Green Beret [live at The Church]
Actually, it was Slaygon that dragged me into doing this remix in the first place. He visited The Church when he did his European roundtrip. While he was in the Netherlands we thought it would be nice if we did a late night Sunday Service impromptu....
He asked me to do a rendition of Green Beret, but I said I wasn't too sure since I didn't knew the song that well. But after some pushing and hessitation I took the challange and the basis of this remix and improvisation was born.
For fun I later recorded another 10-minute live-version with some camera's which you can still see at YouTube if you want:
After quiet some request for an 'audio'-version I made some cuts here and there and tried to mix this 6-minute version as good as I could get it. And here is the result.
I hope you'll enjoy it!
REVIEW BY ggeudraco (26/01/2008)After hearing this a few times, your realise the gradual and sometimes subtle changes Reyn does for his intro. However, when you know the drums mark the beginning of the action, you're constantly waiting and feel tortured until they do kick in.
Reyn has used a very appropriate set of instruments for this remix, but I'm afraid to say that his decision to perform it in a 'live' setting has led to degradation of what I can hear the guitar do - I often have to apply dynamic audio enchancement to fully immerse myself. A nice ending is achieved by the slow and subtle fading down of every instrument to that final few notes done by one unit.
Does it capture the environment the SID does? No - Galway has this music sounding like a dawn chorus; Reyn has made it over the top and turned it to a different meaning. However, has Reyn applied his own style and succeeded as a result of it? Definitely!
REVIEW BY LaLa (05/12/2007)As I'm writing these words in 2016, I can't believe this remix is already 9 years old. Since its release I haven't stopped listening to it - it has a visceral staying power, it etches itself into your brain and it doesn't let go. This tune is a perfect example of Reyn's astonishing talent for the layer-by-layer improvisational style that he brilliantly demonstrated during every single "Sunday Service" broadcast on Slay Radio. Its melancholic, powerful, hopeful all at the same time. I consider myself very lucky to have experienced the creative force of Reyn, the creative force of Martin Galway on the C64, and this remix of his tune in particular as interpreted by Reyn. And don't forget to check out cosmiq's remix of this remix which transforms it into yet another amazing interpretation.
REVIEW BY Pepino (28/01/2011)Ok, incredible. This shows that music is not hundred of instrument, neither sophisticated effects. Hearing this song prompts lots of unusual feelings, loneliness, relaxing, mistery...
It is quite difficult to review it, because there is not a lot of examples to compare. It is unique. Don't ask me exactly why, but it is to start to hear it, and anybody realizes that it is out of the common.
The best, and only a miracle could make it better.
REVIEW BY Arcade4ever (16/10/2011)One of the best C64 Remixes I've ever noticed.
The instruments are great, the song could be a ballade from Metallica, the technical quality is awesome and the tune is unforgettable.
The sound gives a feeling about the tension before the battle of
green beret, more as the original tune could ever do.
One of my everlasting favourite C64 remix
REVIEW BY NecroPolo (04/10/2010)This track is still as mind-blowing as it was when I first heard that and this is the most inspiring SID remix I've ever heard. Even more surely it is based on the best idea to date.
slaygon shouts: Absolutely gorgeaus!
Waz shouts: Stunning. Absolutely stunning.
dafunk shouts: Reyowah! Please adopt me...
klosterkatten shouts: Wait, what was it reyn said once, im not that good with guitar :D? Allow me to chuckle.
nicodaemus shouts: Ooooh yes. I was waiting for you to put it here after I saw it on youtube. Damn great, thanks!
soul-diver shouts: Absolutely marvelous!!
BeeZerk shouts: Very Impressive, well done!
