GODZILLA Soundtrack Perfect Collection
6 CD Box Set
© 2004 Lawrence Tuczynski
|50th Anniversary GODZILLA Soundtrack Perfect Collection [Box 1]
|Toho Music Corporation
|Number of discs
|Year of release/manufacture
|September 20, 2004
October 24, 2004
With 2004 being the 50th anniversary of the first Godzilla movie and the year Toho promises to stop making Godzilla movies for awhile after the December release of "Godzilla Final Wars, Toho music has decided to remaster and rerelease the soundtracks to the 28 (including the upcoming one) Godzilla movies. These soundtracks are being referred to as the "50th Anniversary GODZILLA Soundtrack Perfect Collection" and will be released as 6 box sets. The first set was released on September 20, 2004 and the 2nd set is estimated to be released sometime in December of 2004. In honor of 1954 being the 1st movie release Toho is limiting these box sets to just 1,954 numbered sets. The set I received was numbered 125.
There are 7 total discs in this first box set with CD #3 containing the sound track to "King King vs. Godzilla" on 2 discs. The first disc contains the mono version of the soundtrack and the second disc contains the stereo version. This disc is probably the most controversial in that many fans have a definite preference for one version over the other. All of the soundtracks in this box set have been re-mastered and give improved sound over the now out of print Futureland releases elsewhere on this site. All the discs also contain some additional bonus tracks not found on the previous discs. In addition the booklets feature new cover pictures. The older sets had the movie posters on the cover. The booklets themselves seem to be updated with new information and pictures but since I can't read japanese have no idea what they say. The track order is also different between the older discs and new ones and in some cases have had two tracks combined and/or the track title changed. In most cases the bonus tracks are either sound effects, movie dialogue or alternate takes.
Now what can I say to those of you out there pondering whether or not to spend the $100+ on these new sets and this one in particular. While these re-mastered discs sound wonderful, the difference is not night and day. If you own the Futureland releases and are satisfied with them, then there is probably no real need to get this set, especially if you are strapped for money. On the other hand, those of you who missed out on the last set should get this set as soon as possible before it too goes out of print. And naturally for highly devoted, fanatical fans and completest (like me) buy it anyway and keep both sets.
One other thing to help you decide. These sets will contain bonus CDs that will be exclusive to these sets, most of them will be reissues of older King Record CDs such as Godzilla Sampler, Ostinato, Symphonic Fantasia, etc. These King CDs are now also out of print. For anyone who missed out on them before, these new boxed sets offer a way to get them again.
Godzilla Raids Again
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Godzilla vs. The Thing
Ghidrah, The Three Headed Monster
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