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Blind Spot’s Next Album Releases March 6th, Includes Arrangements of Bonanza Bros, Space Channel 5 and More

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Blind Spot, the band comprised of former SEGA Sound Team Band members and who we’ve covered on Driven in the past, are back with a new album; Blind Spot V. As the name suggests, it’s their 5th main album, and it brings with it a slew of both original tracks and rearrangements of classic, and often underrated SEGA music.

The full tracklist is as follows, via BEEP:

01 Bonanza Bros(ボナンザブラザーズ)
02 Outride a Crisis(スーパーハングオン)
03 Ooimachi Blues
04 Jyuouki(獣王記)
05 Parallel Spokes
06 OPA-OPA(ファンタジーゾーン)
07 Hakone Party
08 NervePaint10
09 Eventide
10 Super MonacoGP(スーパーモナコGP)
11 This Is My Happiness(スペースチャンネル5)

One of the highlights of these albums is seeing the band get to cover SEGA tracks that they didn’t get to during their original tenure as the S.S.T. Band; the previous album included a cover of Dreams Dreams from NiGHTS… into Dreams, and this time around we’re getting a cover of This Is My Happiness, from Space Channel 5. The new tracks such as Parallel Spokes also sound absolutely sublime!

The album will debut at the Tokyo Game Music Show as usual, but it’s also available for mail order via BEEP. All of Blind Spot’s previous albums have also appeared on Spotify eventually, so if import fees have you worried, a digital option shouldn’t be too far off.

New Album from Former SEGA Sound Team Band “Blind Spot” Inbound, Rearranges Turbo OutRun, NiGHTS and More

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

Back in the day, SEGA music was so beloved that it was frequently performed live by SEGA’s own in-house band, the SEGA Sound Team Band (S.S.T. Band). They gave us some of the most incredible performances of SEGA music the world’s ever known, and in recent years several members of the group actually reformed under the new banner of Blind Spot. Their latest albums include both entirely new original pieces, as well as covers of classic SEGA tunes – and now they’ve announced a fourth album (technically their fifth?) is on the way.

With 12 tracks on offer, Blind Spot IV offers a mix of new and old tracks from beloved composers such as Katsuhiro Hayashi, Koichi Namiki, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and more. In the SEGA department, the album promises remixes of tracks heard in Virtua Racing, Daytona USA, and even a new arrangement of the main theme of NiGHTS into Dreams – complete with a fresh vocal track!

It’s very exciting, and thankfully it shouldn’t be too hard to have a listen to the full release either; Blind Spot’s work has actually made it onto Spotify, even in the UK!

Blind Spot IV releases February 15th, and hopefully it’ll be on Spotify around then too.

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