© 2001 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title:||COMPLETE RECORDINGS: AKIRA IFUKUBE TOEI-DOGA FILM MUSIC|
[reissue of LD25-5065~6]
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Number of tracks:||Disc 1: 65|
Disc 2: 29
|Running time:||Disc 1: 73:24|
Disc 2: 71:18
|Number of discs:||2|
|Year of release/manufacture:||1992|
December 14, 2001
A friend of mine found a copy of this CD and picked it up for me. I'm glad he did. This is a wonderful sounding 2 CD set with a wide variety of music. Some of the tracks will sound familiar to owners of other Ifukube CD's and other tracks will sound very new. The styles run a wide range. Everything from fast, action oriented pieces to slow, mournful music and most things in between pop up on these CD's. As with most Ifukube 2 CD sets, there tends to be a bit of repetition but it isn't too bad on these discs. I have never had the opportunity to see the films this music is from but you can definitely her pieces and passages that have appeared in other Ifukube scored films in other guises.
This is a packed set with both discs running over 70 minutes each. If you're an Akira Ifukube fan and run across this 2 CD set, either in this reissue (TYCY-5213~14) or the original (LD25-5065~6), grab it. You won't be disappointed and they are very hard to find.
September 05, 2002 (updated February 28, 2008)
This rare double CD set from 1992 is a reissue of Complete Recordings: Akira Ifukube Toei Animation Movie Music, which was originally released in 1988 (LD25-5065/6). The set contains some truly incredible, hard-to-find music by the maestro. Disc 1 offers his complete score to "The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon", an animated film from 1963. The main title here is one of my favorites by Akira Ifukube and there are a few versions of it on the soundtrack. I have seen this movie, and the music certainly made watching the film very enjoyable, especially since there were no English subtitles for me to read. There is also a version of his "Mysterians" march on the soundtrack (slightly updated from the 1957 original), which is played while the Little Prince single-handedly slays the eight-headed dragon by himself as he flies around on a horse (quite an amusing scene actually). Although there is some repetition throughout the score, Ifukube delivers a very solid soundtrack, and the main title march is one of his all-time best!
Disc 2 starts off with 18 alternate cues from the "Little Prince" soundtrack, followed by something really special - the beautiful music Ifukube composed for an acclaimed multimedia exhibit held at EXPO '70's Mitsubishi Pavilion. These 11 tracks are all in STEREO, and sound really good. Track 1, the "Four Seasons of Japan" is my personal favorite theme from this exhibit - it is extremely beautiful and catchy, and thankfully there are a few alternate versions on the disc as well. Two of the themes here, "Storm" and "Volcano", would later turn up on the Godzilla vs. Gigan soundtrack, although in artificially extended form, and in mono of course, not stereo. Tracks 26 & 27 will sound very familiar to most G-fans, as they both feature piano arrangements based on Ifukube's 1968 "Destroy All Monsters" march. Overall the score is a real treat, and features some very beautiful and rousing music by the maestro. This volume is considered one of the "holy grail" discs by fans of Ifukube's music and is one of the most difficult Futureland CDs to find.
Special thanks to Anthony Romero at Toho Kingdom for uncovering some fascinating details about the 'EXPO '70 exhibit. Check out his review at: http://www.tohokingdom.com/tv/mitsubishi_pavilion.html.
