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Data Discs is proud to present the first ever vinyl edition of Yoshitaka Azuma’s score to SEGA’s classic rail-shooter, Panzer Dragoon. First released in 1995 to coincide with the North American launch of the Saturn console, Panzer Dragoon has since become a cult favourite, not only for its stark art direction, inspired by renowned French artist Jean “Mobieus” Giraud, but also for its sweeping soundtrack. Composed by the late Yoshitaka Azuma, whose previous solo albums for Nippon Columbia had drawn on everything from ambient, prog, krautrock and electronic minimalism, the music of Panzer Dragoon moves between swelling orchestral pieces, blasts of rhythmic synthesis, and ambient passages that wouldn’t seem out of place in the Tangerine Dream discography. When viewed as a standalone concept album, Panzer Dragoon succeeds in somehow conveying, by the sum of its seemingly dissonant parts, that most basic of human fantasies: the sensation of being in flight.
Panzer Dragoon is presented as a double 180g LP (available in Sky Blue, or Black Vinyl), cut at 45rpm and housed in a single pocket, 425gsm mirror board sleeve with accompanying lithographic insert and silver laminated OBI strip. This edition features the entirety of Azuma’s score, along with three bonus tracks of alternate synthesizer versions.
A1. Main Title (Orchestra Version) / A2. Opening Theme / A3. Flight (Orchestra Version) / B1. Sudden Turn / B2. Worms / B3. Confrontation / B4. The Empire / B5. Departed Souls / B6. Reactivation / C1. Assault / C2. Flagship / C3. The Imperial Capital Set Ablaze / C4. Tower / C5. Conclusion / C6. Game Over / C7. Parting / C8. Staff Roll (Orchestra Version) / D1. Main Title (Synthesizer Version) / D2. Flight (Synthesizer Version) / D3. Staff Roll (Synthesizer Version)