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.