Nights Remix: Another Dream

"Simple, fun dance mixes with that great Nights energy." Cautiously Recommended

Artist Credits

Tracks

66 minutes total
  1. Message From NIGHTOPIA (We'll be Back Mix)
  2. DREAMS DREAMS (Peaceful Mix)
  3. Paternal Horn (Swea-T-shirt Mix)
  4. The Mantle (Acid acid love Mix)
  5. DREAMS DREAMS (Club 12-inch GK. Mix)
  6. Gate of Your Dream (Deep Groove)
  7. Under Construction (Wow wow 70's Mix)
  8. Know Thyself! (Thirsty night club Dub)
  9. Interlude
  10. I want to see you smile again (DREAMS DREAMS)
  11. Growing Wings (Peak Power-From-After Hour Climax)
  • Released Jul 24, 1997 by Tokuma Japan (catalog no. TKCA-71192, retail 2500 yen).

Reviews

Simple, fun dance mixes with that great Nights energy.

Cautiously Recommended

Editor's review by Adam Corn

Nights Remix offers an authentic selection of some of the most enamoring Nights melodies, mixed fluidly with familiar dance music styles. It's a combination that most any fan of the original or of simple "let's have a good time" dance music will enjoy.

The album doesn't start off as much fun at all, though. "Message From Nightopia (We'll be Back Mix)" comes out with a cliched hip-hop beat and an obnoxious distorted electric guitar that make for a terribly simplistic version of the main Nights theme. Further tarnishing the album are four lackluster vocal tracks, all of which focus on the main vocal theme "Dreams Dreams" from the game's ending. Though not bad in any particular way, their generic turns at house, pop and R&B offer little over the moderately charming but not particularly versatile original version.

Fortunately, apart from those vocal tracks, "Message From Nightopia", and two repetitive (if solidly produced) remixes for "Gate of Your Dream" and "Know Thyself!", the album gives Nights fans some remixes to remember.

"Paternal Horn (Sweat-T-shirt Mix)" is where the fun starts. A simple get-up-outcha-seat beat gets things going, with a short Nights instrumental sample teasingly thrown in to draw anticipation for some music in the true Nights spirit. Once the bright, cheerful main melody (one of my favorites) enters in full form, the piece becomes a true joy to listen to, capturing the essence of the original while adding a dance flavor that you can't help but want to move to. Even a short rap sequence somehow works within the flow of the track.

"The Mantle (Acid acid love Mix)" has a no-nonsense, "comin' at ya" feel to its melodies and jazzy horn and keyboard instrumentation, with another perfectly placed interlude in the middle - this time a nice piano bit. Meanwhile "Under Construction (Wow wow 70's Mix)" utilizes a simple but body-movin' beat, piano loops, groovy bass, and some disco-style synth strings to provide retro fun.

The producers saved the best for last in their "Peak Power From After Hour Climax" remix of "Growing Wings". Though it starts deceptively low-key with a steady beat and instrumental of the Nights main theme, once some space launch style radio-transmitted voices begin and the tempo quickens, the track blasts off with a faithful rendition of the immensely optimistic final stage theme. That upbeat reprise is perhaps my favorite track from the original, fantastically capturing the bright, cheerful feel of Nights, and it remains as enjoyable as ever in Nights Remix.

Certainly the dance music production in Nights Remix isn't particularly ambitious or complex, sticking to tried-and-true formulas. Rather the appeal of the album lies behind the lovable and memorable Nights themes, which in remixed form have been given a slightly different overall flow but possess the same charm as before. Remixed or not, it's a great way to experience a one-of-a-kind soundtrack.

Between a choice of this and waiting room music... I'd rather do homework.

Reader review by James McCawley

I am an enormous fan of the original NiGHTS soundtrack. One of the finest scores Sega has ever produced, it's a magical exposition of marvelously written melodies. A blend of keen techno and pop intuition and hypnotic fever dream ambience all sparked with dazzling creative energy, the original score is a true tour de force interpretation of the soundscape of dreams. More than happy to revisit this delightful aural haven, I snatched up Nights Remix as soon as I learned about it. Hearing it, however, was a shock that left me not only disappointed and disgusted, but outright angry. Nights Remix takes what was a wonderfully diverse, musically innovative score, and ruins it through a degenerative mish-mash of entirely generic techno beats with no sense of musical aptitude and direction.

