It took us ages to get a version of this piece from multi-talented multi-instrumentalist group Select Start at 192kbps, which is our current (and imo quite acceptable, with LAME) ceiling for encodes. Now that we have it, short though it may be, the band's arrangement of Frog's theme (in case the ever-creative mix title didn't give that away) is here, and rather good. Things intro with solo flute, but eventually flesh out to a more elaborate ensemble that introduces some nice harmonies alongside Mitsuda's amphibian anthem. Larry writes:
"It's short. That's about the only criticism I had. Hey, what can I say, I'd enjoy a few more minutes worth of this. Throughout the variations of the theme, there were some great changes in the texture and energy level (e.g. :26 & 1:06). The melody stays pretty conservative, but the presentation is personalized, you have all the other parts supplementing the melody with some swanky new harmonies and other new writing, plus it's played live. Brief, but it gets the message across nicely."
There was some panel apprehension regarding the flute part and what appears to be a single take approach, although this does add to the live feel of the performance. As with much of Mitsuda's work, there's a distinct Celtic bent to the source material, and it's accented effectively here with the live instrumentation, particularly the flute intro and violins; SS's arrangement style and instrumental arsenal in general work well with Mitsuda's oeuvre, and this is no exception. As Mr. Oji writes, the salient shortcoming here, if anything, is the piece's short length; I'm the last person to call for arbitrary padding, but I think it would have been relatively straightforward to add some 'stuff' in the same line and keep things substantive at the same time. Regardless, it's great to see live musicians putting together larger ensembles like SS and producing organic, flowing tracks like this; YM and Frog would both be happy, I'd bet. Be sure to check out more of their work at www.selectstartband.com.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu, Noriko Matsueda, Yasunori Mitsuda
- "Frog's Theme"
- Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Strings, Woodwinds
- Production > Live Recording
Time > Duration: Short
- 2,736,846 bytes
- Size: 2,736,846 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: dfd87a38d2393be53d300772a5664a6f
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