1998 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel In The South Sea
Japanese Title: Gojira, Ebirah, Mosura: Nankai No Dai Ketto
Movie also known as: Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster
Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep
CD Label: Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan
CD Number: TYCY-5351
Music by: Masaru Satoh
Number of tracks: 37
Running time: 42:33
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 1993
Year Movie Released in Japan: 1966
Year Movie Released in U.S.(TV): 1968

REVIEW

This CD is by Masaru Satoh (also sometimes spelled Sato). The disc starts off with a "Main Title" that sounds like an Arabian Nights type tune. Track #2, "Young Go Go" is exactly what the title conjures up and sounds like a cross between the 1960's TV "Batman" theme mixed with guitar work that could have come from any of the early 60's "Beach Party" movies. Listening to this soundtrack and the other done by Mr. Satoh, it is very easy to hear the difference in styles and approaches taken by Mr. Satoh and Akira Ifukube. Mr. Ifukube's scores are filled with rousing marches and plenty of action music that is easily identified with Godzilla. Mr. Satoh paints an entirely different picture with his soft themes and contemporary (for it's time) pop tunes. While the music here by Mr. Satoh is pleasant to listen to, it just doesn't bring Godzilla to mind when heard apart from the movie. A lot of the tracks here are very similar to the first two either sounding Arabian Nights ish or guitar backed "Beach Party" and early "James Bond" sounding. Track #12 billed as "Mothra's Song" is nice but nowhere near the haunting, brain sticking, Mothra song by Akira Ifukube in "Godzilla vs. The Thing". The song does have female vocals but they are done by another set of twins called Pair Bambi rather than The Peanuts. The same song is done again in Track 19 & 33.

Overall this is a pleasant listening experience for what I thought was a poor film in the series. This holds up fairly well as stand alone music outside of the movie. But as I said before, if you just heard this without knowing it was from a Godzilla film you wouldn't associate it with Godzilla.

U.S. Title: Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel In The South Sea
Japanese Title: Gojira, Ebirah, Mosura: Nankai No Dai Ketto
  1. Main Title
  2. Young Go Go
  3. Appearance Of Yoshimura
  4. Transportation By Yaren I
  5. Transportation By Yaren II
  6. Yacht And Hurrican And Monster
  7. Lech Island
  8. Red Bamboo
  9. Fierce Ebirah
  10. No Way To Survive
  11. Wish Of Dayo I
  12. Mothra Song
  13. Sleeping Godzilla
  14. Infiltration Of The Enemy Base I
  15. Infiltration Of The Enemy Base II
  16. Escape
  17. Fly Away Balloon - Southern Sea Horizon
  18. Wish Of Dayo II
  19. Mothra Song II
  20. Crisis In The Pasture
  21. Sleeping Godzilla
  22. Godzilla's Wakening
  23. Departure Of Boat To Lech Island
  24. Rebirth Of Godzilla
  25. Godzilla vs. Ebirah
  26. Red Bamboo Base
  27. Retreat from Base
  28. Godzilla vs. Big Condor
  29. The Demolition Of Red Bamboo Base
  30. Godzilla vs. Ebirah II
  31. Godzilla vs. Ebirah III
  32. The Wish Of The People On Infant Island
  33. Mothra's Song
  34. Godzilla vs. Ebirah IV
  35. The Arrival Of Mothra
  36. Before Nuclear Explosion
  37. Ending