ReMix: Streets of Rage "Retouch the Boss (Short Edit)" 4:39

By fuzznec

Arranging the music of one song...

"Attack the Barbarian"

Primary Game: Streets of Rage (Sega, 1991, GEN), music by Yuzo Koshiro

Posted 2002-03-13, evaluated by djpretzel


It's been a long time since FuZZneK's last ReMix of Castlevania 4 (Prologue Painmix) back in 2000, but I'm glad he's back. MR_44 already submitted some excellent coverage of this boss theme from Streets of Rage (A Yuzo Koshiro masterpiece), which rocked quite hard, but FuZZneK's own take also has some heavy beats and formidable mixage to offer (get 'em both, ya ninny!). Going for a cleaner sound that's not quite as biting but no less groovy, this mix starts off with some fast-and-furious cars going by with that good ole doppler effect, then the evil bass and four-on-the-floor drum track starts kickin' posterior. Actually, the drums remind of some of Jivemaster's tracks, with have similar heavy and groovematic feel to them (good thing). What positively sets this mix over the top, and is the best thing FuZZneK could have done, is the siren manipulation at 1'39" . . . damn . . . I played that twenty seconds of the track over about ten times. It's a musical moment, beautifully implemented. From then out this mix maintains its extremely high energy level, with a different bassline that instead of a rigid pattern is a nebulous, undulating pitch bend. Track exits on thicker descending chords, followed by drums only for a few bars. Good, solid, heavy-hitting stuff which again I think Yuzo Koshiro would dig. Someone has to call the man up some day, and - after telling him how much of a deity he is - see if he's heard of and/or digs OC ReMix. Anyway, definitely recommend this one, esp. if you're into heavy-hitting synth techno.

djpretzel

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WesternZypher
on 2011-12-30 12:19:25

Repetitive, but good background music for bashing Abobos or defeating ninja clans whilst walking the Big City streets at night.

I'm always sad when I see these one-time mixes, be they recent or from OCR's past.:(

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Rexy
on 2011-12-03 19:06:13

Considering this is from 2002, it's not a bad track; I might've fallen in love with this due to my fascination with the genre at the time. Even then it might've split some people apart with the random sound effects thrown in, but I didn't see it to be too big a distractant.

It's a hard source tune to arrange too given that it's mostly groove-dominated, but it's been broken down enough to form enough room for interpretation. Nowadays it may pale now with its more minimalist writing and repetitive nature, but for what it is it sounded pretty decent depending on one's SFX tolerance.

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Bahamut
on 2009-09-13 01:38:35

I'm not sure what to think about with this mix, excepting the production of course. I'm not familiar with the original source, but I feel like there was a lot lacking in instrumentation, and perhaps it could've been expanded a little more.

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Master_Yoshi
on 2008-12-30 18:21:49

Ok man the siren is all types of win.

I'm not really sure what to think of this, let alone how to put those confuddled thoughts into words. This is just... huh....

This is the type of thing you play in a club where you have black lights and lots of neon paint sprayed on the walls, flashing lights going off everywhere and nobody actually is listening to the song because they are all just too damn happy to care about anything except dancing.

That in mind, this mix is exactly that. Something that you mix in when dj'ing and don't worry about it. The people that are there listening to this will love you for putting on a video game track (if they recognize it) and everyone else will just keep dancing. Yeah......

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Kizyr
on 2008-12-05 18:58:28

It's an all-right ambient track, but nothing else is really pulling me in about it to be honest. It sounds like a lot of repeated sound effects, although admittedly with an okay structure behind it. I can see this as a short 15-second clip or an interlude, but not as a full song on its own. KF

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Nutritious
on 2008-12-05 16:17:01
"Green ReMix needs melody badly!"

So I am traveling through this dungeon with my homies Green ReMix, Yellow Phat beatz, and some other dude, I forget who; who cares anyways?

Anyways, we are running around bustin stuff up and all of a sudden, we see some scrumptious melody right behind a ghost generator and a bunch of ghosts.

