ReMix: Xenogears "Uncaptured Jewel" 3:52

By Jared Hudson

Arranging the music of one song...

"Unstealable Jewel"

Primary Game: Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1), music by Yasunori Mitsuda

Posted 2002-04-15, evaluated by djpretzel


Deep, rich arrangement from Mr. Hudson, who shows himself to be a man of versatility with a great instrumental arrangement from Mitsuda's immortal Xenogears soundtrack. Classical guitar, strings, oboe, and some very well-done rhumba percussion that makes the piece memorable and unique without sounding weird or out of place - nice chromatic touches, shakers, and also fantastic cymbal swells and crashes. Very lush and complete - a ReMix you can listen to multiple times just to amuse yourself picking out each of the (high quality) constituent elements. A definite winner, very polished, professional, but still emotive. Highly recommended.

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Discussion

Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Marscaleb
on 2020-07-13 21:46:10

I always felt that the song held so much more power with the title translated as "The Treasure which Cannot be Stolen."

Great rendition of such a beautiful song!

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DragonAvenger
on 2009-12-06 22:46:28

There is some very nice writing in this, and it's supported nicely by some fun percussion. I feel like the oboe sound is a little thin on its own, but when it's supported it sounds much better.

Very pretty, energetic, and a nice listen. Check this one out.

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Rozovian
on 2009-02-20 08:38:30

Beautiful work. It has a nice busy sound to it without cluttering things up, thanks to that clockwork style OA already noted. Highly enjoyable, quite relaxing, yet fortunately not relaxing to the point where it puts you to sleep. Unfortunately, it does get repetitive around 2:30, as we've heard that part before. That criticism aside, there's nothing I don't like about it.

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Duo
on 2007-05-03 15:54:49

Who knew. The remixer responsible for Broken Mirror Reflection is also behind this, thus making you the creator of 2/3 of my favorite Xenogears mixes. The source is my favorite track from the Xenogears soundtrack, and this mix takes it places I could previously only dream of. It's absolutely beautiful and without flaw.

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OA
on 2006-12-18 13:36:19

Though the remix starts out in cover territory, it quickly shifts to an almost clockwork style of writing, with lots of interesting and well-placed percussion and pizzicato strings.

Especially nice is the piano in the background providing the chords and the occasional counterpoint with the right hand.

The oboe and string leads are slightly synthetic, but good enough to not bring the mix down.

The source tune is beautiful, and this mix improves upon it in many ways, while adding a distinctly different feel. Highly recommended, and one that I somehow overlooked when it was first released.

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Variable
on 2004-02-29 14:01:12

Definitely a great remix. I haven't had the benefit of hearing the original song, so the rhumba interpretation doesn't bother me at all - I rather like the flavor it brings to the song.

I've got it burned on a CD, among other remixes, and it's loaded up in my car's CD player as I type this. Very nice work.

I'm pleased to have stumbled across Jared's work - it's very refined. I used to follow AE pretty closely (love those Mega Man tunes), but since I downloaded the Metal Gear Solid 2 remix that Jared did, I went and grabbed his other pieces.

Primo stuff.

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kirbenvost
on 2004-02-02 05:47:21

I like! :D Moving, somewhat uplifting, and unique. Good stuff. 8)

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Tiberiansam
on 2003-11-07 19:26:39

Wow! 8O:wink: Simply great! :D Except maybe for that rhumba drumbeat, wich at my opinion, doesn't fit very well with the atmosphere of the original music :? , this remix is very moving! :cry::) But well! :roll: At least, it's that beat that stop me from crying like a baby like I do each time I've heard that music in the game! :oops::wink: Good work Jared and keep up sending good remixes like you always do! :P

A heart with no feelings have no hope or dreams! -Tiberiansam-
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Isk
on 2003-10-31 10:43:18

Interesting interpretation. I didn't like it initially (mostly due to the drumbeat) but it grew on me.

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Ko Digga
on 2003-02-05 23:36:05

I like this song a lot. I haven't posted a review about it even though it's been here for the better part of a year. Actually, I'm going to admit that this is in my top 5 lists of not only ReMixes, but songs altogether. It might be #1, I still haven't decided yet. It's a fine line. But I really enjoy this. I've been with OCRemix since just about it's beginning (back when they had the orange background), so that's a pretty bold statement from me, not something you'll hear often. That instrument in the background (I can't identify it) is really cool, it sounds like something in the Robotrek soundtrack (you'll know it when you hear it, just turn on the game, it should be in the opening). I really like how, when the percussion comes in, you get a nice 5/4 feel without the song actually being in 5/4. You know.... 5/4..... 123, 12, 12, 123, 123, 12, 12, 123. But the 123 part are triplets so it's not actually 5/4. Great song. I apoloize for not using more vivid imagery for my awe of this song, I just can't find the right words to do this masterpiece justice

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ZidaRose
on 2003-02-05 23:05:43

This is my 10th post now ... and my second for this game today (jeezus it's that's good). I like this one, making a fine addition to my growing collection of remixes from this game. Very good vareity of instruments, and blending. It comes together very nicely producing something I doubt you could find anywhere else aside from this game ... probably LoD, but that's personal favorites in effect. I say congrats on this mix, and wish I had of heard the music from this game sooner. BTW, I like what I have heard by this guy for the 2 KI remixes I have by him, now it's 4 tracks. Sample new stuff and don't be afraid of an odd track here or there.

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Moiraine
on 2003-01-22 14:32:51

I have said this many, many times in the past, but Xenogears, in my opinion has the best sountrack ever. At one point, a few years ago, this was my favorite song. Well not anymore, but now that I have heard this remix, my heart once again loves the touching melody. This one is also far better then the original. The background fits perfectly with the notes of the main meldoy. It ads a power to it, and it has more emotion then the original.

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MNZeba
on 2002-09-15 11:37:57

I'm new here and I have only one word to say about this remix and all of his remixes:

AWSOME

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Jared Hudson
on 2002-08-30 03:10:19

Well, glad you liked it, but DAYAMN! This song only got 1 review? :cry:

It's been here for like 5 months! WOW! Anyone want to be a nice ol chap and give a review? Thanks!

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orkybash
on 2002-05-26 20:41:27

Xenogears 'Uncaptured Jewel'

Very moving and creative take on this song. Though the samples could have been a bit better to give the African sections an extra punch that they really could have used, I would overall really recommend this remix.

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Primary Game:
Xenogears (Square, 1998, PS1)
Music by Yasunori Mitsuda
Songs:
"Unstealable Jewel"

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