© 1999 Lawrence Tuczynski
|CD Label||King Records Co., Ltd.|
|Composed and Arranged by:||Akira Ifukube|
|Conducted by:||Hiroshi Kumagai|
|Number of tracks||24|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||1993|
What little information I have found about this CD says that these are new recordings of older Godzilla film music. If these are indeed newer recordings, then they are extremely close to the originals.
I REALLY enjoyed this CD. The cover art shows a picture from "Destroy All Monsters". While there is nothing new on here that I don't already have, it's a really nice "Best Of" type disc. Also, unlike the Futureland recordings from this period of films, these tracks are in stereo rather than mono. If you can find it cheap and don't have a large collection, pick it up. Otherwise a better buy is probably the US 2 CD's by GNP Crescendo, # GNPD 8055 and GNPD 8056.
Additional info added March 9, 2000 courtesy of Sam Scali (updated Jan. 26, 2002)
Despite many requests over the years, Akira Ifukube initially avoided performing his Godzilla music in concert, because he feared it would not work well outside of the context of the films. That changed in 1983, when he finally gave in to popular demand and composed the three-movement "Symphonic Fantasia" (aka "Godzilla Fantasy") and began touring with it. Unlike "Fantasia", which is an orchestral suite derived from Ifukube's monster scores, "Ostinato" consists of faithful studio rerecordings of specific film cues. It was recorded in 1986 to accompany a video of Toho outtakes, and the music itself was released the same year on LP and CD (K32X-7037), including extra tracks not used in the video. Later, some of the music even turned up on the soundtracks of "Godzilla vs. Biollante" and "Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah". In Dec. 1993, during the 40th Anniversary merchandising blitz surrounding the release of "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla", Ostinato was reissued with a different cover (KICA-2212) .
English Title: Ostinato, An Onslaught of Science Fiction Music Japanese Title: Kuso Kagaku Ongaku Daishingeki Composed and Arranged by: Akira Ifukube Conducted by: Hiroshi *1 Kumagai 1. The Invader's Premonition *2 2. Latitude Zero: Title 3. The "Destroy All Monsters" March 4. King Kong Escapes: Title 5. The Monster-Killing Maser Beam Truck *3 March 6. The Rage of the Three Monsters 7. The "Monster Zero" March 8. Frankenstein's Heart 9. The Tank Brigade March 10. Frankenstein's Theme 11. Dogora vs. The Self-Defense Forces 12. Mothra Sets Off 13. Godzilla vs. The Tank Brigade 14. The Volunteer Corps Swings into Action 15. The Seahawk: SOS 16. Preparations for Operation Burial 17. The "Battle in Outer Space" March 18. The Secret Rocket(s) 19. The Earth Defense Council 20. The Mysterians Prepare to Attack 21. Get Rodan! 22. Rodan Shows Up in Fukuoka 23. Misery in the Capital 24. Godzilla: Title *1 Or possibly "Hiromu", "Hirome", etc. *2 Or possibly "The Invaders' Premonition". *3 Or possibly "The Monster-Killing Maser Beam Vehicle/Car/etc. March