Do you like Wild Arms? Do you have 4+ hours at your disposal? Well saddle up, Sally May, because the internet has some free candy for your ears. Indeed, OverClocked ReMix has a lovely surprise, in the for of "Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous." Featuring hours of nostalgic goodness, the album's styles vary more than one expect, bringing the collective, creative unconsciousness together to pay homage to the PlayStation title.
OCReMix (as they prefer to be called) was brought to my attention by the melancholy, and staggeringly beautiful version of Final Fantasy VIII's "Compression of Time" - if you haven't heard it, it's well worth checking out - but to be honest, their offerings have been a bit hit or miss for me. There are a good deal of "metal" tracks
with not one Norwegian black metal rendition of "The Opened Way" from Shadow of the Colossus and trite, formulaic, techno thump-fests; one can assume this is due to the sheer volume of content on the site. Still, scattered amidst the chaff, there are some genuine treasures to be discovered - and as this is an "album" from OCReMix, one can hope that the release will be a bit more than a scattershot collection of everything Wild Arms.
Worst case scenario, the album is preposterously long - even if three out of every four songs is terrible, you have an hour of audio loveliness at your fingertips - and, more importantly, it's free. This is especially appealing if you, like me, are on the "washing down salt & pepper sandwiches with a tall glass of river water" rung of the economic ladder. Wild Arms: ARMed and DANGerous is available in both mp3 and FLAC, the latter being my poison of choice. The mp3 version is available for direct download, while the FLAC version must be acquired via torrent. So check out the preview, and if you feel so inclined, download the tracks at this link!