Streets of Rage Soundtracks Getting Retro Re-release

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Streets of Rage OST

Wayô Records is releasing the acclaimed Mega Drive soundtracks to Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage II, composed by Yuzo Koshiro, in digital, CD, and cassette tape formats.

The new CD release of Streets of Rage II follows Wayô Records’s 2017 digital and CD release of the first game’s soundtrack with new commentary from Koshiro and a 17-minute-long megamix by composer Shinji Hosoe. A digital release of the second game’s soundtrack will follow in the coming months and both will also be released on cassette tape for the first time ever. The fan-favorite but difficult-to-find soundtracks are known the world over and have been a topic of documentaries for their strong dance music inspirations.

“We are excited to work again with composer Yuzo Koshiro to release the Streets of Rage II Perfect Soundtrack featuring an exclusive brand new mix by Shinji Hosoe,” says Wayô Records producer Jonathan Khersis. “For the very first time, we will also release a tape edition of both soundtracks. This is undoubtedly the ultimate retro format as many of us likely have childhood memories of recording our favorite game music on cassette tapes given how hard game soundtracks were to come by. This game series is a perfect fit for this format and we hope it inspires as much nostalgia in fans as it does in us.”

Pre-orders are available on the Wayô Records site here.

With the recent release of Streets of Rage IV, now’s a great time to relive the old classics’ sonic soundscapes. And for games originally from the 1990s, what better way to experience that sound than through a tape deck?

About Leah McDonald

Leah's been playing video games since her brother first bought an Atari back in the 1980s and has no plans to stop playing anytime soon. She enjoys almost every genre of game, with some of her favourites being Final Fantasy Tactics, Shadow of the Colossus, Suikoden II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Leah lives on the East Coast with her husband and son.