ReMix: The 7th Saga "Heroes Unsung"
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- Game: The 7th Saga (Enix, 1993, SNES)
- ReMixer(s): DragonAvenger, OceansAndrew
- Composer(s): Norihiko Yamanuki
- Song(s): "Town D"
- Posted: 2012-01-24, evaluated by djpretzel
- Album: Featured on Unsung Heroes
- Terms (BETA): acoustic acoustic-guitar folk lyrics-original mellow singing vocals-female vocals-male
Ladies & gentlemen, wenches & rapscallions, I'm proud to announce the release of our 32nd arrangement album and FIRST album of the year, Unsung Heroes! Grab the torrent, check out the trailer & website, and please help us spread the news!
The album primarily celebrates RPGs like Suikoden, Persona 3, Secret of Evermore, and Lufia that, while far from obscure, haven't gotten as much attention from the VGM fan arrangement community, and features mixes of several games not previously represented on OCR - which is awesome. In fact, there are zero repeats - each track is from a different game. Album Director OA writes:
"The original concept was brought forth to me by Shaun "Avaris" Wallace back when we were still working on Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption. We both agreed that while it is great to work with many well-known and often mixed themes - which are so loved for good reason - there should be no reason not to extend our hands into those games that have been overlooked for so long, but have genuinely beautiful themes as well. I'm proud of the work that these gentlemen and ladies have presented in this album, and hope that others will be able to appreciate the beauty of these tracks as well."
This album release also coincides with the birthday (HBD!) of Assistant Director Deia (DragonAvenger); she adds:
"I was brought onto Unsung Heroes as an assistant director after the success of the Final Fantasy IV project, where I was able to do a lot of organizational work to help for a smooth release. The project idea was really unique; there had been a lot of songs that I'd forgotten about and it was a joy to revisit them and see what exactly I could put together as a tribute to those games that had been passed over for more popular titles. I also have enjoyed working with both Andrew and Stevo; they both have done a great job keeping this project moving and encouraging the mixers to get their work finished. I hope to work with all these mixers again soon!"
I personally love the concept; while some folks on YouTube correctly pointed out that many of these games had - and still have - devoted followings, most of them haven't seen a ton of musical love on OCR or elsewhere; they're not so much forgotten as they are, well... unsung. Fitting, then, that this debut 7th Saga ReMix also features vocals and sets the stage for the whole album - Deia writes:
"The 7th Saga was one of those overly difficult games, and I will admit that I never did manage to get far in it myself. I did get to watch my brother play the game, however, and really found the music to have some wonderful and emotive themes. When approaching the music for Unsung Heroes, I imagined a bard and her band in a medieval tavern singing to the patrons about stories of old that may have never been heard because they had been lost to time. This became the main focus of the track, and "Heroes Unsung" was worked to match that image. The singer goes on to regale her listeners with tales of yore, enrapturing the audience and helping the tales pass on to future generations."
"This entire concept was Deia's, I just did what I could to get the right sound, and keep it from sounding overproduced. The intro and outro was me just turning the microphone on at a BBQ and recording people, and then adding the fire sound and some other homemade tavern noises. I think it gives a good tavern feel, and really helps set the tone of the entire album."
Awesome. Perhaps the first OC ReMix to feature the natural ambiance of... BBQ. It worked, though, and really helps sell the whole bard-in-a-tavern thing, which because I've been playing Skyrim too much is fresh in my memory. Good vocals from both Deia *AND* OA, with some tricky bass harmony bits, plus perfect lyrics that jive with the vision Deia describes. The mix works both as an excellent standalone arrangement of 7th Saga, previously unmixed on OCR, as well as a wonderful introduction to an album that sings the praises of fifteen games & their excellent music. Check it out, then check out the whole album @ http://unsung.ocremix.org!
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