© 1999 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||GAMERA 1995-1999 ULTIMATE SOUND TRACKS|
|CD Label||Tokuma / Animage|
|Music Composed by:||Ko Otani|
|Number of tracks||Disc 1 - 45|
Disc 2 - 49
Disc 3 - 49
|Running time||Disc 1 - 67:43|
Disc 2 - 62:16
Disc 3 - 74:01
|Number of discs||3|
|Year of release/manufacture||1999|
Feb. 7, 2000
Review and info courtesy of David Hirsch
This is a nicely packaged 3 disc set spotlighting Ko Ohtani's wonderful work on the new Gamera series. The double jewel box comes in a jet black cardboard slipbox with a full color 32 page booklet and each CD emblazoned with a black and white image of a the foe from each film.
The first CD is dedicated completely to GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE. Unlike the first soundtrack release, the new collection features 13 unreleased cues. mostly score tracks that were cut and a few alternate takes. Bonus tracks include a suite of sound effects and the theatrical trailer audio in much the same fashion as the Toho Futureland series. One of the biggest differences between this release and the original is the sound quality. The spatial ambience of the orchestra is broader and you can hear more instrumentation than ever before. Gamera's roar has been removed from the tail of “To the Sea” and the end title song has also been remixed with a nice new opening movement (the original version does not appear, though). Overall, a stunning audio treat.
The second CD is GAMERA 2: THE ADVENT OF LEGION. This is a bit of an oddity. There are no new score tracks here and one cue, “Countdown 1,” which wasn't used in the final film, but was on the original soundtrack, has been removed to the end. Of course, a sound effects suite and trailer audio follows, but the CD ends oddly with the single versions of the original Gamera songs from the first film series. Some of the cues sound like they have a little more spatial enhancement, but it's not as noticeable as the first CD.
GAMERA 3: THE AWAKENING OF IRYAS round off the set with exactly the same running order as the album released last year. Funny thing about this score, I was disappointed when I first heard it, but after seeing the film, it's become a favorite with its dark, moody motifs. Besides the sound effects and trailer audio, the bonus section includes the original score cues for the trailer and the single version of “Tell Me Once Again”.
If you have the original three soundtrack CDs, there's not much here to really demand this set, other than the sound quality of the first score. However, I love these soundtracks and am something of a completest. Besides, the sound effects are always fun. If you don't have a complete set, this is a bargain for the price CDJapan was offering (and we got ours within a week from ordering!).
- - David Hirsch --
UPDATED January 5, 2002 CD1 English Title: GAMERA, GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE Japanese Title: Gamera-daikaiju kuchu kessen (“Gamera-Decisive Air Battle”) 1. M-1 Opening 2. M-2 Main Title 3. M-3 Mysterious Drifting Atoll * 4. M-4 An Investigation Ship 5. M-5 Tragic Accident at Himegami Island 6. M-6 Atoll Discovery * 7. M-7 Appearance of a Mysterious Bird - Pursuit 8. M-8 Over the Island 9. M-9 Night at the Atoll 10. M-10 Mystery of the Atoll 11. M-11 Seizure of Fukuoka Dome Begins 12. M-12 Guidance 13. M-13 Approaching Terror 14. M-14 Gamera Appears 15. M-15 Gyaos Flees 16. M-16 News * 17. M-17 Ancient Civilization and the Orihalcon 18. M-18 Massacre Effect * 19. M-19 Giant Creature Capture * 20. M-20 Defense Agency - Strategy Room 21. M-21 Suspension Bridge - In the Crisis 22. M-22 Gamera's Sudden Attack 23. M-23 Tank Corps 24. M-24 Gamera in Danger at Fuji 25. M-25 Asagi's Sleep * 26. M-26 Gyaos Chromosome 27. M-27A#2 Environmental Change I * 28. M-27B Environmental Change II * 29. M-28 Gyaos Flies Over Tokyo 30. M-29 Collapse of Tokyo Tower 31. M-30 Death District Gyaos * 32. M-31 Gamera & Asagi 33. M-32 Arrival 34. M-33 Gamera Vs. Gyaos 35. M-34 Air Battle 36. M-35 Gamera's Counterattack 37. M-36 Ending Theme - To the Sea 38. Main Theme Song - Myth (remix version) Bakufu Slump