© 2000 Lawrence Tuczynski

Japanese Title: N/A
CD Label: Futureland
CD Number: TYCY-10043
Music by: Akira Ifukube
Number of tracks: 30
Running time: 73:15
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: Dec. 6, 2000


This CD is another Best Of collection of Akira Ifukube's Toho film music. These originals are stereo recordings but it's the kind of fake stereo done similar to the way early 1960's mono rock LP's were rechanneled for stereo. Except for the title and Akira Ifukube, everything on this CD is written in Japanese.

The music is good but sounds faster paced and brighter to me than I remember. This could be due to the stereo rechanneling effect. All in all this is a nice Best Of compilation but I would only recommend it to the completist fan or someone who hasn't been able to obtain one of the other Best Of sets.

The below tracks cover all of Ifukube's Sci-Fi films from 1954 - 1975 except KING KONG ESCAPES, LATITUDE 0 and YOG, MONSTER FROM SPACE. Why these are missing is anyone's guess.


Track translations courtesy of Sam Scali 1) Footsteps / Main title (GODZILLA) 2) Godzilla Comes Ashore (GODZILLA) 3) Ending (GODZILLA) 4) Main Title (RODAN) 5) Supersonic Pursuit / Radon, Get 'em (RODAN) 6) Radon Attacks Fukuoka I (RODAN) 7) Main Title (THE MYSTERIANS) 8) The First Round of Battle (THE MYSTERIANS) 9) Main Title (VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE) 10) Fishing Boat Disaster / Fierce Battle Begins (VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE) 11) Main Title (BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE) 12) Battle in Outer Space (BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE) 13) Main Title (KING KONG VS. GODZILLA) 14) Godzilla's Resurrection (KING KONG VS. GODZILLA) 15) The Plan to Transport King Kong (KING KONG VS. GODZILLA) 16) King Kong vs.Godzilla I (KING KONG VS. GODZILLA) 17) Test Driving the Undersea Battleship I / Test Driving the Undersea Battleship II (ATRAGON) 18) The Volunteer Corps Swings Into Action (ATRAGON) 19) Reflection of the Little Beauty (GODZILLA VS. THE THING) 20) Ending (GODZILLA VS. THE THING) 21) Dogora's Natural Enemy (DOGORA THE SPACE MONSTER) 22) The Air Corps Launches an Offensive (DOGORA THE SPACE MONSTER) 23) The Birth of King Ghidorah (GHIDRAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER) 24) The Incident in the Mountain - Search March (FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD) 25) Monster Mega-War March (MONSTER ZERO) 26) Monster Mega-War (MONSTER ZERO) 27) Operation L - March I (WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS) 28) The Toho Mark / Main Title (DESTROY ALL MONSTERS) 29) Resurrection of Godzilla (TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA) 30) Ending (TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA)