© 2004, 2014 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||HIDEO GOSHA FILMS BEST COLLECTION 1|
|CD Label||Absord Music Japan Inc.|
TOEI Music Publishing Co., Ltd.
|Music Composed by:||Masaru Sato (Satoh)|
(Listed at IMDb as Mitsuaki Kanno)
|Number of tracks||Disc 1: 39|
Disc 2: 39
|Running time||Disc 1 - 57:17|
Disc 2 - 59:23
|Number of discs||2|
|Year of release/manufacture||12-23-1999|
March 26, 2004
This 2 CD set features the scores from "THE LIFE OF HANAKO KIRYUIN"(Kirûin Hanako no shôgai - 1982) by Mitsuaki Sugano (listed at IMDb as Mitsuaki Kanno) and three scores from Masaru Sato, "YOKIROU", "NORTHERN FIREFLY" and "KAI".
The first 24 tracks on Disc 1 from from "THE LIFE OF HANAKO KIRYUIN" by Mitsuaki Sugano contain a fair amount of harmonica usage and the overall score would be right at home in a Sergio Leone spaghetti western. I actually enjoyed these tracks and found them to be very soothing and relaxing to listen to. Just what's needed after a long stressful day at work.
The last part of Disc 1 is from "YOKIROU" (1983) by Masaru Sato. These tracks have a light, airy woodwind sound to most of them reminding you somewhat of Springtime. I also hear what sounds like a banjo on some tracks. Most of the tracks have a slow tempo and pretty much go hand in hand with generating a relaxing mood with the first part of the CD.Definitely not your typical Masaru Sato jazz oriented score.
Track 1 on both Disc 1 & Disc 2 seem to be the same. Starts off with the sound of ocean waves and then a short vocal spoken in Japanese. Very short track.
I couldn't find any information at IMDb about a Hideo Gosha film called "Northern Firefly" (this was the title as reported by Ark Square where I bought the CD). The closest guess I have is that this is the Masaru Sato score to the 1979 movie "Yami no karyudo" (aka "Hunter in Darkness "). The tracks for this score mesh well with the first disc. Most of the tracks to this score are slow with a sense of mystery feel to them. They come off as some sweet, lovely, relaxing music here instead of the jazzy scores one would expect from this composer.
The second half of Disc 2 is from "KAI" [aka "Oar" (International: English title) - 1985]. Here we start off with a slow tempo track (#18) with a playfulness between the woodwinds and strings. The tracks in this section are once again slow paced and relaxing but also contain a good mix of a variety of different instruments on the various tracks so that they don't all sound alike. Since the translation to this movie is "Oar" I'm guessing the movie has something to do with a boat on a lake or river and the tracks in this score can certainly evoke visions of being on the water. I was unable to find much information about this movie when searching the internet.
This is a CD I can definitely recommend. I've played it several times now and it grows on me more each time I play it. Just the thing to put on when you come home after a long, stressful day at work and just want to sit and relax to some soothing music.
HIDEO GOSHA FILMS BEST COLLECTION 1
[ Disc 1 ]
from "THE LIFE OF HANAKO KIRYUIN" by Mitsuaki Sugano
from "YOKIROU" by Masaru Sato
[ Disc 2 ]
from "FIREFLIES OF THE NORTH (1984)" by Masaru Sato
from "KAI" by Masaru Sato