Apparently the theme this week is ‘because why not,” sooooo….
Anyway, Mother (known as EarthBound Zero to us North Americans) had a very interesting official soundtrack had never been released outside of Japan….UNTIL NOW….in some capacity. Instead of just taking music straight from the game, composers Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (of Metroid & Kid Icarus) and Keiichi Suzuki (of Tokyo Godfathers) created a fully orchestrated soundtrack, along with the inclusion of English vocals from European musicians including Catherine Warwick, Louis Philippe, Jeb Million, and the Saint Paul’s Cathedral Choir. Much like the game series itself, the album is pretty bizarre and weird, but that’s the charm of the Mother series and that’s what makes it special.
The record label responsible of this creation of awesomeness is named Ship to Shore PhonoCo., whom appeared to have obtained the licensing rights to the album and launched a Kickstarter campaign to officially release the Mother OST on FREAKING VINYL outside of Japan! Some of the cool incentives for backers range from art prints, exclusive translucent red vinyl records, a liner notes booklet with “behind the scenes” info about the album from the original artists, and the D-side will contain a track titled “The World of Mother,” a medley of music straight from the original Famicom game for some of that wonderful 8-bit goodness. Should the Kickstarter raise enough funds, Ship to Shore will consider pressing more copies of this project, as well as releasing the soundtracks for other videogames on vinyl as well, including the other games in the Mother series. Secretly, I just want a vinyl soundtrack to Sonic 2 and Sonic CD….