ReMix:Great Greed "The Greatest Greed" 2:39

By Diggi Dis, Thumper

Arranging the music of one song...


Primary Game: Great Greed (Namco , 1992, GB), music by Katsuro Tajima

Posted 2004-02-23, evaluated by djpretzel

From Disposer and Thumper comes this sweet rock/ballad arrangement from relatively obscure Namco Gameboy RPG "Great Greed" - I did a little background research and it seems this game has quite an excellent reputation amongst those who've actually played it. One of the little gems of the past that get overlooked under tides of franchise titles and sequels, no doubt. Introing with a delicate, folksy nylon guitar pattern, minimal acoustic drums surreptitiously work their way in, then the power lead makes its entrance at 0'24" with a great, slow heroic melody. Excellent tone on the electric here, with the body and punch of many a great classic rock riff. Lest you write this off as a good but limited one-trick pony, the arrangement then goes in an orchestral/hybrid direction with some solo strings, flute, piano, and even brass. This middle section does worlds of good in the versatility and interest departments, and melds seamlessly with the lyrical guitar. The ending is a little unorthodox and doesn't seem to wait for the progression to fully work its way out to the closure one might expect, but hey, this was a unique and not overly jarring way to conclude, so points for creativity. Overall, this is a brief but very well planned-out and executed mix. One gets the feeling that those involved wanted to give this game and its soundtrack an homage and shine a little light, and this is an excellent way to have realized those aims. Searching, melodious, introspective, dramatic, and covering interesting source material, this is a great mix. Don't make a mistake and overlook it as you might have done with the game; it's well worth your time.



Latest 15 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
on 2010-12-04 22:21:53

Wow, this was a mix that I didn't discover until recently, but I really love. Each section feels like a puzzle piece interlocking seamlessly into the previous. Also each guitar/piano section lasts long enough for maximum emotional effectiveness and then passes along to the next.

But I will go ahead and echo all the previous sentiment that this is just too darn short. T_T (It also ends way to abruptly.)

What we do have just leaves me wanting more, and this is something I will happily put on repeat and listen for a long time.

on 2010-07-10 11:16:43

This piece of music definitely bears a strong similarity to greensleeves.

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on 2009-12-23 13:59:42

I can't help but be a little biased, being a guitarist. I loved the electric guitar, though the gain was just a little high. Good sustain, though. The introduction is, if I'm hearing correctly, an acoustic guitar MIDI or synth patch, right? Oh, how I wish that could have been a real acoustic! It's satisfactory in it's tone, but in comparison to the electric, it just doesn't hold up to make it an even acoustic-electric trade-off. Besides that, this was nice. Drums were pretty good, strings were nice if a little unbelievable (would have liked a little more dampening and reverb to make them more convincing), but otherwise a very nice song!

on 2009-09-25 06:03:52

A very nice mix that gives me a mental picture of myself in the jungle. Great work!

on 2009-08-01 23:45:36

Colour me surprised by the level of compositional quality. It's a shame that such great music can be overshadowed by obscurity and only heard by a very minute amount of people throughout history. I like that upon everything else that this mix does well, it also expands the awareness of the source by a margin. I know it is very unlikely I would have ever heard this theme if it wasn't for this mix.

Onward to the actual music, it's weird that the first time I listened to this, the piano stood out as the best thing in it. Further listening has made me question my own sanity for overlooking the excellent guitar aspects of this as well. There is a great amount to like in this mix, clearly.

This is significantly better than most rock ballads I've heard anywhere. Not a fan of the genre, but I think this mix transcends it anyway. Awesome mix that came out of left field for me. Gotta love how some of the best things come directly from obscurity.

on 2009-01-17 17:07:58

excellent guitar arrangement, and things just build from there. I enjoyed this very much, and the choice of synths worked well. good work.

on 2008-12-11 03:41:25

great greed...? totally completely unfamiliar with the source.

love the tune, but it was sorta over as soon as i started it...

great job, wish it were a bit longer. makes me want to listen to the source.

on 2008-08-31 15:54:43

Definately a fan of this mix. Very smooth, everything fits together, even though you might not expect the set of instruments used to work well. Nice melody, good sounds. Ending is a bit ubrupt, and I might have liked a little more expansion overall, but defiantely a keeper.

on 2007-01-26 10:49:58

This really does have a pretty defined medieval theme melodically, and though I admit it didnt grab me at first listen, each subsequent listen has revealed more of the song, and it's gotten more interesting. The lead tone is great, and the strings and other orchestral instruments that come in are really nice. I am a big fan of the piano. Recommended, but it may take you a few listens to hear what the song is really capable of.

on 2005-08-17 22:20:28

I didn't know that anybody else had ever played this game. It is, to date, one of the best games I've ever played in any category. Great to hear the tune on Guitar.

on 2005-08-14 18:13:02

lovely song with the guitar.

on 2004-03-18 12:35:34

I just love the idea of putting electric guitar ballad on a heroic RPG theme.

on 2004-02-23 15:34:07

Great Greed was my first RPG, and thus this title screen track was the first RPG song I ever heard. Great Greed is one of the best RPGs for the Game Boy, if not ever. The electric guitar in this remix does a great job of putting forth the theme of Great Greed, though the rest of the remix is just sort of filler to me. But I could listen to that guitar play the music of my childhood forever.

Thank you for not forgetting about this game. If anyone sees it anywhere, my advice to you is to buy it immediately, it could vanish at any time.

on 2004-02-23 13:40:05

Wow. This is an incredible song, beautifully composed, and the instruments come together great throughout the whole song. Absolutely love it, this is staying on my hard drive.

on 2004-02-23 13:29:00

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Great Greed (Namco , 1992, GB)
Music by Katsuro Tajima

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