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Name: TOHO
Number: TOHO2

Country: JAPAN
50th ANNIVERSARY GODZILLA SOUNDTRACK PERFECT COLLECTION (BOX 2) (CD)
Composed by: Akira Ifukube, Kunio Miyauchi, Masaru Satoh

1: GODZILLA VS. MONSTER ZERO 1965 Akira Ifukube
2: GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER 1966 Masaru Sato
3: SON OF GODZILLA 1967 Masaru Sato
4: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS 1968 Akira Ifukube
5: GODZILLA'S REVENGE 1970 Kunio Miyauchi
6: BONUS CD: "GODZILLA 2" - Reissue of Toho Record

Unlike the first box set that contained 7 total discs, this set only has 6. All of the soundtracks in this box set have been re-mastered and give improved sound over the now out of print Futureland releases. All the discs also contain some additional bonus tracks not found on the previous discs. In addition the booklets feature new cover pictures. The older Futureland sets had the movie posters on the cover. The booklets themselves seem to be updated with new information and pictures but since I can't read Japanese have no idea what they say. 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.

Disc 1 has the shortest time at 45:40 and Disc 2 is the longest at 55:29. The rest are somewhere in between. Like the first boxed set, this second one has wonderful packaging and the booklets seem to have more photos this time than the booklets from the first set. Also, we can now see each composers face through the clear CD tray on the left side.

The bonus CD that comes with this set is an exact replica of the "Godzilla 2" LP. These newly remastered soundtracks also contain the rare vocal promotional songs that were previously available only on those early Toho 45 vinyl singles, or the now out of print "Godzilla Vocal Collection" CD from 1991 and the more recent "Godzilla Songbook" CD that is still available. For example, the Godzilla Raids Again score from the first boxed set has those two promotional songs from 1955 at the end of the disc and the Godzilla's Revenge CD that comes with this set has a promo song that is only found on the Godzilla Vocal Collection CD from 1991 (or the older 45 vinyl single perhaps), it was not re-released on the newer Godzilla Songbook CD for some reason. The bottom line is that these new Godzilla soundtracks are probably as 'complete' as we'll ever get from Toho and the bonus CDs make very nice additions as well.

- Larry Tuczynski
www.godzillamonstermusic.com

  
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