Posted 2001-11-20, evaluated by djpretzel


Jaxx gives us a split personality Sonic ReMix, opening up with very ballsy speed rock that'll wake you up faster than a triple espresso, but at 1'18" segueing into a downtempo, jazzier brass version with some guitar meandering. Very shnazz - kinda sounds like Green Day gets interrupted by Frank Sinatra (sans vocals, o' course). Some great playing here - I have to confess I prefer the first half over the second, if only because it is very loud, very fast, very good, and very Jaxx. But with the latter half it's almost like a two-for-one-for-one-low-price sorta thing, which is always groovy by me, and illustrates versatility. A fun Jaxxian romp in the best sense of the phrase, well worth your time.

djpretzel

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Crulex
on 2011-04-19 14:16:01

This was......interesting, so say the least. Not that I didn't like it. The genre switch was actually pretty cool. The production just seemed a bit....meh, but it was still okay with me. About the only thing that turns me off is the dead-stop ending. I can totally dig it.

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Marmiduke
on 2009-12-17 07:12:35

THIS is a remix. It's a to-the-point rush that takes the source melody, scrunches it into a ball and shapes it into something distinct yet instantly recognisable. I'm hardpressed to choose which section I liked best as both are remarkably cool and have held up throughout the many years its been around for.

There are enough ideas present for this to be expanded to two mixes (or merely a longer one.) I hate the fact this ends so quickly and almost without much care at all, almost as if it runs off a cliff and disappears into blackness... but I can excuse that for the sheer luck that the mix is here at all.

This impresses the hell out of me, and I honestly think this represents one of the purest statements of what this site is all about. It's a combination of liberal, conservative, fresh and nostalgic elements working simultaneously towards the one vision. It's just a shame there are a few imperfections thrown in along with it.

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evktalo
on 2009-05-05 07:25:03

I like the genre switch, that worked well for me. The bass writing in the swing section was quite bad, it really throws me off. Walking bass should support the piece instead of wander aimlessly. The heavy distortion lead guitar in the first half was somewhat choppy in both sound and performance. There also seem to be a few guitar note choices that could've been chosen more carefully in both sections.

Looks like nobody else in this thread minded these things much, though, so you should check it out. The first section was pleasantly energetic and apart from the bass the swing section was decent as well.

--Eino

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Platonist
on 2008-09-29 19:11:07

a definite classic here @ ocr..

been loving this one since i first got here in 2002

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OA
on 2008-09-29 12:57:10

Guitar tone was a bit grainy on the leads, but the rhythms sounded nice, and there was a lot of energy to keep this one moving. Very rocking, and though I thought the transition was pretty weak, the second section was a cool direction to go in.

I was grooving on it, and then it abruptly ended. :/

Production was a bit rougher but worked overall, but the transition and ending were a little lazy. Still holds up pretty well though. :-)

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eskiya
on 2007-02-07 09:30:08

Hi,

I am a fanatic guitar player, and I really really like that song.

http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR00459/

I couldn figure out the tab, only a few places. My request would be a tab version of this song.

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Bummer
on 2006-07-13 10:08:29

This remix makes me smile, how this arrangement goes from agressive and fast punk rock into a calm and jamming country session is beyond my mind.

Then I guess I too need to decide which part I like most. The first part was definitly kicking ass and exciting, but it sounded almost too chaotic for me. Too much action. I found the other half more relaxing and enjoyable, since I'm bit of a fan of acoustic guitar.

This remix is like a battery, two different ways to use a guitar in each end, but when you sum it up it becomes even. There's a big chans that at least one side will interest someone, so everyone who haven't listened to this yet really should.

Another smash hit from J, A, double-X. Tune in.

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Ujjay
on 2006-07-01 14:59:43

Dude this is fuckin' ace!

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Gall
on 2005-02-28 16:42:10

good song jaxx, but i guess you could of made each part seperate and made them longer? either way, i love the song, and it had me in it's spells for weeks before i decided to get another "fix" here at OC.... =D

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Nase
on 2004-10-04 15:38:24

First half sounds like Green Day featuring Brian May. Very cool.

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SynthesizedStampede
on 2004-01-29 00:02:22

6/10

I loved the rock influence the whole time. It wasn't that calming tune I loved, yet it still was great. The upbeat uh...beat really got me off guard, so it took me awhile to get used to, but when I did I loved it...then the soft rock/jazzy like part came. That totally turned me off, even til today. No offense, but I really dislike this tune(but others really do). It sounded too much like Mario (0_o), and I just didn't like it. But everything else was great.

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wpifirebane
on 2004-01-28 15:31:16

The increased tempo for this song totally changes the effect it gives. It's not a bad thing, though, in fact it's quite good. The build up is great, until the ending. I think the song ended a bit prematurely. The contrast between the two halves is done well, but splitting this into two shotrter songs would not hurt it.

Overall, I enjoyed this song though, a lot.

90.5%. Excellent!

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SoUnDoLe
on 2003-07-04 04:11:46

I love this, the overpowering guitar chords are really fun and the ska type takeover later on shows some very funky effects. A very listenable mix. I'd give it probably9.5\10 because I really loved the heavy hitting but nice rhythms of the chord patterns in the first half, which are reminiscent of some of the tracks out of sonic adventure 2. Very nice, and as DJP put it, the first half does sound a lot like greenday, don't agree with the Frank Sinatra bit though :)

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Eccles
on 2003-07-03 05:34:54

WOOO!

I really like this one ^_^

The only gripe I have is the slow half.

While its not bad by any means, it sounds like a mix of two remixes...which I dont like, I would have preferred an all fast rocky one and an all slower Jazzy one than this.

Nevertheless, Im keeping it because its just so awesome.

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Moogle!
on 2003-05-10 13:21:31

The first part of this sounds like something I would expect to hear in one of the SA games. Veery eenterestiing.............

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega, 1991, GEN)
Music by Masato Nakamura
Songs:
"Star Light Zone"

Tags (14)


Genre:
Jazz, Rock
Mood:
Aggressive, Happy, Jazzy
Instrumentation:
Brass, Electric Guitar, Hand Drums
Additional:
Production > Live Instruments
Time > 4/4 Time Signature
Time > Duration: Short
Time > Tempo: Fast
Time > Tempo: Slow
Time > Tempo: Variable

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Sonic_the_Hedgehog_Lightning_Star_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
3,513,454 bytes
MD5:
f5581377bc961ba4b51d8ad2eff94514
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
2:23

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