2002 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: MONSTER ZERO
Japanese Title: GOUKAI Na KAIJU DAISENSO
CD Label: BKM
CD Number: G.R.F.010
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Music Performed by: Takeo Yahiro & Friends
Number of tracks: 26
Running time: 68:07
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: 2002

REVIEW

September 27, 2002 (Courtesy of Sam Scali)

This CD is the third in the series of "a cappella" discs featuring Godzilla-related music, produced by an informal artists' collective called the "Bukimisha Weird Secret Society". Like the first two discs, most of the material was composed by Akira Ifukube, with all the musical parts painstakingly re-arranged and performed by a group of ten male vocalists. While the first disc focused mostly on music that already contained vocals in the form of native chants (such as the "Faro Island" theme from "King Kong vs. Godzilla"), and the second disc concentrated on Ifukube's marches, this volume features the famous theme music of individual monsters, such as Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah and many others.

Like the previous two CDs, the vocal interpretations of these pieces are amazing. There is a distinctly humorous edge to the performances (clearly these guys are having a good time), but the integrity of the compositions remains intact. This approach may not be for everybody, but it's certainly a unique way of presenting this material, and is extremely well-done.

English Title: MONSTER ZERO
Japanese Title: GOUKAI Na KAIJU DAISENSO

  1. [dialogue/intro]
  2. From "Godzilla" Godzilla Comes Ashore
  3. From "Rodan" Main Title
  4. From "Rodan" The Appearance of Meganuron
  5. From "The Mysterians" The Appearance of Mogera
  6. From "Varan the Unbelievable" Fierceness of Baran
  7. From "Varan the Unbelievable" (TV-7)
  8. From "Birth Of Japan"
  9. From "King Kong vs. Godzilla" Godzilla's Resurrection
  10. From "King Kong vs. Godzilla" The Devil in the South Seas
  11. From "King Kong vs. Godzilla" The Confrontation at Fuji
  12. From "King Kong vs. Godzilla" King Kong vs. Godzilla II
  13. From "Atragon" The Marunouchi Sinks
  14. From "Godzilla vs. the Thing" Plan B: "Electrocution"
  15. From "Godzilla vs. the Thing" Adult Mothra vs. Godzilla
  16. From "Dagora, the Space Monster" Main Title
  17. From "Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster" The Fury of the Gravity Beam
  18. From "Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster" The Greatest Battle on Earth II
  19. From "Frankenstein Conquers the World" Tragedy at Shirane
  20. From "Frankenstein Conquers the World" Frankenstein vs Baragon IV
  21. From "Monster Zero" The Fury of the Three Monsters
  22. Mothra Bolero
  23. Bonus track
  24. Bonus track
  25. Bonus track
  26. Bonus track