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[Lethal Xcess]

Back to march 1993. Two years after the release of Lethal Xcess game (sequel  to
Wings of Death as everyone knows :), Jochen Hippel and Christoph Remspecher made
studio arrangements of the game tunes, planing a CD release of those.

Unfortunatly, probably due to a lack of interest or budget from Thalion at  this
time for a  production of this  kind, those tracks  have never been  released to
public... until 2003, ten years later,  thanks to the webmasters of Lethal Xcess
Website and The Thalion Source.

All the  original tunes  have been arranged,  giving you  eight tracks to  enjoy
(intro, menu, five levels and ending) for a duration of approx. 30 minutes.

These  arrangements  aren't  plain boom-boom  remixes or  simple "MIDI-remapped"
covers. And although no live-instrument is used, some research has been made  on
the instruments selection and each track sounds different from the others.

There are a few loosy vocal samples placed here and there in some of the tracks.
I don't understand those as it's  german speech but they just sound  loosy... ;)
Hopefully there aren't more than six of those over the whole album.

Not every part of the original tune or melody is covered and there's most of the
time one single progression in the  levels arrangements when there are three  or
four in the original pieces. Some melodies have been slightly changed too.

My favorite track here is level three, the most progressive track of the  album,
it even got as much progression as the original tune.
The most "closer to the original" arrangement is the menu theme.

It's a really enjoyable album and worth listening for anyone who played the game
or heard the original tunes. :)

Grab it as MP3 at :

[Hippel Remixed]

Note: It seems i got  the first release of this  CD as there's ten tracks  on it
when the internet page lists twelve.

From 1994 to  1998, Mike Weling  made various covers  of game tunes  composed by
Jochen Hippel, using  MIDI equipement (a  software sequencer, an  expander and a
drum machine).  In 2001  he released  a CD(r)  with those,  through The  Thalion
Source website.

Those tracks definitly sound like typical MIDI covers, no big surprise about the
instruments used and about the arrangements. Anyway these are still enjoyable as
The most improved cover is the  Amberstar game-over tune which starts as  a nice
piano arrangement.

Along those covers  come three personal  compositions by Mike  Weling. The first
one is a  (typicaly german-sounding ;)  dance tune, the  second one is  relaxing
piece and the last is a slow mellow tune.

Info about getting it (in german) :

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