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Classic Streets of Rage Soundtracks Getting Reissued on Cassette

one can get Wayô Records’ reissues of Yuzo Koshiro’s legendary Mega Drive soundtracks

Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage II digitally or on compact disc, but why not pick a format capable of melting on the dashboard of your car.

While the merits of the music from the newly-released Streets of Rage 4 are still being argued, there’s no debating the classic status of the soundtracks from the first two games.

In honour of the release of Streets of Rage 4, Wayô is bringing back its Streets of Rage Perfect Soundtrack, featuring 22 tracks of music to beat fools by.

Joining it is the new Streets of Rage II Perfect Soundtrack, with 24 tracks, comments from composer Yuzo Koshiro, and a bonus megamix track from composer Shinji Hosoe made from unused music and variant tracks from the original.

Both soundtracks are available for preorder on CD for €15  But CDs are boring, no matter how cool their cover art. You know what’s exciting? This right here.

Those, my young, attractive friends, are cassette tapes. The little teeth in those two holes are gears of sorts.

A cassette player moves those gears, advancing the tape forward and backward, while a device reads the music from the magnetic tape.

Think of it as a smaller, more efficient 8-track tape. I’m sure that clears it up for everyone.

The cassette versions of the two soundtracks come in their own pretty plastic cases with inserts similar to but much smaller than those inside the CD releases.

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They will sound much like the music in the video below, only with more crackles and potential for breakage.

Cassette might not be the ideal format, but it’s the most appropriate for these ‘90s classics. Plus they’re cheaper than CDs at a mere €10.50 (£9.23).

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