Mondo celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Castlevania franchise with the premiere vinyl release of the original soundtrack to the 1989 Famicom / Nintendo Entertainment System Three-quel / Prequel: Dracula's Curse.
Dracula's Curse is a dark horse for much loved original NES / Famicom trilogy, because it was a happy marriage of the linear elements of the first Castlevania and the more exploratory elements of Simon's Quest – a union that introduced dynamics such as multiple playable characters, multiple paths and multiple endings – that remained entrenched in the modern Castlevania games of today. The story follows Trevor Belmont, Simon’s ancestor and his battles with the prince of darkness, alongside three other warriors: Grant Danasty the Pirate, Sypha Belnades the Mystic, and Alucard, Dracula’s Son, who makes their series debut here, and will play a more pivotal role in the games to come.
The soundtrack to Dracula's Curse is important as well. Not only for fan favourite track ‘Beginning,’ a track you’d be nary to find excluded from any future Castlevania game but for the dynamic audio introduced on the Japanese version of the game. The VRC6 Audio chip contained in the Japanese version allowed for a wider array of sound channels, producing a brighter, fuller soundtrack than on the cartridge released in the US. The Nintendo Entertainment System could not process this level of audio, so the version released in the US needed to have the audio scaled back. Despite this audio handicap the US version is still terrific, and the superiority of the which version best is still a matter of debate to this day. No need to choose though, since Mondo’s vinyl re-issue contains both the NES and Famicom versions, spread across two 12" 180 Gram Black Vinyl LPs, housed in a gatefold jacket featuring amazing new artwork by Sachin Teng.
Disc 1 - NES VERSION
Disc 2 - FAMICOM VERSION
Side A 01. Prelude 02. Epitaph 03. Prayer 04. Beginning 05. Boss Fight 06. Block Clear 07. Destiny 08. Clockwork 09. Encounter 10. Mad Forst 11. Anxiety 12. Rising 13. Dead Beat
Side B 14. Stream 15. Nightmare 16. Aquarius 17. Demon Seed 18. Deja Vu (Vampire Killer) 19. Riddle 20. Pressure 21. Overture 22. Big Battle 23. Boss 3 24. All Clear 25. Evergreen 26. Flashback 27. Player Out 28. Game Over
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