© 1998 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title:||Godzilla vs. Destroyer|
|Japanese Title:||Gojira Tai Desutoroia|
|Movie also known as:||Godzilla vs. Destroyah|
|CD Label:||Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan|
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Number of tracks:||Disc 1 - 41|
Disc 2 - 39
|Running time:||Disc 1 - 42:58|
Disc 2 - 57:27
|Number of discs:||2|
|Year of release/manufacture:||1995|
|Year Movie Released in Japan:||1995|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.:||Jan.1999 (VHS Video)|
|DVD Released in U.S.:||Double DVD, Columbia/Tri-Star #04690, Feb. 2000|
Also has 1994 "Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla"
This 2 Cd set brings back Akira Ifukube to score what was supposed to be the final Godzilla movie. I don't have the single CD for this movie so can't compare what is the same or what's different. Both CD's in this set have a good amount of stuff on them with Disc 2 running about 15 minutes longer than Disc 1.
Disc 1 has a lot of short cues on it just as the score for the previous movie did. With a disc running at 42 minutes with 41 tracks you really can't expect any long suites here. There is some nice new music here mixed with a lot of reworked and updated previous music.
Disc 2 is labeled "songs not used in the performance". I can only guess that this means this disc is made up of alternate cues not used or things that were cut from the final film. Listening to this disc does seem to bear that out as it sounds like alternate takes of the film's music done at different tempos or different instrumentation. Tracks 12 - 33 seem to be the unedited versions of the songs on Disc 1 that did appear in the film. Most of these are pretty short and I didn't have time to do a side by side comparison to try and spot the differences but the timings of the tracks on Disc 1 are slighly shorter (in most cases a few seconds). Tracks 34 - 39 are listed as "Bonus" tracks and seem to be longer versions of other tracks on the set.
Overall a nice listening experience. Most of the music here has been done before in other scores but are done slightly different here. Spread over 2 CD's a lot of this material gets pretty repetitious.
Additional review by Michael W. Cooper. (Dec. 16, 2005)
Much to the delight of Godzilla fanatics the world over, the Maestro himself, Akira Ifukube, came out of retirement to score Godzilla's last(at least until G2K, that is) cinematic adventure. The score, while not better than 1993's Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla(which many consider to be one of Ifukube's very best scores), is still grand, enthralling and ultimately moving.
This 2 CD set includes includes the complete score for the film as well as a whole CD of alternate takes not used in the film. It opens on an ominous note with "The Disappearance of Basu Island," a short cue that suggests the terror to come. The main title theme is a ponderous tune punctuated with booming kettle drums. It segues into the new theme for Destroyah, a grand piece that is heard in varying tempos throughout the CD.
Tracks 3 and 8 are sad and mournful, calling to mind the horror wrought by the Oxygen Destroyer. The tune is repeated on the second CD on track 14 with only minor alteration. Junior's theme can be heard in various forms on CD 1: tracks 18, 22, 29, and 34, and on CD 2: tracks 7, 8, 9, 21, 23, 26, 31, and 36.
The Super-X III theme, which is worlds better than the previous themes for Super-X I and II, is also prevalent. It is exciting in the tradition of Ifukube's best military marches. Speaking of military themes, the one from War of the Gargantuas gets a re-working on several tracks.
The music for Destroyah's early appearances, CD 1, TR. 4, 9, 10, 11, and CD 2, TR. 15 and 17, is appropriately sinister and even includes some of the Oxygen Destroyer theme from the 1954 film. Godzilla's theme, sometimes called the "Godzilla March," also appears in three different versions.
The best music on this Cd set, by far, is "Requieum," the music for Godzilla's death at the film's close. It appears on CD 1 in one version(Tr. 33) and on CD 2 in two versions(Tr: 33 and 38). It is a beautiful and sad, yet majestic way to say farewell to the King.
