If you've read anything that I've already written about LA Noire, you'll know that I'm desperate to get my hands on a copy, so it's definitely a good thing that its release is merely a week or so away! Rockstar games are undoubtedly excited as well, considering the revenue it's likely to generate, and whilst the game alone's tantalising enough to all of us gamers, they've just announced they'll be releasing two soundtracks next week to coincide with the game's release, thus expanding their profit margins further!
The names of the two soundtracks available for your listening pleasure are the L.A. Noire Official Soundtrack and L.A. Noire: Remixed.
The L.A. Noire Official Soundtrack takes its inspiration straight from the 1940s, which is hardly surprising considering that's the time period the game's set in, and was composed by Andrew Hale, of Sade and Sweetback fame, who's previous work has been included in the phenomenal Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. The vocal recordings were written by The Real Tuesday Weld's very own Stephen Coats, and features guest vocals from Claudia Blackman, who as you may or may not know is the singer for German synth pop group Propaganda. Finally Woody Jackson, has stepped in and made a contribution as well, which is good news considering he's a bit of a Rockstar Games aficionado now, having won multiple awards for the music he and Bill Elm came up with for Red Dead Redemption's soundtrack. If all that wasn't enough, the music was recorded at Abbey Road Studios!
That's all good and well for the original tracks, but what about the rest? Well, I'll let Rockstar Games fill you in:
Players will also hear over 30 classic licensed jazz tracks in the game itself, including songs from such greats as Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Thelonious Monk.
Last but not least, L.A. Noire Remixed takes the tracks that are present in the game and throws them into the 21st Century, courtesy of music greats such as Dave Sitek, DJ Premier, and Truth & Soul.
Well, I'm sold, they'll both be going into my shopping basket for next week! If you want a copy of them too, they'll both be available on iTunes from 17th May.