Posted 2012-01-25, evaluated by djpretzel
OUT OF THE WAY, PECK! Before Jackson's Baggins or Mini-me or Tyrion Lannister, there was Willow. While Warwick was later sadly relegated to non-speaking parts in Jabba's clique, back in the day Willow was the iconic badass midget to beat, and the film's soundtrack was so good it was reused for trailers of unrelated films in the years that followed. Like Doc Holliday in Tombstone, Madmartigan made Val Kilmer palatable, Sorsha was reasonably hot, and the whole experience just felt like a big late 80s win. I'm not sure it's stood the test of time like Goonies or Die Hard, but high fantasy films were thin on the ground back then, and we took what we were given. I never played the NES game, but I've heard good things, and happily it had original music that was pretty sweet, so it definitely qualifies as one of the most "unsung" of the heroes chosen for the album. ilp0 always delivers, and for this ReMix he went with an eclectic, vibe-driven jazzy arrangement that has TONS of changeups; OA writes:
"This is the kind of fun track I have grown accustomed to hearing from ilp0, with some bouncy rhythms and great expansion of the themes. The instrumentation is a bit of a surprise with the prominent use of tuned percussion, and that choice really makes it stand out from the rest of the album."
"What a fun take on the source! Everything is super playful here, and I love how well ilp0 uses the vibraphone. There are some classic ilp0 sounds in here as well, so the characteristic remains firmly his. The arrangement is unexpectedly different from the source, but it's a pleasant surprise. I LOVE the super bounciness at 3:25; it really helps seal in the eclectic nature of the entire track."
At times mellow & smooth, at times resembling a mad carnival, sometimes rocking out, and at still other moments sounding like a cued score to a cartoon, the arrangement here is almost manic-depressive, and really does sound like it was composed to match on-screen action of a turbulent & schizophrenic nature. It's certainly ilp0's most playful ReMix to date, and you can tell he didn't pull any punches and let his imagination run pretty wild. There's a vision here, and while it's not what one might have expected given the epic-fantasy-plus-midget context, it's pretty damn awesome, and adds some serious charm & eccentricity to Unsung Heroes.
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- Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone
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