GODZILLA Soundtrack Perfect Collection
9 CD Box Set
Box 6

2010 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title 50th Anniversary GODZILLA Soundtrack Perfect Collection [Box 6]
CD Label Toho Music Corporation
CD Number GB6
Music by: Various
Recordings Stereo
Number of discs 9
Total Running Time 630:38
Year of release/manufacture April 25, 2010

OVERALL
REVIEW

May 02, 2010

2004 was the 50th anniversary of the first Godzilla movie and the year Toho promised to stop making Godzilla movies for awhile after the release of "Godzilla Final Wars", Toho music 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, the 3rd set on April 25, 2005, 4th set on October 20, 2006, 5th set 2 years later on January 31, 2008 and this final set #6 released April 25, 2010 more than 2 years after set #5. In honor of 1954 being the 1st movie release, Toho is limiting these box sets to just 1,954 numbered sets. This set # 6 I received was numbered 0452 which is the highest numbered set I have received. For those that own all 5 previous sets, Ark Square will send you a free DVD called "Akira Ifukbe Recording Archives" if you include the serial numbers from your first 5 sets when ordering.

This box set contains 9 total discs with discs 4, 5 & 6 containg 2 CD's each. All of the soundtracks in this box set have been re-mastered and give somewhat improved sound over the now out of print Futureland releases elsewhere on this site. Since this set contains the late 1990's & 2000's soundtracks, the originals were already very good. All the discs also contain some additional bonus tracks not found on the previous discs. In addition the booklets feature new cover pictures. Unlike the 1st 3 sets, the booklet cover pictures on this set are in color as they were on set #4 & #5 rather than sepia tones. Also if you can read Japanese, these booklets seem to have a lot of information about the tracks and their recordings. The older Futureland sets had the movie posters on the cover. 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.

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. At $120.50 plus shipping for 9 discs, set #6 is the most expensive and probably contains the least noticable upgrade in the remastering. Also the bonus disc this time, GX-8, is a 2 CD set of David Arnold's U.S. GINO soundtrack. Toho was most likely able to put it in this set due to the licensing deals they made when the movie was made.

After a 2+ year wait for this last set, I'm finally glad we got them all. Only took 6 years. :-)

CD 1
Godzilla X Megaguirus:
The G Extermination Strategy
CD 2
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah:
Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
CD 3
Godzilla X Mechagodzilla
CD 4
Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla:
Tokyo S.O.S.
CD 5
Godzilla Final Wars
CD 6
Godzilla
BONUS DVD
Akira Ifukube Recording Archives

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