ReMix: Goemon's Great Adventure "Kabuki Frogs"
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Kabuki frogs, my friends... for some reason, the entire idea is amusing. Kabuki in and of itself can be funny, but I personally find that when you add frogs to just about any situation, it's comedy gold. RTF hits us up with our first mixage of Goemon's Great Adventure, part of what's known alternatively as the Legend of the Mystical Ninja series. Caio writes:
"I have a new mix for you guys, and it is from the fantastic Mystical Ninja series. I chose the game “Goemon’s Great Adventure” to pay my homage because that’s probably my favorite OST ever. So great, that I never actually got around to remixing one of the tunes without feeling completely unsatisfied in the end.
The track is "Burning My Soul" (track 20). I used part 1 as my base of ideas, but if I remeber correctly, parts 2 and 3 are more like rearrangments then separated songs (I could be wrong tough). Anyways, stick with part 1. The purpose here was to capture the oriental-flavored homo-rocking goofy-funkness of the original songs and… just let it flow through my filter, really. There is not much I can add in terms of though: it was fun and there’s lotta solos.
PS.: I’d like to thank very much both zircon and JJT for the help they gave me here, and Shnabubula for providing the web space. You all rock and I love you all. And everybody else. And Goemon."
As my own rather intuitive mix title suggested many years ago, the series' osts are filled to the brim with catchy, happy pentatonic melodies. We just got done playing Mr. Bronx Rican's mix montage video here at SITACon, which features Palpable's own, decidedly funkier take on the same source I mixed, and I suppose Caio's take is more along those lines, with more straight funk/jazz elements. A funky drum groove intros everything, with a low octave clav establishing a melodic riff before EP and bass come in.
Of course, Caio always works in some varied instrumentation, so later on you've got strings, organ, and even a tabla breakdown. A dirty EP solo is followed by a sweet synth brass solo, and check out the stutter triplet break at 2'47"... nice. Also notice how the synth brass lead pans left and right - nice attention to detail. Things get more disco after this, with the staple rising octave bassline channeling Saturday Night Fever and... more great synth lead solos. This is definitely a solo-heavy arrangement, and not everyone could pack in this much soloing and have it work, but that's specifically where Caio's an ace... like Morse and others, he's able to work some very delicious, interpretive soloing into his pieces and have it feel 110% natural. Shariq sez:
"Yeah this is pretty solid all around. Very funk, very groovy. I love the oriental-beatz at 1:30ish. Solos are phenomenal and the percussion integration into the solo sections shows a lot of attention to detail."
Sounds just about right to me... if you've been waiting for more Goemon/Mystical Ninja action, RTF and his water-tight Kabuki Frogs have you covered.
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