Posted 2001-02-21, evaluated by djpretzel


Ailsean gives us a simply RESPLENDENT ReMix that you're going to download anyway, so why should I talk? Here's what HE had to say: "Imagine the Sage of Marbule sitting cross-legged on the stage of the Magical Dreamers' stage holding his strange, sitar-like instrument. Nikki the Rockin' Bard is standing across from him, watching the old man play. Being the great performers they are, Nikki and his band quickly pick up the tune from the Demi-humans and somehow join in at the second time through without ever making a mistake. I hate it when they do stuff like that in TV shows, games, and movies. But hey, who wants to sit for 3 hours watching Nikki and his crew learn a song? It slows the plot development. " . . . . and with that, get CLICKIN' . . . I love the ethnic instruments here, with sitar, drums, a bagpipish sound, etc. And of course, a bitchin' electric. Best CC ReMix so far, I think, and definitely a must-download. Nothing else on this site sounds like it.

djpretzel

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StreetFlare
on 2012-04-04 06:20:43

I still like this track. The opening is a little bizarre, but oh well, if I can leekspin myself for 40 minutes, I can survive any strange little segment.

Then it gets epic. Granted, when 'Nikki' misses notes, it gets really annoying, but I do it a lot on guitar anyway (stupid intermediate-level playing on advanced pieces), so I 'spose I'm desensitized.

And now that I've given the song another bump, I bid you adeau!

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Melbu Frahma
on 2011-12-13 02:13:47

So, the first section of this song really threw me off - I have a hard time rationalizing it and the mood with the rest of the piece. Everything after 1:10 was simply amazing, and I would listen to that part again, but the part before it... major turn-off. And while I kind of get what he was going for with it, I still can't make myself like that section. The last four minutes of it, however, definitely deserve the listener's consideration - I had no complaints at all about that section, really, except that maybe the fade-out felt like it began way too suddenly.

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Lucentas
on 2009-10-01 14:56:54

Why didn't I like this the first time I listened to it? Who knows. This is awesome stuff.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-07-01 02:01:06

The hiss is truly horrendous to begin with. The whole "rehearsal / sound test" section is misleading, sounds absolutely terrible BUT I strongly believe the actual mix benefits because of it. The listener sits through, what, 1:10 minutes of grating material to get the payoff of 4 minutes of very blissful, ethnically-accented rock. Things really sound much sweeter and fuller following the technically crippled overture.

It's a strong melody that doesn't really require much arrangement to be fantastic sounding, which is great since this mix doesn't have all that much.

There are plenty of pros with this, but there is actually a con bigger than people are probably used to. The unusual technical and conceptual balancing is pretty interesting, and come across as both an issue and a selling point. Like I said, I personally wouldn't cut out the band practice bits for the same reason I wouldn't cut out the Ewoks from Star Wars. If that's how the canon was laid down, then that's how it shall be. I still despise those damn Ewoks though.

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uagrenadier
on 2009-01-07 02:25:12

f****** awesome

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OA
on 2008-02-07 10:38:56

Pretty cool how this one tells the story, with the learning sequence at the beginning. There were some weird production issues with the initial learning sequence, but once the song itself starts the sound was pristine. I'll assume it was intentionally that raw and hiss-tacular.

As for the song itself, it is pretty coverish but very enjoyable. Ailsean is a fantastic guitarist and pulls of pinch harmonics without even trying throughout the song, and the bass is totally groovin. The groove based volumes it speaks are very colorful. _

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Polo
on 2007-12-08 02:44:51

The first electric guitar sounds sweet; the second one, not so. 1:12 is where the song really starts for me. A beach festival or seaside market are the dominating imagery as I listen to this multi-synth section. Delicious drumwork, if a bit buried. Thankfully, the guitar work here - both the lead and the countermelodic bass - speaks colorful groove-based volumes. That premature fadeout feels like a letdown, though. (Don't like the grungy distortion early on, and I don't change my mind at the end. :P)

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pixlz
on 2005-09-13 01:39:55

i figure, i never posted how much i love this track. also, it deserves a bump. ^_^

good stuff.

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Josh1billion
on 2005-06-25 23:33:47

This is one of the best remixes I've ever heard! :D It's right up there with the "CrossFire" remix (which is a remix of another Chrono Cross song).

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maestermatt
on 2005-03-27 16:30:30

it's a really good song :D

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Vero
on 2005-01-02 11:34:51

I can't really stand the beggining, but after that, it gets really good.

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Draco Icebane
on 2004-12-04 07:18:27

If the download had corrupted, the song would not play at all.

He is referring to the lower notes of the guitar during the initial part where Nikki repeatedly screws up, which are a bit scratchy and annoying. Passing that part, the rest of the song is awesome, besides the occasional note being on purposely way off (I personally think applying an effect to the correct note would have had better results, but that's just me).

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DragonFireKai
on 2004-03-06 02:38:06

Yes, you are. unless you consider the background music harsh noise. Perhaps the download was corrupted? try downloading it again, it is a truly great song, and a shame for anything to diminish it.

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Eric Cartman
on 2003-12-21 19:36:15

Am I the only one who notices that there is some horrible background noise starting at 1:12 along with the other instruments? I usually like Ailsean's covers, and would've liked this too, but the background noise is annoying and doesn't go away until near the end :(

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.IceWinter.
on 2003-09-04 21:16:27

Any guitar song automatically goes in my top 10 list. 1:13 really starts off well with just strings then later joined with the guitar. It really makes a good combo.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Chrono Cross (Square, 1999, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"MAGICAL DREAMERS ~Wind and Stars and Waves~"

Tags (15)


Genre:
Folk, Rock
Mood:
Happy, Mellow
Instrumentation:
Bells, Electric Guitar, Hand Drums, Sitar, Strings, Synth
Additional:
Effects > Distortion
Production > Live Instruments
Regional > Appalachian
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Tempo: Moderate

File Information


Name:
Chrono_Cross_Nikki_Learns_a_Song_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,205,439 bytes
MD5:
c43d6ff98f4a35cc8dc0e353c5b520fe
Bitrate:
128Kbps
Duration:
5:20

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