Are the complete digital renderings of these two excellent soundtracks available on the site anywhere? Or are they an example of soundtracks produced but not available online due to the technical impediments you mentioned?
Quest for Glory 1 is 'in production', i.e. being made by Tom, and Quest for Glory 2 was made but isn't being released, due to Tom's work on the new QFG2VGA remake by AGDI, so he'll release it then, I would hope anyway!
This is of course a matter of personal taste, but I really find the QfG3 soundtrack to be not only the best in the series, but among the greatest ever composed. The tunes are terrific, and the various influences (African, Arab) seep through the melodies and immerse you in a magical, exotic world for their whole duration.
I'll tell Rudy Helm you said that! Owe him an email, anyway.
I thought QFG3 came second, after QFG4- my favourite Sierra score. QFG3 was a bit repetitive and had lapses. But it's an amazing soundtrack which I agree, is vastly underrated. Noone seems to have much love for it. I loved the game, and the music, very much!
That's why I take such interest in the production of digital rendering of it. Though the Midi version is ok, the few digital renderings made were clearly superior. And for a soundtrack as good as QfG3's, you really would desire the best possible rendering made.
Well, not every track, in fact most tracks, would NOT benefit from such Roland ED conversions and enhancements as the two tracks, 'Leopardman Village' and 'Garden At The Top Of The Tree' you mentioned. I agree, both of them are simply amazing. But tracks like; say, "Eastern Fricana Jungle", or "Venomous Vines", or "Junk Dealers", etc etc. sound quite good in their original General MIDI configuration.
At any rate, I'll keep you posted, though as I hinted at, I can't say much now and I certainly won't be working on QFG3 music until my other projects before it are completed. There's enough of them to keep me busy for months.. same goes for Tom here, I would suggest, especially given that he's got all this server business. But he can reply himself..