Posted 2000-04-17, evaluated by djpretzel


The Secret of Monkey Island was and still is one of Lucasarts' BEST games . . the graphics still impress me today (viva la 2d!!) the sense of humor is unique and without comparison, and the whole package together made for one of the greatest early-PC gaming experiences I can remember. I admit I didn't notice the music TOO much the first time around, but I must have been smoking something, because AmIEvil's remix here is beautiful, and very well arranged . . a sort of epic, alluring feeling to it, that really captures that indescribable quality the game just oozed - GET IT!

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Tables
on 2015-07-30 19:27:44

Yarrrrgh

My immediate reaction is 'how can you end it there?!'. It's like you introduced another interesting section and then you decide to fade it out?? Aw man.... The rest of the song seems really nice. Very chill in that old ReMix old school way, but I think it still holds up pretty well today. And that little bit of.... xylophone? at the end really adds a new neat level to the whole affair, I just wish you gave it more time to shine...! Nothing we can do now of course haha

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Crulex
on 2011-10-06 10:07:35

Very fitting ReMix of the the original, which I can hear. A little bit short, but it's calm and tropical, and overall has a nice sound to it. It doesn't scream "I'm gonna blow you away", but it's pleasent enough that it doesn't have to in order to sound great. Nicely done.

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WesternZypher
on 2011-03-21 19:12:55

Did you know that AmIEvil was one of the site's most prolifically posted Mixers in its early years? He produced 19 mixes in the span of 3 years! And they're all good to my ears ^_^

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SubNormal J3
on 2010-11-14 04:32:33

Yet another game I have shamefully not played. I imagine one of these days, I'll grab it on Steam. Very catchy melody. AmIEvil has given it some good instrumentation. 0:50 sounds particularly good. Piano at 1:38 is a nice change of pace, but, alas, it ends so soon.

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42
on 2009-12-02 12:08:17

I bought The Secret of Monkey Island: SE recently, so now I'm quasi-familiar with this source tune now. This mix definitely goes on my short, but ever growing, "Should-Have-Been" List, mixes that in their own way transcends the source and essentially are what the source should have been. Having listening to this mix first, I actually found the source lacking. Sure, it sticks as close to the source as fleas on a dog and there's not that many dramatic embellishments. But I feel all of this is just appropriate. My only other complaint is that it's too short. :razz:

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Marmiduke
on 2009-03-02 07:37:36

This melody is one of my favourite in all gaming history. And what you hear in this mix is basically that same melody with little alteration. The alterations that do occur don't really improve anything, nor extend anything beyond what was in the original. Having said that, all that is new doesn't hurt the melody either.

Had this been an annoying, simplistic source melody, I wouldn't be so forgiving that this is a remake with debatable instrumentation and an obtrusive length. The fact that the melody is fully preserved just means I get to listen to it more often, which is why I love this mix against all better judgement. And besides, it's AmIEvil. We all know what awesome things he was destined for after this.

I saw the original composers perform this live at the hollywood bowl

thank you for this pretty contribution

I want to kill you in a jealous rage!

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uagrenadier
on 2009-01-07 04:16:21

I saw the original composers perform this live at the hollywood bowl

thank you for this pretty contribution

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Nutritious
on 2008-11-04 17:00:11

I've gotta give this one credit for pure nostalgic purposes. Growing up, my brother and I would visit a friend's house to watch/play computer games since we didn't have a pc of our own at the time. Monkey Island was one of those games. And, while I agree no significant new ground is broken here, hearing the themes again from this mix brought back a lot of memories. Thanks :)

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OA
on 2008-02-19 12:41:09

Pretty close to the original, but decent.

I'd call it pleasantly forgettable, as I can't really find a hook that grabs me.The samples themselves are pretty bland, but they are humanized enough to flow pretty well. It would be very good background music, as the melody meanders quite a bit.

Nice for atmosphere, but not especially engaging for active listening.

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Chickenwarlord
on 2006-08-08 23:52:12

This piece, while being relaxing in it's own right, doesn't really take the original anywhere new.

If you like the Monkey Island theme you're going to like this, if you don't you won't.

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Bummer
on 2006-04-27 08:35:52

Ahh, this theme is so great. I've only played "Escape from Monkey Island", but this track is there too, so I know at least that this is indeed Monkey Island. I don't know what the song originally sounds like, but I bet it wasn't as chill as this remix. AmIEvil has kept the Tropical feel in this remix (or maybe he has added it, I don't know), but it's very enjoying to listen to.

The main melody does its own quiet little race in the beginning while the guitar is in the centre. there's a very wide selection of instruments used to make this, I thought I heard a accordion in the middle of it, and the marimba solo at the end was an excellent finishing touch to this piece. Just awesome and funky, I love it. :D

I just wish it had a somewhat more logical title.

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Robotaki
on 2005-10-13 16:34:19

Ya, I'd have to agree, it's really easy to hear the original song in this remix...which is good, don't get me wrong. :P Nice job in making a calming song.

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meccaneer
on 2005-10-12 21:01:52

I believe I ordered mine with a little umbrella, thanks. I could enjoy this on a beach. Or a ship. This song can make a jolly outta any Roger....ok, that was bad.

I like this guy. It's a very easy listen; nothing jarring; very laid back. There's balance, emotion and no techno beat.

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DJ Magotrox Brazil
on 2005-03-25 00:32:07

Very good time. Very good game. A nice Remix.

The Good News

I liked this one. Good remake of the original, with better instruments, of course. A good job. If you have played the game, you´ll like it for sure.

The Bad News

The beginning was great, but I think the changing to the secont part was a break down with the music's atmosphere. I guess it would be a lot better, if the remixer used tribal instruments and percussion, and not modern drums and crash plates. But, anyway, it was a good shot... I recommend.

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Txai
on 2004-11-21 17:16:32
:D Monkey Island is the first PC game I ever played and is what got me into gaming in the first place!

I also played Monkey Island. This remix remembers the game.

monkey1_9.jpg

This remix remembers the pirates drinking in the bar.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
The Secret of Monkey Island (LucasArts, 1990, DOS)
Music by Andy Newell, Barney Jones, Michael Land, Patric Mundy
Songs:
"Opening Theme"

Tags (8)


Genre:
Folk
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Accordion, Marimba, Oboe
Additional:
Regional > World
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Slow

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Secret_of_Monkey_Island_AmIEviL_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
2,044,290 bytes
MD5:
c2fe64dfcfc8936e21c10415e3754052
Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
2:02

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