ReMix: Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance "Central Park (Metal Mix)"
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Get your weekend started off RIGHT with some Last Ninja 2 rock/metal action from newcomer Commando 64, aka Aki Järvinen:
"Here is my version of the ingame music from Last Ninja 2. Artist name is "Commando 64". Original composed by Matt Gray. All instruments and programming by me. Watch out for the solo in the end. Equipment: V-Amp 2, FL Studio 9 Producer edition XXL, Sonar, Sound forge, Jackson Soloist guitar."
Some side trivia: Composer Matt Gray went on to great success in the mainstream music industry and was part of the team behind Cher's autotune-popularizing "Believe" single, back in the day. Crazy, eh? So let me begin by saying that we don't get enough C64 and Amiga ReMixes. We don't get enough C64 and Amiga ReMixes. You too, Atari ST, I wouldn't forget you either. The Commodore systems sorta have their own scenes, and maybe that's part of it, but I'd love to see more artists submit mixes of games from those and other less-represented platforms. Judges were unanimous; OA writes:
"Pretty nice arrangement, and definitely a logical jump from the source material. Nice playing, with some really excellent soloing, and some tasteful use of synths as well. I wish the ending wasn't a fade-out though, as it just sounds sortof cheap compared to the rest of the quality of the track. The synth breakdown was nice, and transitioned well. The song plays it somewhat close to the original, but there are a good deal of minor interpretations, drum writing, and of course the soloing. I really like it, and it's an excellent source."
Agreed on the fadeout ending; I'm not 110% anti-fadeout across the board like some folks, but this one felt a little limp compared to the rockage-outage of the rest of the arrangement. Ultimately it didn't bother me too much, and the general chutzpah & aggression more than compensated. Mr. Wheeler concurs:
"not much to add here. I didn't have any big complaints with the mix, the performances and production were both solid (loved all the guitar slides and harmonics), and the arrangement is easily recognizable. never heard of this game, but great choice of source; reminds me of the Earthworm Jim soundtracks. nice work."
The whole Last Ninja series are pretty epic, and have some of the best music the SID was ever graced with, so check 'em all out when you get the chance, and in the meantime enjoy this epic metal jam from Commando 64!
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