1998 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: Godzilla vs. Biollante
Japanese Title: Gojira tai Biorante
Movie also known as: N/A
CD Label: Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan
CD Number: TYCY-5361
Music by: Koichi Sugiyama
Number of tracks: 21
Running time: 65:01
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 1993
Year Movie Released in Japan: 1989
Year Movie Released in U.S.(Video): 1992

REVIEW

Until fairly recently this was the last film released in the U.S. Here we have Koichi Sugiyama taking a stab at scoring a Godzilla film. The title track, "Godzilla 1989", is a good action piece with an underlying "Jaws" type theme. This is a pretty nice track leaning toward the Akira Ifukube school of Godzilla music. Track #2 is more like something we'd expect from Masaru Satoh with it's mellowness. Track #10, the "Super X2" theme, will be immediately familiar as soon as it starts playing. Track # 12 uses some of Akira Ifukube's familiar Godzilla music. Track # 17 is another Ifukube reworking that will be easily recognizable as one of his military marches in other films. Track # 18 is a short cue of the "Super X2" theme and Track #19 is still another reworking of Akira Ifukube's previous Godzilla film music. All of the reworked music here by Mr. Sugiyama is very close to the originals by Mr. Ifukube.

Overall this CD is not a bad listen. A few nice originals and some faithful reworkings of past Godzilla music.

A little additional info courtesy of Chris Nuzzi, May 28,2003

BTW, did you know that when G vs. Biollante was being planned, Tomoyuki Tanaka wanted Hiroshi Miyagawa to be the film's composer? He could not get him for some reason, so Koichi Sugiyama was picked instead. I had always thought that the Biollante soundtrack had Yamato-like overtones, and when I read this I finally understood why.

U.S. Title:      Godzilla vs. Biollante
Japanese Title:  Gojira tai Biorante

1	Godzilla 1989
2	The Republic of Saradia
3	Scramble March           *1
4	Asuka
5	Countdown
6	Theme of Love
7	Bio-Wars
8	Biollante
9	Requiem
10	Super X2
11	Opening  'Godzilla vs. Biollante'
12	Title  'Godzilla vs. Biollante'
13	Asuka and Kirishima
14	Miki's Premonition
15	Countdown II
16	Line of Defense in Ise Bay
17	Preparing for Operation 'Thunder Beam'   *1
18	TC System Standby!
19	Begin the Attack!
20	The Attack Helicopter(s) vs. Godzilla
21	Ending	


*1  This is a direct transliteration from the Japanese