Posted 2002-10-10, evaluated by djpretzel
Short but sweet piece from Lunar by Kaijin - nice to see a mixer of primarily Squaresoft RPG's venture into the wonderful world of non-SS role-playing soundtrackdom, and what better way to do it than through Iwadare's work. The arrangement itself here is very nice, with some tempo modification work that's a good change of pace, and a lot of emotion - it's basically a rock ballad that's heavy on the pop strings and piano. The jazz guitar patch used here is not up to Kaijin's standards, and did stick out to my ears, though it's played well. There's a tad bit of hiss noticeable at the trailing fade on the ending as well - I think Tim put more energy into the quality of the arrangement than the sound quality / mix itself, though it's certainly still above average and definitely musical. There's always a fine balance between substance & style, content and what one might call "polish" and I think the scales are slightly tipped in favor of the arrangement in this case. Then again, rock ballads ain't a piece a cake to cover with electronic means, and Tim's one of the only fellas that does 'em and does 'em well, so credit given where credit is due. Pieces of this melody actually sound like the beginning of the opener from Mahou Tsukai Tai (anime), "Senobi wo Shite" (just an observation). I'm happy enough that Kaijin's lent his skills to some fine Lunar mixage that I can overlook the nitpicks I mentioned for the larger picture, which is a good, short arrangement of an undervalued piece. Kaijin writes:
"This mix is from the Lunar The Silver Star series, meaning it includes songs from both Lunar The Silver Star and Lunar The Silver Star Story Complete. The track plays them in this order: "Meribia" from Lunar The Silver Star Story, "Meribia" from Lunar the Silver Star, and finally it finishes with a small surprise, my interpretation of one of Dale North's Lunar arrangements."
Recommended, if you're into good rock ballads and Mr. Iwadare's ever-impressive material.
on 2011-12-26 15:49:18
Back in the day, Kaijin had this quality of being able to work out these mellow tracks wonderfully. It may show its age now simply because of MIDI soundcard limitations, but what he did managed to show some good expression and interpretation for its time.
With the Silver Star Story version coming in at 0:46 and the jazz guitar lead, later being utilised for the regular Silver Star version later on in the track, people may not quite be too sure about the quality of it, but I felt that that's actually some good sustain/decay work done towards it for its time; may not sound convincingly like the real thing, but it's something that works well.
Even the little homage to Dale North right at the end, referencing "Dale Loves Mia" (not on OCR though ), was also a cute way to finalise it, especially considering both artists are in the Bad Dudes camp.
So I'd say it's short but sweet; a charming take on a non-square RPG source, showing its age now due to structure and production techniques, but can still be worth looking into if you feel fond about Kaijin's work
on 2009-12-03 19:13:32
The descending piano playing in the intro was a little awkward for me, and the rest of it suffered from really dated samples. Still, I'm definitely a fan of Kaijin's mellow remixes like this. For what it's worth, the arrangement is pretty great and it's easy to relax to this once you get past the sample quality.
on 2009-10-31 11:27:07
This is one of those where the outdated samples really hold this mix back from its potential. This also suffers from a bit of medleyitis - it basically follows the original songs, and doesn't really develop them into anything stronger.
on 2009-01-20 22:34:57
I like the arrangement, I'm just not crazy about the warbly guitar synth. it sounds really chill and everything else works together well, but I can't really get over the guitar synth.
on 2008-10-17 22:59:48
What a soothing and relaxing ReMix indeed! The speed is just right and gives off a nice joyful sound with a pinch of energy. A nice song that flows ever so softly with that push of instrumental introductions.
on 2008-10-13 20:46:47
I've been enjoying this mix for a while, despite not being too crazy of the Lunar SSSC overall (sorry Kizyr). Really calm, although I could easily picture a Disney movie where the girl finally accepts the guy's love and they dance the night away. It gives me warm fuzzies.
on 2007-12-09 20:47:23
Whoa... This is a brilliant piece. I'm most impressed at how it seamlessly blends together the TSS and SSS Meribia themes, and I really like how it ends with the arrangement of Mia's theme (Fairy Rain) at 1:52 to the end.
It's really well put together. I'd love to see many more mixes in this vein. KF
on 2006-12-28 14:35:21
Simply beautiful. I am quickly becoming a big Kaijin fan, and this mix easily stands with his others. The piano and bass together are superb and really carry the mix, and the soft chimes, drums and strings help as well. The only thing that brings down the mix slightly is the synthetic quality of the guitar lead. The mix doesn't suffer from it at all, but it could be better.
I also think it could be a little longer, either with some variation, or with a bit more original material.
Regardless, this is a great mix and I strongly recommend it.
on 2005-06-10 05:34:23
Pretty cool yo. I was listening to this while working on updating some of the source tune information for the database. This one by Tim is quite the underrated little gem. I really liked the piano during the intro, and :38-1:48 coincidentally had some sections very reminiscent in style to the Super Mario 64 ending theme. With Winamp's typical 3-second crossfade, the track loops very nicely. I'm really suprised this hasn't gotten more appreciation. Nice work, Tim!
on 2003-12-01 08:02:58
This is absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best remix I've heard ever!!!!!! Awesome work Kaijin!!!!!!!!!
on 2003-07-07 04:05:32
this screams town music, which in this case is a good thing. its got a peaceful, home-y atmosphere that you’d expect of a small town by the countryside. that don’t mean it can’t be played in the big city though. my house is just as warm and comfortable as a town house, ladies
on 2002-10-15 01:07:11
Your mixes just keep getting better Kaijin. Nuff said.
Per's OCR Star System:
5-One of my favorites.
4- I'll listen to it a fair amount but it lacks that extra "something" to be great.
3- Above average but not enough so to get much playtime in my list.
on 2002-10-11 22:07:04
Mu-ushy..sweet, though, and a very lighthearted remix. It's very well-composed easy-listening. Quite enjoyable.
on 2002-10-11 13:56:55
Lunar: The Silver Star 'Meribia Nights'
Meribia Nights is a very soft, melodic piece with too many chimes, and drum beat that sounds way too "mushy" for me. But, it is of superb sound quality, and it must be an excellent arrangement, because I can find little to complain about besides that which doesn't please my personal tastes. Somebody else pipe in and give this one a decent review. Excellent work, Kaijin.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Lunar: The Silver Star (Working Designs, 1993, SCD)
Music by Hiroshi Fujioka, Isao Mizoguchi, Noriyuki Iwadare, Yoshiaki Kubotera
- Time > Duration: Short
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