© 1998 Lawrence Tuczynski
|This is a greatest hits CD taken from the 1st group of Godzilla movies|
|Title||The Best Of Godzilla 1954-1975|
|CD Label||GNP Crescendo|
|CD Number||GNPD 8055|
|Music by:||Various Artists|
|Number of tracks||43|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1998|
The title says it all. This is one of many "greatest hits" CD's on this site. This disc focuses on the first Godzilla series of films. If you are new to collecting this music or don't own many of the other CD's, then this is a great CD to start with if you can find it. This particular CD is put out by the U.S. company GNP Crescendo and should still be available at many retail and online stores at an inexpensive price.
Additional review October 24, 2005 courtesy of John Emmons
This nicely made collection of music from the "Showa Era" of the Godzilla series spans from the very first Godzilla movie to Terror of MechaGodzilla. Most of the music is composed by Godzilla regulars Akira Ifukube and Masaru Satoh. I was pleasantly surprised to find that "All Monsters Attack" was written by Kunio Miyauchi, known for his work on "Ultra-Q" and the original "Ultraman" series.
Akira Ifukube's scores have a very traditional orchestra sound, while all of the other composers have more of a then-contemporary sound. Ifukube's scores have a timeless quality to them when compared to the other scores. It's easy to hear his "voice" evolve from the first Godzilla film (which sounds like it has a much smaller orhestra than the later ones) to the last film on this CD. Besides creating the Godzilla theme heard on a number of tracks, I also like this wailing jazzy-brass motif first heard in the track for "Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster" (at about the 1:24 point) and later in "Destroy All Monsters" and "Terror of MechaGodzilla" cues.
With the music are some sound effects which give this album a genuine Godzilla feel to it. It also comes with a nice booklet with the full track listing, descriptions of all of the Godzilla movies featured in the collection, and some background information. It even has the lyrics to the Mothra's Song, performed by the Peanuts. So now, you too can sing along. There's also a bonus track by Neil Norman and his Cosmic Orchestra.
The only bad thing is that this album skips over "Godzilla VS the Sea Monster." Joe Sena, the producer and liner notes writer, remarks that it is "an unremarkable score." I personally would like to decide that for myself. The movie's even skipped over in the movie summaries! The least they could have done was put one track on the CD. The other thing is that it's a very uneven selection. Some movies get four to six tracks while others only get one track.
But petty complaints aside, it is a great introduction to Godzilla music and while it was made to cash in on the then-impending 1998 American Godzilla movie, it's professionally done and great fun to listen to.
GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (music by Masaru Satoh)
KING KONG vs. GODZILLA (music by Akira Ifukube)
MOTHRA (music by Yuki Koseki)
MOTHRA vs. GODZILLA (music by Akira Ifukube)
GHIDORAH THE THREE HEADED MONSTER (music by Akira Ifukube)
INVASION OF THE ASTRO-MONSTER (music by Akira Ifukube)
SON OF GODZILLA (music by Masaru Satoh)
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (music by Akira Ifukube)
ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (music by Kunio Miyauchi)
GODZILLA vs. HEDORAH (music by Riichiroh Manabe)
GODZILLA vs. GIGAN (music by Akira Ifukube)
GODZILLA vs. MEGALON (music by Riichiroh Manabe)
GODZILLA vs. MECHAGODZILLA (music by Masaru Satoh)
TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (music by Akira Ifukube)