Keiichi Suzuki, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Kanazu ‎– Mother 2 (ギーグの逆襲)

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From Ship to Shore Phono Co. Website;

"For the first time ever on vinyl, Ship to Shore PhonoCo., in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment, is proud to present Hirokazu Tanaka & Keiichi Suzuki's original soundtrack to the 1994 Super Famicom classic MOTHER 2: ギーグの逆襲 (MOTHER 2: Gyiyg Strikes Back!).

MOTHER 2, released as EarthBound in the West, is revered as one of the most offbeat and memorable RPGs. Citing influence from artists such as Brian Wilson, Frank Zappa and John Lennon, Suzuki and Tanaka created a diverse soundscape quite unlike anything that came before it.

Remastered specifically for vinyl and released outside of Japan for the first time ever, MOTHER 2 is a must have for video game music and soundtrack fans.

Pressing information:
Each 2xLP is housed in an old style tip on gatefold jacket, and a traditional Japanese OBI strip

Classic Black Vinyl
"ギーグ" [Giygas] Red/Black swirl
"ネス" [Ness] Blue/Yellow Split
"どせいさん" [Mr. Saturn] Hot Spring Pink "

Tracklist

Prologue 1:05
Onette 1:20
Twoson 1:21
Saturn Valley 0:49
Winters 3:46
Threek 1:33
Doko Doko Desert 0:53
Fourside 1:47
Moonside 0:56
Ramma 1:56
Summers 1:02
Scarabi 3:05
Dungeon Man 1:15
Cursed Jungles 1:38
Gumi Village 0:58
The Under World 1:35
Magicant 4:43
The Great Under World 1:31
Final Battle 4:06
Love & Peace 2:07
Ending 9:31
Room Number 4:00
Hula-Hoop 3:35
Another 2 5:14

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DigitalMoonstone

DigitalMoonstone

April 22, 2017
referencing MOTHER 2 (Original Soundtrack), 2xLP, Ltd, STS-007

This sounds decent after a quick cleaning, but there's still some crackle which is pretty annoying. I'm no expert on how vinyl is pressed, but I think the grooves could have been spaced out more., and don't let yourself be fooled by the Obi strip, this is a US pressing.
powerstone05

powerstone05

March 19, 2017
edited 4 months ago
referencing Mother 2 (ギーグの逆襲), 2xLP, Pin, STS-007

Earthbound is a game I didn't play until recently, a few months ago. Considered one of the most underrated gems on the SNES, it doesn't wait at all to let you know how obtuse it is. While I'd like to go into all the details, this is about the vinyl release from Ship To Shore.

For this particular review, I have the Hot Spring Pink release. I got a 'new' copy and it came with the inner sleeve seems ripped. That's the only cosmetic issue I noticed. The diagram map inside the gatefold is quite pleasant to look at.

The music in-game is something one can't really describe. It's intentionally bizarre, surreal, and experimental. Yet it works! The audio appears to be from the same mixes used on the original Japanese CD release. Which loop once with some added reverb. I was hoping the songs would have played out abit longer then barely finishing one loop. And several tracks are missing (god knows how many there are altogether) from this as it is from the original 1994 CD release. Also, it should be a crime to let Moonside play as short as it does on this. Lastly on that note for those wondering, the 'hidden track' on the last side is of the bicycle jingle one can enjoy for a brief time in Twoson, tailended with the famous "Okeska" voice sample.

Audio sounds like it was properly mastered. However the pressing isn't the best. While there are worse culprits, the surface noise is pretty noticeable on this especially right at the start of the first side. It shouldn't bother most people too much though.

Overall, it's an alright release. The pressing could have been better and could have been presented unmixed like what Data Discs is doing. Try to get this cheaper then the current third-party market is asking for it, don't think it's quite worth the prices they're asking.
Rashyskins

Rashyskins

October 6, 2016
referencing MOTHER 2 (Original Soundtrack), 2xLP, Album, RM, Ora, STS-007
So this one is technically the Mach Pizza variant, correct?
omindspino

omindspino

September 29, 2016
referencing MOTHER 2 (Original Soundtrack), 2xLP, Album, RM, Ora, STS-007
Apparently these had an issue at the pressing plant, causing them to not come out as intended with the red and black swirl.

Fans and owners alike have dubbed this variant 'Mach Pizza'.
Rashyskins

Rashyskins

August 27, 2016
referencing MOTHER 2 (Original Soundtrack), 2xLP, Ltd, Blu, STS-007
Can someone add the Mach Pizza variant to this list? I never know how to do that stuff. Thanks!
mr.pooks

mr.pooks

May 4, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing MOTHER 2 (Original Soundtrack), 2xLP, Ltd, Blu, STS-007

If anyone is still interested in this release they're still selling it over at ship to shore for the retail price, be quick
Padlock_music

Padlock_music

March 17, 2016
referencing MOTHER 2 (Original Soundtrack), 2xLP, Ltd, Blu, STS-007
There's a hidden track at the end of this btw. Another 2 (PSI mix) ends in a locked groove but pick up your needle and move it a bit further along.
NolanBruce

NolanBruce

March 17, 2016
referencing Mother 2 (ギーグの逆襲), 2xLP, Pin, STS-007

There appears to be a hidden track on Side D. Track D3 ends in a locked groove, but if you set the stylus down immediately after that track, there's some more audio. I've never actually played Mother 2 (I know, I'm horrible), so I won't pretend to know what the track is.
nein17

nein17

March 1, 2016
referencing Mother 2 (ギーグの逆襲), 2xLP, Pin, STS-007
my copy sounds good! very nice jacket design. bummed they didn't have the kraken song, but you hear it in one of the remixes on side D...