2000 Lawrence Tuczynski

Title: GODZILLA X MEGAGUIRUS
Japanese Title: Gojira x Megagirasu
CD Label: Victor Entertainment, Inc.
CD Number: VICL-60613
Music by: Michiru Ohshima
Number of tracks: 35
Running time: 50:20
Number of discs: 1
Year of release/manufacture: Dec. 6, 2000
Year movie released in Japan: Dec. 2000
Year movie released in US: Not released in the U.S.

REVIEW

I really enjoyed this CD and can see where it will grow on you with repeated listenings. The 1st track is a good action oriented track to get us started. It won't make you forget Akira Ifukube but it's a very good track. The tone of the CD seems to be on the dark, somber side. Also from what little music I've heard from various anime films I would say this music has an anime flavor to it which isn't surprising since Michiru Ohshima's forte is anime film scores. One of the recurring themes on this CD seems to be heavily influenced/borrowed from the first "Indiana Jones" movie score with a smattering of "Superman" thrown in. Like the "Godzilla 2000" score we also get two Akira Ifukube tracks which are Alternative Ending Themes track # 28 & # 29 (they are essentially the same even though they have different titles). I know some people didn't like this in the last film but I think it's a good idea. Certain Ifukube themes will always be permanently etched into the character of Godzilla that we all love. I think having a little of that music in these newer scores pays homage to what has come before and also provides a bit of continuity to the character.

As I said, I enjoyed this CD and I liked it much better than the "Godzilla 2000" score. I'll be very interested to see how this music works in the movie whenever I get an opportunity to see the film. Hopefully Columbia/Tri-Star will release it here in the U.S. sometime over the summer as they did last year's "Godzilla 2000". It would really be nice if GNP Crescendo picked up the score for U.S. release as they did with "Godzilla 2000" so that many more of you will be able to enjoy this music without buying an expensive Japanese import.


English Title:	GODZILLA X MEGAGUIRUS
Japanese Title:	Gojira x Megagirasu

Track translations courtesy of:  John Cassidy (Daijirou Ryuusei)


 1.) Fateful Confrontation
 2.) Main Title
 3.) To the G Countermeasure HQ
 4.) Operation Area
 5.) The G Anihillation Strategy Commences
 6.) The Ominous Gigantic Egg
 7.) Tragedy
 8.) The Revived Ancient Insect 
 9.) Kiriko and the Little Boy
10.) Gryphon Sallies Forth
11.) G-Proximity
12.) The Street Becomes A Lake
13.) Godzilla Vs. Gryphon
14.) Meganeura - Great Plague
15.) The Dimension Tide Maneuver
16.) The Ferocious Lifeform
17.) Painful Life's Work
18.) Hyperflight Dragon - Birth
19.) The Ultimate Battle Appearance
20.) Godzilla X Megaguirus
21.) Suicidal Counterattack
22.) Earth's Greatest Deathmatch
23.) Dimension Tide's Limit
24.) Kiriko's Decision
25.) Black Hole Cannon, Explosion
26.) It's All Over
27.) Ending Theme

Bonus 1: Alternative Ending Themes) 
28.) The Fury of Godzilla
29.) The Decision of Godzilla

Bonus 2: Godzilla Sound Effects
30.) Godzilla (2 Roars)
31.) Godzilla (Footsteps)
32.) Godzilla (Heat Beam)
33.) Megaguirus (2 Roars)
34.) Megaguirus (Wings Humming)
35.) Megaguirus (High Frequency Wave)