Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony gives fans a live orchestral album

Let there be tunes! It’s time to plug in those headphones, music lovers! SEGA has a great way to start off the week. In celebration of our favorite blue hedgehog’s 30th anniversary, a new live symphony recording released on Friday in Apple’s Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) format. The announcement came from SEGA’s Social Media Manager Katie (MiniKitty) on Twitter.

Among the excitement, fans asked about ALAC. So, here is a quick explanation. In a nutshell, ALAC is the compression of the original audio file into a clearer recording. This allows the listener to hear more that you usually would. For orchestral pieces, such as the songs on Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony, it means you get to hear even more of the individual instruments for a full experience. Trust me, it makes a difference.

A quick glance at the track list shows multiple Sonic games represented on the album. Songs include Sonic Unleashed, Sonic Boom, and Green Light Ride, performed by the FILMharmonic Orchestra Prague, Tomoya Ohtani Band and Crush 40. Each performance brings something unique, transporting us away to a night at the Symphony Hall and into some of the most iconic scenes from Sonic’s long history. It is absolutely worth a listen. If you’re a fan of Nathan Sharp aka “NateWantsToBattle,” pay attention to Endless Possibility.

Green Light Ride from Sonic Racing is just one of the tracks on the new album

Do you feel the need for speed? Again, it is only available for download through Apple at this time. However, more music platforms are scheduled for release this week. If you can’t wait, the whole album is on YouTube, in its live orchestral performance, and is fantastically shot. And, check out our earlier review.

We would love to hear what you think. So, tell us which song you were most excited to see on the list.

We will include more links as Sonic 30th Anniversary Symphony comes available. Check back soon.

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Alicia Graves

A bit nerdy, a bit punk rock princess, and a whole lot of mom, I'm constantly in motion. I have an enthusiasm for gaming and the cultural complexities of entertainment, both past and present. I don’t believe in limiting myself to one kind of genre in books, comics, manga, anime, music or movies. I prefer to seek out hidden gems in panned pieces, uniqueness in the mundane and new outlooks on nuances.

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