ReMix: Street Fighter II: The World Warrior 'Guile's Theme (R.A.H. Mix)'

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The "R.A.H." here stands for 'Real American Hero', referring both to the nationality and G.I.Joe-ness of the track in question's namesake. Rayza gives us our first Guile mix from the beloved, original Street Fighter 2, in a trance/techno fashion. For the first time, I ran into something myself that I'd seen other ReMixers come up against: you've just started working on a mix, and someone else completes a mix of the same song, from the same game, in essentially the same genre. I thought I could count on Rayza to mix the obscure Tinheads of the gaming world, but in this case he beat me to the punch (or should I say, "Sonic Boom") with a techno arrangement of Guile's tunage. I'm still up in the air as to whether I'll complete my own rendition, switch genres, or what, as Rayza's take is good and satisfies the aching need for some Guile electronica in the halls of OCR. But enough tangential anecdote - Rayza delivers as usual with a tight, titillating techno track. Okay, fine, it might not actually qualify as "titillating", I just threw that in there for alliterative purposes. You got your offbeat sub-bass, delayed and verbed trance synths, gating effects, snare rolls, kick-kick/clap drums, and a smooth, gliding mono-lead that has some nice vibrato trails. Could have gone a bit further on the programming for the lead - mix it up a bit, break to a duo at one point, or something - but the vibrato by itself still adds some life. The ending is sorta downbeat, with a lonesome bell pad augmenting the underbelly of the track as it fades out on a resonant synth pad. Solid, professional trance arrangement of a tune in need of some lovin' from Rayza - I still felt like it was missing that one little detail, those few bars, or that one original harmony that makes an indelible mark upon ears and mind, which most of his other mixes have. But you can't argue with good instruments, good arrangement, and tried-and-true, high-quality genre work too much, either. Good stuff from Rayza - now the Guile fans have some representin' goin' on, to keep all the Ryu (and co.) pieces company. Bust out your camo, your combs, and your goofy hairdos :)

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Discussion: Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Ryrynz
on 2012-08-22 07:40:35
You know how much I love this man.. It's the definitive Guile remix. I want a higher quality of this so bad.. Would love you to return to this with a nice fresh HQ release.
Nutritious
on 2009-07-04 15:25:28
You can pretty much instantly tell this is a Rayza track, especially when that synth lead comes in. Pretty straight-forward arrangement, but very well executed. Good change-ups between various sections in the song. Not too long of a track, but I don't think that's a bad thing - could've run the risk of overstaying its welcome that way. Solid remix.
Marmiduke
on 2009-06-29 06:16:14
Good showing from Rayza. Not exactly pushing the envelope as far as his standards, but when the product is this good, why push it?
The relationships between the sounds isn't perfect, or as good as it has been in other mixes. For me, this didn't gel completely. The synths were just beyond the sweetspot that I like and am accustomed to, but it's not a real big deal. It's not exactly a flaw that it doesn't reach my own personal perfect level of satisfaction.
From anyone else, playing the techno card again and again might have become stale and something to dread. But Rayza once again proves that attention to detail and great song choice goes a long way at expanding a genre's boundaries. More than adequate effort and a great track.
OA
on 2009-06-01 15:25:30
A no-frills but definitely cool Guile dance mix. It starts out with a nice build and there a synthy-sounding mandolin thing that I think is awesome- probably the detail of the track that is the most memorable for me. Synths were a bit generic, but effective, and while the beat didn't scream at me to get dancing, it was good enough for me to DJP to. :-)
Lucentas
on 2008-12-06 21:17:27
Such an awesome mix...makes me want to get up and dance. Extremely well done.
Nineko
on 2006-12-19 12:25:06
Somehow close to the original, but very well done. The sound quality here is excellent, and the genre isn't pushed to its limit, resulting in a song that is enjoyable by a big audience. Some touches of class here and there make this one really good.
Slime Master
on 2005-02-20 02:26:56
With the exception of the part around 1:40 or so this mix is actually better than the original version. Maybe, they will use this mix of the song if they ever decide to make a Street Fighter 2 remake. (after all they are remaking the DKC games :) )
BlueMage
on 2004-11-09 20:45:55
Great remix of Guile....and I know that bit it merges into about midway through from SOMEWHERE...I just can't remember where....eh, awesome track regardless.
Fire_wolf
on 2004-09-23 07:37:27
Wow, this remix track takes me back to the first time i played Street Fighter 2 as Guile.
To you the person who done this track, thanks for a great track. Hope you make more. 8)
While i'm here has anyone done a remix track of shadow of the beast, when you enter the castle. :?:
Ryudo_of_Destiny
on 2003-07-31 12:39:00
I would love to to be playing Street Fighter with this music playing in the background. This song absolutely ROCKS. *Ahem*
rebirth9283
on 2003-04-21 01:23:59
Well, well, well. What do we have here?
Let me first say that I grew up on SF2. And I have no trouble admitting that I was an enormous fan of Guile. And I don't remember his theme track. All I remember about Guile was his gritty pilot persona and the fact that of all the characters in the game, he had the deepest storyline.
With the wonderful bit of reminiscence out of the way, to the song. With mixes like these, it's no mystery that SF2 is a Capcom game. The melody is (for all I can remember) Guile's theme, but the style of the piece SCREAMS MegaMan (which is one of the biggest compliments I can pay a piece).
But overall, I have to say that this one's little more than your standard techno-ish piece. A well done techno-ish piece, but still nothing that would set it apart from the rest.
TheKingOfFightingGames
on 2003-04-18 20:30:02
Thanks I've been waiting for people of OC Remix to make a remix of one of my fav fighters, Lieutinet William F. Guile. And its great! Good job on this one; it's now one of my favs.
NihongoAkki
on 2003-04-13 00:41:02
Wow, this is amazing. Good job.
Ingonyama
on 2003-04-12 14:53:59
Me likey.
I don't pay much attention to fighting games' soundtracks...too busy trying to kick the other kid's butt...but I like this song. Nice and upbeat, if a little repetitive, and it's got a good heroic feel to it, like Guile himself.
dPaladin
on 2003-04-10 21:15:41
This is going on Dark Paladin's Playlist™!
I'm a Guile fan myself...