April 19, 2008
(All due apologies for the admittedly corny Musing title...)
A few days ago I listened to some samples of the “remastered” soundtracks that were released in Japan for the Zero and ZX series. I knew from perusing Capcom of Japan’s website that such soundtracks existed, but I never sat down and actually listened to them until now.
I’d been under the impression at first that these soundtracks contained remixes, but I came to discover that’s not entirely the case. To be sure, they’re not direct recordings of the songs from the games like many game music CDs. Yet at the same time, most of the tunes aren’t exactly remixes either. They’re something in between.
Basically, most of the songs are virtually identical to their original game versions (at least for the first loop, after which they frequently diverge from what you hear in the game). Having said that, the remastered tracks are definitely of higher quality than the game songs—the sampling rate is better, so all of the instruments sound much clearer, with less “fuzz” in the background. But the actual compositions and tempo are frequently the same, though stereo effects were added to many songs that were originally in monaural.
Overall, this “remastering” of the songs is quite cool in my opinion. For one thing, you get what are basically higher-quality versions of the game musics. Also, I personally find that remixes that diverge too much frequently end up just taking a good tune and spoiling it somehow. So, sticking close to the source is fine by me.
Some random comments on a few of the songs that I sampled:
Hope I’ve whetted your appetites. If you find these CDs for sale, they might be worth picking up, particularly the ZX one. In my opinion, at any rate.
In the meantime, it should be noted that just recently I posted the original game versions of most of the above songs over on the Song of the Whenever. Rather ironic timing, one could say.
- The MegaMaster