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Best Of Godzilla 1984 - 1995 Soundtrack, Import

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Godzilla's Theme (from "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah") - Akira IfukubeAkira Ifukube 3:18Album Only
Listen  2. The Return of Godzilla: Main TitleReijiroh Koroku 1:49Album Only
Listen  3. The Return of Godzilla: Take Shelter / Godzilla Vs. Super XReijiroh Koroku 2:15Album Only
Listen  4. The Return of Godzilla: Japanese Army MarchReijiroh Koroku0:47Album Only
Listen  5. The Return of Godzilla: Godzilla's ExitReijiroh Koroku 1:51Album Only
Listen  6. The Return of Godzilla: EndingReijiroh Koroku 1:47Album Only
Listen  7. Godzilla vs. Biollante: Scramble MarchKohichi Sugiyama 4:27Album Only
Listen  8. Godzilla vs. Biollante: Bio WarsKohichi Sugiyama 4:36Album Only
Listen  9. Godzilla vs. Biollante: EndingKohichi Sugiyama 5:00Album Only
Listen10. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah: Main Title / UFO InvasionAkira Ifukube 2:57Album Only
Listen11. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah: King Ghidorah Attacks FukuokaAkira Ifukube0:37Album Only
Listen12. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah: Get King GhidorahAkira Ifukube 1:40Album Only
Listen13. Godzilla vs. Mothra: Main TitleAkira Ifukube 1:25Album Only
Listen14. Godzilla vs. Mothra: Mahara MothraAkira Ifukube0:55Album Only
Listen15. Godzilla vs. Mothra: Mesa MarchAkira Ifukube 1:55Album Only
Listen16. Godzilla vs. Mothra: Rolling Title EndingAkira Ifukube 3:40Album Only
Listen17. Godzilla vs. Mothra: Mothra's SongAkira Ifukube 3:46Album Only
Listen18. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II: Main TitleAkira Ifukube 1:35Album Only
Listen19. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II: G-Force March #1Akira Ifukube 2:50Album Only
Listen20. Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla: Prologue / Main TitleTakayuki Hattori 2:35Album Only
Listen21. Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla: Bass IslandTakayuki Hattori 1:21Album Only
Listen22. Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla: Mogera Vs. Spacegodzilla #2Takayuki Hattori 1:28Album Only
Listen23. Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla: Mogera Vs. Spacegodzilla #3Takayuki Hattori 2:37Album Only
Listen24. Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla: CrystalIsao Shigetoh 5:33Album Only
Listen25. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: Main Title / Hong Kong's DestructionAkira Ifukube 3:09Album Only
Listen26. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: Attack Of Super X IIIAkira Ifukube 3:00Album Only
Listen27. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: Mesa Tank Super Freeze AttackAkira Ifukube 1:54Album Only
Listen28. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: RequiemAkira Ifukube 3:49Album Only
Listen29. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah: Ending TitleAkira Ifukube 2:48Album Only
Listen30. Godzilla vs. Destroyah: Monster Zero MarchAkira Ifukube Arr Neil Norman 3:04Album Only

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Godzilla, the beast that even a big-budget Hollywood stinkeroo couldn't kill, has been many things in his (her?) illustrious career: nuclear allegory, loving parent, neighborhood pest, property insurance exemption clause. But has-been? That's what many cynics were calling the Big Lizard by the late '70s. Resurrecting their cash, er, cow after a nine-year hiatus in the mid-'80s, Japan's Toho Studios wisely moved away from the tired stock footage, cheap effects, and kiddie-corn plot lines that had come to characterize the series, moving the final seven sagas back to the deadly-serious aesthetic of the original. Ironically, as Gojira's handlers got back to their cinematic roots, the films' music initially moved closer to the Hollywood mainstream, including healthy doses of heroic Korngold-esque romanticism and even screaming, diddly-squeak-school metal guitar. But after the more modern, if questionably effective efforts of Reijiroh Koroku and Kohichi Sugiyama (for Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Biollante, respectively), Gojira music godfather Akira Ifukube returned to score four of the series' last five installments, truly bringing the saga full circle; the man who had musically brought the monster to life 41 years earlier was gratifyingly now allowed to write its moving Requiem. The annotation and illustration (which equals the high standards of its companion volume 1954-1975) are even more crucial here, as most of these "second cycle" films have seen but spotty distribution outside their native Japan. --Jerry McCulley

