We previously expressed concern the upcoming HD digital PC and console release of Jet Set Radio would suffer the same problem as Crazy Taxi in missing its beloved classic soundtrack. Fortunately, Sega has just confirmed in an interview with Gamereactor at least 70% of the Japanese version of the soundtrack will be returning, including all works from Guitar Vader and Hideki Naganuma. On the downside, the rest of it is tricky for licensing reasons, but they're doing their best.
"[With] the other tracks, the musicians are no longer active and their record labels don't exist anymore in a sense," says Sega's associate brand manager Ben Harborne. "So we're trying to figure out the best way to include them in a game. I can't guarantee the full 100% yet, but we're definitely working toward it."
On the possibility of replacements (should it come down to that), Sega is understandably cautious. It's not ruled out, but they're aware some fans would be put off by it, noting, "We want to keep it as pure as possible."
If you're still hungry for more Dreamcast re-releases, Harborne strongly implies they're working on the revered Shenmue and Skies of Arcadia.