© 1999 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Japanese Title||Jûjin yukiotoko|
|Movie also known as:||Monster Snowman"|
|CD Label||Futureland / Toshiba EMI Japan|
|Music by:||Masaru Satôh|
|Number of tracks||32|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1997|
|Year Movie Released in Japan||1955|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.||1957|
May 9, 2000
This CD starts off with an instrumental track containing the German song known in the U.S. as "Wooden Heart". Track # 8 is a vocal version of this song while tracks # 10 & # 24 are whistled versions. Many of the other tracks have an adventure flavor that you can easily picture in a mountainous setting. The music easily takes you into the mountains in search of an abominable snowman. Other tracks are very suspenseful. The music here is pretty different from others in this series but suits the movie perfectly. This CD is composed by Masaru Satoh instead of Akira Ifukube and is easily one of his best Toho monster movie scores.
Most of the music here is on the slow side and gets somewhat repeated often in different variations. There are also a few tracks featuring male and female choruses doing some type of chanting. It is a good listening experience however and well worth owning. The CD is also a well packed 65 minutes plus.
I'm told the Japanese version of the film is much better than the butchered U.S. release and hope to see a sub-titled copy some day.
3 title corrections courtesy of August Ragone - 10-21-99 US Title: Half Human Japanese Title: Toho Kaiju Eiga Senshu 12 Jyujin Yukiotoko 1 Main Title 2 A Cry From The Memo Book 3 Making Way Through the Snow 4 Bad Weather 5 What Was Left Behind 6 The Search in the Melting Snow I 7 The Search in the Melting Snow II 8 Camping I 9 Camping II 10 Camping III 11 The Abominable Snowman Appears 12 Desolate Valley 13 The Cliff of Death 14 A Helping Hand 15 The Prayer 16 The Sun's Final Moments 17 The Abominable Snowman's Rage 18 Kindling a Fire in Garan Valley 19 From the Hands of the Dead 20 Cave of the Abominable Snowman 21 The Death of the Abominable Snowman 22 Ending Other Takes and Materials, etc. 23 M1T1 24 M8 (Mix) 25 M9-1 26 M9 Flute-1 27 M10'A-1 28 M10'B-1 29 M11A-1 30 M15 (Without echoes) 31 Prayer-3-1 32 MX-1