Allister Brimble - Rambo Reloaded
So here we are with another remix.. one of Galways best which even inspired Rob Hubbard all those years ago.
The tune serves as a great test bed for my new Hollwood strings & brass sets and learn a little more about orchestration at the same time as well as of course to bring back the memories of that great loading tune. I'm still not 100% happy. My woodwind scoring is a little basic & too hidden in the mix (somewhat limited by available libraries) and there are a few lose ends I might tie up along with adjusting the reverbs a little for a more natural sound, and I'd still like to get a bit more out of the dynamics (soft parts, softer).
I've taken some liberites with the actual tune.. near the end I chose not to go into Galways slower section as I felt he just added it as a memory saver. Instead the main melody comes back, but even bigger, followed by a few original film style parts at the end.
I hope you enjoy.
Having said that, the devil is in the details. This orchestral remix is in dire need of more dynamics: the powerful sections are not powerful enough, the soft sections are not soft enough. I think it would help if the military march drums were silenced during the soft parts (e.g. 1:32-1:52). And they should be supported by big timpani or even by rock-band drums during the powerful parts. Those also need stronger brass and strings.
But I really like your arrangement variations on the original SID. What I do miss are those short little trills (e.g. at 1:09) that provide some nice ear-candy in the original.
Hair-splitting apart, it's definitely a keeper. I'm already looking forward to your next orchestral epic!