2006 Lawrence Tuczynski

CD Information courtesy of Rich Housh

Title Complete Takemitsu Edition 3
Music For Movies 1 [1]
CD Label Shogakukan Inc. & Toho Music Corp.
CD Number STZ-24~26
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

REVIEW

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 [1]

    Disc 1 (STZ-24)

  1. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db1Top (1955)
  2. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db4M4 (1955)
  3. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db8M8 (1955)
  4. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db11M10 (1955)
  5. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db18M19 (1955)
  6. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db19M20 (1955)
  7. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db24M22前 (1955)
  8. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db24M22後 (1955)
  9. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db27M24 (1955)
  10. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db27M24a (1955)
  11. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db30M31 (1955)
  12. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db32M31 (1955)
  13. Crazed Fruit / Juvenile Passions : Db32M32 (1955)
  14. Red And Green / Midnight Visitor : Part 1 (1956)
  15. Red And Green / Midnight Visitor : Part 2 (1956)
  16. Red And Green / Midnight Visitor : Part 3 (1956)
  17. Red And Green / Midnight Visitor : Part 4 (1956)
  18. Red And Green / Midnight Visitor : Part 5 (1956)
  19. Red And Green / Midnight Visitor : Part 6 (1956)
  20. The Rainy Season : Part 1 (1956)
  21. The Rainy Season : Part 2 (1956)
  22. The Rainy Season : Part 3 (1956)
  23. The Rainy Season : Part 4 (1956)
  24. The Rainy Season : Part 5 (1956)
  25. Cloudburst : Part 1 (1957)
  26. Cloudburst : Part 2 (1957)
  27. The Country Boss : Title Tune (1958)
  28. Waiting For Spring : Part 1 (1959)
  29. Waiting For Spring : Part 2 (1959)
  30. Waiting For Spring : Part 3 (1959)
  31. Waiting For Spring : Part 4 (1959)
  32. Dangerous Trip : Part 1 (1959)
  33. Dangerous Trip : Part 2 (1959)
  34. Dangerous Trip : Part 3 (1959)
  35. Dangerous Trip : Part 4 (1959)
  36. Dangerous Trip : Part 5 (1959)
  37. Dangerous Trip : Part 6 (1959)
  38. Dangerous Trip : Part 7 (1959)
  39. Dangerous Trip : Part 8 (1959)
  40. Joking / Love Letters : Part 1 (1959)
  41. Joking / Love Letters : Part 2 (1959)
  42. Joking / Love Letters : Part 3 (1959)
  43. Joking / Love Letters : Part 4 (1959)
  44. Joking / Love Letters : Part 5 (1959)
  45. Joking / Love Letters : Part 6 (1959)
  46. Joking / Love Letters : Part 7 (1959)
  47. Jose Torres : Part 1 (1959)
  48. Jose Torres : Part 2 (1959)
  49. Jose Torres : Part 3 (1959)
  50. Jose Torres : Part 4 (1959)

    Disc 2 (STZ-25)

  1. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M Top (1960)
  2. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M1 (1960)
  3. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M14(latter half) (1960)
  4. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M17 (1960)
  5. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M28 (1960)
  6. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M32 (1960)
  7. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M34 (latter half) (1960)
  8. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M39 (1960)
  9. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M (obscure?) (1960)
  10. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M59 (1960)
  11. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M59B (1960)
  12. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M69 (1960)
  13. Dry Lake / Youth in Fury : M (rust?) (1960)
  14. The Shrikes : TOP (1961)
  15. The Shrikes : S13 (1961)
  16. The Shrikes : S25 (1961)
  17. The Shrikes : S33 (1961)
  18. The Shrikes : S65 (First Half) (1961)
  19. The Shrikes : S65 (Last Half) (1961)
  20. The Shrikes : S66 (1961)
  21. The Shrikes : S70 (1961)
  22. The Shrikes : S72B (1961)
  23. The Shrikes : S74 (1961)
  24. The Shrikes : S75 (1961)
  25. Bad Boys : Part 1 (1961)
  26. Bad Boys : Part 2 (1961)
  27. Bad Boys : Part 3 (1961)
  28. Bad Boys : Part 4 (1961)
  29. Bad Boys : Part 5 (1961)
  30. Bad Boys : Part 6 (1961)
  31. Bad Boys : Part 7 (1961)
  32. Bad Boys : Part 8 (1961)
  33. Bad Boys : Part 9 (1961)
  34. Bad Boys : Part 10 (1961)
  35. Hannyo / Woman of Tokyo : Part 1 (1961)
  36. Hannyo / Woman of Tokyo : Part 2 (1961)
  37. Hannyo / Woman of Tokyo : Part 3 (1961)
  38. Hannyo / Woman of Tokyo : Part 4 (1961)
  39. Hannyo / Woman of Tokyo : Part 5 (1961)
  40. Atami Blues : Part 1 (1962)
  41. Atami Blues : Part 2 (1962)
  42. A Full Life :Main Theme (1962)

    Disc 3 (STZ-26)

  1. The Inheritance : Single record edition A side
  2. The Inheritance : Single record edition B side
  3. The Inheritance : M1
  4. The Inheritance : M.S5 : Cut 1
  5. The Inheritance : M21
  6. The Inheritance : M23
  7. The Inheritance : M38
  8. The Inheritance : M86
  9. The Inheritance : M88
  10. The Inheritance : M107
  11. The Inheritance : M125
  12. The Inheritance : M228
  13. The Inheritance : M130b
  14. The Inheritance : M133
  15. The Pitfall / Cheap, sweet and a Kid : Part 1
  16. The Pitfall / Cheap, sweet and a Kid : Part 2
  17. The Pitfall / Cheap, sweet and a Kid : Part 3
  18. The Pitfall / Cheap, sweet and a Kid : Part 4
  19. The Pitfall / Cheap, sweet and a Kid : Part 5
  20. The Pitfall / Cheap, sweet and a Kid : Part 6
  21. The Pitfall / Cheap, sweet and a Kid : Part 7
  22. Harakiri : Part 1
  23. Harakiri : Part 2
  24. Harakiri : Part 3
  25. Harakiri : Part 4
  26. Harakiri : Part 5
  27. Harakiri : Part 6
  28. Harakiri : Part 7
  29. Harakiri : Part 8
  30. Harakiri : Part 9
  31. Harakiri : Part 10
  32. Harakiri : Part 11
  33. Harakiri : Part 12
  34. Harakiri : Part 13
  35. Harakiri : Part 14
  36. Harakiri : Part 15
  37. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db17b (First half)
  38. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db17b (Second Half)
  39. Tears in the Lion's Mane : M2
  40. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db37
  41. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db39
  42. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db44
  43. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db58
  44. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db59
  45. Tears in the Lion's Mane : No.1 (94)
  46. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db95
  47. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db114
  48. Tears in the Lion's Mane : Db124
  49. The Body : Part 1
  50. The Body : Part 2
  51. The Body : Part 3
  52. The Body : Part 4
  53. The Body : Part 5
  54. The Body : Part 6
  55. The Body : Part 7