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More Than Meets The Ears with Transformers Music News

Over the past week, Transformers fans have had not one, not two, but three announcements regarding TF-related music.

First, Hasbro and Sony released a new album Transformers Roll Out last week to coincide with Record Store Day.  This new album contains tracks inspired by the continuous battles of the Autobots and Decepticons and features rock, alternative, and alt-pop artists, including Beck, Elle Rae, and Crash Kings.  The press release is at the end of the post.

It’s an interesting idea, to be sure.  I’ve not been a huge fan of “inspired-by” albums.  Usually, I stick to the actual music from the movie or show, rather than music that is only tangentially related; that’s just my personal preference.  Still, any album that includes Beck shows that effort went into the crafting of the record and not just slapping some random artists together.  Definitely one to preview on iTunes.

Second, last week the AllSpark mentioned that Robert Walsh, composer of the background music of Transformers Generation 1, GI Joe, JEM, and other Sunbow productions, has teamed up with Sony to release the music in some form.  This is huge news.  For years, fans have clamored for the music to be put on CD, and while the cries have been rather quiet lately, it’s always been one of those “Wouldn’t it be great if…?” ideas.  Whatever format it’s released in, count me in to get a copy.

Finally, on Wednesday, Vince DiCola talked to his fans via Facebook to thank them for their support at BotCon 2016.  Unbeknownst to me, he had new items for sale at the con (and nobody bought them for me, thanks a lot), including new copies of the Transformers: The Movie soundtrack on LP, the music from Saturday Morning R.P.G., and a new DiCola/Kenny Meriedeth album “Of Two Minds”.  Thankfully, all this can be ordered online either physically or digitally, so if you weren’t at the concert, you can still purchase Vince’s music.

Sign me up for any new DiCola music.  You don’t have to tell me twice.

Truly this is a great time for music of a Transformers nature.  Let’s hope the G1 soundtrack gets finished and in our hands relatively soon.  I can’t wait.

After the jump, you can read Vince’s post as well as the official release for Transformers Roll Out.

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Hasbro teams up with Nuclear Blast, ESP and Kirk Hammett to continue the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary celebration

Hasbro is excited to continue its celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS brand at Comic-Con International in San Diego with fans from around the world!

The TRANSFORMERS brand has teamed up with Nuclear Blast,  ESP, and legendary heavy metal guitarist Kirk Hammett to delivery the hardest rockin’ special edition item TRANSFORMERS could imagine—an ESP LTD M-10 Electric Guitar fully decked out with unique “TILL ALL ARE ONE” graphics to honor the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary.

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Two of these epic guitars are being given away at Comic-Con International in San Diego!

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It Is The Year 2014… and I’m Listening To New Vince DiCola Music

Sure, it’s been almost 30 years since the original animated The Transformers: The Movie appeared in theaters, and it’s been almost 30 years since the Transformers fandom was introduced to the music of Vince DiCola.

It’s nice to know that even now, well past the future of 2005, we can still get new Transformers music from Vince.  He announced a few months ago that Sony/Intrada would be releasing a new version of the score from the movie (the first time it would be available in full outside of the BotCon CDs), due out sometime this month.  But what if you wanted to listen to new versions of some of his most familiar Transformers themes?

Well, now you can!  In case you didn’t know, the old Commodore 64 version of the “Turrican” game used the song “Escape” as the title theme.  As part of the Kickstarter for a new “Turrican Anthology” CD set, Chris Huelsbeck asked Vince to contribute something extra, and so he (with the help of Kenny Meriedeth) did – a new medley of the movie themes, updated for 2013.  And now you can get that piece even if you didn’t contribute to the Kickstarter!

You can go to Chris’s Bandcamp site and download an MP3/FLAC/whatever format of the song for as little as $1!  How can you go wrong?  Just go here and buy it!  http://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/album/turrican-soundtrack-anthology-vol-1

You can listen to a preview here:

I just listened to the full song. Oh, man.  For a Vince DiCola fan like me, this is awesome.  I love being able to still here new Vince music every so often.  To hear familar songs such as “Escape” and “Death of Optimus Prime” redone is fantastic.  It’s still classic Vince, but it’s not totally 1980’s music, either.

I’d love to here more of the TF:TM score redone like this.  Heck, I’d love to hear more of it done in the vein of “Classical Transformations”.  Vince, if you read this, hit me up if you need another piano player….  :)