50th Anniversary Edition: Akira Ifuku CD (2004)

Artist: Godzilla

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label La La Land Records
SKU 61016257
UPC 826924102220
UPC 14 00826924102220
Format CD
Release Date 8/17/2004
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Author Godzilla
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Producer Michael V. Gerhard (Reissue)
CatalogID 326
Lable Name Audiophile Records
Released 08/17/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00826924102220
Album Notes and Credits
Composer: Akira Ifukube.
Liner Note Author: David Hirsch.
Godzilla: 50th Anniversary Edition is the first true soundtrack music release for Ishiro Honda's 1954 topical/horror masterpiece Godzilla (known in Japan as Gojira). In contrast to EMI Toshiba's soundtrack LP and CD issues from the 1980s and 1990s, which relied on the movie's M&E ("music and effects") track as a source, the producers of this release went back to the original music sources -- that, plus a decade or more in advances in mastering technology means that this release completely eclipses the Japanese disc on a technical and musical level. One can actually hear the orchestral timbre, the textures of the individual instruments in Akira Ifukube's score, and the details of the playing as never before. Equally important, the music, fully exposed and not masked by any sound effects or dialogue, holds up exceptionally well. The producers have assembled every complete cue recorded for the original film and have appended them with the edited versions of those same cues from the finished film and two tracks of Godzilla sound effects. The annotation is also extremely thorough and, in addition to confirming certain aspects of the music that one long suspected (e.g., that the keyboard sound in "Godzilla Comes Ashore" is the result of the pianist literally playing with his fists), reveals one fascinating fact about the entire score -- that the composer never saw the finished film, with its special effects completed, when he wrote the music. That explains why some elements of theGodzilla score have been so easily transposed by the composer to the scores for films on completely different subjects. ~ Bruce Eder
Disc 1
1 Godzilla Approaches (Sound Effects)
2 Godzilla Main Title
3 Ship Muisc/Sinking Of Eikou-Maru
4 Sinking Of Bingou-Maru
5 Anxieties On Ootojma Island
6 Ootojma Temple Festival
7 Stormy Ootojma Island
8 Theme For Ootojma Island
9 Japanese Army March I
10 Horror Of The Water Tank
11 Godzilla Comes Ashore
12 Godzilla's Rampage
13 Desperate Broadcast
14 Godzilla Comes To Tokyo Bay
15 Intercept Godzilla
16 Tragic Sight Of the Imperial Capital
17 Oxygen Destroyer
18 Prayer For Peace
19 Japanese Army March II
20 Godzilla At The Ocean Floor
21 Ending
22 Godzilla Leaving (Sound Effects)
23 Main Title
24 First Landing
25 Tokyo In Flames
26 Last Assault
Product Attributes
Artist Godzilla
Label La-La Land Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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