© 2001 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title:||GODZILLA Vs. MEGAGUIRUS|
|Japanese Title:||Gojira X Megagirasu|
|CD Label:||GNP Crescendo|
|CD Number:||GNPD 8072|
|Music by:||Michiru Ohshima|
|Number of tracks:||34|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Year of release/manufacture:||2000|
|Year movie released in Japan:||Dec. 2000|
|Year movie released in US:||Not released in the U.S.|
August 8, 2001
*NOTE*: This CD is essentially the same as the Japanese release so the review below is pretty much the same as the Japanese disc. The reason this disc only has 34 tracks listed versus the 35 on the Japanese import is that this disc combines Tracks 7 & 8 of the Japanese release into one track here.
I really enjoyed this CD and can see where it will grow on you with repeated listenings. The 1st track is a good action oriented track to get us started. It won't make you forget Akira Ifukube but it's a very good track. The tone of the CD seems to be on the dark, somber side. Also from what little music I've heard from various anime films I would say this music has an anime flavor to it which isn't surprising since Michiru Ohshima's forte is anime film scores. One of the recurring themes on this CD seems to be heavily influenced/borrowed from the first "Indiana Jones" movie score with a smattering of "Superman" thrown in. Like the "Godzilla 2000" score we also get two Akira Ifukube tracks which are Alternative Ending Themes track # 27 & # 28 (they are essentially the same even though they have different titles). I know some people didn't like this in the last film but I think it's a good idea. Certain Ifukube themes will always be permanently etched into the character of Godzilla that we all love. I think having a little of that music in these newer scores pays homage to what has come before and also provides a bit of continuity to the character.
As I said, I enjoyed this CD and I liked it much better than the "Godzilla 2000" score. I'll be very interested to see how this music works in the movie whenever I get an opportunity to see the film. This GNP Crescendo U.S. release is an excellant chance for you to get this music at a good price and saves you hunting for the more expensive Japanese import.
English Title: GODZILLA Vs. MEGAGUIRUS Japanese Title: Gojira X Megagirasu 1.) Fateful Confrontation 2.) Main Title 3.) To the G Countermeasure HQ 4.) Operation Area 5.) The G Anihillation Strategy Commences 6.) The Ominous Gigantic Egg 7.) Tragedy / The Revived Ancient Insect 8.) Kiriko and the Little Boy 9.) Gryphon Sallies Forth 10.) G-Proximity 11.) The Street Becomes A Lake 12.) Godzilla Vs. Gryphon 13.) Meganula - Great Plague 14.) The Dimension Tide Maneuver 15.) The Ferocious Lifeform 16.) Painful Life's Work 17.) Hyperflight Dragon - Birth 18.) The Ultimate Battle Appearance 19.) Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus 20.) Suicidal Counterattack 21.) Earth's Greatest Deathmatch 22.) Dimension Tide's Limit 23.) Kiriko's Decision 24.) Black Hole Cannon, Explosion 25.) It's All Over 26.) Ending Theme Bonus 1: (Alternative Ending Themes) 27.) The Fury of Godzilla - (Akira Ifukube) 28.) The Decision of Godzilla - (Akira Ifukube) Bonus 2: Godzilla Sound Effects 29.) Godzilla (2 Roars) 30.) Godzilla (Footsteps) 31.) Godzilla (Heat Beam) 32.) Megaguirus (2 Roars) 33.) Megaguirus (Wings Humming) 34.) Megaguirus (High Frequency Wave)