ReMix: Xenogears "Awakening (Latin Radio Edit)" 1:52

By mp

Arranging the music of one song...

"Awakening"

Primary Game: Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1), music by Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2001-06-23, evaluated by djpretzel


Gettin' creative! Pollard gets a little bit of mambo in his life, a little bit of Yasunori Mitsuda by his side with this LatinRadioEdit XG ReMix. I have to yell at him a bit though, as having a short song is no excuse to up your bitrate THAT high . . . I think 192Kbps will do, Mr. Pollard ^^ Whattawegot? Fantastic brass, a very groovy bongo-conga laden drum track, and a FANTASTIC to-die-for breakdown from 1'08" to 1'28" - kickass section of a kickass track. It's weird, because most of XG's music is Celtic-inspired, so to hear it through a mexican / latin filter is strange, but the ReMixer definitely pulls it off. Even does intro static to simulate a radio, which scarily reminds me of "(I'm on a) Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo, which any 80's buff should remember. Great stuff, new territory, short but sweet from Mr.P

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Liontamer
on 2018-06-14 16:28:54

Super-dated sounding brass, but agreed that this was fun though short. Fun concept by Matt that would be cool for someone else to pick up and expand upon, if they were feeling inspired by the potential here.

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Bahamut
on 2009-09-30 03:41:38

This is a pretty interesting approach to the original track - I don't think I ever envisioned it being done in a mexican/spanish sort of style. My only real complaint is how short it is for such a novel approach :-( .

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42
on 2008-12-13 23:03:08

very smooth :-)

very upbeat:-)

very short :-(

Definitely a cool mix, though. :nicework:

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Master_Yoshi
on 2008-12-11 02:10:26

TOO SHORT!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted this to go on forever and ever and ever! It was just too much fun to listen to... Great beat, good instrumentation, awesome balance throughout... why did it have to end so quickly??

Short form: I loved it!

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K.B.
on 2008-12-06 11:45:15

Very nifty. Any time someone can take an amazing source tune, take it in a wildly different direction, and still have a excellent result is worthy of commendation. I was lukewarm on this one at first, then the keyboard/bongo breakdown came in at 1:08. When the climax hit at 1:22 I was sold; even with all the new ideas he had crammed in this mix (speaking of, the WYWH-ish radio intro/transition is clutch), mp had managed to retain a sense of the fervor and dread expressed in the source... toned down just right so it's both powerful and catchy. Well done, sir.

EDIT: I found the extended mix. Google "matt pollard awakening -edit" (or "matt pollard awakening extended latin"); yes, I did the obligatory facepalm for not thinking of "-edit" earlier. If you're curious, check it for the additional piano breakdown and the xylophone. It's not as polished though. I prefer the ocr-edited version... short and catchy = very addicting.

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DragonAvenger
on 2007-12-15 09:05:14

I don't know the source, so I can't comment on that, but it sounds pretty Mitsuda to me from hearing this mix.

The brass sounds are pretty good considering this was 2001, they've held up well. Percussion defiantely has that latin flair, which is nice.

The shortness of the mix is the biggest gripe, though it seems as though MP has fixed that with an extended version somewhere. This is a good one to pick up (and then get the extended version!).

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Chickenwarlord
on 2007-12-03 22:16:56

Well, it's pretty much a reimagining in style with not a lot of rearrangement, but I do like the latin flair that Mr. Pollard puts into the piece. There are some things that could easily be dropped from this, most notably the somewhat annoying 'record static'. I really like the more subdued percussion element.

The horns, while weak, are serviceable enough and will most likely be everyone's biggest gripe about the piece.

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Tensei
on 2007-12-02 05:43:27

An unexpected take and arrangement of the original, I like it a lot, and I'm surprised that this mix has that few reviews. It's definitely interesting to hear how the piano-ostinato suddenly makes the melody completely latin-sounding. The percussion didn't jump out at me, but it does live up to the standard latin song-standard. The brass tends to get a bit on the blatty side, but we're talking 2001 here so who cares?

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OA
on 2006-12-27 00:38:54

Great percussion, especially during the piano solo!

The brass is good, if a little overly similar to the original, but the mix really shines in the creative differences made when deviating from the source, namely the great drums throughout.

...too short though. :/

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Navi
on 2005-03-30 02:02:19

So why the slack on the amount of reviews of this excellent yet short song? It's an awesome take on the original. Give it some love.

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Deryck Khusial
on 2003-10-28 04:23:57
http://squareamp.com. pick up the extended mix and treat yourself to its fine piece of craftsmanship. hearing pollard go breakbeat On that piano just makes me wanna trip roll
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orkybash
on 2002-06-05 22:15:27

Xenogears 'Awakening (Latin Radio Edit)'

OK, now, I don't want any bitrate complaints on this one! All jokes aside, though, I really enjoyed this both for it's arrangement quality and it's creative take on the original song. I would complain here about it being underdeveloped, but that's not the case as Matt Pollard found the heart to release an extended mix of this. I don't know where you can find it (maybe vgmix.com has it?) but if you can track it down, go for it. If not, this one's still good.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"Awakening"

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Xenogears_Awakening_(Latin_Radio_Edit)_OC_ReMix.mp3
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Bitrate:
224Kbps
Duration:
1:52

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