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Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse - Original Video Game Soundtrack

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Record Label
Mondo

About this item

All copies feature BOTH the NES and FAMICOM versions of all 28 BGM tracks from the game spread across two 12" LPs.

Mondo is proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Castlevaniafranchise 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 most beloved of the original NES / FAMICOM trilogy, as 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 led to the introduction of multiple playable characters, multiple paths and multiple endings - that remain franchise staples even 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 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, spread across two 12" LPs, housed in a gatefold jacket featuring amazing new artwork by Sachin Teng.

STAFF COMMENTS

Barry says: Although the first 2 Castlevania games are much more heralded in terms of gameplay, this one had the KILLER soundtrack. From beginning to end, it fit the mood of the game perfectly, but is equally as capable of being enjoyed on it's own. It's a lot easier than playing the game, so possibly even more enjoyable. Either way, this is another brilliant soundtrack from Mondo. An essential.

TRACK LISTING

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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