GODZILLA Soundtrack Perfect Collection
6 CD Box Set
Box 3

2005 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title 50th Anniversary GODZILLA Soundtrack Perfect Collection [Box 3]
CD Label Toho Music Corporation
CD Number GB3
Music by: Various
Recordings Stereo/Mono
Number of discs 6
Year of release/manufacture April 25, 2005

OVERALL
REVIEW

May 09, 2005

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 "Godzilla Final Wars") 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,the 2nd set December 24, 2004 and this third set on April 25, 2005. Rumor is that Box Set 4 will be out in Sept. 2005. In honor of 1954 being the 1st movie release Toho is limiting these box sets to just 1,954 numbered sets. This set # 3 I received was numbered 183.

Unlike the first box set that contained 7 total discs, set 2 & 3 only have 6. 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 Futureland 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 sometimes different between the older discs and new ones (the tracks have been resequenced to reflect the order in the film) 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 with music in the background (probably the only way we'll get to hear that background music) or alternate takes.

The first three discs in this set clock in at over 72 minutes each and the Bonus CD, GX-3, is a whopping 73:26. Discs 4 & 5 are on the short side at 50:34 and 41:03 respectively. Like the first two boxed sets, this third one has wonderful packaging and the booklets seem to have more photos than the booklets from the first set. Also, we can now see each composers face through the clear CD tray on the left side as well as a scene from the set during the filming. This does not apply to the bonus disc which only has a plain black tray.

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 Futureland releases 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.

There are a couple of additional things that may help you decide whether or not to purchase these new boxed sets. First, all but one boxed set will come with bonus CDs. These are basically re-releases of older Godzilla LPs and some hard to find, out of print CDs. These newly remastered soundtracks also contain the rare vocal promotional songs that were previously available only on those early Toho 45 vinyl singles, or the now out of print "Godzilla Vocal Collection" CD from 1991 and the more recent "Godzilla Songbook" CD that is still available on some sites. For example, the Godzilla Raids Again score from the first boxed set has those two promotional songs from 1955 at the end of the disc and the Godzilla's Revenge CD that comes with set #2 has a promo song that is only found on the Godzilla Vocal Collection CD from 1991 (or the older 45 vinyl single perhaps), it was not re-released on the newer Godzilla Songbook CD for some reason. The bottom line is that these new Godzilla soundtracks are probably as 'complete' as we'll ever get from Toho and the bonus CDs make very nice additions as well.

CD 1
Godzilla VS. The Smog Monster
CD 2
Godzilla On Monster Island
CD 3
Godzilla VS. Megalon
CD 4
Godzilla VS. The Bionic Monster
CD 5
The Terror Of MechaGodzilla
CD 6
Godzilla 3

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