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Nemo Apr 23, 2007

Especially in arranging?  Because I just realized all my favorite tracks from "Rocking Heart" were done by him/her.

Bernhardt Apr 24, 2007 (edited Apr 24, 2007)

A search by composer on Game Music Revolution under "Inoue," "Nittoku," or "Nittoku Inoue" turns up absolutely nothing...CDJ doesn't seem to turn up anything, either, not even the "Rocking Heart" album... (didn't use quotations on CDJ either, since it doesn't like boolean operators...)

I thought Nittoku Inoue was actually one of the weaker arrangers on that album. He would've been better off shaking change in his pockets rather than using the synth percussion that he did.

Ryo Yonemitsu, however, Rocked the Heart right out of my chest...

All in all, Rocking Heart is a good album if you give it chance; it may blend together too much, but you can find distinguishments between tracks if you listen well enough.

Ashley Winchester Apr 24, 2007 (edited Apr 24, 2007)

Nemo wrote:

I just realized all my favorite tracks from "Rocking Heart" were done by him/her.

I just got Rocking Heart about a week ago and while I enjoy it I can't help but be a little let down after what I was reading review after review... but it's definitely a disc worth having if you like WA.

I agree Inoue's tracks are some of the best on there... I really like the take on "There's Only One Family Named Schrodinger" as it merely upgrades the original while not making it a completely different entity - something like "Battle VS Liz and Ard" ended up being - it took me forever to warm up to that track and I'm still a little iffy about it.

"Windward Birds" was pretty sick and "Gun Blaze" was solid as well but I thought all the songs from WA4 made great appearances on here despite my indifference towards the original soundtrack. FATE BREAKER is a track I've always liked and disliked - original and remix - and I know that makes no sense. "Critical Hit!" was a good, clean rendition of the old WA staple and really reminded my why it has remained a favorite throughout the years. I thought the horns in "G's Roar" where a little too much however...

As far as my favorite track I'd have to go with "Dungeon: Ruins Type 2". I love the original version and I was kind of sad to see this didn't seem to make an impression on many people... I don't think I was it referred to in a single review I read.

However, what I'm finding with -Rocking Heart- is that it's really a release that works better as a unit or continuous playthough - if I start picking and choosing which tracks to listen to it just doesn't work as well. It works much better as a whole.

Edit: fixed some sp

Nemo Apr 24, 2007 (edited Apr 24, 2007)

Nice, thanks Razakin!  Order'd, obviously.  It definitely seems like this guy came out of nowhere in terms of VGM, I couldn't find anything on him, and I had no idea how he got involved with Rocking Heart. 

Bernhardt wrote:

A search by composer on Game Music Revolution under "Inoue," "Nittoku," or "Nittoku Inoue" turns up absolutely nothing...CDJ doesn't seem to turn up anything, either, not even the "Rocking Heart" album... (didn't use quotations on CDJ either, since it doesn't like boolean operators...)

I thought Nittoku Inoue was actually one of the weaker arrangers on that album. He would've been better off shaking change in his pockets rather than using the synth percussion that he did.

Ryo Yonemitsu, however, Rocked the Heart right out of my chest...

All in all, Rocking Heart is a good album if you give it chance; it may blend together too much, but you can find distinguishments between tracks if you listen well enough.

The percussion on "Gun Blaze" could be better, but I still love that arrangement.  IMO Inoue made this album, some of the other arrangements are good, but they've all been done before.  Like I love Ryo, but all his tracks sound so 1992, which is fine if that's what you dig, but I like progression and contemporary takes on the music.  Anyone who can take some cheesy vocal track like "Windward Birds" and transform it into a heavy, rock masterpiece is awesome in my book.  I've listened to this disc since it came out and have only been more impressed with each spin, best arrange album in a decade.  Plus there's 17 freakin' tracks, that's unheard of for an arrange album.

