ReMix: Super Mario Land "Reel Big Mario" 1:44

By jaxx, Tim Sheehy

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Arranging the music of one song...

"Main BGM #1"

Primary Game: Super Mario Land (Nintendo, 1989, GB), music by Hirokazu Tanaka

Posted 2001-11-22, evaluated by djpretzel


Kaijin and Jaxx team up for a ska-ish Super Marioland ReMix, named after (just a guess here, folks) the ska-ish band "Reel Big Fish". Of course, if I wish fishing, and I reeled in an Italian plumber, I'd probably through him back. Upbeat big-band sound, with rock drums, some groovy guitar, and brass covering most of the melody - I found the panning a little odd, with the brass very far right for a lead sound, but the integration of electric guitar and the very rich background work and brass presumably done by Kaijin is what's to like, as well as the slowdown-ending starting at 1'23" which has a very clean sound - I could have listened to an extended version of the ending for awhile longer, actually. Interesting and original stuff - the source material lends itself well to the style, and Kaijin & Jaxx take full advantage of this.

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Discussion

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Gnarly
on 2014-06-10 16:55:08

I am a huge Reel Big Fish fan. And I gotta agree, this track doesn't come close to resembling their style of music. Good track nonetheless.

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Stevoisiak
on 2013-06-21 14:10:06

While this mix really isn't anything TOO special, its pretty nice to listen to. Seems like the kind of mix you'd like to listen to once, but not the kind of thing you'd put in your music collection.

Give it at least a listen before you dismiss it. Its nice for what it is.

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42
on 2009-12-23 12:06:19

Imo, this comes off a little too fast, too strong, and a little too mechanical; it's like "in your face. Wham!"

Also the ending is also one of the most cop-out and unsatisfying endings I've heard in a while

it is pretty much the original with a few soloing bits, but it's near perfect at what it's trying to do.

Pretty much this ^

It's just the source melody plus big band musical context, but since it does do what it intends to do, for that I salute this mix.

While this is just an o.k. mix, I recommend passing on this one.

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ella guro
on 2009-12-05 03:55:21

I have absolutely zero interest in Reel Big Fish.

However, this mix makes me happy as fuck! I think it's a pretty perfect genre adaptation for the original song. It wouldn't get on OCR these days cause it is pretty much the original with a few soloing bits, but it's near perfect at what it's trying to do.

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goombapatrol
on 2009-01-23 00:00:16

we NEED more super mario land remixes.

seriously, i'm surprised there isn't more of them already.

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Dhsu
on 2008-11-10 20:12:21

The pads in the background make it sound a little muddy and the brass might not be the most realistic, but otherwise this is a great track that still holds up today. Reel big thumbs up!

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eric22222
on 2008-05-13 23:24:44

I'm a fan of the ska sound; not something I'd usually associate with Super Mario Land. It's upbeat, cheery, and I love it for that. The only thing that I don't like is how short it is, and that it kind of makes me think it's supposed to keep going after the ending.

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OA
on 2008-04-22 11:01:36

Catchy and fun, it definitely has a less-than-pristine live sound to it. Just a bit too much reverb, though it does help to mask the fakey brass a little.

The panning is effective and helps it from being complete mush sonically.

The drum partwriting and the guitar is where this mix shines though, as they are both very energetic and varied. Nice clean tone on the guitar as well.

I'm super disappointed in the "ending" though. You guys just get tired of the song or what? :/

Overall fun and a pretty classic older OCR track.

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Pink
on 2006-09-27 13:00:21

Oooh I love listening to this song from time to time! What we have here is a short, peppy, extremely "HAPPY" piece! If you need a little spark to put more spring into your step, turn on this song!

I really wish the actual BGM for Super Mario Land could've been this one... but unfortunatly... the Game Boy isn't the most... hmmm... "potent" device for music...

I'd love to see another remix done for the more oriental BGM that you hear later in the game because it's also a great song.

The only possible complaint I could bring up about this remix is just how short it is... it's so peppy... but it's gone so fast.

Definitely a good remix right here. It's well worth a listen.

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Benjamin Briggs
on 2006-02-05 16:02:34

This really isn't very similar to RBF at all. Still good, but it's barely ska.

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Keiseth
on 2006-01-25 15:08:16

Mario, Reel Big Fish style? What more could you want? I love it! Makes me want to find my SML cart. Made an awesome remix and brought back memories of a good game at the same time. Thanks!

I think you'll all agree when I say, we hate it when Bowser becomes successful!

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FretFull
on 2006-01-20 09:08:51

This mix is really great. It's a lot better than I imagined it would be when it was downloading. Lively, punky, down right awesomey.

Great job guys.

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lady zelda
on 2006-01-16 00:20:07

I haven't heard much from Reel Big Fish nor know too much about them, but it doesn't matter cuz I still love this mix! It's so uplifting with that upbeat brass and guitar. I get the perfect picture of flying through the sky on a beautiful sunny day with the summer breeze, and even if it's cloudy, this uplifting mix will clear the sky and there will be nothing but blue up above! Haha, that's me and my wild imagination, but what can I do? This mix just picks me up when I'm down! It's a must-have for everybody!

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Alianger
on 2005-08-11 16:34:14

i actually like the sml theme more than the others after hearing this :)

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Vash the Stampede
on 2004-05-08 15:23:39

DUDE, YOU KICKASS!!!!! Reel Big Fish has got to be one of my Top 5 favorite bands of ALL TIME, and you've COMPLETELY captured thier style and essance!! :P BRAVO BRAVO!! I LOVE this mix, it pwns me! LOL

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Super Mario Land (Nintendo, 1989, GB)
Music by Hirokazu Tanaka
Songs:
"Main BGM #1"

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Time > Duration: Short

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Super_Mario_Land_Reel_Big_Mario_OC_ReMix.mp3
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2,591,310 bytes
MD5:
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Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
1:44

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