© 2006 Lawrence Tuczynski
CD Information courtesy of Rich Housh
|Title||Complete Takemitsu Edition 3|
Music For Movies 1 
|CD Label||Shogakukan Inc. & Toho Music Corp.|
|Music by:||Toru Takemitsu|
|Number of tracks||Disc 1 : 50|
Disc 2 : 42
Disc 3 : 55
|Running time||Disc 1 - 54:32|
Disc 2 - 59:42
Disc 3 - 68:24
|Number of discs||3|
|Year of release/manufacture||2003|
August 29, 2006
Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) did film scores for 93 movies. These COMPLETE TAKEMITSU EDITION 3, Music For Movies sets give us many of these soundtracks. I have personally never seen the movies from this set so can not say how well the music interacts with what's on screen. My opinions will be based on stand alone listing.
Disc 1 is comprised of 50 tracks from several different movies. The longest track on this disc clocks in at 2:44. The majority clock in at less than a minute. Several of the queues from tracks 1-13 (Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions) have what sounds like a cross between Hawaiian music and queues from Star Trek:The Original Series. My description is weird but that's the best way to describe what I heard. However, it works and is fine to listen to. During the "Rainy Season" tracks there is the sound of a rainstorm in the background. During the "Cloudburst" tracks is the sound of trains coupled with tunes reminiscent of old Alfred Hitchcock movies. Track # 27 starts off sounding like a 1920's flapper music and morph's into a ballroom dancing sound. The rest of the disc is also a pleasant listen with a variety of styles that reminded me of the good old mysteries & suspense movies of the 1940's & 1950's.
Disc 2 is comprised of a lot of jazzy sounding music with piano during the first half of the disc. Some of it sounds a lot like lounge type music. Once we get to the "Bad Boys" tracks it changes somewhat to soft, slow music with guitar and possibly harp as well as other instruments. The "Woman Of Tokyo" tracks feature some female vocals. After those tracks we get into some more jazzy, piano tracks.
Disc 3 starts out with more jazz combo sounding tracks. Something like you would expect to hear in the smokey jazz clubs of a bygone age. The tracks for "Pitfall" are more traditional Japanese sounding and also some slow suspense themes. Track # 39 is a nice slow female vocal track. Track # 45 is a snappy, a cappella male vocal.
The majority of this set is great to listen to and quite relaxing in nature. I especially liked most of the jazz combo sounding tracks. Some of the other very short queues can get a bit repetitious but follow so close to one another that they seem pretty much like one continuous piece.
Complete Takemitsu Edition 3 : Music For Movies 1 
Disc 1 (STZ-24)
Disc 2 (STZ-25)
Disc 3 (STZ-26)