If you watched our most recent DIALOGUE video on YouTube it should come as no surprise that I am a massive fan of Nintendo & Shigesato Itoi’s MOTHER franchise. That’s why (even though I’m a few days late on this) it elates me to be writing about the upcoming 30th-anniversary vinyl release of the soundtrack coming to Japan thanks to Sony Music Entertainment. This original soundtrack stands as one of the most unique pieces of video game audio released to date in that rather than being the music as you hear it in-game, this is a fully-realized pop album with vocals laid over studio-recorded instrumental tracks. It’s also actually a very competent album when you consider the time that it was released.
If you’re a fan of the MOTHER franchise you might be saying to yourself “but this soundtrack was already released on vinyl a few years back”, and you would be correct. Ship to Shore Phono Co. has released this soundtrack along with MOTHER 2 in western markets on vinyl already in multiple limited colorways. A special “Magic Snail Colorway” is still available at fangamer for $39. The fact that it’s being released on vinyl isn’t what makes this release significant, it’s that Sony Music Entertainment is doing it themselves for the Japanese market, the first time this album has been available on vinyl in the country where the series is most successful.
Sony Music Entertainment released the official soundtracks for the first 2 MOTHER soundtracks in Japan originally, with the MOTHER soundtrack getting a re-release in 2004 that featured an additional bonus track. This vinyl edition, along with the previously released ones, is based on the original release and does not include the bonus track from the re-release (which actually makes sense since the bonus track is a demo from a song featured in MOTHER 2). The full tracklist is as follows:
01. POLLYANNA（I BELIEVE IN YOU）
02. BEIN’ FRIENDS
03. THE PARADISE LINE
01. WISDOM OF THE WORLD
02. FLYING MAN
03. SNOW MAN
04. ALL THAT I NEEDED（WAS YOU）
01. FALLIN’ LOVE, AND
02. EIGHT MELODIES
01. THE WORLD OF MOTHER（EXTENDED VERSION）
This edition is also being released on clear vinyl, distinguishing itself from previous releases done by Ship to Shore. It’s coming out on December 25th via the Sony Music Shop and will set you back 5000¥ plus tax. Unfortunately, none of the information pages give any details on the weight of the vinyl itself or specific details about the production, so I can’t really compare it to the already fantastic western releases. I’ve already purchased those releases myself and you can really tell the love that went into them just by an initial glance, I’m really tempted to snag this release as well just to see how it compares. At the very least it’ll go right at home with my copies of the Soundtrack CDs that have been released to date. It’s always really nice to see new MOTHER series related goods come out either way and as a fan, it’s really excellent to see Sony celebrating the 30th-anniversary of this beloved franchise by making it’s wonderful soundtrack available once again.