Dr. Bongo shouts: Is there anything Reyn CAN`T do! Nuff said.
iolo shouts: Awesome Jam a la King Crimson '74! I've to admit I like youtube's version better... Just because it's longer!
moog shouts: Did I mention I wanna join to Your church?:)
chilli_uk shouts: Flash Bastard - Awesome - now get a hair cut - lol AWESOME TOTALLY
bordeaux shouts: :) enjoyed the entire session :) thumbs up!
dream_19 shouts: This is ultimate!
prowler shouts: Have you contacted mr Galway about this?
Mayhem shouts: A sublime remix, though GB has never quite done it for me. Now a version of the Parallax remix done live this year...!
Nada shouts: Great, absolutely great!
LaLa shouts: The only wrong I can find with this remix is that the electric piano is too grungy for my taste. Otherwise, this is great, great stuff.
Hypnox shouts: Absolutely stunning. Top-3 c64 remixes eva!
Scyphe shouts: Amazing rendition. My vote is strongly biased by the video version which just blew my mind. :D
jamon shouts: Weeeeeeeeeee! Fantastic! Oh my god! I just look at yuoutube! Oh my god!
earthquakes shouts: Its ok but not among the best
boessu shouts: Just outstanding work.
RayF shouts: One of my fav five all-time-tunes. Saw the video on youtube, great! Can´t judge the technical stuff here, I am just listening, again and again. If songs sound great, I just want to appreciate them. Back to childhood :-)
BAM shouts: Couldn't stop listening to the Live SundayService version - this redone studio version is beyone belief, simply the definition of perfection
stainless_steel shouts: Awesome rulage by master reyn rockin the curch. Amen!
Agemixer shouts: Stunning result of a live presentation! And all in sync. - Reyn shows you here how easy it is to make a c64 remix in few mins...8-)
omoroca shouts: Out-stan-ding! Added to my collection.
cyphax shouts: Simply beautiful.
arraknis shouts: One of the best I ever heared!
ggeudraco shouts: This works very well for introducing someone to the Sunday Service shows broadcast on SLAYradio
MPaans shouts: Awesome! Kinda reminds me of Pink Floyd :)
humorguy shouts: Amazing.
prq shouts: Absolutely outstanding, all instruments are excellent.
PsychNerD shouts: Outstanding, brilliant, excellent, awesome.
Danceaway shouts: I emailed Martin Galway and gave him the link to the You Tube version and he replied stating Reyn rocks.. Outstanding track, Awesome stuff Mr O
Amok shouts: Nothing left to say...
el sid shouts: This is absolutely one of my top ten favourites around here. Absolutely brilliant performance and beautiful guitar play!
8bit-army shouts: Perfekt!
Sodden shouts: Don
murQla shouts: Absolutely fantastic!
anaconda shouts: I can't listen to a synth-only remake after this.
Batowski shouts: This should be number one! Even if it had nothing to do with Green Beret it would be a hit.
Noisywan shouts: I'm not familiar with the original SID song but I loved it.
stan shouts: Reyn, oustanding show at X2008! Stan of Hitmen...
nodabble shouts: Love it to bits! Feel compelled to play the air drums whilst driving along to this tune!
Twinbee shouts: I never fail to request this one when listening to SLAY... A Classic.
Dumper shouts: Stunning.
Badla shouts: Nice cover. Good.
Badaling shouts: More!
inqisit0r shouts: Very nice. Update:This obviously deserves an outstanding. Amazing. This is a flowing, imaginative, original composition. Everything comes together.
hillsman shouts: Nothing short of phenomenal.
Melaure shouts: Exellent
oxygen shouts: You are very talented and creative person :-)
vurtx shouts: As a remix its a masterpiece anyway, but for it to be live is just a true genius at work
Zatuffli shouts: GIGANTOMANISCH!
madrigal shouts: Thanks mr Reyn! Thanks for this wonderful gift!!!
ryrynz shouts: Masterful.
mfe shouts: A birlliant mix that does more than justice to the original.
Carruthers43 shouts: Magnificent progression
Zilog shouts: Unbelievably cool. Period.
MatrixRevolution shouts: Not bad, not bad!