In the frenzy of last week, we got confirmation of the release of Transformers Generation 1 cartoon score music for the first time on any format, a release date, and an actual drop of the product. 40 tracks, 45 minutes. Collector level vinyl records only, 2000 copies total. 500 Optimus Prime themed, 500 Megatron themed, and 1000 Bumblebee themed. Op and Megs sold out in under 5 minutes, Bumblebee later that day. All three containing the same awesome tracks. EnjoyTheRide Records and Hasbro Studios, along with one of the original composers Robert J. Walsh have graced us with pure gold. We were provided with a preview copy of the record and I have been listening to it non stop all weekend. Read on to check our thoughts and some quick pics!
Hasbro Studios Presents: 80s TV Classics – Music from The Transformers Original Television Series Score by Robert J. Walsh and Johnny Douglas
Soooo good. I’ve been waiting for this for 20 years. Not 30+ years, because as a kid I never dreamed of owning the background music to the cartoon. But as I became an adult collector, the music from the original show triggered nostalgia feels like nothing else. I think it’s a step above all other toons, the music featured in Transformers, G.I. Joe, and other Sunbow produced shows was top notch in retrospect.
These tracks are pristine quality. Nice and crisp, free of sound effects, voices, and other distractions. What a difference getting them from the source can make. You can hear the subtle drums and hi-hats of the beat, faded melodies that are difficult to catch in the shows or fan edits. We have 40 total, hitting 45 minutes worth of music. So lots of short bursts. All of side A is from seasons 1 and 2. Tracks 1-7 on side B are also from seasons 1 and 2. So 29 total. Track 8 – Mad Planet and forward on side B is season 3 music, which was inspired by the music Vince DiCola did for the 86 movie.
Be aware, this is not a complete presentation of everything heard in the show over the course of it’s run. It is a curated selection. Why this was done, I don’t know. Was it on purpose, to wet our appetite for more? Is it all they had, and masters have been lost for the others? Did they want to get it out now, so they are still working on re-mastering the others? Are they saving the rest for a CD / digital release? Who knows, I’ll try and ask the powers that be but for now it’s a mystery. I’m a little bummed that versions of Cold Slither and the Dancitron disco music was not on this. Both are significant pieces worthy of a spin.
Another key point – the theme song is not the final version we heard at the start of each show. It does not have the robotic effects layered on top of the vocals. While cool to hear, as I assume this is the raw version that was actually recorded, it would have been nice to have them both at this level of pristine quality. Speaking of which, the intros and outros for season 2 and 3 are also not present.
Bottom line, this is well done, crisp, clean awesome presentation of some of the music from the show. The only things that could make it better – MORE / ALL of it, and a CD release of it.
These sold out immediately and ticked a lot of fans off. The folks at Enjoy The Ride Records did mention on social they plan to do another run in different themes to address demand. So hold tight, word on that should be coming soon. Right now, no non-vinyl version is planned.
Check some pics below, and to those that caught a copy, get ready for a fun ride!