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  1. Edited because I missed the portion where you stated exactly what I heard in the track listing. Apologies for the mistake. In any case, the album is pretty good so far. Glad someone was able to put this together, and it's nice to see something come along that may give the Super Metroid album a run for its money.
  2. I'd like to start off by saying that I'm an avid listener. I've been coming to this website for probably close to 4 years now, ever since I happened to stumble on Dale North's remix of Rena's theme from Star Ocean 2. It was happily hosted by a stranger on Kazaa, and I can remember vividly how amazed I was at how beautiful it sounded. There was a small memo in the file that linked this site, and upon visiting, I was, for lack of a better word, speechless. Years later, and hundreds of downloads later, a few artists in particular have always caught my eye; namely those listed in the thread's title. Guys, from the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank you for doing what you do. The work you all do is nothing short of breathtaking. To date, no other remixers on this site have given me such enthusiasm when I see their names posted on a "work in progress" or newly finished remix. I've throughly enjoyed (and I'm sure thoroughly overplayed) what I consider to be your finest works. From zircon's takes on "Shadows Among the Ruins", "Clash at the Mountains", and his newest collaboration to the Mega Man II soundtrack (Nuclear Flash), to Rayza's gorgeous rendition of the Top Gear 2 title theme, and the ever jaw-dropping "Triforce Majeure" remix done by Mr. Disco Dan himself, to say I've immersed myself into these remixes would be an understatement. To name a few more, Darkesword's "Torvus Clockwork" remains to date my favorite Metroid remix ever, Sephire's "Above the Rising Falls" pays the highest tribute to the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack I've ever heard, and Star Salzman's "Pillar of Salt" is one of the finest (if not THE finest) mixture of music and lyrics I've ever listened to on this site. Everything about these particular remixes remains a testament to the level of perfection that can and should be accomplished in the medium of video game music. Each and every one of you has done a superb job in putting the remix community firmly on the map and showing music lovers everywhere that there truly is a definitive level of art in what you do. If I could write up a better compliment, I would. Although that compliment should be geared towards a far greater number of remixers that frequent this site with their work, I've always admired your work the most. You are masters of your creativity, your instruments, and your craft. As an avid musician and listener of movie score titans such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, James Horner, and the up and coming Steve Jablonsky, I'd like to let each of you know that, despite the simple truth that you remix another artist's work, in my eyes, each of you has a special God given talent in making these pieces your own, and I compare your enthusiasm for what you do to the names listed above. I truly do.. You can hear the passion in what you do with each note, each chord change, and each flare of the orchestra. I am deeply and truly honored to have even the opportunity to listen to such greatness, and I wish each and every one of you the brightest future that any man or woman could ever hope for. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for doing what you do. Sincerely, Nathan Jones
  3. if you've never played Xenogears, I STRONGLY recommend that you visit your nearest Funcoland or Eb Games and see if you can find a copy. Ebay should have a few, but its rare to find one in mint conditiion, and should you find one, it might set you back a pretty penny. However, the game is one of the most critically acclaimed RPGs of all time, and is WELL worth the money should you find a copy. The US version had to actually be toned down due to some heavy religious references, hence the artist's inspiration to use the Old testament verses in his piece (I'm assuming). I've said it once, and I'll say it again, this is one of the best remixes on the site. Few remixes are able to capture the epic feel of their games quite like this one did. Taran
  4. Indeed, another wonderful arrangement by Mr. Cox. If I remember correctly, he also covered Morrowind, did he not? I would personally love to hear him cover some songs from either Chrono Cross, Romancing Saga 3, Xenogears, Baulder's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, and DEFINITELY Suikoden II. In my opinion, some of his orchestral arrangements remind me a lot of some work done by the lead composer to the Suikoden series, so it would be wonderful to hear what Mr. Cox could do for some of those pieces as well. As always, looking forward to the next piece. Well done, Mr. Cox, well done. Taran