Rockstar reveals a pair of soundtracks for L.A. Noire

By Jessica Citizen, Monday, 9 May 2011 07:02 GMT

As we edge ever-closer to the release of L.A. Noire (next week! Can you believe it?!), Rockstar Games keep making the game sound even sweeter. Today, that’s literally the case, as we learn about the soundtracks planned for release with the game.

L.A. Noire - Soundtracks

That’s right – soundtracks – there are two complete albums for the game, which will be launched on iTunes on May 17th (to coincide with the US release of L.A. Noire).

One, the L.A. Noire Official Soundtrack, was inspired by the “sweeping orchestral scores” you would hear as part of the grand old 1940s cinema experience. Composed by Andrew Hale (who’s played with Sade and Sweetback, and contributed the score for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), the music was recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

Rockstar Games explains the soundtrack also features a handful of classic torch songs from the era, reinterpreted for modern times. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Woody Jackson (who won a bunch of awards for his contribution to Red Dead Redemption) also chipped in with some additional music.

Then, the flip-side – L.A. Noire Remixed – created through a partnership between Rockstar and Verve Records. This EP collects six jazz standards and redistributes them among some of today’s most acclaimed DJs, producers and remixers, and then spits the results into your headphones.

If you want to hear the originals, it’s worth noting that L.A. Noire features 30 classic licensed jazz tracks – so look forward to Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald while you’re playing around Los Angeles. Don’t know who they are? Now’s the perfect time to find out – I can think of nothing better to get you into the mood for the game.

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