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Sonic Live in Sydney
Record label: Sega Enterprises Australia

Sonic Live in Sydney is an album containing the soundtrack to the original stage show developed for the theme park Sega World Sydney. A performance complete with dancers and people dressed as the characters, the live children's show used elements from the Saturday morning cartoon and Sonic the Hedgehog 3, aimed directly at its Australian audience.

The show begins with Miles "Tails" Prower flying to Australia in his bi-plane, with Princess Sally Acorn and Sonic the Hedgehog in tow, chasing after Dr. Robotnik and his Death Egg which crash-landed into the continent. Building his secret lab hidden in the heart of Sydney, he proceeds to try and take over the planet Earth, using his super laser telescope to keep an eye on Sonic and his friends, knowing they would follow him. Robotnik uses a pair of "Egg Boots" to lure Sally into a trap and kidnap her, knowing that Sonic would be sure to run in after. Expectedly, Sonic and "Tails" are able to foil Robotnik, even after the mad doctor tries to woo Sally after hearing her burst into song.

For the most part, the musical cues and sound effects were taken from the Mega Drive version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2. However, three themes were written specifically for the show. The full versions of those songs are the first three tracks from the album, while the fourth has them as they would be heard in the context of the attraction.

Much of the stage show was designed for audience participation, as evidenced by the many cues still present in the studio recording of track four.

Release Info

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  • MSRP: N/A
  • Composers: D Jacobsen, Russell Cheek, N MacDonald
  • Performers: Diane Adams, Paula Arundell, Tanya Bulmer, Adrian Payne
  • CD Info: 1 Disc - 4 Tracks

Track list

  1. What Are We Waiting For? [4:21]
    Music & Lyrics: D Jacobsen & N MacDonald; Vocals: Paula Arundell
  2. Give Me Chaos [2:34]
    Music & Lyrics: D Jacobsen & N MacDonald; Vocals: Adrian Payne
  3. Thank You For Being You [4:16]
    Music & Lyrics: D Jacobsen & N MacDonald; Vocals: Tanya Bulmer
  4. Sonic in Syney Live Performance [25:19]
    Words: Russell Cheek; Vocals: Diane Adams, Paula Arundell, Tanya Bulmer & Adrian Payne

Total Running Time: 36:30

Production credits

Produced by N.M.P. Audio Image
Recorded, edited and mixed by Chris Deegan

Sonic The Hedgehog performed by Paula Arundell
Tails performed by Diane Adams
Princess Sally performed by Tanya Bulmer
Dr. Robotnik performed by Adrian Payne


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  • Premiering in 1997 along with the opening of Sega World, Sonic Live in Sydney only lasted a short time. By the end of the year, it was decided the production was not dynamic enough, and the powers-that-be contracted Philip Einfeld and Mark Rosenberg to completely redo the show. In its place was the Sonic the Hedgehog Puppet Show, with a completely new plot and brand new songs. This new show ran until 1999, and unlike its predecessor, the music was never collected into an album that was available at the park.[1]