Being the total dick that he is, Yellow Phat beatz totally caps the melody!

"Yellow Phat beatz has shot the melody!"

Seriously, who does he think he is? We can't finish the dungeon with just Phat beatz alone, we need to work as a team.

It's not to the point where "Green ReMix is about to die", but some extra melody wouldn't hurt. Yellow Phat beatz just needs to chill, imo.

Lol, OA sums it up well here. Guantlet references aside, this comes across as a lot of focus on backing elements without much melodic content. Square-ish lead does enter later, but doesn't do much to lift the track up IMO.

On the positive side, you can tell a lot of effort was put into integrating different sound effects and getting some contrast out of them to support the mix.

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DragonAvenger
on 2007-12-11 22:08:31

The siren is a sweet idea. Nicely implemented.

Everything else is kinda mediocre to me. Perhaps not knowing the source affects that, but I'm not feeling this.

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OA
on 2007-05-04 12:13:59

"Green ReMix needs melody badly!"

So I am traveling through this dungeon with my homies Green ReMix, Yellow Phat beatz, and some other dude, I forget who; who cares anyways?

Anyways, we are running around bustin stuff up and all of a sudden, we see some scrumptious melody right behind a ghost generator and a bunch of ghosts.

Being the total dick that he is, Yellow Phat beatz totally caps the melody!

"Yellow Phat beatz has shot the melody!"

Seriously, who does he think he is? We can't finish the dungeon with just Phat beatz alone, we need to work as a team.

It's not to the point where "Green ReMix is about to die", but some extra melody wouldn't hurt. Yellow Phat beatz just needs to chill, imo.

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Liontamer
on 2006-05-10 02:24:51

A decent enough remix if you're not demanding. Really just drags on as soon as the melody comes in. Everything after 2:36 has almost nothing to do with SoR except for that siren. It's just not well put-together. If this is the "Short Edit", then don't put me anywhere near the full version, sorry.

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Vlad Tepes Drac
on 2003-11-16 11:53:54

HAha...funny thing cause just last night i forced my friend to get his Sega Genesis system out and we played some Streets of Rage! LOL then today i see this mix on here...haha :P

Oh well lets see now *goes to download it*

hmm! This mix is alrite, doesnt really work for me that much! Maybe its the techno style (even though im a huge fan of techno music), just the way stuff is put together isnt very favourable with me, i like the main rhythm and beat tho!

Keep working at it tho :)

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cluthu
on 2003-11-16 11:08:43
What I don't get is why only djPretzel reviewed this song!!!

Seconded. The fact that this song hasn't (apparently) garnered any attention is an absolute crime. Though I admit that I'm someone biased towards high-tempo techno remixes on this site, I really think that you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to give this excellent song a listen. As djp mentions, the siren effects are just fantastic, I think you'd be hard pressed to not rewind and give them a listen. Additionally, I like how the song begins on somewhat of a slow note with the cars passing by, pulls you in with the bass hits, then starts going at a break-neck pace only to mellow out once again as the track concludes. This one's definitely going to be in my playlist for a considerable time.

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maplejet
on 2003-10-08 22:13:40

I remembered facing off the bosses in Streets of Rage, probably one of the best beat-em-up games of all-time. It was a nice techno song. Loved the beats too and the use of some sirens. There isn't really any other music that can be done here, but it was a great song.

What I don't get is why only djPretzel reviewed this song!!!!

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orkybash
on 2002-05-31 21:06:49

Streets of Rage 'Retouch the Boss (Short Edit)'

Solid techno track here. Highlight is, as djp pointed out, the ingenious siren effects. If there's one thing to complain about, it's the lack of melodic content for most of it, but it's easy enough to get lost in the driving beats that you don't even notice. If this is a short edit, I'd really be interested in hearing the whole thing! Definitely a worthwhile download.

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Primary Game:
Streets of Rage (Sega, 1991, GEN)
Music by Yuzo Koshiro
Songs:
"Attack the Barbarian"

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