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OCR02687 - Final Fantasy VI 'A Fistful of Nickels'

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You took Shadow's theme and turned it into a Fistful of Dollars style western ReMix, complete with whistling, female vocals and harmonica!? I think I am in love.......with the ReMix of course. I love old spaghetti western music, especially stuff composed by Ennio Morricone and this little track brings me back to the memories of those movies and the game itself. Well done fellas! Let's ride!

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Freakin' genius.

No, seriously, that's all I have to say on it. Because it encapsulates the whole track better than any long-winded review I wrote could. Pure, unadulterated genius. Bravo to all involved.

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WOW!!!!!!

I know The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly the best of the Man With No Name trilogy, and this absolutely NAILS IT. NAILS IT!! Run, do not walk, to download this as quickly as you can manage! What you have done with the melody and the supporting structure is nothing short of astonishing. The use of the female vocals and the amazing, drawn out touch of some of the instruments, the whistling - this is the most enjoyable, rocking, invigorating take on this I've ever heard. HOLY. SHITTAKE. MUSHROOMS.

Everyone take a bow. I'll be listening to this song for the next decade, and likely longer.

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Thanks so much everyone. This was really a joy to create and obviously all the performers deserve huge props for realizing my arrangement and making it go even further beyond what I had in mind. Also, anyone catch a certain movie score reference at 2:28..?

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I'm speechless... what a unique combination of sounds, all performed flawlessly. The sounds are diverse enough to inspire a number of different emotions as the track evolves. Western atmosphere is accomplished to perfection. Very detailed, and produced professionally!

edit: just a guess, but does the title "Fistful of Nickels" in any way refer to, say, a whole lotta dimes in Blazing Saddles? ;)

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Haha yes, it is a reference to two things: "A Fistful of Dollars" (score by Ennio Morricone, a huge inspiration for this track), and the intro text when you meet Shadow, which says he would slit his mama's throat for a nickel. Hence, a fistful of nickels...

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Yeah, this is the coolest rendition of Shadow's theme ever. It was definitely one of my favs from the OST, so I'm glad to have seen it done justice here. Such a cool style. Great job!

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Thanks so much everyone. This was really a joy to create and obviously all the performers deserve huge props for realizing my arrangement and making it go even further beyond what I had in mind. Also, anyone catch a certain movie score reference at 2:28..?

I happen to remember it more as the opening of Wild Arms...but I hear though that it's taken from the spagetti western movie, My Name is Nobody...in which I can kind of hear it, but I might be listening to the wrong song...LOL...It reminds me more of a Fistful of Dollars...

Great job on the song by the way! I really like this piece. I guess I'm a bit more of a purist of the FFVI soundtrack, and while I don't think the other tracks are bad, I just preferred the melodies to stick to the same concept, which this one I felt did. So this made me happy. :)

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just adding my nickels in the pile for some more praise. awesome mix of Spaghetti western and a bit of wild arms.

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Very cool ^__^ At first I cocked my head, but soon found that the whistling and vocals go together really well. Huge grin especially right after the half-way mark. :D Shadow is bad ass. Great song ^-^

Edited by TillyFun
typo! n.n'

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Also, anyone catch a certain movie score reference at 2:28..?

The harmonica melody right there sounds so so familiar, but I've never heard the score to A Fistful of Dollars. Is it a different movie? Or am I hallucinating?

This is a really well-done embellishment on the Western themes present in Shadow's original tune. Was hoping for an arrangement more reminiscent of Shadow's regal horn salute in the ending theme, but that's a completely different vision. Love the real whistling and those driving guitar/percussive rhythms. It all melds together so well.

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I had to go back and listen to the original to realize a whole bunch of the elements in this remix are not present in the original, which is very simple, yet they FEEL as if they should be. That's the sign of a great remix.

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I had to go back and listen to the original to realize a whole bunch of the elements in this remix are not present in the original, which is very simple, yet they FEEL as if they should be. That's the sign of a great remix.

Hmm, yes. You're quite right I remember thinking the same with NekoFrog's "The Omen of JENOVA" when that first surfaced.

This one itself is a good track but there are others I personally prefer, in essence I don't actually hear much of the SW influence myself when I listen, but it works well for the character, and that is what matters I think.

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BRILLIANT!!!

Is what I would say if I only had one word, but you can't stop there! Out of the gate the guitar and the harmonica (axe, to DJP) take some deep cleaves into you, and that's a cut you can live with. The mix starts to drive and before you know it, you hear that familiar melody (whistled) of the most enigmatic and foreboding character of FFVI, Shadow. At 0:59 the drums back off and the bass goes out queuing the strings pick up and lead the way, lulling you into a false sense of assurance for a brief moment before picking back up at 1:15 to drive back into the fray of instrumentation culminating at 1:23, a worthy play for any assassin and his newly earned nickel! The mix changes up at 1:39, and well, for quite a while playing on all the things you felt and heard from it up to this point. At 2:16 you think it's going to go back into the melody, but makes a very nice change (I actually didn't like it at first) until around 2:30 where the song leads you calmly back down, almost reminding you that this is Shadow, and there will be no rest until the job is done. And 2:37 is that reminder that the job is not, in fact, done. The signature melody comes back out, looming over, building triumphantly over and through 3:01 until its finish, displaying Shadow as superior rogue victor once again, faithful Interceptor at his side, disappearing into the unknown once more (que sunset?).

I've browsed this site much over the years, I've appreciated so many from so far. The talent that these artists and so many others have that I've heard here is nothing short of astonishing. But this, this was the one that broke me to sign up and post. This is a wonderful work of art in music. I rarely (read, don't) stand and applaud, as is such common practice today, but to this, I do.

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Simply had to find my login details from signing up several years ago, to post in appreciation of an utterly fantastic remix. Been blasting it out regularly for a fortnight!

So many brilliant segments, better described by Shorty, and epic production values.

Legendary stuff guys :)

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Holy moley! This really came out of left field, right, or heck, somewhere in the wild blue yonder. This just woke me up and made me grin in knowing exactly the moment when you hear this, with a fresh spin that deserves praise! Seriously, this song so far in listening just up and has my vote in the early listening start to finish of favorite song. I hope it stays that way.

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When zircon first announced his take on Shadow's theme, I had an idea how it might sound. And it did sound like my idea and better. This is so cool

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Of all the movie soundtrack-inspired mixes on this site, this may be the most polished and fully realized. And I say that with great love and respect for some of my other favorites. I get excited every time this comes up in my playlist.

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