Title: COMPLETE RECORDINGS: AKIRA IFUKUBE TOEI-DOGA FILM MUSIC Track translations courtesy of Jolyon Yates Disc 1 PRINCE WANPAKU SLAYS THE GREAT SERPENT (WANPAKU OJI NO OROCHI TAIJI, 1963) [This is an animated movie also known as "The Naughty Prince Slays the Giant Serpent" and "The Little Prince and the Eight-Headed Dragon"] [WANPAKU seems to be another film based on Japanese creation stories, like BIRTH OF JAPAN. Susano is a wild hero, Amaterasu is the Sun Goddess he offends and who has to be tricked out of hiding in a cave by the Heavenly Stripper Ame-no-uzume. The great serpent is Yamata-no-Orochi, which means ‘the great 8-headed dragon of Yamata’. Izunami and Izanagi are the couple who stirred the waters and created Japan.] 1. Prologue ~ Main Title 2. Butterfly ~ Akahana & Taro 3. Susano Entrance 4. Izanami 5. Mother’s Naiko Nursemaid Song 6. Sumo ~ Izanami’s Ascension 7. Izanagi & Susano 8. Weeping Susano 9. Izanami’s Illusion 10. Decision to go on a journey 11. Akahana’s Worry 12. Journey ~ Moonlit Night Sea 13. Strange Fish Akuru 14. Akuru vs Susano 15. Yume-no-hirasaka 16. Yoru-no-osukuni 17. Tsukuyomi 18. Ice Mirror 19. Susano’s Anger I ~ Freeze 20. Kaito 21. Susano’s Anger II 22. Tsukuyomi’s Sword 23. Ice Ball 24. Road to the Fire Kingdom 25. Titanbo 26. Fire God 27. Fire God vs Susano I 28. Fire God vs Susano II 29. Fireball Power 30. Titanbo joins Otomo 31. Ame-no-torifune ~ Takamagahara 32. Amaterasu O-omikami 33. Fieldwork 34. Wild Horse ~ Shrine 35. Field Path ~ Shrine 36. Susano’s Making of a Rice Field 37. Flood ~ Shrine 38. Shrine Melee ~ Rock Door Shuts 39. Omoikane’s Trick 40. Taper to a God 41. Ame-no-uzume’s Dance I 42. Ame-no-uzume’s Dance II 43. Rock Door Opens 44. Shrine 45. Takamagahara Departs 46. Road to Izumo’s Kingdom 47. Princess Kushinada 48. Blood River ~ Yamata-no-Orochi’s Speech 49. Ame-no-hayakoma 50. Princess Kushinada and Susano 51. Preparation for Fighting 52. Before the Storm 53. Yamata-no-Orochi Appears 54. BOSS 55. Sake-drinking Yamata-no-Orochi 56. Susano Sets Off 57. Prince Wanpaku Slays the Great Serpent 58. KAMA 1 vs Susano 59. Akahana and YAGI 60. Princess Kushinada’s Crisis 61. KAMA 2 Chase 62. Fight 63. Last Fight ~ After the Fight 64. Victorious New Day 65. Ending Disc 2 1. Mother’s Naiko Nursemaid Song (karaoke) 2. Sumo ~ Izanami’s Ascension (karaoke) 3. Izanami’s Illusion (karaoke) 4. Ending (karaoke) 5. Prologue ~ Main Title 6. Mother’s Naiko Nursemaid Song (alternative take) 7. Sumo ~ Izanami’s Ascension take 1 8. Sumo ~ Izanami’s Ascension take 2 9. Susano’s Anger I ~ Freeze (alternative take) 10. Ame-no-torifune ~ Takamagahara (alternative take) 11. Susano’s Making of a Rice Field (alternative take) 12. Flood ~ Shrine (alternative take) 13. Omoikane’s Trick (alternative take) 14. Taper to a God (alternative take) 15. Ame-no-uzume’s Dance I take 1 16. Ame-no-uzume’s Dance II take 2 17. Takamagahara Departs (alternative take) 18. Ending (alternative take) FUTURE MANSION: JAPANESE NATURE & JAPANESE DREAMS [Mitsubishi Future Building: Nature in Japan and the Japanese Dream] *NOTE*:This second score was commissioned for the Mitsubishi exhibit at EXPO '70. Two tracks (“Storm” and “Volcano”) were later reused in "Godzilla vs. Gigan" and appear on that soundtrack. 19. Four Seasons of Japan 20. Storm 21. Volcano 22. Sky (Space) 23. Cloudless Sky 24. Deep Sea 25. The Sea 26. Leisure Land 27. Leisure Land 28. Land Prologue 29. Land