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1998 Sony
1999 Promotional
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2007 La-La Land
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2012 BSX Records
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Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Nicholas Dodd
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(May 19th, 1998)

(January, 1999)

La-La Land Records
(May, 2007)

BSX Records
(October 17th, 2012)
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The 1998 Sony album is a regular U.S. release. The promotional album is long out of print and an extreme rarity. The bootleg, sometimes listed as "Concorde 9910" in label, was circulated widely in online trading circles, with occasional batches showing up at soundtrack specialty outlets. Prices for the bootleg were often seen between $30 and $40.

The 2007 La-La Land album was restricted to 3,000 copies and sold out within a short time at a price of $25 at those same outlets. The 2012 BSX Records set (the "The Ultimate Edition") is also limited to 3,000 copies and initially priced at $25.
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Buy it... on any of the limited albums for this score (ranging from the original 1999 promo to the official 2007 and 2012 sets) if you have any affinity for David Arnold's large-scale style of patriotic action and drama.

Avoid it... on the original Sony product of 1998, even at its dismally perpetual sale price of $0.01 on the used market.
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WRITTEN 5/9/98, REVISED 3/17/13
Godzilla: (David Arnold) TriStar Pictures spent several years trying to find the right production crew to tackle the Godzilla concept they had purchased the rights to in 1992. They found their duo in Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, whose hit parade was in full force by 1998 and were riding the fiscal and popular success from Independence Day and Stargate in the years prior. The first large-scale Americanized version of the Godzilla tale sent the giant lizard to New York City in what was supposed to be another Independence Day-sized extravaganza on the big screen. The hype for the film was based on the motto "Size Does Matter," though in the end it turned out that the size of both budgets and expectations mattered as well. The film did well at the box office at first, but fizzling popular demand for the traditionally Japanese franchise caused the film to lose audiences' interest long before the prior two collaborations had. A terrible plot, questionable casting, sequel bait at the end, and extremely harsh critical response to the film put a dent in Devlin and Emmerich's action film careers, and the project was noted by film music fans as the end of the original working relationship between the two filmmakers and their friend and composer David Arnold. In the process of composing and producing the score for Godzilla, Arnold, Devlin, and Emmerich suffered a blow to their friendship, and they did not resume their collaboration thereafter. The exact reason for the parting has been hypothesized in numerous variations (despite being downplayed by Arnold himself in later years), with many people believing that the extreme cuts and eventual lack of commercial score album caused the problem. The significant changes in final film edits in post production, mostly due to special effects insertions, caused the mixing crew to rely upon a series of generic cues recorded by Arnold in the event that the original recordings did not synch up with the final scenes. The composer also had the difficulty of dealing with a title character that literally is not seen until late in the film, and even later for those involved in the production.

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Audio Samples   ▼
1998 Sony/Columbia Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:11
• 1. Heroes - performed by The Wallflowers (3:56)
• 2. Come With Me - performed by Puff Daddy/Jimmy Page (6:06)
• 3. Deeper Underground - performed by Jamiroquai (4:42)
• 4. No Shelter - performed by Rage Against the Machine (4:03)
• 5. Air - performed by Ben Folds Five (3:20)
• 6. Running Knees - performed by Days of the New (3:41)
• 7. Macy Day Parade - performed by Michael Penn (4:18)
• 8. Walk The Sky - performed by Fuel (3:17)
• 9. A320 - performed by Foo Fighters (5:44)
• 10. Brain Stew (The Godzilla Remix) (3:57)
• 11. Untitled - performed by Silverchair (3:31)
• 12. Out There - performed by Fuzzbubble (2:48)
• 13. Undercover - performed by Joey Deluxe (5:11)
• 14. Opening Titles - score by David Arnold (2:42)
• 15. Looking for Clues - score by David Arnold (1:48)
1999 Promotional/Bootleg Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 49:02
2007 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 109:15
2012 BSX Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 169:41

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The 1998 Sony and 1999 score-only albums contain no information about the film or score. The 2007 album contains notes about both, but the author spends too much time discussing the backstory of the film and score (and fails to cite his sources). The 2012 product's insert contains similar information.
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