So, after renewing my musical appreciation of Mega Mans 1-6 by playing through the games, I've now decided to sit down and rediscover the mountains of arranged albums out there. Arrange Rock Version is my first.
Gotta say, I'm enjoying the hell out of it. Iwao puts together a nice set of faithfully reproduced melodies played up by punchy guitar leads, keyboards/synths that accompanies rather than deters, and solos that are impactful yet concise.
Like everyone else, I have my own foot-long list of songs I would have loved to see, but I'm more than content with what we got. Working under the album's short track number constraint, Cut Man is most certainly my first choice for MM1, while Metal Man and Dr. Wily 1 for MM2 follows suit. Dr. Cossack 2 is pitch-perfect for MM4, and I'm pleased that the only truly great piece from MM5 (Dr. Wily) made the cut. Huge props for the MM6 Tomahawk Man/Yamato Man double-whammy, the latter of which wins for best track on the album. Both Title and Boss Mix medleys are solid fare, while Get A Weapon picks up the slack for Shadow Man as the better representative for MM3.
I'm somewhat baffled by the comments about the speed of the arrangements. Lethargic? Really? I suppose if you're going in expecting shred levels of speed, perhaps, but they're honestly not that much slower in tempo than the original tracks. And the ones that are more moderately paced actually get points in my book for accentuation.
Flaws? 43 minutes of arranged material is comparably short. At best, it's a nice, lean length that's just long enough for enjoyable listens straight through; at worse, it makes one wish that they had snuck a couple more choice selections in there. They also could've given the refrains leading into the outros a little more pizzazz, instead of simply carbon copying it from the beginning.