Posted 2001-03-13, evaluated by djpretzel
Anyone that follows this site knows by now that I'm not actually the biggest squaresoft guy, and am more of a Phantasy Star / Lunar chap when it comes to RPGs, but I can still appreciate great music when I hear it. I really did try to play FF8, but the menu system was so convoluted that it drove me insane. I will say that FF9 is much better - if I could just find the damn time to play! Pollard sends in this ReMix of one of FF8's 'vocal' tracks, with some Omen-style chanting of miscellany latin phrases, and some quality techno backbone. I wouldn't classify this as a ReMix that takes chances or innovates on too many levels, but it's solid material and for anyone lookin' for some FF8 trax done justice with kickin' beats, look no further. I did like particularly the static 'record needle' ambiance at 1'05".
on 2010-10-29 02:25:56
on 2009-12-09 22:05:40
I'm feeling like the vocals aren't in the same chord as the background that is playing, and it's really driving me nuts. This song never worked for me, mostly for that reason. Sorry.
on 2009-10-04 01:33:58
There were some parts that were enjoyable here and really clicked, but it pretty much sits on cruise control for most of the mix and doesn't really go anywhere.
And, on a personal note, I absolutely can't stand those vocal samples anywhere I hear them :\ I don't know what it is about them, but they always grind my gears.
on 2009-10-04 00:45:17
I've always thought of this as an actual remix, and not a rearrangement. Can't say this was terribly impressive though, as it doesn't really do much with the ample source material.
on 2008-03-13 04:59:43
Yeah, the track feels a little lacking. It's a pretty old track and it shows in the production in my opinion. The sounds don't really mesh that well and it sounds thrown together and not that original. I quite dislike the bass, for example. It's not that bad overall though, the voice sample use is intresting and the chips beats thing could well work, but it's kinda half-baked as it is.
on 2008-01-16 10:49:09
I'm not the first person to say this piece is interesting, but although I like Fools Gold by the Stone Roses (where the inspiration for the looping drum comes from, I'm assuming. They both sound very similar) and i liked the original Liberi Fatali, this crossover just doesn't tickle my pickle really.
Sorry Matt, but as a fan of both pieces by their own, and as good as the splice might sound to others, it just fails to float my boat.
on 2007-06-21 17:00:16
I think using more of the voices and mixing them in with the cool chiptunes would have made it better. What is kindof strange to me is that without the voices, I don't think the song would have been very good, but the voices by themselves would be lame as well. I guess what i'm trying to say is that remix isn't just the sum of it's parts, and is good but not great.
on 2007-01-16 05:04:23
I love the original version of Liberi Fatali, but I have to say that I have a much better time remembering how the opening of FFVIII played when I listen to Pollard's mix. Love the organ work, and the addition of drums makes it fairly fun. I think the only thing I didn't like was the inclusion of the vocals. They seemed a bit too flat for perkiness of the remix. Other than that, this is be my favourite FFVIII remix.
on 2005-10-28 02:35:44
I really did try to play FF8, but the menu system was so convoluted that it drove me insane. I will say that FF9 is much better.
Agreed, still haven´t cleared it, but the music is sooo good.
For the song, it´s hard for me to recognize the track. I mean, the lyrics with is 100% obvious of course, but just the melody is hard enuff. Kudos to master pollard, this is like that program "The Swan", but now mp took a classical symphonic piece and updated it to the age of techno, nice done dude. I can feel it! Come on!
on 2005-02-26 15:44:43
this is by far one of the most interesting remixes ive heard. It was one of my first ones too. I greatly enjoyed the synthness after wethosand lusec parts. The vynle esque sounds are coll aswell. a very good remix to say the least.
on 2005-02-24 19:16:52
Dude. I could listen to this all day long if I wanted. So autumn-sunsetty. I love the whole 8-bit-ish-ness. Part of it (0:16 - 0:32) reminded me of the bonus level in Battletoads Battlemaniacs. Though I think you can go farther with the voices - they're a little too... little in the mix. I want more of them! In fact, this whole mix leaves me a little bereft somehow. It's not quite... complete. That's the word. I want to reach out a hand and help it - or hope it reaches its hand out to me and finishes the job.
Anyways, don't mind my rant. Good job.
on 2004-06-10 18:26:37
Very nicely done. Completely reportrays the song, and yet still recognizable. I really liked the normal "Liberi Fatali" though, so that might just be me.
on 2003-05-20 23:36:09
I really would have enjoyed the song more with more of the vocals. It definitely drew me in, but I think it would make the song that much more special.
on 2002-08-21 04:48:32
I thought this mix is well deserved of a "sweet!"
Having never heard the origional gives me a nice neutral perspective on it as a standalone peice tho not remix. Love the voices, couldve made it longer without losing my interest.
on 2002-06-05 04:55:46
Final Fantasy VIII 'Liberi Fatali Overhaul'
Matt Pollard really knows his stuff. This is a great example of how
throwing a drum track over an original can sound great. And since he's
better than just slapping down some dirty looping he builds on it with
a chippish organ patch, sort of a dirty saw wave thing. Chewy.
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