Posted 2021-07-19, evaluated by Liontamer
Drop everything & download immediately:) We last featured work from Nigel Simmons SEVENTEEN YEARS ago, making this potentially the longest submission gap in the history of the site. I remain a HUGE fan of Nigel's Super Castlevania IV mix from July of 2004 - one of my favorite sources off one of my favorite OSTs, arranged to orchestral perfection. As good as that was, this soaring, absolutely glorious Zelda medley is even better:
"My orchestral arrangement of the various themes in Legend of Zelda - Link to the Past (composed, of course, by legendary composer Koji Kondo). I've always loved the intro music to A Link to the Past, as it's one of my favorites from the series, and I always felt it was kind of overlooked. I hadn't ever really done a Zelda arrangement I was completely happy with, despite learning the themes as a kid. So, I decided to finally do something, specifically with the (somewhat ambiguous) "Fallen Hero" timeline in mind. It was a lot of fun, and it kind of grew into something bigger than I expected it to be. I was going to keep going with it, but decided to stop and (possibly) keep going with more tracks, and possibly make a concept album. But I always make plans for huge, ambitious projects and never completely follow through with them, so this may be its own thing. The choir is just gibberish. I just went with the vowels that sounded best to me. It would have been great fun to add actual lyrics to the piece, but the choir library I used just didn't have the capability for it. Anyway, hope you enjoy! Oh, and happy 35th anniversary to The Legend of Zelda!"
It's a fantastic tribute; from the suspenseful, majestic opening to the bombastic, rising choral portions, the part writing is superb and the whole things lives, breathes, & flows in a way that's truly glorious, an adjective I rarely employ unsarcastically. Highlights abound; for just two examples, the descending, Copland-esque horn line at 0'26, and the way the strings transition afterward from trembling tremolo to lithe legato at 0'32" - sublime. Liontamer evaluated:
"A few months ago, I was updating social media pages for some ReMixers in OCR's database and that led to me discovering Nigel's Bandcamp page. I loved his impactful original EP, Moon Suite: Jupiter ("Callisto" is my favorite), so seeing this Zelda piece in the inbox was a very pleasant surprise. Nigel's pair of previous OC ReMixes both hold up really well, and I loved his older original pieces (which I selfishly hope he'll eventually re-host).
Hey Nigel, this is tremendous, and it's wonderful to see you submitting again! Beautiful, grandiose work, and I certainly hope you'll send more down the line as well. I've always been a great fan of your stuff and am extremely excited to know you're still making (great) music! It's hard to go wrong with Zelda medleys, but this flowed so well from the overworld theme to Ganon's theme to the opening theme and finishing with Zelda's theme, all in all a great tribute to the Zelda storyline buffs out there. What a sensational piece! :-)"
Truly one for the ages; once my memory was jogged, I was psyched to finally be hearing more from an artist that I was impressed & inspired by soooooooo long ago, and this exceeded any & all expectations of what a Zelda medley would look like in his capable hands. While I'd certainly love to hear more, and sooner, this was absolutely worth the wait - highly recommended!
Sources Arranged (5 Songs, 2 Games)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Ganon's Message"
"Princess Zelda's Rescue"
- Additional Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Hyrule Field Morning Theme"
- Arrangement > Medley
- 9,746,994 bytes
- Size: 9,746,994 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: a4a8b2f94b82f27308c0353cfb4f4a7c
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