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Cat no. DW24

Track Listing

A1 Godzilla Approaches
A2 Godzilla Main Theme
A3 Ship Music / Sinking Of Eikou-Maru
A4 Sinking Of Bingou-Maru
A5 Anxieties On Ootojima Island
A6 Ootojima Temple Festival
A7 Stormy Ootojima Island
A8 Theme For Ootojima Island
A9 Japanese Army March I
A10 Horror Of The Water Tank
A11 Godzilla Comes Ashore
B1 Godzilla's Rampage
B2 Desperate Broadcast
B3 Godzilla Comes To Tokyo Bay
B4 Intercept Godzilla
B5 Tragic Sight Of The Imperial Capital
B6 Oxygen Destroyer
B7 Prayer For Peace
B8 Japanese Army March II
B9 Godzilla At The Ocean Floor
B10 Ending
B11 Untitled

Comes with a obi and a 16,5"X23,5" poster.

While it launched a long cycle of colorful monster movies that became a locomotive for the Japanese film industry, Inoshiro Honda's original 1954 Godzilla (aka Gojira) is a very different film than the many sequels that arrived in the years that followed; a dark, somber allegory for the tragic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Honda's original never plays its story or its giant monster for laughs, and has retained a forbidding power decades after it was released. Akira Ifukube's deep, resonant musical accompaniment adds a great deal to the film's emotional impact, and this reissue preserves the original soundtrack recording of his score. Ifukube cleverly uses horns to add a martial tone to the action sequences, while moments of dread are scored with sustained string passages and pianos, as the bass keys generate an ominous flavor. While the audio unwittingly points to the improvements in fidelity that have been achieved in film scoring after six decades, the music and these performances are as effective as they've ever been, and this music is still a touchstone in the history of Japanese film music.