Geinoh Yamashirogumi - Akira OST (30th Anniversary Edition)
Having been promised towards the end of last year, we finally see the reissue of one of the most sought after soundtracks of all time - that of 1987's Manga classic Akira. Not simply precious for it's rarity (only a handful of original vinyl and CD copies remain, fetching astronomical sums) it is a bona fide masterpiece. Yamashirogumi's forward-thinking blend of electronic and traditional instruments, new-age ambience, vocal ad-libs and experimental jazz, coupled with his extraordinary skill as a narrative composer, evoke a soundscape as dramatic, detailed and compelling as the film itself.
This repress also includes the composer's 'Symphonic Suite', composed in advance of the film. Indeed, some of the film was even altered to fit the composition, an unusual step that attests to the brilliance of the score.
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