ReMix: Tales of Phantasia "Sweet Dreams"
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- Game: Tales of Phantasia (Namco, 1994, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Anthony Lofton, Dhsu
- Composer(s): Motoi Sakuraba, Ryota Furuya, Shinji Tamura, Toshiyuki Sekiguchi
- Song(s): "The Dream Will Not Die"
- Posted: 2009-03-08, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Summoning of Spirits: An Arrangement of Music from Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Symphonia
- Terms (BETA): collab duet jazz piano saxophone
"This track is pretty much the reason I joined the Summoning of Spirits project. "The Dream Will Not Die" was not on the initial project tracklist, and I just couldn't accept the idea of it not being on the project...it's practically the Tales of Phantasia theme song after all. And nobody else was arranging it though, so it was pretty much up to me. :)
Originally, the arrangement was going to be a piano/voice duet with me and pixietricks, but by the time I finished my accompaniment, she was involved with other projects and wasn't available. So I asked Anthony Lofton (of The OneUps) to fill in for her with his sweet sax skillz, and the result was better than I could have imagined. Major thanks to both him and Mustin (who did the production) for helping me out when I was in a pinch. Hope you enjoy it!"
While a vocal piece would have been cool, the combination of Mr. Lofton's sax and Mr. Hsu's ivories makes this piece truly unique on OC ReMix. We've got smooth jazz, we've got solo piano pieces, and we've got pieces with real, honest-to-goodness saxophones in them, but this is a straight-up duet, with ONLY sax and piano, and it's fantastic.
I'd like to take a moment to go out on a limb and make an observation: I think most of our listeners are very open-minded, and that's what I love about running this site, but I think if we told many people this was a Kenny G original, they might be dismissive. Yeah, I know that's soprano sax, and this sounds like alto to me (?), but my point is more that when it's NOT in the context of VGM arrangements, genres like instrumental smooth/ballad jazz probably aren't at the top of most of our lists. And yet, in this context, they become more accessible. Personally, I can't say I listen to these genres regularly, but I've always at least respected Mr. G and others like him, and always felt that jazz was a large enough umbrella to allow for intricate, challenging ass-kickingly complex work as well as what's sometimes referred to as "easy listening". I've always had some problems with that label, as well, since the only thing it conveys is a supposed reduced difficulty level... honestly, the arrangement David and Anthony have collaborated on here requires more listening attention to pick up on all the details than, say, a run-of-the-mill trance or happy hardcore track. I suppose it's less about "easy" being related to difficulty, and more about it just being pleasing music that's relaxing, chill, and velvety smooth.
In which case, this is some damn fine easy listening. Smoother than Godiva, softer than the proverbial baby's butt, glossier than soft pron from the late 70s, silkier than 1500 TC Egyptian sheets, and easier than Paris Hilton, you can see why this was the idea that sold Dhsu on contributing. Moreso than his collab with Juan, where it was really an initial idea that was further developed by another artist, this is a full-on Dhsu ReMix, and Lofton seals the deal with a spot-on performance. Dynamics, tempo, and tone are all superb & resonant for each instrument, but - more importantly - between the two as well. At 3'16", it's over too soon, but that's definitely enough time to enjoy the mellow vibe these guys have laid down. SF4 has a "Chillaxin'" title, which may seem trite by now, but it would apply 110% to this mix, and if you're looking for some wooing music for the right occasion this year, or Valentine's Day next year, this is your track. It's unique on the album and on OCR, and I'd love to see more like it. Check it out, and check out Summoning of Spirits for more great music.
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