ReMix: DuckTales 'The Amazon Session'

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Alright - Gux kicks it back with some very lighthearted ducktales ReMixage. Though from the title you might think this would be laden with jungle breaks or have a more primal sound to it, it actually closely resembles happy Hawaiian music, with a nice jazz guitar that does lead and backing chords, a SLICK jazz brush kit that even takes a solo itself, what sounds like an accordion, a more open, clean guitar, and an upright bass. The arrangement is so smooth, though, that the real magic is how these instruments play off one another, do tradeoffs, carry the track at certain points or take a backstage at others. Gux REALLY knows how to arrange for different genres and ensembles, a very difficult and important skill. Big kudos in my book for this one, a hard ReMix to make right.

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
OA
on 2009-03-19 11:48:25
Hot arrangement that is brought down by it's dated samples. Even as is, it's still a pretty effective mix.
I love the upbeat nature of this one, and even with the weakass samples, and bland production, there is a ton of personalization put into all the parts, and lots of velocity and mod changes.
I seriously can't tell if the guitar is sequenced or live. That's care put into a lead line.
While nothing will top the moon theme as my favorite track from the game, this is a pretty solid entry too, especially considering the age of the mix.
Nice work :-D
Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 17:37:40
A really awesome, fun piece. I love all of the solos, they're amazing.
bladiator
on 2008-06-16 13:08:48
I loved this mix. It definitely got a 3 times through listen as I went through all the songs. Very lighthearted and upbeat without a random need for crazy dissonance to "spice" it up (except for a few times in the solos, but I guess I'll let that go). There weren't a lot of surprises here, and I don't have a problem with that. It started happy, ended happy, and made me happy.
Nice work.
KogeJoe
on 2007-01-24 02:33:46
Hah hah!!! I hated this song in the original game.
But it's like, the only Amazon re-mix on here, and I was just curious to hear what they did with it.
VERY surprised. I would have never thought of re-mixing it in this genre. The whole time I felt I was at this Hawa'iian luau. The chords of the song just lend themselves to it too!
It WOULD be interesting to hear this live, with like a real slide guitar and everything.
Kudos!
Liontamer
on 2006-05-10 02:10:22
Kind of surprised I never saw Mustin comment on this one, but maybe he wasn't feeling it. This would sound great performed (and further arranged) by The OneUps. Great arrangement, Gustav. Volume was a little too subdued, but the ideas and execution are solid. Definitely an overlooked favorite.
Bummer
on 2005-09-30 10:33:47
Aloha!
This is as the name says, a jam session, a very good session if I might say. Although it´s supposed to be a place that´s haunted by bees and gorillas that doesn´t like ducks with with tall hats, I´m agreeing with pretzel that this has more of an Hawaiian or at least beach feeling. I don´t really knows what´s playing the lead, but it sure sounds good. Tune in this great work from Gux while you can.
Aloha!
Txai
on 2005-06-21 14:19:36
This ReMix is quite brilliant. I love the instruments played here. Great arrangement, great composition. This is an excellent example of VERY NICE works. Lovely.
dmauro
on 2005-05-03 21:13:14
deshrill wrote: Wow, this is great. It's Duck Tales meets Super Mario RPG!

Wow, I was just thinking the same thing. Fun fun mix!
jordex
on 2005-05-03 19:54:30
Ah this truely is a great remix! I don't recognize the song but alot of it does sound extremely familiar. I just can't say how much I enjoyed this piece, it's so laid back but motivating at the same time, Gux just did an excellent job on this!
_Reaper_
on 2004-08-18 17:26:53
Wow, what a great ReMix. I had almost forgotten about what Ducktales sounded like when I stumbled upon this piece, and it brought all the great memories of smacking anthropomorphic dogs on the head with a cane flooding right back. Good show.
Lie Mf B
on 2004-08-15 15:07:42
Yeah, awesome! Great organic, genuine feel to it (on top of what everybody else said)
deshrill
on 2004-04-15 07:53:25
Wow, this is great. It's Duck Tales meets Super Mario RPG!
Very easy listening... Reminds me of some tracks from the recent Mario/Zelda Big Band album.
Stealwool
on 2003-12-26 01:02:36
I love this song, it's got to be at least my second favorite (after Star Selzman's own Incredible Singing Robot). I keep playing seconds 24-28 over and over again to here that great transistion. Seriously 10 out of 10.
Epic1044
on 2003-09-24 19:28:44
I think "Amazon" was meant to be heard like this. The instrumentation is perfect, the execution is ALMOST. The mellow jazz guitar at the beginning sings the melody in front of a laid-back accordian. They switch for the second verse. The solos go well with the song too.
Just a couple of hiccups. The first one is a judgement call, but I wish the awesome countermelody at 0:28 would've made it into this remix. The second one is more technical. The acoustic guitar in the third verse needs a little tweaking. It was obviously played on a keyboard, because it issues a loud TWANG above a certain volume. The result is sporadic twanging that covers up the melody underneath. (You'll hear what I mean). It's no big thing, just something that's always dogged a keyboard guitar voice.
Props to the composer, and I love the ending.
Eccles
on 2003-08-06 20:06:32
Wonderful instrument selection...love it.
I love when it goes jivey, with the swing drums playin....brilliant ^_^
I have to say I prefer the first part of the song...where the original melody is played on the electric(?) guitar...though Im not a huge fan of when the acoustic plays it...its the way the notes sound to me that does it...they sound obviously plucked...which Im not a fan of.
The ending is good...and puts me in mind of those french films when something slow like that plays while a broody poet reccounts his life...like that.
And the ending is pretty good too...the little one beat stab (for want of a better word) cant fail in making me smile....