1998 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla
Japanese Title: Gojira Tai Supesugojira
Movie also known as: N/A
CD Label: Kitty Records Japan
CD Number: KTCR-1291
Music by: Takayuki Hattori
Number of tracks: 23
Running time: 51:37
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 1996
Year Movie Released in Japan: 1994
Year Movie Released in U.S.: Jan.1999 (VHS Video)
Columbia/Tri-Star
DVD Released in U.S.: Double DVD, Columbia/Tri-Star #04690, Feb. 2000
Also has 1995 "Godzilla vs. Destroyer"

REVIEW

After several scores by Akira Ifukube, Toho turns to Takayuki Hattori this time for the music. This is a fairly full disc running at over 50 minutes.

The main title on this CD is a mixture of different musical types and sounds and has a similarity to the theme from "The Poseidon Adventure" at times. Track #2 sounds as if it were heavily influenced by John Williams score to "Superman" and Track #3 sounds like it was influenced by John Barry's James Bond themes, in particular, the theme from "The Spy Who Loved Me". In fact, most of the tracks on this CD sound like they were very heavily influenced (ripped off?)by other popular movies. Most of this score also sounds like it belongs in a TV movie-of-the-week rather than in a big budget film. Don't get me wrong, the music here is very enjoyable and easy to listen to. It will remind you of many other movies including a few of the other 90's Godzilla themes. If Mr. Hattori was going to use influences and themes from other scores it would have been nice to have also reworked a few of Mr. Ifukube's great themes.

Overall this is a decent, mostly action oriented, score that has a lot of music that sounds remarkably like the theme heard in "The Poseidon Adventure". Track #23, "Echoes of Love (Date of Birth)", is a love theme sounding piece with a female vocal.

U.S. Title:      Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Japanese Title:  Gojira tai Supesugojira

1	Main Title
2	Godzilla's Theme 1994
3	Basu Island                            *1
4	The Black Hole XG Cell(s)
5	Super Fighter Life Form(s) Approach(es)
6	ESP/Melody
7	Fairy MOTHRA
8	Little Godzilla
9	Final Triumph
10	First Meeting
11	Hyper Battle Area
12	The G-Force Theme
13	SpaceGodzilla's Theme:  The Descent of the God of Destruction
14	SpaceGodzilla's Super Power(s)
15	TELEKINESIS
16	Love Theme
17	MOGERA Ready to Die
18	SpaceGodzilla Insanity
19	Requiem
20	MOGERA Ready to Go
21	Epilogue
22	Echoes of Love (Instrumental)
23	Echoes of Love (Date of Birth)


*1  This is a direct transliteration from the Japanese