Capcom of Japan is currently at work on two new arranged "concept" albums to be released in 2015, featuring songs from both the classic Rockman and X series.Read More
Given that the two disc set is said to contain over 40 tracks, there may be yet more Mega Man music in store. The album will release September 25th for ¥3、150 and come with a 16 page color booklet.
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We've yet to hear of any new Mega Man soundtracks coming down the pipeline for 2013 (though I imagine they're on the way). However, a couple other albums are getting a head start by featuring Mega Man in their track list. The first is the 10th anniversary soundtrack for the Japanese TV show Game Center CX. The album features both tunes from the show as well as a handful of well known video game tunes. So you've probably guessed by now that the Mega Man contribution is the Dr. Wily stage theme from Mega Man 2. As far as I'm aware this is the original NES version, not an arrangement. The album releases in Japan on July 24th for ¥2,940.
The next is an orchestral arrangement soundtrack called Kiku Game, the first game album produced by Universal Music. I've yet to find info on what music in particular, but this two disc album is said to contain music from Mega Man 3. This album, too, releases July 24th for ¥3,150.
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Here is a cross fade sample of an up and coming Mega Man fan arranged album, MegaMusicMix. The album is being put together by Colis Records, creators of past doujin albums like RockLove and Rockbuster. However, this album is recruiting various fan artists to put together the music. They hope for 15-20 tracks covering all of the series.
The album is still in production but is planned to go on sale at next month's M3 doujin goods convention. 1,000 copies will be printed and sold at ¥1,000 a piece. Doujin music fans, keep an eye out!
The previews keep coming, and this is certainly the most in-depth preview yet. Here is 15 minutes of ROCKMAN HOLIC, with cross faded samples of all 16 tracks. All in all it's shaping up to be a pretty rockin' soundtrack! ROCKMAN HOLIC is due out in 9 days, alongside We are ROCK-MEN! 2 (which we've still yet to hear any of).
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Reika Morishita's arranged versions of "Another Sun" and "Your Wind is Blowing" release digitally back in September. Now, much to her hopes, the Legends commemorative tunes will come out via an actual CD release as well. While Ms. Morishita had hoped for a release to tie in with Mega Man's 25th anniversary, issues of cost and manufacturing bring the expected release date to sometime in February.
It remains to be seen what other features an actual CD release might have, but Ms. Morishita will certainly keep us posted. Perhaps the fan art submission event will figure in somehow. Furthermore, with an actual CD release, the likelihood that the new arrangements will appear in karaoke systems also increases.
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Additionally, below is a work in progress version of the album's cover, which is also looking pretty cool. Viva Mega Man music!
We just posted a short while back about Ippo Yamada's involvement in various projects. It turns out that CD due in June is Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero - Mythos, an arranged album made in honor of the Rockman Zero Collection. Involvements are scarce so far, but he did announce it will be released concurrently with the Collection, on June 10th. He also mentions that Ryo Kawakami is currently in the midst of arranging, Tohru Itoga will be recording vocals the day after tomorrow, Tsutomu Kurihara will be providing guitar work and illustrator Tohru Nakayama will be designing the album jacket. With the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack just coming out now, it sounds like we have another delicious arrange album on the way! News Credit: Spiceman @ Blog
Update: A couple more details have surfaced from the product listing page on e-Capcom. The album will be a single disc, run for ¥2,000 ($21.31 US), and will contain a 12 page full color booklet. Contents of the booklet include liner notes by Ippo Yamada, a music companion by Ryo Kawakami, and comments from the chief developer of the Zero series entitled "Developer Comments 2010." Additionally, it sounds like the track Tohru Itoga is performing for is a vocalized version of "Everlasting Red," the staff roll theme for Zero 3.
Furthermore, Capcom is releasing a box set of all five Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero albums under the name Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero Limited Box. The box set will go for ¥9,800 ($104.42 US) which may seem staggering, but is cheaper than the ¥14,400 ($153.43) to by all five albums individually.
Over at Spiceman @ Blog, Ippo Yamada has provided a little tease of a picture of the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack CD and booklet, from proof check of the product. It appears the booklet will have a small manga included, much like the Rockman 9 Arranged Soundtrack did, but this time by Koji Izuki. To recap, the Rockman 10 Image Soundtrack contains 21 total tracks of arranged music from Mega Man 10, and will also have drama tracks. It will release on April 30th for ¥3,000 (roughly $31.98 US).
Mega Man merchandise is always great, and today a couple pieces of Mega Man merchandise are now available for sale. First off is Mega Man Official Complete Works. Translated and edited by Udon, this huge format, 200 page book contains tons of artwork, concept art and designer notes covering the classic Mega Man series. Owning the Japanese edition myself, I can tell you it's an awe inspiring collection of artwork that classic Mega Man fans need to have. The book is available on Amazon, among other sites likely, and if you order it through Amazon via the ad button you see on the right side of the site, that helps us out a little bit! Next up is Chip Tuned Rockman, a collection of 8-bit inspired Mega Man music remixes, that has officially gone on sale in Japan. For some deeper details and samples, you can check out our review. This one isn't going to be as easy to get outside of Japan. Fortunately for those of us living outside of Japan, this one is available on CDJapan, a seller of Japanese CDs and DVDs that I can recommend via personal experience. This is probably the easiest means to import for now. Still, I hope Capcom will start putting albums like this on iTunes or a similar service soon!