Posted 2013-07-01, evaluated by djpretzel
To quote that sheriff-type dude at the end of Goonies when he sees the pirate ship: "HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD.... WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT!!" Of course, a better paraphrase might be "would you listen to that," but here's my point: DAMN. Jake has taken the FF6 opera and made it a rock opera, in the style of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' and MAMMA MIA does it go. I was smiling ear-to-ear for most of it, but there are also spine-tingling moments of beauty, and it's almost nine minutes long, and the lyrics are freakin' incredible, and the lead vocals from Tommy Pedrini are spot-on, and the harmonies are so Queen/BR it's scary, and, and, and... <EXPLODES>.
Paying simultaneous homage to FF6, Queen (and the great Freddie Mercury), and in some lesser sense Wayne's World, this is a mix for the ages. When I heard Jake was doing an epic rock opera, I thought to myself, "dat gonna be guuuuuuud," but even so I was unprepared for the epicality. I'm kinda speechless, or at least wordless, but while I'm composing myself I'll defer to zircon:
"Jake is a composer capable of writing intricate, memorable pieces of music - or even entire soundtracks - in almost no time at all. In fact, he has an entire album consisting of songs written in less than one hour. So with that in mind, consider that this magnum opus took him more than 4 months to create and you'll have an idea of the scope involved here. Everything from the unbelievably polished production, to the soaring vocal performances, dense harmonies, screaming guitars, and incredible arrangement is, in my mind, perfect. Having listened to it at least 50 times after receiving the final version, I simply can't imagine how this could be more amazing. "The Impresario" is, in my humble opinion, one of the greatest video game arrangements ever created."
Yeah, that. I'm glad that Jake used Balance and Ruin as an opportunity to get this out of his system and into the world, because it's incredible and it makes me cry the joy tears. It is a magnum opus unto itself, and as a standalone arrangement is worth gushing over profusely & embarassingly; no pedestal is too high. That such a masterwork appears in the context of an album that was already blowing my mind to begin with is pantswettingly beautiful, and further solidifies B&R as a milestone in OCR's history. No more words... just listen.
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Sources Arranged (4 Songs)
- Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
- "Aria de Mezzo Carattere"
"The Wedding Waltz ~ Duel"
- Rock, Rock Opera
- Electric Guitar, Piano, Singing, Vocals: Male
- Lyrics > Lyrics: Original
Time > Duration: Long
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Look into the sins of your past
Love as if today were your last
Better times have slipped away, I'm lost beneath the waves
Nothing left to save...
SAVAGE CRIME! IT WAS NOT YET HER TIME!
FOR WHOM THE TOWER PEALS ONE FINAL MOURNING CHIME!
FOR THE SURVIVORS.....
SCENE I (present time, evening):
Speak to me, before my fate is reckoned
Comfort me, they'll arrive at any second
Six o'clock, and I got no doubt the gang is out for
BLOOD IS ON YOUR HANDS!
OUR OWN, KILLED IN THE FIGHT!
YOU'LL DIE TONIGHT!
SCENE II (flashback to two days ago):
O, (THERE HE IS!)
Maria, (WHY IS HE ON OUR BLOCK?)
Morte mia (TRACK HIM DOWN, MAKE HIM BLEED! WE'LL TAKE HIM!)
I'll be waiting patiently (WE'LL BEAT HIM DOWN, TAKE HIM TO THE GROUND)
Come on out and dance with me, (THE DEVIL)
The night is young,
And so are we!
O Maria, cara mia,
And I know the deck's stacked against us,
Even though it feels so right...
Forbidden is our love,
Our families, divided from above.
Your brothers will see through the lie;
Tomorrow... they won't ask why...
SCENE III (yesterday):
Far away now...
Will I ever see your smile?
As night turns to day,
I beg you to stay,
I'm down, down on my knees here...
I'm the darkness, you're the starlight,
And I'm burnin' up in here, I (MY HEART WILL)
Die every day, when you hide away
I don't wanna fear... (THEIR RIVALRY)
So even though they may discover us,
I'm never givin' you up
And if they try to tell me what to do...
(I LOVE HER!)
I'll kill them! (I LOVE HER!)
I'll kill them! (LEAVE US ALONE!)
Down to the last!
O (COME GET ME)
Maria, (UPSET ME)
I need her, for my own (COME CAST A STONE)
[guitar/piano solo... commence headbanging]
SCENE IV (this morning):
LAUGHING AT THE TRUTH,
FOOLISH IN YOUTH, HA-HA-HA
AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE,
YOU'LL BOTH BE ON THE RUN,
AND WE'LL FIND YOU
JUST WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN?
YOU ARROGANT MAN!
TI AMMAZZO, TI AMMAZZO, TI AMMAZZO!
(HE WAS WITH THE WHORE!)
(SHOW HIM TO THE DOOR!)
FOLLOW HIM! CORNER HIM! MURDER HIM!
BEAT HIM DOWN! BEAT HIM UP!
SEND HIM TO HIS GRAVE!
WE WERE NEVER MEANT TO LIVE THIS LIE!
Then I will die
Sooner than see you gone
I'm gonna go down swingin',
Ears are ringin'.....
SCENE V (this afternoon):
But I'm alive!! (AH-AH-AH-AH-AH-AH! HE'S STILL BREATHING)
MAKE HIM DEAD!
(HIT HIM IN THE HEAD!)
TAKE HIS LIFE!
(SOMEONE GET A KNIFE!)
Suddenly, (GET HIM!)
In a flash, (KILL HIM!)
I was up,
On my feet (STAB HIM!)
With a knife (DRILL HIM!)
With a slash (PRESS HIM!)
In a split (GRILL HIM!)
Murderous (END HIM!)
Clarity, (SPILL HIM!)
I could see,
One by one, they stood before me!
Then, from the ground, came the most awful sound,
And I saw her then,
Maria lying there
Someone had stabbed her and
Her time was at an end,
And then I ran and ran and ran and RAN!
BLOOD ON THE STREET,
NOW YOUNG DRACO SHALL MEET WITH HIS FATE!!
ENDING (return to present time):
Now it's clear...
Broken through the pain and the fear
Before too long,
I'll be with... you.....
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