© 2000 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title:||ZATOUICHI'S MUSICAL JOURNEY Volume 2|
|Japanese Title:||Zatoichi: Ongaku-Tabi, Sono Ni|
|CD Label:||King Records|
|CD Number:||KICA 3024|
|Music by:||Akira Ifukube & Others|
|Number of tracks:||46|
|Number of discs:||1|
|Year of release/manufacture:||1998|
May 23, 2000 (Updated 11/13/2003)
Zatoichi is a blind masseur, a gambler, drinker and hell of a samurai swordsman. Shintaro Katsu starred in over 25 Japanese movies as Zatoichi. It was a very popular series of movies. You can find some of the movies in the US on VHS videotape with English subtitles and on DVD.
This CD starts off with a very catchy mid-tempo piece. The CD has a good mix of mostly slow and mid-tempo tunes with an upbeat number occasionally thrown in. Some of the tracks have a very dark, foreboding feel to them. Tracks 22 & 27 sound as if they'd be at home in a Godzilla movie. Some of the musical pieces on this CD will remind you of Samurai type settings and other music is pretty generic and would fit into a variety of different types of films. Track #30 is a very uptempo number featuring lots of heavy drumming. Tracks #43 through 46 are male vocal tracks that are sung by Zatoichi and actually sound as if they could be the singing of Shintaro Katsu himself.
I liked this volume better than volume 1 because of it's good mix of musical tempos but enjoyed volume three the most.
English Title: ZATOUICHI'S MUSICAL JOURNEY Volume 2
Japanese Title: Zatoichi: Ongaku-Tabi, Sono Ni
Tracks titles updated 11/13/2003 courtesy of John Cassidy
(AKA: The Blind Swordsman's Revenge)
From ZATOUICHI SAKATE GIRI (Zatouichi's Backhand Slash)
From ZATOUICHI JIGOKU TABI (Zatouichi's Trip to Hell)
From ZATOUICHI NO UTA GA KIKOERU (Zatouichi's Song is Heard)
ZATOUICHI UMI WO WATARU (Zatouichi Crosses The Sea)
From ZATOUICHI TEKKA TABI (Zatouichi's Journey of Red-Hot Iron)
From ZATOUICHI ROU YABURI (Zatouichi's Jailbreak)
From ZATOUICHI CHIKEMURI KAIDOU (Zatouichi's Highway of Spurting Blood)