It's Time for a Magical Sound Shower

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Ah, Magical Sound Shower. Could there be a better soundtrack for driving around a two-dimensional landscape in an expensive car with a sexy lady beside you?

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No. No, there could not.

The original piece from the original Outrun was composed by Hiroshi Miyauchi, but I very quietly prefer the campier version from Outrun 2, which I've also included.

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Also included at the very end? A slightly different, but no less wonderful fan-made rendition.

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DarthTigris
Darth Tigris

Luke Plunkett, you are an AWESOME man. I truly, deeply, unequivicably LOVE this music piece. It will forever incapsulate a feeling I had during a summer trip in 1988 of a beach boardwalk, my mom and aunt and the moving sit down version of this game. It's like one of my most perfect memories and I just adore this track in ways that words just cannot explain (especially now that mom is no longer with us).

And yes, that OutRun 2 version is just awesome. Awesome awesome awesome. The live SST version was a treat too, though I was hoping to see someone jamming on an actual xylophone. Yes, I had to listen to each and every one of these versions (well as long as I could last on the last one, that is ...). Biggest Kotaku geekout in a long time and I thank you for it.

My rich person dream is full of only a few excessive, wasteful and completely ridiculous things, but among them is renting a red Ferrari and getting a hot blonde to join me on a long drive starting at Venice Beach and traveling through all sorts of gorgeous landscapes of Americana, all while periodically playing various versions of this fantastic soundtrack. Dare to dream ...