Posted 2002-06-28, evaluated by the judges panel


This is actually a medley of themes from FF4 and 6, and it's actually performed by Warmth, with the arrangement by aneurySm. And actually, it was originally to be part of PMM. That's a lot of actuallys. One more: it's actually live. Though this contributes to less-than-crystal-clear audio, the dynamic nature of the piece and the quality of the playing in most sections, and aneurySm's arrangement, make up for that. Quite a bit of guitar, with different effects as wekkm including the all powerful wah (see 3'38" and . . . around that region in general) Things are a bit chaotic at times, but this be battle music, fool, so it's appropo. Satisfying medley that will please guitarheads and FF fans alike. Recommended.

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OA
on 2010-04-22 11:29:55

Wasn't feeling this one too much, the guitars were really sloppy, and the group wasn't tight for several passages. I think the highlight for me was the drum playing, which was the most solid of the 3 parts.

I bet it'd be better seeing this live, but as-is, i'll pass. Sorry. :-(

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Marmiduke
on 2009-12-17 06:28:05

I don't know if there's too much to say about this one other than its quite different in quality to what else is on the site. It's not garbage and has a few merits, but something has to give when performance and production is so messily presented in the one package. There's a disregard to quality here that I can't really get in the spirit of, to tell you the truth. I don't really care all that much for the arrangement as it reeks of a forced medley.

I will say that some standalone tunes appealed to me and there are some moments where things click in place and work. The latter half, for example, is miles better than the first and seemed to have a better grasp on direction by the time it had finished. But as a full package, this is way too sloppy for me to condone. Not much flies over my head, but if this sound was intentional, I don't want to understand it. There is no reason why this couldn't have had the same rough edge without totally ignoring the more basic principles of music-making. Keep it dirty if need be, but for god sake, make it make sense.

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42
on 2009-01-20 19:44:33

Can't say I really care for this mix. I agree that the guitars are off.

Still its obvious that effort went into this and people were tributing a game that the love.

This mix gets an A for effort.

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uagrenadier
on 2009-01-07 03:11:49
Masterpiece' don't let anyone tell you otherwize.

Ditto

If I want flawless execution i'll listen to a midi :)

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brunoafh
on 2006-12-07 16:28:17

Let me start off by saying I'm an expierenced guitar player and I'm slightly offended that this mix made it on the site.

Positives - The drums are a nice mix up and the set sounds really good for the most part. The fills are neat sonding and aptly placed. The arrangement is well done, a few transition mistakes and sloppy shifting but nothing to throw a fit about. The overall mix of the audio is also very good.

Negatives - Guitar parts are played out of key, guitar sounds slightly out of tune, chords are sloppy, very choppy at times. Some parts of the songs are not played by the guitar at all, and there is only 1 guitar lead throughout making them sound very plain and dull. The tones are awful and at times you can't even tell what is being played or what is happening. Don't get me wrong, it has potential but wow, the playing needs some SERIOUS work. Good things could be done with this piece, but put simply, they were not.

Overall - 4/10

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Soapy
on 2006-06-30 11:54:16

Masterpiece' don't let anyone tell you otherwize.

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SakakiAzu
on 2005-11-12 05:18:23

The transitions are very good.... I liked it, it sounds a bit wierd... uh..... hmm... the word.... messy...

8/10

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Bummer
on 2005-10-04 04:18:11

Oh dear, I was surprised that these actually made this mix LIVE, but it sounded so bad I thought. I´m not saying that I would do it better, cause my result would be unrecognizable, give everyone headache and my fingers would have scars all over their prints. What I´m saying is that when someone makes a remix, it should have some skills. Onca again, I´m not a remixer either, so the results would probably be the same as the guitars, and these guys really did well for being live, but personally I didn´t like it.

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~Link_Master~
on 2004-10-27 23:27:49

I'm basing my review on the song itself, because I've never played the game.

I like this song. I think that the guitarists were very good. To be able to switch to three different styles of music - and to play them well - in one sitting is very impressive. It was fun to listen to the song go from a light rock in the beginning, then to a hard rock, then use of a wawa for the last part of the song. There was nothing repetitive in the song at all, and it's a good song for any rocker to listen to, wether you're a hard rocker or an old-school rocker, it fits all the catagories, I think.

The worst part of the song, though, was the drums. At times, it seemed like it was all fills, and there was no definite beat going on the drums.

All over, it was a good song, and I liked it, but it still had it's problems.

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Gary
on 2004-06-26 19:39:42

Hi there ! I am a fan of Final Fantasy, I played every single adventures of this masterpiece, and I still listen often to Final Fantasy music...

I would say that this remix is not that bad, except at 57 seconds and at 1min16 precisely, there is a really bad dissonnance there, you guys are like 1 tone down.. please do something about that, It just dont fit.. I know you guys can understand that and correct it.

Sincerely,

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Drunken Japanese man #2
on 2003-09-17 18:38:18

This is exactly what someone needs to do with the Pokémon battle themes. I thoroughy enjoyed this mix.

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YtseJam04
on 2003-07-12 22:41:32

Oh I agree that it was well played. I just think that it could have used a little bit more time, or at least a couple different takes of it so iron out the wrinkles. I think it's awesome that he figured out all that stuff, and I realize that some of it is pretty hard to do, but don't you think that maybe a few more takes to perfect it would have made it sound better than it already did?

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zircon
on 2003-07-12 20:00:52

The guitar is very well played, man. It sounds like he did it all in one sitting, which is commendable.

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YtseJam04
on 2003-07-12 04:22:03

I think the mix was alright. The guitars definatly need some work, but my hat's off to you for figuring it out as wel as you did. the bass was on the money for the most part. the drums I thought were a little off at times. Perhaps the guitars would have sounded better if there had been a second guitar player involved. I am a musician, so I understand the value of a second guitarist when playing harmonized leads. The solo for the Atma theme needs a little work too. I realize that in the original, it was kind of wishy-washy, but there are some definat miss-slides there. I'm not a fan of the trebley bass, but those bass lines are hard enough, so do what you gotta do. overall, pretty good

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Gnam
on 2003-07-11 20:51:12

This is a great concept and great arrangement. I've been waiting to hear some guitar mixes of SNES FF battle music for a long time. Unfortunately I feel like the execution was rushed. Often it seems like 1 guitarist is trying to handle 2 or 3 different layers of melody at once, so he skips or cuts off some notes early to get to others. Other times it just sounds off key, or some nots get drowned out by others, or by sheer distortion. Plus, the overall recording quality just is kinda low. It's allready good, but I think it could be 10x better if they went back and redid it in a studio, with the time to really work things out and do multiple takes for each part, and work it till it's perfect.

Sources Arranged (5 Songs, 2 Games)


Primary Game:
Final Fantasy IV (Square, 1991, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Battle 1"
"Battle 2"
Additional Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square, 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
Songs:
"Battle Theme"
"Fanfare"
"The Fierce Battle"

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