2009 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: Suspence, Detective and Human Affairs
YOSHITARO NOMURA SOUND MEMORIAL
CD Label: Vap, Inc.
CD Number: VPCD-81102
Music by: Yasushi Akutagawa
Number of tracks: 47
Running time: 71:44
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: August 2, 1995

REVIEW

October 17, 2009

Yoshitaro Nomura's film music collection is famous for various original works. Yasushi Akutagawa is talented as a composer in the field of film music. His music includes much in the traditional Japanese music as far as feel and it fits well in the movies of Nomura.

After personally listening to this CD I can say much of the music on the CD reminded me of music found in suspence movies of the 1940's and 1950's here in the US. In particular several tracks reminded me of something that might be heard in an Alfred Hitchcock movie from that era. I don't know how well the music works in the various Nomura films since I have never seen any of the ones listed on this CD.

Tracks 1-19 & 35-47 are in MONO while tracks 20-34 are STEREO.

YOSHITARO NOMURA SOUND MEMORIAL
English translated titles courtesy of Jolyon Yates

    HARIKOMI (STAKEOUT) 1957, Music Toshiro Mayuzumi (from the film soundtrack)

  1. Shochiku Logo
  2. Main Title
  3. ZERO NO SHOTEN (ZERO FOCUS) 1961, Music Yasushi Akutagawa

  4. Shochiku Logo
  5. Title
  6. S21
  7. S44
  8. S65
  9. S104
  10. S180
  11. TOKYOWAN (TOKYO BAY) 1962, Music Yasushi Akutagawa
    [Full title: HIDARIKIKI NO SOGEKISHA TOKYOWAN / LEFT-HANDED SNIPER TOKYO BAY]

  12. M1
  13. M2
  14. M8
  15. M10
  16. M11
  17. M13
  18. KAGE NO KURUMA (THE SHADOW WITHIN, literally SHADOWY CAR) 1970, Music Yasushi Akutagawa

  19. M1
  20. M11
  21. M13
  22. M15
  23. SUNA NO UTSUWA (CASTLE OF SAND, literally VESSEL OF SAND) 1974, Music Director Yasushi Akutagawa

  24. M1
  25. M2
  26. YATSUHAKU MURA (VILLAGE OF 8 GRAVESTONES) 1977, Music Yasushi Akutagawa

  27. M1
  28. KICHIKU (THE DEMON) 1977, Music Yasushi Akutagawa

  29. M1
  30. JIKEN (THE INCIDENT) 1978, Music Director Yasushi Akutagawa, Composer Masashi Matsuda

  31. M1
  32. HAITATSU SARENAI SANTSU NO TEGAMI (THE 3 UNDELIVERED LETTERS) 1979, Music Yasushi Akutagawa

  33. M1
  34. M2
  35. M10
  36. M23
  37. M29
  38. WARUI YATSURA (BAD SORTS) 1980, Music Yasushi Akutagawa

  39. M1
  40. M8
  41. M11
  42. M25
  43. M26
  44. GIWAKU (SUSPICION) 1982, Music Director Yasushi Akutagawa

  45. M1
  46. M3
  47. M12A
  48. M16
  49. M18
  50. MEISO CHIZU 1983, Music Masato Kai

  51. M1
  52. M15
  53. M16
  54. KIKEN NO ONNATACHI (DANGEROUS WOMEN) 1985, Music Kazuo Sugita

  55. M1
  56. M12B
  57. M13
  58. M23
  59. M25