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True Blue: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog
Record label: Wave Master

True Blue: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog is a compilation album of music used in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Compiled by Jun Senoue, nearly all the tracks featured are the various vocal themes that have become a staple of the Sonic gaming experience. As such, the majority of the songs are from the Sonic Adventure era and beyond, with only four compositions representing Sonic's musical career beforehand. Also included are a handful of remixed bonus tracks, one of them being the theme to Sonic Adventure, making "Open Your Heart" and "His World" the only two pieces to appear twice.

Release Details

Track List

  1. LIVE AND LEARN [4:30]
    from Sonic Adventure 2/Battle
    Written by Jun Senoue & Johnny Gioeli; Vocals: Johnny Gioeli; Guitar: Jun Senoue; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Katsuji; Performed by Crush 40; Re-Mixed by Masahiro Fukuhara
  2. IT DOESN'T MATTER (SA2 Version) [2:43]
    from Sonic Adventure 2/Battle
    Music & Lyrics: Jun Senoue; Vocals: Tony Harnell; Guitar: Jun Senoue; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Katsuji
  3. ESCAPE FROM THE CITY [2:21]
    from Sonic Adventure 2/Battle
    Music: Jun Senoue; Lyrics: Ted Poley; Vocals: Ted Poley & Tony Harnell; Guitar: Jun Senoue; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Katsuji
  4. HIS WORLD [4:38]
    from Sonic The Hedgehog
    Music: Tomoya Ohtani; Lyrics: Ali Tabatabaee & Johnny Gioeli; Vocals: Ali Tabatabaee & Matty Lewis; Guitar: Chewtaro Moritake; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Toru Kawamura; Strings: Shinozaki Strings
  5. SUPER SONIC RACING [4:00]
    from Sonic R
    Music, Lyrics & Program: Richard Jacques; Vocals: T.J. Davis
  6. SONIC - YOU CAN DO ANYTHING [1:32]
    from Sonic CD (Japanese edition)
    Music: Masafumi Ogata; Lyrics: Casey Rankin; Vocals: Keiko Utoku
  7. SONIC BOOM [3:09]
    from Sonic CD (U.S. edition)
    Music & Program: Spencer Nilsen; Lyrics: Spencer Nilsen & Pastiche; Vocals: Pastiche
  8. SONIC SPEED RIDERS [1:40]
    from Sonic Riders
    Music, Lyrics & Program: Tomonori Sawada; Vocals: runblebee
  9. RACE TO WIN [0:59]
    from Sonic Rivals 2
    Music: Jun Senoue; Lyrics: Ted Poley; Vocals: Ted Poley; Guitar: Jun Senoue; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Toru Kawamura; Mixed by Masahiro Fukuhara
  10. SONIC X THEME [1:02]
    from Sonic X (U.S. edition)
    Written by Russell Velazquez, Joseph Garrity & Norman Grossfeld
  11. RIGHT THERE, RIDE ON [2:37]
    from Sonic Rush Original Groove Rush (Digital Remakin' Trax)
    Music & Program: Hideki Naganuma
  12. SONIC HEROES [3:28]
    from Sonic Heroes
    Written by Jun Senoue & Johnny Gioeli; Vocals: Johnny Gioeli; Guitar & Program: Jun Senoue; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Katsuji; Performed by Crush 40
  13. WHAT I'M MADE OF... [3:43]
    from Sonic Heroes
    Written by Jun Senoue & Johnny Gioeli; Vocals: Johnny Gioeli; Guitar & Program: Jun Senoue; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Mark Schulman; Performed by Crush 40; Re-Mixed by Masahiro Fukuhara
  14. SEVEN RINGS IN HAND [5:07]
    from Sonic and the Secret Rings
    Music: Kenichi Tokoi; Lyrics: runblebee; Vocals: Steve Conte; Guitars: Oz Noy & Chewtaro Moritake; Bass: Will Lee; Drums: Clint De Ganon; Produced by Atsushi "Sushi" Kosugi (Beat On Beat, inc.)
  15. HIS WORLD (Zebrahead Version) [3:30]
    from Sonic the Hedgehog Vocal Traxx: Several Wills
    Music: Tomoya Ohtani; Lyrics: Ali Tabatabaee, Matty Lewis & Johnny Gioeli; Arranged by Zebrahead; Lead Vocals: Matty Lewis; Rap Vocals: Ali Tabatabaee; Guitars: Greg Bergdorf; Bass: Ben Osmundson; Drums: Ed Udhus; Performed by Zebrahead; Produced by Cameron Webb & Zebrahead
  16. IT DOESN'T MATTER (SA1 Version) [4:28]
    from Sonic Adventure/DX
    Music, Lyrics & Guitar: Jun Senoue; Vocals: Tony Harnell; Bass: Naoto Shibata; Drums: Hiro Homma
  17. OPEN YOUR HEART [5:15)
    from Sonic Adventure/DX
    Written by Jun Senoue & Kenichi Tokoi; Vocals: Johnny Gioeli; Guitar: Jun Senoue; Bass: Naoto Shibata; Drums: Hiro Homma; Performed by Crush 40

