S.S.T. Band

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S.S.T. Band
Origin Japan
Genres Rock, jazz fusion, video game
Years active 1988 to 1993
Labels Pony Canyon
Scitron Digital Contents

The S.S.T. Band (エスエスティーバンド?) was Sega's official in-house band from 1988 to 1993, specializing in rock versions of soundtracks of Sega's arcade games, for collection albums and playing in festivals. Consisting of six members, the band consisted of members that included keyboardist Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Katsuhiro Hayashi, and Kimitaka Matsumae, guitarists Koichi Namiki and Jouji Iijima, bassists Sachio Ogawa and Shingo Komori, drummer Takehiko Tanabe. Miyauchi and Komori would leave the band in 1990 and be replaced by keyboardist Takenobu Mitsuyoshi and bassist Masato Saito.

Usually, some of these albums that were released would consists of two especially recorded versions of the game soundtrack and the rest would consist of the game's original soundtrack. After the band members went their own ways, they would find themselves involved in other Sega projects. Mitsuyoshi would be responsible for the soundtrack to Virtua Fighter, Daytona USA and the two installments of Shenmue and Matsumae would be involved in Sega Rally and Virtua Fighter 3.

Discography[edit]

All titles are released through Pony Canyon unless stated.

Full albums[edit]

Year Title Notes
1988 GALAXY FORCE —G.S.M. Sega 1— / S.S.T. BAND
1988 POWER DRIFT & MEGA DRIVE —G.S.M. Sega 2— / S.S.T. BAND
1989 SUPER SONIC TEAM —G.S.M. Sega 3— / S.S.T. BAND
1990 HYPER DRIVE —G.S.M. Sega 4— / S.S.T
1991 Formula —G.S.M. Sega 5— / S.S.T.
1992 BLIND SPOT / S.S.T. BAND

Compilations[edit]

Year Title Featured soundtracks Notes
1989 MEGA SELECTION —G.S.M. Sega— / S.S.T. BAND
1991 MEGA SELECTION II —G.S.M. Sega— / S.S.T. BAND
2003 BACK IN THE S.S.T. BAND !! ~THE VERY BEST~ Released under the Scitron label

Standalone game soundtracks (GSM 1500 series)[edit]

Year Title Notes
1990 After Burner
1991 Strike Fighter
1992 Out Run

Live album[edit]

Year Title Notes
1990 S.S.T.BAND LIVE! —G.S.M. Sega—

Videography[edit]

Year Title Notes
1990 S.S.T.BAND LIVE! —G.S.M. Sega—
1992 GAME MUSIC FESTIVAL ~Super Live '92~
1993 Game Music Live '93 Natsu ~Kounin Kaizokuban Cassette~
2006 S.S.T.BAND LIVE HISTORY Released under the Happinet Corp label

Band lineups[edit]

Name Stagename Native spelling Instrument Year
Hiroshi Kawaguchi Hiro 川口博史 Keyboards 1988–1990
Katsuhiro Hayashi Funky K.H 林克洋 Keyboards 1988
Koichi Namiki Mickey/Pretty K.N 並木晃一 Guitar 1988–1993
Sachio Ogawa S.O 小河幸男 Bass 1988
Kimitaka Matsumae HARRIER 松前公高 Keyboards 1989–1993
Takehiko Tanabe THUNDER 田辺健彦 Drums 1989–1990
Shingo Komori BURNER 小森伸吾 Bass 1989
Jouji Iijima GALAXY 飯島丈治 Guitar 1989–1993
Masato Saito TURBO君 斉藤昌人 Bass 1990–1993
Hisanori Kumamaru SPLASHくま 熊丸久徳 Drums 1991–1993
Takenobu Mitsuyoshi R三郎丸 光吉猛修 Keyboards 1991–1993

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