ReMix:Final Fantasy VII "Philharmonic Suite: Part I" 5:23

By Jeremy Robson

Arranging the music of one song...

"Opening - Bombing Mission"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VII (Sony , 1997, PS1), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2003-07-17, evaluated by djpretzel

Wow. I needed to check with the judges to ensure this wasn't from a professional, released OST, as the majority of this magnificant orchestral FF7 arrangement from Jeremy Robson is absolutely fantastic. If you're into either orchestral or Squaresoft, which I imagine makes up a significant majority of our demographic, don't wait another second. Using high quality samples and Gigastudio to great effect, while Robson's arrangement doesn't stray too far from the original, it is replete with cinematic overtones, ranging from bombastic brass crescendos to delicate piano and harp interludes. Right from the intro, which uses trumpets to achieve the effect of what sounds a bit like wolves howling, with a sustaining high string patch and beautifully deliberate flute and harp, you know this is going to be an arrangement that if nothing else will be sonically impressive. But Jeremy delivers with a talented interpretation as well, featuring extremely effective dynamics and a total knack for evoking the sound of a philharmonic orchestra at full amplitude. Epic, convincing, and on par in terms of sound quality with the very best orchestral mixes on the site. Highly recommended.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2011-12-04 19:53:41

Marvelous, this is a spectacular piece. It sends shivers down my spine every time, and the thought of playing FF7 with this music is intense. It sounds like I'm sitting in the audience of an orchestra, delightful.

on 2010-09-01 17:26:05

Nice dramatic score, though the brass seemed to sell some sections a little short with their attack. When things are in full battle mode though, it really works well. Powerful swells and driving rhythms keep the track moving forward, and some excellent dynamics. The ending is a little on the abrupt side, but it works decently enough. I think a softer touch to the final chords would have been more compelling.

Either way, this is an intense ReMix that deserves all the accolades that it has received.

on 2009-12-14 23:16:55

Wow this is a sloooow long build-up; the fact that this is like part one of five makes it at least understandable and shows how much forethought is in here. This is beautifully orchestrated and highly subtle; not a whole lot of things are going on here too quickly meaning the listener has to pay close attention.

In the end, I like it, very Hans Zimmer-ish.

If they do a real-motion-picture-movie, I would gladly vote this masterpiece to be the opening music.

Completely agreed.

on 2007-07-25 09:40:23

Hmm... I don't know...

Does anyone else the think the More Friends version of this song was ripped of from this Mix?

Thin Crust
on 2007-01-31 19:41:02

Now I don't know what is better, this or the same song played by a Japanese orchestra.

Sonic Tooth
on 2006-07-18 01:23:43

Totally jaw-dropping! I don't feel right calling this a remix because it dosen't sound like a remix.

Congratulations on some fantastic work.

on 2006-06-14 12:29:55

Simply put, this may very well be the best track on this entire site. You can almost see right before your eyes images from a "Final Fantasy VII" movie when listening to this, as Cloud and Barrett run through secluded streets of Midgar heading towards the looming factory. I felt the beginning was a little rushed... as far as complaints go that is all. Absolutely amazing.

on 2006-01-17 06:18:52

Very Good Music !! :D

lady zelda
on 2006-01-16 22:18:18

This had better be on the next re-release of FFVII. I love how the different themes are so well integrated together and the orchestra can make it smooth, foreboding, haunting, suspenseful, or simply beautiful. ^ Yup, I second that comment too! Disney soundtracks ain't got nothing on this remix. Keep 'em coming!

on 2005-09-21 09:11:22

This is movie-orchestral material, it´s great! It got harmony, it got good instruments, and it has the adrenaline pumping mood from the game. If they do a real-motion-picture-movie, I would gladly vote this masterpiece to be the opening music.

Thank you robsondude, from all of us. :D:roll:8)8O

on 2005-09-10 14:24:09

Perfectly done, It put Tears in my eyes! Bravo!

on 2005-08-20 01:05:21

I have to disagree with Jared Hudson on this one. Of course, as a remix there isn't very much originality to this song. But let's face it... Some songs just deserve to be remixed more or less the way they are, so that the full potential of the song in question can come into blossom.

By the way, if I don't mistake myself I think can hear some pretty original parts as well. From around 4:00 and onwards things seem pretty new to me.

The technical talk just sounds like a conscious attempt to find faults in a more or less perfect arrangement. Of course there are things that could have been done better, but the overall quality of this remix still remains jawdropping.

Of course, this has a lot to do with the original work upon which it is built. But as I said earlier, some songs just deserve to be remixed more or less the way they are, so that the full potential of the song in question can come into blossom. And that's precisely what Jeremy Robson has done with this remix.


on 2005-08-12 02:43:33

I almost missed out on Jeremy Robson's other arrangements. He only posted three submissions on this site, unless he has another name. I found his website with a lot more music from him, including FF7 Philiharmoic Suites II, III, and IV.

Here you go

From there, another site called may prove interesting.

on 2005-03-29 15:16:25

It may be quite later than everyone elses posts, but I have to say that this...this...symphony experiance, is qiote possibly thegreatest I have ever heard.

This song definately represents a story in and of itself. At the same time, it is quite representative of the game itself. It's as if the two things, song and game, are related, and closely, but one can be taken independantly of the other.

This is an amazing accomplishment, this music. And I am now a fan of yours. Keep up the excellent work.


on 2005-01-29 22:36:26

I definitely agree with djpretzel when he says that this sounds professional. Jeremy took the already excellent ff7 tracks and meshed them into something beautiful that advent children would long for. Great job!

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Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VII (Sony , 1997, PS1)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Opening - Bombing Mission"

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