Everything is so wrong with this CD that it is difficult to choose where to begin. Suffice to say, all that distinguished NiGHTS as special and unique has been removed. The upbeat, enjoyable pop/gospel vocal song "Dreams Dreams" has been dismembered and left to rot in the sun with three entirely needless new remixes. Each version differentiates itself superficially in terms of dance style and sample mix, but this is not enough to overcome the incessant redundancy of hearing the same song exploited with tired, stale beats and simplistic, rudimentary synth accompaniment. The worst offender is the "12' Club GK mix", an eight-plus minute track that will not die, which tumbles endlessly through the main vocal chorus. Strangely, the CD also includes the a capella version of Dreams Dreams contained in the Christmas NiGHTS CD. This arrangement owes itself more to a Boyz II Men album of trite, syrupy R&B disaster than game music.

To me, the biggest joke on the CD is the remix of my favorite piece on the OST, "The Mantle". The original version was an insanely cool slice of bad-ass funk/jazz that featured an intricately patterned, progressively irregular bass drum trip beat entwined by a wild virtuoso jazz saxophone solo and background strings harmony. Miura and Katsuura had the incredible savvy to incorporate none of this into the remix, instead choosing to center it around a barely perceptible nine-note motif that occurs in the background of the original's harp strings and human whispering bridge section. This simple statement repeats ad nauseum to the accompaniment of an equally inane, amateur "I-wish-I-knew-how-to-rock" electric guitar line, as a wearyingly repetitive drum track cycles relentlessly. The original song is completely unrecognizable. Ironically, I would have to say this is the most tolerable selection on the CD.

The whimsical, versatile main theme of NiGHTS has been redone in classic 70's porn movie fashion, with a ludicrously cheesy and overdone hip hop beat and a nightmarish grinding guitar. Anybody up for NiGHTZ G? I'm not. Meanwhile, the infectiously catchy melody of Splash Garden, after an indistinct, spacey appearance roughly 1/4th of the way through the remix, is subsequently snubbed in favor of generously sampled "Yeah!"-ing and a simple techno beat. What's worse, the song has been fixed to include the one ingredient the original was clearly lacking: rapping.

Ultimately what we have here is a generic album of cookie-cutter techno/dance beats, in the midst of whose endless droning the original themes actually pop in for an occasional cup of tea, albeit in very brief, incongrous spurts. For those who just want to "grind to the beat", this album probably serves as well as any of the basic junk MTV-style dance mix CDs for sale at your local record store, but to those hoping for a well-crafted, invigorating reworking of the excellent Nights score, I advise you stay away from this disgrace.

A kickin' mix album that'll have you dancing through the NiGHT.

Reader review by Adam Page

Man, this is how it's done. Go Katsuura and Toshinori Miura must have gotten straight A's at Arranging School. It's a shame Konami didn't enlist these guys to do Dracula X Remixies. Though all the arrangements fall into the dance/club music genre, there is still a refreshing variety that makes each song memorable - unlike the other aforementioned title. Several songs ("Under Construction" in particular) have a hip retro sound, others have typical 90's dance beats, and the remaining tracks pretty much define their own categories. In something of an oddity for arranged soundtracks of this nature, the original melodies are almost always audible inside the pulsing chaos of synth and percussion.

The arrangers made great selections from the original soundtrack, though I would have loved to hear "Suburban Museum". My one insignificant complaint is that they make too liberal use of NiGHT's vocal track, "Dreams Dreams." There are four separate mixes out of 11 tracks on the CD, and they throw pieces of the lyrics in other tracks as well. Luckily, they do enough with the song that each arrangement stands out from the others. They all have entirely different beats and instruments, and markedly changed tempos (one mix is even a capella). Still, I would liked to have seen that space and effort given to other melodies instead. A couple fun novelties other game music fans might enjoy are the inclusion of snippets from the children-performed version of "Dreams Dreams" (which was missing from the OST) and the familiar "1-2-3-4-5-6-Do it!" sample heard in FF Mix's Megamix.

This really is one fantastic CD. For NiGHTS fans, it definitely gets my endorsement, but I'm betting other game music fans will enjoy it too.

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