ReMix: The Legend of Zelda "I Do It for the Faeries" 3:57

By The OneUps

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electric-guitar electric-piano jazz mellow rock tempo-fast
Arranging the music of one song...

"Above Ground"

Primary Game: The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, 1986, NES), music by Koji Kondo

Posted 2013-06-04, evaluated by djpretzel


Up next we got an excellent rock/jazz treatment of the familiar Zelda anthem by none other than The OneUps. I was curious to see how they'd take such a thoroughly-arranged source and make it their own, and I have to say, the context they add is superb. A basic melodic progression/riff that intros the piece is used to frame the main melody, which is kept largely intact but augmented with soloing (on lead guitar all over & a funky EP groove @ 2'06") and part-writing that glues the whole thing together. Mustin writes/plugs:

"More Funk from The OneUps' fifth album, Intergalactic Continuum. Available in the brand new Fangamer.net store in partnership with the new Mustin Enterprises - http://store.mustinenterprises.com. Also available on iTunes and Bandcamp."

The lead guitar is crunchy & crisp, the EP is smooth like butter, bass is thick & has this subtle little synthish/FM attack to it that varies in intensity, drums keep it mostly straightforward but have just that right amount of humanization & groove that ensures things are tight but never feel too strict. As the piece progresses, the lead guitar gets more & more comfortable altering the main melodic riff, with some very cool results, and in just under four minutes, the way these gents turn musical cartwheels around Kondo's enduring theme speaks both to their individual craftsmanship & to their group synergy. Not much else to say - superlative stuff, check out the full album & the rest of their oeuvre for more!

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Necrox
on 2015-12-27 22:02:15

Pretty nice take on this omnipresent tune. Very groovy and laid-back, great guitar work. Also the most piercing slap bass sample ever.

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DjjD
on 2015-12-27 05:21:18

I'd say it's hard to remix Zelda nowadays just because of how many people invoke so many different interpretations of every single piece of Zelda music. I counted (using a sophisticated calculator), there's 237 remixes on this site...that's roughly 7% of the songs on OverClocked Remix altogether. So when a band who shines in both live audio and music production decides to put up their own arrangements of a good chunk of Zelda songs specifically, it's a pretty safe bet, that they've taken the time to listen to quite a few remixes themselves.

...and this one is quite awesome. Smooth guitar, some chunky FM bass, some vintage sounding drums, and the ever so nice rhodes topping off the arrangement. Yeah, we have a winner.

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elementc
on 2013-06-16 13:19:17

One Ups having my baby please giving it back.

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zykO
on 2013-06-07 16:47:41

groovy as fuzzy handcuffs

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MindWanderer
on 2013-06-05 20:43:06

The section from 1:50 to 2:06 is actually from the Link's Awakening version of the source, I believe, and should probably get credit.

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Crulex
on 2013-06-05 13:12:16

You have the OneUps. You have the Zelda theme. You know that you're going to get quality and an amazing ReMix. All that is left to do I lay back and enjoy the smooth groove of it all. Thumbs up, fellas.

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SuperiorX
on 2013-06-04 21:05:35

Oh yeah! So smooth! So nice! I seriously love everything by The OneUps 8)

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Liontamer
on 2013-06-04 18:44:19

Why are The OneUps so smoove? Stop! Too smoove!

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djpretzel
on 2013-06-04 16:03:23

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda (Nintendo, 1986, NES)
Music by Koji Kondo
Songs:
"Above Ground"

Tags (6)


Genre:
Jazz, Rock
Mood:
Mellow
Instrumentation:
Electric Guitar, Electric Piano
Additional:
Time > Tempo: Fast

File Information


Name:
Legend_of_Zelda_I_Do_It_for_the_Faeries_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
5,780,079 bytes
MD5:
6b9a226b64be63258c927475c58688c3
Bitrate:
192Kbps
Duration:
3:57

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