© 2000 Lawrence Tuczynski
Info coutesy of David Hirsch
|Title||GAPPA - THE TRIPHIBIAN MONSTER|
|Japanese Title||Dai kyoju Gappa|
|Movie also known as:||Great Giant Monster Gappa|
Monster from a Prehistoric Planet
|CD Label||VAP Inc. Records|
|Music by:||Seitaro Omori|
|Number of tracks||40|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||2000|
|Year Movie Released in Japan||1967|
|Year Movie Released in U.S.||1967|
June 7, 2000
Vast! Hideous! Invincible! screams the ad copy. This 1967 Nikkatsu was none of these. A “Gorgo” knock off with some really bad effects, it has none the less achieved something of a cult status. After 33 years, VAP Records has finally released the complete score on CD in partnership with the DVD release (the film was released dubbed and subtitled on VHS here two years ago).
Seitaro Omori's score is fairly unremarkable for the genre, however he did create a delightfully melancholy theme for the baby Gappa, kidnapped by an unscrupulous entrepreneur (are there any other kind?). There are also a number of intriguing percussion tracks for the islanders, not anywhere near as authentic as Ifukube's well researched ethnic music, but a refreshing change of pace.
Rounding out the album are several versions of the “Gappa” songs, both film and single versions. The 24-page booklet features reproductions of the lobby cards and original film poster. At $40 by today’s exchange rate, it's very pricey for mediocre music.
English Title: Gappa, The Triphibian Monster Japanese Title: Daikyoju Gappa 1. The Nikkatsu Logo Mark - Opening 2. Gappa, The Triphibian Monster - Movie Version 1 3. The Idea of a South Seas Wonderland 4. The Undersea Light 5. Obelisk Island 6. The Landing 7. The Islanders 8. Welcome Dance 9. The Stone Statue 10. The Cavern 11. Birth of Baby Gappa 12. Fire Dance 13. Legendary Monster 14. The Appearance of Gappa 15. Press Reports of the Postponed Opening 16. The Toto University Bioresearch Center 17. View of Atami at Night 18. Gappa Comes Ashore at Atami 19. "Playmate" 20. Proceed With Operation "Sound Wave" 21. Saki the Boy and Baby Gappa 22. Preparing for Operation "Sound Wave" 23. Launching Operation "Sound Wave" 24. The Plan to Transport Baby Gappa by Air 25. Baby Gappa at Haneda Airport 26. Don't Give Up, Baby Gappa! 27. Baby Gappa and His Parents Fly Away 28. Gappa, The Triphibian Monster - Movie Version 2 29. Gappa, The Triphibian Monster - Movie Version 1 - Karaoke 30. South Seas Music 1 31. South Seas Music 2 32. Saki the Boy and Baby Gappa (with echoing) 33. Baby Gappa at Haneda Airport (with echoing) 34. Don't Give Up, Baby Gappa! (Movie Version - Karaoke) 35. Don't Give Up, Baby Gappa! (Movie Version - Karaoke, Different Type) 36. Gappa, The Triphibian Monster (Movie Version 2 - Karaoke) 37. Gappa, The Triphibian Monster 38. Don't Give Up, Baby Gappa! 39. Gappa, The Triphibian Monster (Original Karaoke) 40. Don't Give Up, Baby Gappa! (Original Karaoke)