Been just over two years since Norrin Radd's initial Ninja Gaiden submission - something of a hiatus, to be sure, but fans of The Man With the Comb, aka Guile of SF2 fame should dig this rock take on his stage's theme. As a sidenote, I think ALL of us noticed how, in Guile's stage's background, that one woman's hand was awfully close to the area of the dude she was leaning on. No? Just me? Go back and take a second look. Norrin gives the theme a guitar upgrade, with some acoustic kit and electric bass underpinnings. Sound quality isn't ace, which ended up causing something of a split in the judges panel, but I like what he does especially towards the end in terms of the arrangement, and the guitar itself sounds crunchy enough to me, if the other elements aren't as polished. Around the 1'45" mark the arrangement becomes more inventive and original, incorporating some soloing and mucking about with the original. Some felt that was too long to wait, while others suggested that regardless of the mix having that period of less interpretive coverage, the world needs some good solid rock SF2 action, and that this piece delivers. I'm somewhere in between said stances - though I don't find the arrangement itself particularly jarring or incoherent as some did, the sound quality on everything but the guitar is prohibitive at specific times. However, you can tell that's what here, the core elements, have been worked on and refined, and there are a good number of quality moments packed in to the three-and-a-half-minute playing time. Gray apparently didn't like the mix title but I think it's kinda fun :) At any rate, it's cool to receive submissions from people who've been relatively quiet for awhile, and this is some great instant-grat rock Guile that should be enjoyed by many.
on 2011-06-18 01:40:03
While not being as dynamic production-wise as I'd expect, this mix knocks it out of the park when it comes to arrangement. Superbly creative, Guile's theme is established really early so we can be introduced to original material which gradually blooms back into Guile's theme. Quite a nice way to tackle the rock infusion that's happening here. I do love myself some slow, emotionally driven guitar rock. The original material does far outweigh the source material, but I wont tell if you wont.
Like I said, production is a little underpar. Things sound a bit washy listening on speakers, some samples are a bit on the nose, but overall, wow. Impressive use of the material to create something completely separate altogether. Creative stuff.
on 2009-03-23 10:08:43
I'm not loving the bass sound, but otherwise this mix is pretty awesome. I loved the breakdown section with the clean harmonics especially- beautiful and creative section.
Good guitar tone and great playing, and nicely programmed drums. This mix is recommended!
on 2009-01-28 15:20:25
Knowing the source makes understanding this mix better.
Anyway, I can't make up my mind on this one.
On one hand, it's laid back rock.
On the other, well... I dunno...
I like it, but it's not the most showstopping, blockbuster mix on here. It's still good and worth listening too.
on 2006-12-07 12:54:51
This remix is one of my three favorite remixes out of the 500+ I have downloaded. I have played classical and electric guitar, so I can appreciate the skill, for one.
I believe playing through the theme straight through once (with a few flourishes) was a great idea, because it establishes the piece and prepares the listener for the variations that come later. And it just plain rocks.
As far as the variations themselves go, I think they're excellent. Melodic/harmonic invention is great, and more creative than most I've seen here. At 3:09, the variation on the original motif is fantastic. At 3:25, it could have even gone on, with a key change into the original theme to finish the piece, but maybe that would've been pushing it.
on 2005-03-13 22:27:28
Now this is how its done! An excellent rockin peice. I love guitar mixes *thats why I learned to play the instrument!* and this is some killer stuff. Out of all the BGM in SF2 I always though Guiles mix was deserving of a rock/guitar remix. And here it is in all its glory. It's everything I could have hoped for! An excellent mix for an excellent mix!
on 2005-03-08 16:51:00
Dude, this has got to be, by far, one of the best OCRemixes I've ever listened to. Period.
You took a song that needed a guitar, you put the perfect guitar to it, and man, this just came out excellent.
I can't wait to hear other things from ya, dude, because this was just freakin crazy.
on 2004-12-20 05:30:21
Excellent job done here, as the rock presence on OCR continues to grow, which is an encouraging trend, rather than "OMG schala techno!!!" Gripes aside, I really like this mix and the wonderful contrast it gives to Rayza's R.A.H Mix. Good guitar with a live, gritty feel. Recommended.
on 2004-12-13 15:56:59
THey should have put this one in the new street fighter games. It's that good. The guitar is perfect , it sounds like a fan of the game was playing during 1980's 2d fighter trend. This guy knows who to work it with a guitar.
on 2004-09-30 22:25:20
well there was something that struck me on this..kinda reminds me of 1980s..way before i was born but still,I really really like this song out of alot of songs on here.
on 2004-07-29 04:11:21
Quite possibly my favorite rock remix on this site, just because it's Guile done right. For me, the song just screamed for electric guitar; I couldn't have picked a better instrument, nor better playing. Very well done guitar. Everything else just accentuates it, especially after about 2'50. Amazing work.
on 2004-06-26 04:25:15
Ha! I remember hearing this one on the WIP forums. I was hoping it would make it, seeing as it was really well done and enjoyable rock instrumental of a theme that gave American servicemen a voice in fighting videogames. Great stuff.
on 2004-06-15 22:09:52
oc remix needs more guitar based tunes like this one ! Excellent job
on 2004-06-12 19:36:43
Solid remix overall.. especially enjoyed the solo at 1:12 and the part at around 3:00.
I can just imagine Guile standing in front of me, taunting me to beat him.
on 2004-06-12 07:14:45
I think i should just explain the reason for the odd pacing and "Boring" beginning.
The way I looked at creating this Guitar remix is that first I should demonstrate that I can play this song in it's entirety, note for note. This is Something I appreciatte hearing other people accomplish (Playing some of these songs with guitar can become exeedingly difficult as they were not writtin for guitar, and require odd/ball playing techniques, and loads of practice). Then I tried to move onto the more creative parts, Such as the harmonics and the solos. If I just had the creative parts as one suggested, I don't think it would have any of the magic that made me like the song in the first place. It might have new magic, but then how nostalgic is that ?
To all who oppose, I only have one thing to say to you.
GO HOME AND BE A FAMILY MAN! SONIC BOOM!
on 2004-06-11 18:14:01
This Remix did a lot of justic to the original game. I thought it captured a lot of the feel in the first 30 seconds, but after that it got a bit blah. It was a very good mix, but it suffered a little from monotony.
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (Capcom, 1992, ARC)
Music by Isao Abe, Yoko Shimomura
- "Guile (U.S.A.)"
- Electric Guitar
- Production > Live Recording
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