Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams Soundtrack, Dana Glover / Tom Hollingshead / George Sanger, 1991
Back in 1991, dedicated soundtrack releases for Western game soundtracks were pretty much unheard of. One of the pioneers was Origin Soundtrack, a compilation of music from some of Origin’s high-profile games of 1990/91. That it was this particular developer whose scores would be among the first Western game music to get an album release wasn’t entirely surprising. Just think back to how Wing Commander opened with the sight of an orchestra tuning. Exactly how Origin Soundtrack came about still remains a bit of a mystery.
What seems confirmed is that the album is an unauthorised collection of music. Its producer and engineer was veteran composer Martin Galway, who had just finished work on Wing Commander II. His aim was probably to showcase his work and that of other composers at Origin on a stand-alone basis. While it’s also obvious that the album was never made commercially available, how exactly it was circulated remains unclear. Some sources claim that Origin Soundtrack was given away as a holiday present to Origin employees. Others say the album was produced to be handed out at computer trade show COMDEX in 1991.