© 1998 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title:||Godzilla vs. Biollante|
|Japanese Title:||Gojira tai Biorante|
|Movie also known as:||N/A|
|CD Label:||Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan|
|Music by:||Koichi Sugiyama|
|Number of tracks:||21|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Year of release/manufacture:||1993|
|Year Movie Released in Japan:||1989|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.(Video):||1992|
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