GoldfishX Apr 24, 2007 (edited Apr 24, 2007)

Dungeon 2 gets respect, but it's the quiet, "silent awe" respect...It reminds me more of what the track would sound like in a killer Code F style rearrangement than a dedicated rock arrange. It does lean more towards techno than rock to me though, but the core melody shines.

The only track I didn't enjoy from this album was G's Roar, which was just miserable compared to the original. That was my favorite Code F track too. Everything else ranges from "very good" to "great" to "dynamite". It looks something like this this:

VG:
Gunmetal Action
Battle Force
Leave it To Me

Great:
Zed (went from "WTF!?" to "Damn, that's cool")
Critical Hit! (exactly how I wanted this classic tune updated)
Dungeon 2
Gun Blaze (a little TOO heavy, I think, but a solid alternative to the original, which I'm a huge fan of...I'd MUCH rather have something like this than the tepid G's Roar arrange)
End of Wilderness
Fatebreaker

Dynamite:
Liz and Ard
Windward Birds
Shrodinger
Lord Blazer (awesome build-up and main melody, even if the sax in there should be a guitar...)
This Is Where the Spirit Becomes Certain
Burden is Way of Life
I Look Up At the Sky...

I second Nemo's comment on Windward Birds...This was easily Naruke's flatest vocal song and the arrangement completely remakes it into something amazing. It's impossible to tell it's the same song at times.

Edit: Wow, that's cool he has an English site. I'm a little iffy on the samples though...Particularly the singing.

Bernhardt Apr 25, 2007 (edited Apr 25, 2007)

Actually, "Windward Birds" was the overworld map anthem from Wild Arms 3; the vocal song from Wild Arms 3 that you want to dis is "Advanced Wind."

I'm sorry, but Ryo Yonemitsu just rocks too hard on the all-around; Inoue's percussion is just too weak for me, and blarring jug-a-jug electric guitars just can't hide that.

Now, the slam-bang percussion on "Liz and Ard" just makes me want to mosh pit; the buzzing saw blades really give it character. Well, maybe not mosh pit, but it's still pretty aggressive.

Ashley Winchester Apr 25, 2007

Bernhardt wrote:

Actually, "Windward Birds" was the overworld map anthem from Wild Arms 3; the vocal song from Wild Arms 3 that you want to dis is "Advanced Wind."

I thought the overworld map theme for Wild Arms 3 was "Migiratory Birds, Wandering Bird-Scoundrels" or is "Windward Birds" a vocal rendition of that song - if so I never made the connection between them. I know "Windward Birds" was from WA:ACF though... I don't believe it appeared US release of the game tho, the songs that did contain lyrics in ACF had the lyrics striped out (Funeral March, Good Night Earth Gals) because Agetech probably didn't want to pay for the rights although they had no problem charging $50 for a port/remake that was over a year late - I better quit before I go on a rant about that.

Nemo Apr 25, 2007

"Windward Birds" is definitely a vocal track from WA: ACF and wasn't featured in any other WA games.

Bernhardt Apr 25, 2007 (edited Apr 25, 2007)

Bah! "Windward Birds," "Migratory Birds," how 'bout "Easy Mistake?" Yeah, you probably got me.

The second track on "Rocking Heart" just sounded like a re-endition of the overworld map anthem from "Wild Arms 3," even if it isn't.

Ashley Winchester Apr 25, 2007

Bernhardt wrote:

Bah! "Windward Birds," "Migratory Birds," how 'bout "Easy Mistake?" Yeah, you probably got me.

NP, I was being silly anyway... a few others and I here probably know our WA music a little too well anyway... (is that even possible?)

Ashley Winchester Apr 27, 2007

GoldfishX wrote:

VG:
Gunmetal Action
Battle Force
Leave it To Me

This is funny becuase these are the songs I'd put on the bottom tier as well. They're not bad but I was pretty let down with Battle Force... then again, I really don't know what I was expecting them to do with it - Battle Force is somewhat of an oddity, a track that works best when it's at its simplest.

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