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 :)
- Ryrynz on August 22, 2012
- Nutritious on July 4, 2009
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.
- Marmiduke on June 29, 2009
- OA on June 1, 2009
- Lucentas on December 6, 2008
- Nineko on December 19, 2006
- Slime Master on February 20, 2005
- BlueMage on November 9, 2004
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. :?:
- Fire_wolf on September 23, 2004
- Ryudo_of_Destiny on July 31, 2003
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.
- rebirth9283 on April 21, 2003
- TheKingOfFightingGames on April 18, 2003
- NihongoAkki on April 13, 2003
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.
- Ingonyama on April 12, 2003
I'm a Guile fan myself...
- dPaladin on April 10, 2003