I am still looking for the Yoko Shimomura-composed vocal single:「荊の道」
Short sample available here: http://rmix.net/music/03_music_01.html
This song may appear in a (rare) future album or may be available (or already is available) as an official free download or paid download. If you know where I can find the full song, please post in this thread or PM me. Even if you are reading this 5 or 10 years from now, let me know.
Back in 2011, the full song was available, for a short period, as a promotional free download or to be more precise, stream (and therefore download, same thing). If you somehow still have a copy of this, let me know.
Japanese Internet users commenting on the news of the promotional free download: http://ceron.jp/url/www.rmix.net/music/ … sic_s.html
The song appearing on an album is not an impossible event. There is a precedent: http://vgmdb.net/album/27643 M2.18 Yoko Shimomura [~R:MIX Stage from "MAOU TENSYOU": Main Theme / ～R:MIX舞台 「魔王転生 MAOUTENSYOU」より メインテーマ～]
This album contains a rare Shimomura song from the same relatively unknown Japanese-exclusive source (i.e. MAOUTENSYOU from the R:MIX organisation).
[color="Red"]Bounty: I will pay you [strike]$5USD[/strike] $10USD to your PayPal account if you can find this music file (proper full version, preferably the untouched original .swf) and send it to me, provided that at the time of the song-transferal, the song was not available on any album or any official paid download link. In general, this means the file is from your hard drive or someone else's. Furthermore, the $5 bounty also applies if you can lead me to, if for some reason I somehow missed/overlooked it, an official free download (has the author's i.e. Shimomura's, or those whom it may concern's permission), provided that this free download was available prior to the 19th of February, 2014.[/color] "Mere" information leading to the album (past or future), official paid download (past or future), or official free download (future) would of course be appreciated, I just can't pay ya.
Well, in my quest to fulfill my own bounty and obtain Yoko Shimomura's "Ibara no Michi (Path of Roses)" song, I went through the trouble of grabbing the 魔王転生 MaouTensyou DVD but unfortunately, the situation was less than ideal. The song in context isn't exactly crystal clear and it is interrupted by sound effects and acting (well, it IS theater). I was expecting that but I was also hoping for a bonus jukebox menu or something, which there was not.
Since the song still doesn't seem to be released on an album, then we've only got the 30 second sample and the song, sort of complete, but with flaws (see above paragraph). On that note, I have uploaded both to my YouTube channel:
Yoko Shimomura / Ibara no Michi (Path of Roses) 30 Second Sample
This is the same thing as on the website, but I figure that nobody knows about that website so I'll spread it/publicise it on YouTube so it gets more attention, somehow.
R:MIX / Maou Tenshou & Yoko Shimomura / Ibara no Michi (Path of Roses)
Original content here probably since this DVD is rare as hell. Basically what you're watching is theater and the part I uploaded is somewhere about 3/4 into the story, from the beginning of the song to the end. There may or may not be spoilers but it's all in Japanese anyway.
Here's the credits and liner notes for the song:
作曲：下村陽子／編曲：MARS (i.e. Composition: Yoko Shimomura / Arrangement: MARS)
As for the DVD/play in general, I assume it's a story about good and evil, love and betrayal, war and peace etc... it's pretty long, 2+ hours.
Furthermore, I also got another two of R:MIX's DVDs: ストラルドブラグ 魔神邂逅 (Struldbruggs: Majin Kaikou) and 魔王降臨 Live Side and Evil Side (Maou Kourin). Both of which involve Yoko Shimomura (among other game musicians). I get the feeling all of these stories have a common link with a certain demon king.
The Maou Kourin DVD does have a nice little bonus: a 30 minute or so interview with Shimomura which may or may not already exist on YouTube and/or Nico Nico Video (Is Nico Nico even a thing in Japan anymore? They probably switched to YouTube by now à la Mixi/Facebook).
In any case, the everlasting search continues...