Dang, I wish we all had musical skill like Nobuo Uematsu (yea, I looked up the full name :P). This piece is really starting to grow on me. The mystery and all which is created with the bells, the awesome string part, and the backing instrumentation which swells, and then drops, is just great, and the more I listen the more I like, and pieces fall into place. Like the part that sounded a little off now sounds perfect. It sounds to me exactly like a mysterious beginning to a story - and you don't really know what's going to happen.
I've never heard the original, but this is a dang good song nonetheless. Nice recreation you have here. 5/5
PS. Uematsu did Chrono Trigger too??? He might be my new favorite composer. XD
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