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Godzilla
(1954)
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1993 Japan
2004 U.S.
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted and Produced by:
Akira Ifukube

2004 Album Produced by:
Michael V. Gerhard
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Futureland/Toshiba EMI Japan
(December 22nd, 1993)

La-La Land Records
(August 17th, 2004)
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The Japanese albums, including the standard 1993 issue, are scarce in the U.S., since most Godzilla discs are imported from Japan. The 2004 expanded re-issue is a regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you have any interest in Akira Ifukube's music or the concept of Gojira, for the 2004 album is the definitive release of the original film's score.

Avoid it... if you do not value the history of Gojira more than the need for decent sound quality, because the score's incredibly muffled sound is a considerable deterrent for those not prepared for such a degree of muted ambience.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #546
WRITTEN 6/23/99, REVISED 3/31/09
Godzilla (1954): (Akira Ifukube) Surviving the legacy of dozens of progressively sillier sequels, as well as two notable American adaptations in 1956 and 1998, the original Godzilla (Gojira), directed by Ishiro Honda, remains a cult classic around the world but especially in Japan, where the creature to this day stands as a historical relic of an age during which post-war nuclear fears were at their greatest. The monster, though imitated and even mocked in subsequent decades, was originally a completely serious embodiment of the fear of radiation that was all too familiar in Japan at the time. While making a political statement, the prehistoric beast also opened the doors to an all-new genre of massive science fiction destruction films that was eventually exploited by of Hollywood. Japanese composer Akira Ifukube's career will forever be remembered as one of massive creature battles and other fantasy adventure, and, remarkably, Ifukube was honored on the 50th anniversary of the original Godzilla in 2004, just as the retired composer turned 90 years old. Ifukube was once again involved with the modern series of Gojira films in the 1990's, finishing with the death of the original monster in 1995's Gojira vs. Desutoroia, a film which Ifukube incredibly scored while in his 80's. Like the films, the music for the Godzilla concept is a source of pride for the Japanese, and it has stood for many decades as a testament to Japanese ingenuity as well as Ifukube's individual talent. His scores were both tragic and heroic, massively orchestral with choral interludes, and creative in the use of the ensemble to produce the majority of sound effects for the first films in the franchise. His title theme for Godzilla wasn't originally intended to serve as such, but the series of three menacingly descending notes over a stomping rhythm became the memorable anthem for the monster. From the patriotic march of the Japanese Army, performed by trumpets in unison, to the epic scenes of destruction with excruciating strings, it was only a matter of time before Ifukube's music climbed from its purgatory on Japanese record labels and was fully remastered on an international album release.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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1993 Futureland/Toshiba EMI Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 36:50
• 1. Main Title (1:32)
• 2. Footsteps (2:10)
• 3. Eiko-maru Sinking (1:08)
• 4. Bingo-maru Sinking (0:22)
• 5. Uneasiness on Odo Island (0:49)
• 6. Ritual Music of Odo Island (1:21)
• 7. Storm on Odo Island (1:57)
• 8. Odo Island Theme (0:34)
• 9. Frigate March I (0:41)
• 10. Horror in the Water Tank (0:42)
• 11. Godzilla Comes Ashore (1:54)
• 12. Fury of Godzilla (2:26)
• 13. Deadly Broadcast (1:16)
• 14. Godzilla to Tokyo Bay (1:28)
• 15. Attack Godzilla! (1:27)
• 16. Devastated Tokyo (2:16)
• 17. Oxygen Destroyer (3:13)
• 18. Prayer for Peace (3:03)
• 19. Frigate March II (0:20)
• 20. Godzilla Under the Sea (6:20)
• 21. Ending (1:41)
2004 La-La Land Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 46:28

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The 2004 expanded re-issue contains detailed notes about the film, composer, and the history of the Godzilla franchise on the big screen.
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