© 2003 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Destroy All Monsters|
|Japanese Title||Kaijū sōshingeki|
|CD Label||ADV Music|
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Number of tracks||30|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||2003|
|Year Movie Released in Japan||1968|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.||1969|
December 19, 2003
This is the ADV Music U.S.release of the soundtrack to "Destroy All Monsters" released at the same time as soundtracks to the latest Mothra movies elsewhere on this site. This CD is essentially a US release of Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan's TYCY-5353 that is now out of print and also shown on this site .
Taking the movies in release sequence, Akira Ifukube was back after two scores in a row by Masaru Satoh. The "Title Credits" will sound familiar as it's a reworking of past themes. Akira Ifukube does a nice job on this CD mixing new music with the reworking of some past music. By reworking previous music, and not over using it, plus mixing in some new stuff, the music here still sounds fresh and lends continuity to the films scored by Ifukube. Some of these themes here will be so over used in later scores as to get borderline annoying. There are quite a few under one minute cues on this CD but they aren't over done and some segue almost seemlessly into the next track.
If you don't already have the Japanese disc then this is a great and less expensive alternative. My only complaint about these ADV releases is the booklets are pretty much none existent. The booklet only consists of the cover shot you see here and a back page with some credits. The inside is just advertisement for other ADV Music releases. Overall a nice listening experience and one to buy if you get the chance. A good score for a decent film.
U.S. Title: Destroy All Monsters