Nine albums based on three Studio Ghibli movies, Nausicaä Of The Valley Of Wind (1983), Castle in the Sky (1986), and My Neighbour Totoro (1987), are being reissued on vinyl for Japan’s Record Day on November 3rd.
All nine releases were composed by Joe Hisaishi, who has been responsible for the scores of every Studio Ghibli film that Hayao Miyazaki directed.
Music from three of Studio Ghibli’s most beloved films are being released on vinyl for the very first time via Japanese imprint Tokuma.
Each of the three films’ soundtracks are being pressed, first and foremost. In addition, two ‘image albums’ have been composed for each – making nine records in total.
Image albums (often called character albums) are tie-in compositions, predominantly released alongside anime films and series in Japan. The songs, often sung by an in-character voice actor, are considered an important part of a character’s personality – offering insights which fans would have otherwise missed in their on-screen presence.
For instance, of the two image albums released alongside My Neighbour Totoro (roughly based on Google translate), one corresponds to the characters of Satsuki and Mei and one corresponds to Totoro.
You can pre-order any of the nine albums here, and listen to the My Neighbour Totoro soundtrack below.
Via The Vinyl Factory.