The end title theme, heard once on both CDs, contains strains of Ifukube's earlier Godzilla themes. It is a nice summation of the G series, bringing us full circle. One cannot help but be moved, especially if you are a G fan.
This CD set is, quite simply, fantastic. Though it can be a little repititious at times, it still is a must-have for any fans of either The Big G or of Akira Ifukube!
U.S. Title: Godzilla Versus Destroyer Japanese Title: Gojira Tai Desutoroia Disc 1 I. Complete Edited Titles Used in the Film 1 The Disappearance of Basu Island *1 2 Main Title: The Destruction of Hong Kong 3 The Oxygen Destroyer 4 Incident at the Underwater Tunnel 5 Godzilla Makes His Way Off the Coast of Taiwan 6 Nuclear Explosion: The Earth Goes Up in Flames 7 Background Music in the Onboard Restaurant 8 Oxygen Destroyer's Fear *2 9 The Hole in the Flask 10 The Aquarium Nightmare 11 Discovery of the Microorganism(s) 12 Godzilla Makes His Way Off the Coast of Okinawa 13 Appearance of the Mysterious Life Form 14 The Yukari Crisis *1 15 Godzilla Heads Towards the Nuclear Plant 16 Super-X III Standby 17 Super-X III Attack 18 Little Was Alive 19 Meltdown 20 Maser-tank: Super Low Temperature Attack 21 The Birth of Destroyer 22 Leading Junior Along 23 Destroyer's Wrath 24 Junior vs. Destroyer 25 Godzilla Shows up in Tokyo Bay 26 Junior's Desperate Plight 27 Destroyer's Final Form 28 Super-X III: Hurry! 29 Junior at Death's Door 30 Godzilla's Resolution 31 Godzilla vs. Destroyer  32 Godzilla's Wrath 33 Destroyer Counterattacks 34 Roar of Sadness 35 Godzilla vs. Destroyer  36 Godzilla, The Last Battle 37 Requiem 38 Ending Titles II. Complete Edited Titles Not Used in the Film 39 Title Attack, Title Attack 40 The Special Forces vs. The Mysterious Life Form 41 The Fear of The Mysterious Life Form *1 This is a direct transliteration from the Japanese. *2 Alternative Translation: Fear of the Oxygen Destroyer Disc 2 III. Songs Not Used in the Performance 1 The Toho Mark 2 Destruction of the Mysterious Life Form 3 The Special Forces Swing into Action 4 Destroyer Grows 5 The Plan to Incinerate the Mysterious Life Form 6 Super-X III Prepares to Attack 7 Junior's First Crisis 8 Godzilla's Reunion with Junior 9 Junior Abducted 10 Maser Forces' All-out Offensive 11 Godzilla Reborn *2 IV. Songs Used During the Performance 12 Incident at the Underwater Tunnel 13 Nuclear Explosion: The Earth Goes Up in Flames 14 Oxygen Destroyer's Fear *3 15 The Aquarium Nightmare 16 Godzilla Makes His Way Off the Coast of Okinawa 17 Appearance of the Mysterious Life Form 18 The Yukari Crisis *1 19 Super-X III Standby 20 Super-X III Attack 21 Little Was Alive 22 Maser-tank: Super Low Temperature Attack 23 Leading Junior Along 24 Cymbals for M-29 25 Junior vs. Destroyer 26 Junior at Death's Door 27 Godzilla's Resolution 28 Godzilla vs. Destroyer  29 Godzilla's Wrath 30 Destroyer Counterattacks 31 Roar of Sadness 32 Godzilla vs. Destroyer  33 Requiem V. Bonus Tracks 34 Main Title: The Destruction of Hong Kong 35 Maser-tank: Super Low Temperature Attack 36 Godzilla's Reunion with Junior 37 Godzilla vs. Destroyer  38 Requiem 39 Ending Titles *1 This is a direct transliteration from the Japanese. *2 Alternative translation: Birth of New Godzilla *3 Alternative Translation: Fear of the Oxygen Destroyer