© 2002 Lawrence Tuczynski
|This is volume 2 of greatest marches taken from the Godzilla and other ToHo monster movies|
|Title||Toho Monster Marches Volume 2|
|CD Label||Futureland / Toshiba-EMI Japan|
|Music by:||Various Artists|
|Number of tracks||38|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1993|
January 12, 2003
Review courtesy of Sam Scali
This hard-to-find CD is an excellent compilation of some of Toho Studio's best-known Godzilla themes. It was released in December 1993, serving as a teaser for the simultaneously issued 20-volume "Godzilla Great Collection" (see page 10 - "The Series Page"). This event also tied in with the release of the 20th Godzilla film, "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II", kicking off a year-long promotional campaign commemorating Godzilla's 40th Anniversary.
The disc is apparently intended as a sequel to 1992's "Toho Monster Marches" (TYCY-5264), but it seems to be only loosely based on its predecessor. While the previous release concentrated on Toho's classic monster themes from 1954 to 1975, Volume 2 focuses entirely on Godzilla films, including those released between 1984 and 1993. Also, while the first installment only featured music composed by Akira Ifukube, the second volume includes quite a few tracks by other Godzilla composers. The word "Marches" is a bit misleading as well, since less than a third of the tracks on Volume 2 could be classified as marches.
The disc is divided into two sections, the first featuring all of the main title themes from the Big G's first 20 films in chronological order. In many cases these films featured musical intros or preludes before the main titles, and while these cues usually appear as separate tracks on their original soundtrack albums, here they are conveniently combined with their corresponding title themes. There are also a couple of added treats - the main title to the original "Godzilla" is the rarely-compiled film version (where the monster's footsteps and roars are heard during the title music), and the theme to "King Kong vs. Godzilla" is the rare stereo version.
The second half of the CD is devoted to the trademark themes of individual monsters from the Godzilla series, as well as a selection of military marches and action themes. Aside from a couple of 60's cues, most of the music in this section is taken from later Godzilla films.
Overall, this CD is one of the best single-disc Godzilla samplers available, and like the first volume, it features a striking illustration of the King of the Monsters on the cover. Unfortunately, it was released too early to include selections from "Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla" (1994) and "Godzilla vs. Destoroyah" (1995), but it is still an essential purchase if you can find it.
Toho Monster Marches Volume 2
Japanese Title: Toho Kaiju Koshinkyoku
II. The Godzilla Series: Collection of Major Theme Songs