iam8bit announce Johto Legends, a one-hour orchestral arrangement album featuring the music of Pokémon Gold and Silver.
Johto Legends is a collaboration between the Los Angeles-based iam8bit, and the Materia Collective musical group. The limited-edition LP features tracks from the original Pokémon Gold and Silver games by Junichi Masuda, Go Ichinose, and Morikazu Aoki.
The release has been arranged by composer/arranger Braxton Burks, and features the talents of Patti Rudisill (violin), Andrew Stern (cello), Laura Intravia (flute, piccolo), Kristin Naigus (oboe, English horn, bassoon, ethnic winds), Peter Anthony Smith (clarinet), and John Robert Matz (trumpet).
As with every iam8bit project, Johto Legends is as beautiful to look at, as it is to listen to. The release features a foil-stamped jacket with the kanji characters for gold and silver, foil inner sleeves, half-and-half colour vinyl, and yet to be revealed gate-fold art from Ryan Brinkerhoff.
You can get a taster of the final product with this selection of synthesised temp tracks, which will be re-recorded with live studio orchestration for the final release.
Pre-Orders for Johto Legends – which is priced at $40 – open on Wednesday, May 31 at 8am PT via the iam8bit website. All physical orders also come with a digital download.