© 2003 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title:||DESTROY ALL MONSTERS|
|Japanese Title:||GOUKAI Na KAIJU SOSHINGEKI|
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Music Performed by:||Takeo Yahiro & Friends|
|Number of tracks:||26|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Year of release/manufacture:||2002|
February 09, 2003 (Courtesy of Sam Scali)
"GOUKAI Na KAIJU SOSHINGEKI" (DESTROY ALL MONSTERS)" (G.R.F.011)
This CD is the fourth in a wonderful series of "a cappella" discs featuring Godzilla-related music, produced by an informal artists' collective known as the Bukimisha Weird Secret Society. Like the previous discs, "GODZILLA" (G.R.F.008), "THE MYSTERIANS" (G.R.F.009) and "MONSTER ZERO" (G.R.F.010), the material was taken from Akira Ifukube's classic Toho sci-fi scores, with all the musical parts painstakingly re-arranged and performed by a group of ten male vocalists. This disc picks up where "MONSTER ZERO" left off, featuring Ifukube's individual monster motifs from "War of the Gargantuas" (1966) through "Godzilla vs. Destoroyah" (1995). There is also a hidden track at the end of the disc that was not composed by Ifukube - a spirited (and rather funny) rendition of the "Gamera" song.
As before, the performances are truly impressive, with the complexity of Ifukube's original arrangements faithfully replicated by an ingenious blend of voices. Still, as carefully crafted as each track is, the Bukimisha guys never seem to take things too seriously - there is a lot of enthusiastic humor behind their interpretations. For example, during some of the themes the monster's name is repeatedly sung ("Gojira!" "Mosura!", etc.), to the melody of the piece. There are many other amusing touches and exaggerated vocal flourishes, but the structural integrity of Ifukube's compositions is never lost.
All of the Bukimisha CDs are a must for diehard Ifukube fans, and have to be heard to be believed. Their lighthearted approach will also appeal to Godzilla fans as well as followers of unusual music in general. Many of the group's earlier, non-Godzilla CDs are sold out, so get these while they last!
Currently these discs can be ordered directly from the artists. Visit their English webpage at: http://www.bukimi.com/maal/hanpu_english.html , or email Takeo Yahiro (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
English Title:DESTROY ALL MONSTERS
From "Destroy All Monsters"
From "War of the Gargantuas"
From "King Kong Escapes"
From "Latitude Zero"
From "Yog, Monster From Space"
From "Terror of MechGodzilla"
From"Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah"
From"Godzilla vs. Mothra"
From"Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II"
From"Godzilla vs. Destoroyah"
From"Destroy All Monsters"