Posted 2000-12-24, evaluated by djpretzel


Okay, my Christmas present to all of you might indeed make you laugh. I have a couple excuses first. 1. I've never recorded real vocals before 2. I don't consider myself a singer, by any means 3. This is a really damn hard song to sing 4. I don't have monitors, so everything I have is mixed for MY headphones 5. Repeat 1-4, with emphasis . . . so, that being UNDERSTOOD, I give you my rendition of the opening theme from the Sega CD classic LUNAR. Complete with me singing the originally female vocal part. I don't know, given the circumstances and the nature of the project, I think things turned out okay. It was a learning experience, at the very least. So, uh . . ho, ho, ho :)

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SubNormal J3
on 2011-02-20 00:56:51

Catchy source. Mix is a bit short, though.

0:12 pretty good vox for the first time

1:09 nice synth solo

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Jennyneo
on 2010-06-30 06:13:49

I still love this song! One of my favorites here 3

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Kizyr
on 2010-06-07 13:26:59
The production is where the song suffers though...I wonder if Dave would ever revisit this song :lol:

Last year at MAGFest:

Me: Didn't you do the vocals on Town Life?

GT: That was David actually, not me.

Me: ...wait, DJP did that?

GT: Yep

Me: ...man, he's come a long way since Singing Pretzel

KF

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Bahamut
on 2010-05-31 16:17:16

I've always felt like the singing wasn't that bad - this song still has some charm to it.

The production is where the song suffers though...I wonder if Dave would ever revisit this song :lol:

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OA
on 2010-03-16 17:04:08

The vocal performance was pretty good, but the recording and mixing of it wasn't so hot. The solo was cool, and the percussion was well layered. The mixing does hurt the track a little, but it's definitely not un-listenable, unless of course you hate vocal remixes. :

Cool that is got some discussion going too. I'd like to hear an updated version. :-)

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Nutritious
on 2009-12-15 01:13:55

Well, I'm mixed here. The backing track is pretty solid and has some good movement. Vocals, though, I just can't get into. Sorry DJP :/. Big props for putting yourself out there and trying something like this, though.

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Polo
on 2009-08-12 05:43:09

I like how the choir opens up like a reminder of the human instrument that will lead the mix. Sprinkly percussion is soon joined by an amphibious bass, forming the backbone to support the singing. The synth at 0:44 serves as a welcome stepping stone to the chorus. I would've liked to hear a sparse section where the subtle pad in the back has more air time - it sounds both mysterious and calming.

The bass-dominated breakdown really sounds like it wants me to "get down" based on its mini-nosedives. As if understanding the sentiment, the warpy synth at 1:08 has a pleasurable romp before cheekily assisting the vocals in the final section. 1:29-1:31 is a contagiously hopeful mini-climax; it holds my emotions at a high point until the end.

Close listening shows that the vocals generally echo the notes in the source, and except for one line, the lyrics match up to the letter. djp's not at fault for the voice cracks and wavers in the louder/higher pitches - male adolescence is to blame. But I digress. On the flip side, his whispers are sexy, even snakelike, especially when noting the "dark storm that soon will paSSSS." Matching the speed of the original leaves some words inaudible, sure, but without lyrics on hand, even the source isn't 100% clear.

Moral of the mix: Zorlog needs more lovin'. More time in the sun. Singing Pretzel brims with a holy magic that Fighting Through the Darkness lacks.

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JenZ
on 2009-02-16 00:45:43

I don't care what anyone says.

Like I told him at dinner when he visited Jordan I in Vegas...

I love this song.

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Ryu2Wolf
on 2009-01-06 23:14:49

Ha man, this isn't too bad. Nice attempt for your first. I know I can't sing worth crap! XP

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Liontamer
on 2008-04-01 17:17:38
This is the best remix on the site.

Hahahaha! Nice timing.

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Ciel
on 2008-04-01 08:38:51

This is the best remix on the site.

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Kizyr
on 2007-12-09 20:50:31

Er... you have a very interesting voice, DJP.

Though, I can't deny that listening to this song does make me smile. KF

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Square-EnixLover
on 2006-03-17 20:07:38

I love this remix. It was done very well, but unfourtunatly, I can't compare it to the Sega CD version of the game, because I have only played the PSX version, but that doesn't matter. Very well done, and I think you are very critical on your vocals, I thought they were fine.

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MisterBiggler
on 2006-01-11 04:16:49

Your song makes me smile, djpretzel. I would be interested to hear this song done with better vocal quality, because it's what the pulls the song down. But I do like it; it makes me remember me and my own friends doing karaoke and impressing the shit out of several people in the room. My hats off to you for the putting yourself out there.

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maestermatt
on 2005-09-04 16:40:04

you scare me djpretzel

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Lunar: The Silver Star (Working Designs, 1993, SCD)
Music by Hiroshi Fujioka, Isao Mizoguchi, Noriyuki Iwadare, Yoshiaki Kubotera
Songs:
"Fighting Through the Darkness"

Tags (11)


Genre:
Electro, Pop
Mood:
Quirky
Instrumentation:
Singing, Synth, Vocals: Male
Additional:
Effects > Distortion
Effects > Lo-Fi
Lyrics > Lyrics: Existing
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Moderate

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Lunar_The_Silver_Star_Singing_Pretzel_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
2,527,653 bytes
MD5:
5ff1ff6b95be41643ec452713095d57b
Bitrate:
167Kbps
Duration:
1:56

When all the land is peaceful, and
There is no real threat to us at last
Then comes the time for love
Two hearts colliding into one great hymn

But there are winds foreboding, and
There is a dark storm that soon will pass
Kiss me my love, then go
The time for valor has returned again

On through the night
Keep marching on

Fighting through the darkness
All is evil, still we must press on
Friendship forged in battle
Watch your backs now, take heed!

Fighting through the darkness
All is evil, still we must press on
Flying toward the power
That enslaves us, yet we are not done

Racing towards the climax
Of the battle, to return to love
Valiant 'gainst the power
Evil forces, take heed!

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