ReMix: Shenmue 'Come to Bob's Pizza'
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"Come to Bob's piiiiizaa!"
Dale North gives us some very quirky, creative, and musical mixage of a nature you wouldn't expect from Shenmue. Well, unless you played it and specifically remember Bob's Pizza and the brief music associated with it. Dale's taken what little was there and expanded on it with a piece that's largely original but plays off the theme and even features custom English replacements for the Japanese vocals. Dale didn't know exactly what they were saying, so he went with a jazzy-white-guy-chorus doing "Come to Bob's Pizza" that's very kitsch and fits in well. Otherwise the piece is a brief foray into what I would actually classify as good smooth jazz. Electric piano is overpowering, heavy on the tine, and uber-heavy on the stereo tremolo, beats are good and gradually develop through layering, and there's even some string stabs and a crystal clear monoglide lead that come in as well. We don't have much if any music on the site that sounds like this - it's quirky, it's unique, it covers music that (in all likelihood) only Dale would cover, and though it's the only piece from Mr. North I've heard in the genre, it shows a pretty deep understanding of the common ingredients and construction. Take a break from the electronica and orchestral a bit, relax, put together a nice vodka Red Bull (assuming you're of legal age and have the affinity - see also Johnnie Walker), and chill to the flow. Of course, given the length, you may want to loop it a few times, and don't be surprised if afterwards you've got the sudden craving for a large pizza with double extra cheese. A recommended respite.
- docnano on January 4, 2011
- WesternZypher on December 25, 2010
- MechaFone on December 19, 2010
Musically, the source is pretty basic, and this mix doesn't stretch it to any new bounds at all. The faux-jazz, lounge pop direction suits it pretty well, but I think most of the legs are in the back end of the piece. The beginning is a flood of low tones, overwhelming on my headphones (but I'm sure is less of a problem on speakers) and threw me off slightly. But by the end, and with the vocals as an especially nice touch, things resolve decently and the I think the intended sound of the mix is achieved. It has distinction, and is wisely brief.
A small, fun track from a master of versatility and family restaurant plugging.
- Marmiduke on March 13, 2010
- TheHoboMan on January 11, 2010
And then it all came flooding back to me! :D
This track is lovely, capturing the ambience perfectly and makes for great easy listening music. While not one of my favourite OCR tracks, it makes for very pleasant listening :D
- _heartilly_ on June 6, 2009
man they don't make mixes like these anymore, very special 9 out of 10, man i being completely bias xD
- Ascendancy on March 17, 2009
It is time that I express my love in the time-honored tradition of writing a review. In this case, maybe I'll have pizza for lunch as well. :P
Great soundscape, the panning tremelo is a bit much on headphones, but sounds lovely on speakers. The instruments used are pretty classic Dale North, who shares my affinity with early-mid 90's pop, but adds a few surprises, most notably his excellent singing voice. The lyrics silly of course, but it adds some personality to an otherwise brief mix. The synth that comes in at the end is also great.
Overall this is a fun and classic mix. Check it out if you haven't already. :-)
- OA on March 16, 2009
- MechaFone on December 3, 2007
- ChloroPhil on December 13, 2006
BTW the voice is out of the game... Though I always thought it was 'Thatsa' good pizza' but... Maybe Dale changed it, but he did a HELLA' good impression.
- Knowname on March 6, 2006
- ghaleon on January 24, 2005
EDIT: Wait... that voice is YOU, Dale? *laughs again* Very nice way to plug your own voice.
- Jered Cain on October 2, 2004
- PotatoeCS on January 24, 2004
- DarkWolf on July 11, 2003