Bonus Tracks

  1. A NEW VENTURE ~Surfin' S.R.A. Remix~ [2:59]
    original music from Sonic Rush Adventure
    Music & Remixed by Tomoya Ohtani; Lyrics: Sakae Osumi; Vocals: Tahirih Walker; Mixed by Yoshitada Miya
  2. ANGEL ISLAND ZONE ~SSBB Remix~ [2:22]
    original music from Sonic the Hedgehog 3
    Written by SEGA; Produced, Arrange, Guitar & Programming: Jun Senoue; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Toru Kawamura; Remixed by Jun Senoue for Super Smash Brothers Brawl; Mixed by Masahiro Fukuhara
  3. SEVEN RINGS IN HAND ~Crush 40 Version~ [4:50]
    original music from Sonic and the Secret Rings
    Music: Kenichi Tokoi; Lyrics: runblebee; Produced, Arrange, Guitar & Program: Jun Senoue; Vocals: Johnny Gioeli; Bass: Takeshi Taneda; Drums: Toru Kawamura; Remixed and performed by Crush 40; Mixed by Masahiro Fukuhara
  4. OPEN YOUR HEART ~Crush 40 Vs. Bentley Jones Remix~ [4:59]
    original music from Sonic Adventure/DX
    Vocals: Johnny Gioeli & Bentley Jones; Guitars: Jun Senoue & the Remix Factory; Performed by Crush 40 featuring Bentley Jones

Total Running Time: 69:52

Credits

Compilation Produced for Release by Jun Senoue
Mastered by Isao Kikuchi at Warner Music Mastering, Tokyo, Japan

Design: Chiaki Kuroda (Windansea Design)

Label Staff
Executive Producer: Fumitaka Shibata
A&R Director: Kazuo Koizumi
Sales Promoter: Osamu Igarashi (avex marketing)

Sega Staff
Licensing: Toshiki Izawa, Junichiro Takahashi, Makoto Matsui
Supervisors: Naofumi Hataya, Takashi Iizuka, Kazzuyuki Hoshino

Endorsement: Jun Senoue uses ESP guitars, LINE 6 Products & Jim Dunlop Picks

Special Thanks to:
Kiyoshi Yoshida (Attic Arcade, inc.), Seigo Takeshima (Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co., Inc.), John Siegler (4Kids Entertainment), Yoko Ichikawa (Sony Music Japan International Inc.), Keith Palmer (SEGA of America, inc.), Dyna Lopez (SEGA of America, inc.), Cindy Chau (SEGA of America, inc.)

Scans

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Miscellaneous

  • Though available in their original forms both before and since, the versions of "Live and Learn" and "What I'm Made Of" were remixed by Masahiro Fukuhara in August of 2007 specifically for this release. The differences between the two versions are only slight, and can be easy to overlook.
  • The second bonus track on the album, the SSBB remix of Angel Island Zone, was as the name implies originally produced for inclusion in the Nintendo fighter Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which featured Sonic the Hedgehog as a playable character in a game designed to celebrate the history of Nintendo. The track is also the only song on the album to not feature any vocals.

External Links

Albums "1990s"
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)
Albums "2000s"
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)
Albums "2010s"
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)
Singles
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)
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)
Select Compilations Featuring Sonic
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)
Miscellaneous
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