If you grew up around an arcade in your town like I did, then Tekken was all the rage when it came. I loved spending hours and tokens fighting my way (horribly) with my friends. One of the best parts of series is not only the gameplay, but also the soundtracks. I’m super excited to say that Laced Records has partnered with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. to release TEKKEN™️ series soundtracks on vinyl! Read more about it below!
Who will be crowned the champion of the Iron Fist Tournament? Laced Records has partnered with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. to release TEKKEN™️ series soundtracks on audiophile-quality vinyl. Releases will include all mainline titles from 1994’s TEKKEN to the latest entry, Tekken 7, and also includes TEKKEN Tag Tournament and TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2.
Nine TEKKEN soundtrack vinyl sets will be released over the course of 2020. Each release will be specially remastered and pressed onto audiophile-quality, 180g heavyweight vinyl LPs, housed in a deluxe sleeve featuring original artwork.
The vinyl series kicks off with TEKKEN and TEKKEN 2 original soundtracks, both available as deluxe double vinyl sets housed in a gatefold sleeve with original artwork provided by Samuel Donato aka DXSinfinite. Tracks have been selected from both the arcade and home console versions. This first pair of titles are now available to pre-order via Laced Records’ store.
The Laced team worked closely with four-time Guinness World Record-holder, multi-game world champion (including two Evo championships) and all-round fighting game community legend Ryan Hart to develop the releases. This was to ensure that the vinyl track lists covered all the right bases when it came to arcade versus home console release soundtracks; representing different characters and stages; and including fan-favourites from down the years.
The list of musicians who have contributed to the series is vast, including industry veterans Rio Hamamoto, Shinji Hosoe, Keiichi Okabe, Nobuyoshi Sano, and many, many more. The music of the series is incredibly eclectic, covering everything from electronic music to rock to classical.
With over 45 million copies sold, TEKKEN is the best-selling fighting game franchise of all time. The game’s recipe is simple: rock solid gameplay and an epic storyline about family, betrayal, big hair, and beating your foes to a pulp.
Pre-orders are now open for TEKKEN (Original Soundtrack) and TEKKEN 2 (Original Soundtrack) vinyl sets.
Each deluxe double vinyl costs GBP £33 / USD $35 and comes in two editions:
• Standard – traditional black discs
• Limited – coloured discs
• Exclusive to the Laced Records store
• TEKKEN features yellow & purple discs; TEKKEN 2 features orange & blue discs
TEKKEN soundtracks on vinyl are available worldwide excluding Japan.