Godzilla: 50th Anniversary Edition (1954/2004)

Godzilla (2004)
Original Score As The Godz Intended

Less fanatical viewers of this 50s monster classic may not know that Godzilla’s roar is actually an amplified iron gate or that the movie itself is, in reality, two movies – the original 1954 Japanese production (Gojira) spliced with newly shot footage of American star Raymond Burr (Perry Mason) for the 1956 US distribution of Godzilla, King Of The Monsters. Knowing that, Burr’s crowd scenes and reaction shots are a hoot to watch. But over the years, Godzilla‘s soundtrack music has been given short shrift, as LPs & CDs have always included dialog and sound effects mixed over Akira Ifukube’s original film score. This 2004 release addresses those issues by remastering the original music (without the effects) and adding all of Ifukube’s available cues. The All Music Guide‘s 5 Star review states; “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.” For old schoolers, there are bonus tracks with the music, dialog and effects mixed together, making Godzilla: 50th Anniversary Edition the only version of this venerable classic you’ll ever need. It’s not cheap at Amazon, HERE.


Godzilla Approaches (Sound Effects) (0:50)
Godzilla Main Title (1:32)
Ship Music – Sinking of Eikou-Maru (1:05)
Sinking of Bingou-Maru (0:24)
Anxieties on Ootojima Island (0:50)
Ootojima Temple Festival (1:15)
Stormy Ootojima Island (1:54)
Theme for Ootojima Island (0:32)
Japanese Army March I (0:41)
Horror of the Water Tank (0:42)
Godzilla Comes Ashore (1:42)
Godzilla’s Rampage (2:26)
Desperate Broadcast (1:12)
Godzilla Comes to Tokyo Bay (1:25)
Intercept Godzilla (1:27)
Tragic Sight of the Imperial Capital (2:19)
Oxygen Destroyer (3:12)
Prayer for Peace (2:49)
Japanese Army March II (0:20)
Godzilla at the Ocean Floor (5:55)
Ending (1:39)
Godzilla Leaving (Sound Effects) (1:04)
Main Title (Film Version) (2:03) – Bonus Track
First Landing (Film Version) (3:37) – Bonus Track
Tokyo in Flames (Film Version) (2:18) – Bonus Track
Last Assault (Film Version) (2:22) – Bonus Track

 

5 Comments

  • 1
    Anonymous
    July 7, 2009 - 08:12 | Permalink

    Played this last night great choice will mix well on the pod!

  • 2
    taro nombei
    July 8, 2009 - 07:57 | Permalink

    You said it, a classic indeed.
    Thanks for the memories, Willard!

  • 3
    Anonymous
    September 26, 2009 - 09:24 | Permalink

    It's a MONSTER!!!!

    Kudos on the Gojira OST post!

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    November 9, 2009 - 02:48 | Permalink

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  • 5
    Lawrence Wise (a.k.a. OSMOSIS)
    January 20, 2010 - 00:25 | Permalink

    Like many of us who were children and/or teenagers during the height of Toho and Daiei's Kaiju Age of the '60s/'70s, as we grew older, we've gotten great respect for not only the movies themselves (yea, "cheap"{ by "hollywood" standards–but friggin' ambitious to a fault!!), and the SPX techniques (Suitimation IS an Artform. Period.), but also for the composers, for without whom these films would NEVER have carried on for generations. A great composer is progressive, risk-taking, and always 3 decades ahead of his time. Akira Ifukube-sensei was one such composer. Thru him, you ALWAYS knew what a TOHO Film SOUNDED like. Plus, despite being distinctly Japanese, these themes and cues had a slight western edge that made them universal. Plus, coupled with the fact that Ifukube-sensei was an experimentalist to a fault–even way back in the 1950s–made his music futuristic at a time when US Sci-Fi themes were flat and bland (save Columbia's Russian madman who's themes graced the best of its 1950s output).
    Great Man–rest his soul–and a flippin' genius. Thanks for this upload, Willard.

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