You don't need an invitation from Princess Peach to get in on OverClocked ReMix's latest album. Portrait of a Plumber reworks the classic and immensely catchy soundtrack from Nintendo's Super Mario 64 into twenty-one freely downloadable tracks that celebrate the 1996 Nintendo 64 launch title. From the bombastic main athletic theme to the calming tones of "Dire, Dire Docks", everything you remember about exploring Peach's castle and its magic paintings is here. Here's a little of what album director Justin Medford has to say about the project:
Musically, this album showcases OverClocked ReMix's reputation as a community proficient in a diverse set of genres. Portrait of a Plumber features rock, electronic, orchestral, and more. There's really something here for everyone. I sincerely hope that this will serve to highlight both Kondo's fantastic work as well as the work of the many many talented artists who came together to make this possible.
I was fortunate enough to listen to an advance copy of Portrait of a Plumber and I came away incredibly impressed. This may be my favorite OC ReMix album of all time (and there have been some amazing OC ReMix albums). I especially enjoy the ultimate Bowser medley, "Devastation's Duel", which combines "Koopa's Theme," "Koopa's Road," and "Ultimate Koopa" into a single flowing composition. Maybe I'm a little biased since I have such fond memories of the original Super Mario 64 soundtrack, but when you start with such iconic source music as Koji Kondo's soundtrack, you already have a solid base on which to build. Compliments to everyone involved with this album. It's another release that should be on a list of required video game remix playlists.