External Links

1990s albums
Sonic the Hedgehog Boom (1993) | Sonic the Hedgehog - Remix (1994) | Sonic & Knuckles Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1994) | Virtual Sonic (1996) | Sonic the Fighters Sound Tracks (1996) | Sonic the Hedgehog (1996) | Sonic Live in Sydney (1997) | Sonic R (1998) | Sonic Adventure Songs With Attitude ~Vocal mini-Album~ (1998) | SONIC Adventure REMIX (1998) | Sonic Adventure "Digi-LOG Conversation" Original Sound Track (1999)
2000s albums
Cuts Unleashed SA2 Vocal Collection (2001) | Multi-dimensional Sonic Adventure 2 Original Sound Track (2001) | Sonic the Hedgehog 10th Anniversary (2001) | Sonic Adventure 2 Official Soundtrack (2002) | Sonic Adventure 2: Battle - Sampler (2002) | Triple Threat Sonic Heroes Vocal Trax (2004) | Complete Trinity Sonic Heroes - Original Soundtrax (2004) | Sonic X ~Original Sound Tracks~ (2004) | Sonic Heroes Official Soundtrack (2004) | SONIC RUSH Original Groove Rush (2005) | Lost and Found: Shadow the Hedgehog Vocal Trax (2006) | Shadow the Hedgehog Original Soundtrax (2006) | Sonic Riders Original Soundtrack "Speedbeats Grand Prix" (2006) | Sonic the Hedgehog Vocal Traxx: Several Wills (2007) | Sonic the Hedgehog Original Sound Track (2007) | Seven Rings in Hand: Sonic and the Secret Rings Original Sound Track (2007) | Sonic Rush Adventure Original Soundtrack (2007) | Sonic Underground - The Greatest Hits (2007) | Sonic Riders Shooting Star Story Original Soundtrack "Zero Gravity Tracks" (2008) | True Blue: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog (2008) | Sonic Underground - The Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (2008) | Planetary Pieces: Sonic World Adventure Original Soundtrack (2009) | Face to Faith: Sonic and the Black Knight - Vocal Trax (2009) | Tales of Knighthood: Sonic and the Black Knight Original Soundtrax (2009) | True Colors: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog Part 2 (2009)
2010s albums
Sonic Free Riders Original Soundtrack: Break Free (2010) | Vivid Sound x Hybrid Colors: Sonic Colors Original Soundtrack (2010) | Sonic Adventure Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition (2011) | Sonic Adventure 2 Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition (2011) | Sonic Heroes Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition (2011) | Sonic the Hedgehog 1&2 Soundtrack (2011) | Sonic Generations: 20 Years of Sonic Music (2011) | Sonic the Hedgehog CD Original Soundtrack 20th Anniversary Edition (2011) | History of the 1st Stage Original Soundtrack White Edition (2011) | History of the 1st Stage Original Soundtrack Blue Edition (2011) | History of Sonic Music 20th Anniversary Edition (2011) | Sonic Generations Original Soundtrack: Blue Blur (2012) | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I & II Original Soundtrack (2012) | Sonic Lost World Bonus Soundtrack [Special Selection] (2013) | Sonic Lost World Original Soundtrack Without Boundaries (2013) | Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Original Soundtrack (2014) | Passion & Pride: Anthems with Attitude from the Sonic Adventure Era (2014) | Sonic Runners Complete Soundtrack (2016) | Sonic Mania (vinyl album) (2017) | Sonic Forces Vocal Traxx - On The Edge (2017) | Sonic Forces Original Soundtrack - A Hero Will Rise (2017) | Sonic Forces Original Soundtrack - The Vinyl Cutz (2018)
SUPERSONIC (1992) | Super Sonic Dance Attack (1992) | Super Sonic Dance Attack Remix (1992) | Winter Song (1994) | Wonderman (1994) | Wizards of the Sonic (1994) | Wizards of the Sonic (Remix) (1994) | They Call Me Sonic (1996) | King of the Ring (1996) | Wizards of the Sonic (1998) | SONIC Adventure REMIX (1998) | Work It Out (1999) | Mi-Ra-I (2003) | Sonic Drive (2003) | The Shining Road (2003) | T.O.P (2004) | If It's Snow/Only Today (2006) | So Much More... (2009)
Digital releases
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I Original Soundtrack (2012) | Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II Original Soundtrack (2012) | Sonic And the Black Knight Official Soundtrack (2012) | Sonic Generations Official Soundtrack (2012) | Shadow the Hedgehog Official Soundtrack (2012) | Sonic Lost World: Wonder World EP (2013) | Sonic Runners Original Soundtrack (2015) | Sonic Forces Hi-Res Collection (2017) | Sonic Mania Original Soundtrack (Selected Edition) (2018)
Associated albums
SONICTEAM "PowerPlay" (1998) | Thrill of the Feel (2000) | Crush 40 (2003) | SonicTeam Unplugged Live 2004 (2004) | The Works (2009) | The Best of Crush 40: Super Sonic Songs (2009) | Rise Again [EP] (2012) | Live! (2012)
Super Mega Drive Fan Vol. 1 - Mega-CD Super Music Collection (1993) | Super Mega Drive Fan Vol. 2 - Mega Drive Super Music Collection (1994) | SEGA Arcade Selection D-RAM Remix (1995) | Club Saturn (1996) | Club SEGA (1997) | Club Sega 2 ~Beat Grooves~ (1999) | Radio DC (1999) | The Very Best of SEGA (2004) | Play! A Video Game Symphony Live! (2009) | Video Games Live: Level 2 (2010)
The Better One Wins!: Album | Single | Sonic Dance: 1 | 2 | Sonic Mix: 1 | 2 | 3 | Sonic Dance Power: I | II | III | 4 | V | VI | VII | VIII