1998 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster
Japanese Title: San Daikaiju, Chikyu Saidai No Kessen
Movie also known as: Three Giant Monsters, Greatest Battle On Earth
Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster
CD Label: Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan
CD Number: TYCY-5349
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Number of tracks: 28
Running time: 39:51
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 1993
Year Movie Released in Japan: 1964
Year Movie Released in U.S.: 1965

REVIEW

After a nice long disc for "Mothra vs. Godzilla", we drop back to a running time of just under 40 minutes. In all fairness though, if these CD's are recreations of original LP's then the times aren't too bad. For those of you who, like me, remember vinyl records, most LP's clocked in at between 30 and 40 minutes.

There is some nice new stuff on this CD including some sound effects type music in places. There is an abundant amount of short cues on this disc. There is also a great, new tune at track #18 called "The Three Monsters Converge". However this tune and a lot of other tracks on this CD get pretty repetitious and most tracks run under 1 minute.

Overall this certainly isn't a bad listening experience but most of the stuff here works much better in conjunction with the movie than as a separate listening experience. A very large part of this music will be reworked and used extensively in the 1991 "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah". The last 4 tracks on this disc feature some nice female vocals with the last 3, #26, 27 & 28, being variations of the same song.

The disc is now out of print. However it has been nicely redone as part of the new Box Set 1 released September 20, 2004. See CD 5 on this site from that set. The set itself is located here at: 50th Anniversary GODZILLA Soundtrack Perfect Collection

U.S. Title:      Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster
Japanese Title:  San Daikaiju, Chikyu Saidai No Kessen

1	Main Title
2	Princess Sarno
3	The Flash
4	Kurobe Valley Theme Song I
5	Kurobe Valley Theme Song II
6	Discovery of the Meteor
7	Princess Sarno II
8	Radon from Aso
9	Godzilla from the Pacific Ocean
10	Magnetism
11	The Two Monsters Appear in Yokohama
12	The Birth of King Ghidorah
13	Matsumoto City and King Ghidorah
14	Godzilla vs. Radon I
15	The Fury of the Gravity Beam
16	Godzilla vs. Radon II
17	Godzilla vs. Radon III
18	The Three Monsters Converge
19	The Three Monsters Parley
20	Godzilla Attacks Radon                 *1
21	The Greatest Battle on Earth I
22	The Greatest Battle on Earth II
23	Ending
24	Appearance of the Little Beauty
25	The Cry of the Little Beauty
26	Let's Try to be Happy I                *2
27	Let's Try to be Happy II               *2
28	Let's Try to be Happy III              *2

*1  Alternate Translation:  Godzilla and Radon Attack
*2  Perhaps a better translation would be:
     "Let's Summon (Invite) Happiness"