of Sonic 1.

  3. My copy was dispatched on Monday, so I’m expecting it tomorrow at the earliest. I can’t wait to hear what the demo versions are like. I hope they’re not like… exactly the same as the originals, only poor quality. I’m hoping that they’re like versions of the songs if they weren’t limited by the Mega Drive sound system.

  4. After preordering the Sonic Generations CE, 10″ inch Classic Sonic and other games, I think i’ll have to miss this to afford Xmas gifts :'(

  5. @ Damnhedge

    You’re a dumb ass. The Sonic franchise has a history of having love songs inserted into the titles. They’re not supposed to represent any sort of character pairing. :/

    Besides. Both languages sing about the same thing.

  6. Eh. If SEGA really wanted me to buy it, they’d release it (and the dozens of other Anniversary Soundtracks) here in the US.
    When I first arrived in the US 6 years ago, I went to an entertainment store and saw for the first time ever an actual Sonic soundtrack on the shelf for sale (Sonic Heroes). Purchased it there and then. So why can’t they distribute these here?

    1. Masato Nakamura in Japan: Half of one of the biggest pop acts of the last two decades years.

      Masato Nakamura in the west: …Who?

      1. I hate to say it but fans wouldn’t care who the artist is. They’ll see a Sonic soundtrack and they’ll want to purchase it. They’ll listen to it, like it and think ” This is amazing, I wonder what else he/she has worked on ”
        If SEGA don’t want international recognition when it comes to not only artists but the MANY other well respected names in the business, then it’s their loss

          1. not necessarily. i used to love completing the game for the final music score, and i’d always watch the credits to see who did the music, to me it captured the essence of and essentially made the mega drive games what they were. i’m a big fan of sonic, not necessarily a fan-boy as such but since i was a kid i’ve been aware of who masato nakamura is. i never followed what he was doing but i’ve always known the name and associated it with some of my favourite memories of gaming.
            credit score to Sonic 3 FTW, even though Sonic 2 is my fave game of the whole series!
            an appreciative nod in your direction mr nakamura, thou art a genius!

        1. You don’t understand my point. Nakamura, or rather, Dreams Come True, is HUGE in Japan, so there’s a big market of fans who would want it. Perhaps more DCT fans than Sonic fans would buy it. Over here, there isn’t that market. Sure, Sonic fans would buy it, but there aren’t really any DCT fans over here. So it’s not likely to do as well.

          Imagine SEGA admitted that Michael Jackson composed some music for Sonic 3, and got the rights to put his name on a soundtrack (would never happen, but let’s imagine). It would be bought by Sonic fans and Michael Jackson fans – a huge market with the MJ fans dwarfing the Sonic fans in number. That’s essentially what it’s like in Japan with Sonic 1 and 2.

          1. really? did the same thing happen with akon when he put his name to sonic 06 then? 😛

            na i see your point, just the original statement seemed a bit of a misfire to me as i knew who the guy was without having learned of him through any other medium. i’m a huge fan of blink and foo fighters so i suppose i would want to hear any music they put to a game.

  7. By the way to the guy who wrote this article, the album is called “The SWINGING Star” not the “The Shooting Star”.

  8. And Kusuriyubi no Kesshin? Will the music that’s the base for the Star Light Zone music do not be in this album? This is a little disappointing for me.

  9. Just received my album (CD Japan do really fast postage to the UK – only 4 days on the cheapest option!)

    The case is thick but made of cardboard. Each CD is held in a plastic holder – one on top of the other. The CDs each have the JP/EU image of Sonic from the Sonic 1 cover in grey, with each CD showing a slightly different close-up (e.g. disc 2 has feet, disc three has face). There is a blue inlay booklet with tracklisting, lyrics, a foreword by Yuji Naka, an interview with Nakamura, some Sonic 1 concept art, and a bio for Nakamura. It’s all quite minimalistic but very stylish.

    That’s a textual unboxing for you 😛

    1. Also, the demos are keyboard-synthesised. They’re very similar to the originals, just with slightly different “instruments”. An interesting piece of Sonic history, but not a must-hear, if it sways your decision to buy.

      1. In that case I won’t get it; was hoping the demos would have a big enough difference to make it worth a purchase but I guess not. It’s over £20 and I’ve already got the Sonic 1 and 2 music so I think I’ll pass.

        1. Some tracks sound quite different. For example, GHZ has a very slightly different intro, and Mystic Cave 2P sounds more like a tune for a jungle level rather than a gloomy cave. And there’s a slightly extended version of the Sonic theme at the end of the disc. But yeah, aside from that, there’s not too much difference.

  10. This is so cool to get demo versions! The music programmer(s) transcribed these into the game perfectly but these versions sound so much better!! Coooll!

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