I had to reply to this one..... And before I go on, I must insist that this it not a suck up!
The original Rusty Ruin soundtrack from the Saturn and PC version of Sonic 3D held a very stale retro feel and although it skimmed the surface of the emotion it was trying to convey it was just far too mainstream to even compare to Jivemaster's reworking...
Although many have commented about the rain/noise issue I think it prepares the listener for what's in store - and the rumbling thunder symbolises for me that it's something special. The synth strings reject their artificial background as do the phasing pads - which almost sound like moaning voices in places - thus fitting perfectly with this earthly track. The echo piano boldly but vulnerably leads the way through the mix before being replaced by a rounded synth adding a pleasant contrast to the song. The bass is strong but not bold as it lurks in the background. Initially I had a problem with the beats, I may have appreciated something more traditional and less brassy but it eventually grew on me and although I'm not completely over them, they lay the track down well. The final section, featuring a dramatic breakdown beat-wise, adds the final contrast to the mix and yet still not too much of a contrast. The leckie-guitar adds the final attitude that pushes the listener to the end of the song.
All in all this is truly fantastic track that emotionally touched me from the second I began to listen to it. For months it has remained my favourite video-game remix ever (and still is) thus reasoning my extensive review!! When I, or anyone else creates a mix of this calibur, integrity and soul then they will truly have created the ultimate video game remix.