© 2005 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Ultraman Cosmos Vol. 1|
|CD Label||Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.|
|Music by:||Toru Fuyuki|
|Number of tracks||18|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||August 18, 2001|
October 19, 2005
Frequent contributor Toru Fuyuki once again returned to the Ultraman franchise to score the Ultraman Cosmos Series. Rather than following the example of contemporary composers like Tatsumi Yano, Fuyuki decided to rely on a full-scale orchestra, giving this score a classic feel to it. All of Fuyuki's trademarks are present from the "scat" version of the Team EYES theme to the dissonant horns heralding the arrival of a new monster.
The only thing that firmly grounds this album in 21st century are the two songs by another frequent Ultraman contributor Project DMM along with an extended karaoke (instrumental) version of the opening song. While I usually prefer instrumental music to Japanese songs, these are among my favorite Ultraman songs.
I consider myself a big fan of Toru Fuyuki, and this album is definitely one of my favorites. The album itself is very well balanced and contains a little of everything from action and suspense to quiet and lighthearted tunes. If you're looking for an Ultraman soundtrack that makes you nostalgic for the original ones, then you should check this one out.
Ultraman Cosmos Vol. 1
Track translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates