Contra NES vinyl soundtrack sprints onto Mondo catalog

Jerry on 2020-10-01
Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Konami's NES run-and-gun title Contra, record label Mondo published the vinyl soundtrack album by Konami Kukeiha Club audio team members. Original artwork for the vinyl soundtrack release is by Eric Powell.

Years before writing Metal Gear Solid's memorable "Encounter" theme, Contra's iconic stage themes were composed for the arcade title by Kazuki Muraoka. The score was adapted for the Nintendo Famicom home console release by arrangers Hidenori Maezawa and Kiyohiro Sada.



The plot of Contra differs between the Japanese release and the English-language localization. Originally, the story was presented as a science fiction drama taking place in the 27th century, in which an alien military organization known as Red Falcon travels to Earth on a meteorite, landing near New Zealand. The Western localization transported the setting to the present day Amazon Jungle, while the title harkened back to the 1985 Iran-Contra affair.

British artist Bob Wakelin depicted commandos Bill Rizer and Lance Bean of the Earth Marine Contra unit in a style invoking contemporary action movies Commando (1985) and Rambo: Part II (1985). Reportedly, Rizer's name is a nod to Aliens (1986) actors Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser, while Bean was named after Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen from the same film.

Contra is part of Konami's Contra Anniversary Collection, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows and Nintendo Switch. GOG.com's Konami Collector's Series: Castlevania & Contra includes the run-and-gun platformer in its classic games compilation for Windows. Konami's Contra NES digital soundtrack is streaming on Apple Music.

Mondo - Contra - Original Video Game Soundtrack LP

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