ReMix: Final Fantasy V "The Path to Glory"
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- Game: Final Fantasy V (Square, 1992, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): Sixto Sounds
- Composer(s): Nobuo Uematsu
- Song(s): "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY V"
- Posted: 2010-09-10, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Final Fantasy V: The Fabled Warriors ~I. WIND~
- Terms (BETA): aggressive electric-guitar metal rock synth
Ladies and gentlemen, mages and warriors, characters of all castes & creeds... I'm proud to announce the release of OC ReMix's 18th arrangement album, Final Fantasy V: The Fabled Warriors ~I. WIND~!!
Director Shariq "DarkeSword" Ansari kept this multi-album project dedicated to Nobuo Uematsu's score of FF5 under wraps until fairly recently, so I'm guessing this is a surprise for a lot of folks, but sometimes surprises can be good, or in this case, great. Check out ff5.ocremix.org for all tracks or just start leeching (and then seeding, please!) the torrent right now; I don't think you'll be disappointed. Shariq writes:
"Here at OCR, we've done some really great big projects (FF7, FF4, ToP/ToS), but I've always felt that with smaller albums, it's easier to maintain a consistent level of quality. At the same time, Final Fantasy V has a lot of wonderful music and it really deserves more coverage than it gets. I knew I wanted to do a Final Fantasy V album, but I didn't want to get into managing a massive, 4-5 year affair, sitting on finished music for half a decade, so I decided to zero-in on a concept that worked for me before in the Kirby's Adventure album: character themes. Looking at the game's job system and how the jobs were grouped by Crystal, I realized that it might be interesting to do a series of small albums instead of one large one; a small roster of remixers could really focus on the character theme concept, and we'd quickly finish and release each stand-alone album before starting the next, eventually providing coverage for a large portion of the original soundtrack. Listeners are treated to the music closer to when it's completed, and artists don't have to wait so long to have their music heard.
And let's make no mistake, folks: WIND isn't "disc one" of The Fabled Warriors. It's a wonderful, complete album that stands on its own; it sets the bar for the rest of the albums in the series, and each subsequent album—Water, Fire, Earth, and Dawn—will also be able to stand on its own. I hope you're all looking forward to hearing them as much as I am."
When Shariq first approached me about this whole "five album project" thing, splitting things up that way, I was actually against it, because I prefer the concept of a single, large, cathartic release. On hearing WIND, however, I can see that nine tracks is definitely enough to give the release some serious musical weight, and I'm interested in seeing how each successive album will compare - and contrast - with its predecessors. It's certainly a new release model for us, and for the record I still think it's very possible to maintain high quality on larger projects as well, but I think the key point is that DarkeSword is behind it, so you know it's gonna be excellent. The second album in the series, Water, is scheduled for Q1 of next year, so Shariq & co. will continue working away in the interim.
FF5 has a unique place in the compendium of Final Fantasy games and, correspondingly, their soundtracks. Since the original SNES game was never localized for English-speaking audiences, many of the OST's biggest fans were exposed through later versions or through emulation and fan translations. Nevertheless, OCR's seen eight mixes to date, prior to the release of this album, and music is the universal language and needs no localization... well, unless you're talking about Sonic CD, though I happen to love BOTH versions. But I digress; I'm thrilled that this game is getting more attention since its soundtrack holds its own amidst the spectrum of awesome composition Uematsu has released upon us over the years. Opening up the floodgates is the one and only Sixto Sounds with some rock/metal ownage of 'Ahead on Our Way' (aka the main theme of FFV); Shariq writes:
"Sixto was one of the first guys I asked to be on The Fabled Warriors. I knew I’d need a rockin’ intro to grab people right off the bat—something to make a statement about the quality they could expect from this album series. Sixto never fails to deliver in that respect. “The Path to Glory” is the theme of Bartz, Final Fantasy V’s main hero, and embodies his courageous spirit. Sixto’s soaring guitars and energetic synths really create a sense of adventure. A fantastic piece of music."
I was grabbed, and then rocked, and was definitely hyped for the rest of the album when the smoke cleared; great stuff from Juan, whose relatively straightforward rock treatment lets the major-minor moodiness and ultimate glory of this piece shine through. WIND may only have nine tracks, but hey, if they're all like this, I certainly ain't complainin'; check it out, check the album out, grab the torrent, and stay tuned for more debut mixes!
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