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A mostly excellent compilation, with a few odd choices. 16 Dec 2002
By Thanos6 - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a collection of "the best" of the music from the second series of Godzilla films, known in fan circles as the Heisei series, which were released from 1984 to 1995.
After a very nice version of Godzilla's signature theme, by Godzilla's signature composer, maestro Akira Ifukube, we listen to a suite of five songs from THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (aka GODZILLA 1985). These pieces by Reijiro Koroku, a severely underrated composer, are some of the best on the disc; "Main Title," "Take Shelter/Godzilla vs. Super X," "Japanese Army March," "Godzilla's Exit," and "Ending" can be re-listened to over and over again, espeically "Super X."
Next are three songs--"Scramble March," "Bio Wars," and "Ending"--from GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE, composed by Koichi Sugiyama. They are also quite nice, but are rather long, which cuts down on their replay value a bit.
Now we enter Ifukube-sama's section. The first of the Heisei films he scored was GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH. "Main Title/UFO Invasion," "King Ghidorah Attacks Fukuoka," and "Get King Ghidorah" are, sadly, the only songs from this excellent soundtrack.
This album's first misstep comes with the songs from GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA. Although "Main Title," "Mahara Mothra," "Mesa March," and "Rolling Title Ending," are all good Ifukube works, there are too many; this soundtrack was not as good as the previous (or the next), and it is over-represented. They also erred by including "Mothra's Song," when they'd already included a version in "Mahara Mothra."
The next misstep was including only two songs from GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II, the soundtrack of which is widely considered to be one of Ifukube's best soundtrack's ever. "Main Title" and "G-Force March #1" are excellent, but together they are not even 4:30 minutes long. At least one more should have been added.
The final misstep was including so many songs from GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA, composed by Takayuki Hattori; with "Prologue/Main Title," "Bass Island," "Mogera vs. Spacegodzilla #2," "Mogera vs. Spacegodzilla #3," and "Crystal," this is another overrepresented title. Only the first and last songs should have been included; the middle three are not that good.
Fortunately, they also include five songs from Ifukube's swan song: GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH, which at the time of production was also thought to have been Godzilla's own, final film. "Main Title/Hong Kong's Destruction" is a majestic, sweeping piece; "Attack Of Super X III" and "Mesa Tank Super Freeze Attack" are stirring militaristic marches. "Requiem" is a truly moving piece played during Godzilla's death, and "Ending Title" is a blending of some of Ifukube's greatest hits that ran as a montage of some of Godzilla's was shown.
The last track on this CD is "Monster Zero March," a rearrangement of one of the great Ifukube pieces of the 60's by Neil Norman and his Cosmic Orchestra.
Despite some flaws, this CD is definitely worth a buy, not just for Godzilla fans, but for movie music fans in general.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Contains most of the best of the recent Godzilla themes. 8 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD contains themes from all of the Godzilla movies post Godzilla 1985. It opens with an appropiate Godzilla theme by Ifukabe and then proceeds into five tracks from Godzilla 1985, not by Ifukabe. The forth of these is particularly amusing, as it was the music that was supposed to make us feel for sorry Godzilla when he died, even though the movie built up absolutely no sympathy for the monster. It sounds kind of like something from the end of Dr. Zhivago.
Next up are upbeat themes from Godzilla vs Biollante.
After that we get some of Ifukabe's great music from the recent films. True, he recylced a bunch of his old themes, but it's all good. The suite of themes from Godzilla vs Destroyah is probably the best.
The CD also includes two sung pieces from Godzilla vs Mothra, Mahara Mothra (as it appeared in the movie) and Mothra's Song (in its rockified single version).
My only complaint is that the CD devotes way two much time to non-Ifukabe scores, particularly the blatantly John Barry inspired themes from Godzilla vs Space Godzilla.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, but music from first series was better. 6 Sep 1998
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Format: Audio CD
I've just ordered the earlier album (1954-whatever); I got this one at a store not knowing previously that such CDs existed. These recordings are OK -- a few of the tracks are actually good -- but on the average, this music isn't as vibrant as the music from the first series. Two standouts: the end title of Godzilla vs. Destroyer quotes the old tribal music from King Kong vs. Godzilla, which I didn't notice when I watched the movie; the Mothra song is pretty memorable. The last track, Monster Zero March, is a heavy-synthesizer remix of some music from the first series. It's pretty tinny and ultimately rather cheesy.
If you like the Godzilla movie music at all, this is worth picking up. I suspect the album of music from the first series is probably better.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Music for Young Minds 15 Dec 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am a Special Ed. teacher and in my class my students have addopted Godzilla as class mascot. My students wanted to take it a little further than that, they wanted to feel like Godzilla. The soundtrack helped them reach this goal. They relax when they listen therefore we play the soundtrack everyday in homeroom. This is something I would recommend for students of all ages that want to listen to classical music while they learn.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Stuff, the Heisei Era 5 Oct 1999
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Format: Audio CD
This CD beats the previous one. Except for the ultimately bad selections from "G vs. Biollante," this CD has it all. The 'Godzilla 1985" music is very good, and is up there with Ifukube. And the "G vs. Space G" music is incredibly good, considering it isn't Ifukube. Everything else except those three movie collections are all classic Ifukube, bringing all of his old monster themes back from the previous series and thensome. This CD has some of Akira Ifukube's best work on it, and must be bought with its companion CD.
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