Despite the best--no, make that worst--efforts of a Hollywood studio to destroy his legacy in the '90s, Godzilla lives! Okay, we know, the original Gojira is still just an underpaid and overworked stuntman in a clumsy rubber suit, but that just makes the Big Guy's half-century legacy all the more remarkable. Perhaps the most underrated element of Kaiju Eiga (the Japanese term for the prolific, internationally successful monster genre spawned by the World's Biggest Radioactively Mutated Reptile with an Attitude) is its earnest, nightmarish music. The Toho Studios series' cheese-factor may have waxed and waned (mostly the former) in ensuing years, but its music maintained a remarkably even keel.

The dark, often minimalist efforts of original composer Akira Ifukube set the tone, coloring much of the toy-city stomping with ominous, nerve-wracking cues. But as the genre entered the swinging '60s, a deliciously skewed pop sensibility began to take hold, as Tokyo now saw its property insurance rates skyrocket to a soundtrack increasingly informed by warbling chanteuses and twangy guitars.

GNP-Crescendo offers up a generous and sampling of the first 20 years of Kaiju Eiga music here, complete with annotation and lavish color artwork that would put many major-label anthologies to shame. --Jerry McCulley

Godzilla 1954
01. –Akira Ifukube Footsteps FX 0:38
02. –Akira Ifukube Godzilla Main Title 1:31
03. –Akira Ifukube Godzilla Temple Festival 1:19
04. –Akira Ifukube Japanese Army March 0:38
05. –Akira Ifukube Godzilla Comes Ashore 1:51
06. –Akira Ifukube Godzilla's Rampage 2:24
07. –Akira Ifukube Ending 1:42
Godzilla Raids Again
08. –Masaru Satoh* Main Title 1:23
King Kong Vs. Godzilla
09. –Akira Ifukube Helicopter / Man Screams / SOS FX 0:22
10. –Akira Ifukube Main Title 1:58
11. –Akira Ifukube King Kong Roars FX 0:12
12. –Akira Ifukube Planning King Kong's Transport 2:13
13. –Yuji Koseki Mothra's Song
Lyrics By – Ishirou Honda, Shinichi Sekizawa, Tomoyuki Tanaka (2)
Performer – The Peanuts
Mothra Vs. Godzilla
14. –Akira Ifukube Mothra FX 0:09
15. –Akira Ifukube Main Title 1:52
16. –Akira Ifukube Sacred Springs 3:49
Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster
17. –Akira Ifukube Main Title / Monsters Appear In Yokohama 2:33
Invasion Of The Astro-Monster
18. –Akira Ifukube UFO Approaches / Monsters Fight FX / Monster Battle March (Main Title) 2:56
Son Of Godzilla
19. –Masaru Satoh* Main Title 2:06
20. –Masaru Satoh* Godzilla Vs. Kumonga 2:15
21. –Masaru Satoh* Ending 2:46
Destroy All Monsters
22. –Akira Ifukube Godzilla FX / Toho Mark / Main Title 1:35
23. –Akira Ifukube Title Credits 1:23
24. –Akira Ifukube Four Monsters Attack Tokyo 1:46
25. –Akira Ifukube Destroying The Remote Control 0:40
26. –Akira Ifukube Showdown On Mt. Fuji 2:47
27. –Akira Ifukube Ending 1:26
All Monsters Attack
28. –Kunio Miyauchi Cute Kid Theme / Monster Fight 2:42
Godzilla Vs. Hedorah
29 –Riichiroh Manabe* Godzilla's Fight 1:09
Godzilla Vs. Gigan
30. –Akira Ifukube Main Title 2:11
31. –Akira Ifukube Main Title Repeat 1:26
32. –Akira Ifukube Godzilla March - Record Version 3:09
Godzilla Vs. Megalon
33. –Riichiroh Manabe* Jet Jaguar / Megalon FX 0:15
34. –Riichiroh Manabe* Main Title 1:27
35. –Riichiroh Manabe* Godzilla Of Monster Island 2:13
Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla
36. –Akira Ifukube MechaGodzilla FX 0:29
37. –Akira Ifukube Godzilla Vs. Anguiras 2:28
38. –Akira Ifukube Miyarabi's Prayer 4:03
Terror Of MechaGodzilla
39. –Akira Ifukube Main Title 4:30
40. –Akira Ifukube MechaGodzilla II 1:45
41. –Akira Ifukube Godzilla's Entrance 1:13
42. –Akira Ifukube Ending 1:15
Bonus Track
43. –Neil Norman And His Cosmic Orchestra Theme From Godzilla
Arranged By – Neil Norman

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