Directly from Masato Nakamura composer, this album contains original versions of the songs from the Mega Drive titles as well as demos that turned into the songs on the games.
Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack is the official games soundtrack for original 'Sonic the Hedgehog' from 1991 and its sequel 'Sonic the Hedgehog 2' developed for Mega Drive / Genesis. Both games are composed by Masato Nakamura, the bassist of the band Dreams Come True. It was released only in Japan on 19 October 2011 during Sonic the Hedgehog's 20th anniversary.
The three disc album contains all original tracks from both games at the first disc, while the second disc contains Nakamura's demo recordings during the both games' development. The album also contains comments by one of Sonic's creators Yuji Naka, an interview of Masato Nakamura and several concept artworks from original Sonic the Hedgehog's development.
Finally, the disc 3 contains the original track from Dreams Come True called "Sweet Sweet Sweet", which is sung by Miwa Yoshida and which was then used as ending theme for Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It has also the English-language version of the song, and two remixes from 2006 by Akon, which were used in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
In short, the album includes the following material:
all the Genesis/Mega Drive music from Sonic 1 and 2, Masato Nakamura's original demo tapes of Sonic 1 and 2, all variations of Sweet Sweet Sweet (ending theme of Sonic 2), including the English version (Sweet Dream), and the '06 Akon Mixes featured in Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 that were not featured on the game's Original Soundtrack. Sweet Dream -'06 Akon Mix- makes its CD debut.
It is difficult to find any negative aspects to this compilation. In its focus lies the success. The user knows first hand what he will find, two legendary soundtracks and unpublished extras to date. Of course, for any Sonic lover, 16bit deliveries have been fantastic, recognizable by several generations of users. It was time for a high-end quality tribute and this soundtrack accomplish that role. Absolutely recommended.