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Listen To The 1954 Godzilla Soundtrack In Full For The First Time!
Akira Ifukube's original score finally gets a release

22 May 2014  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Exclusive

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We've had a good week of Godzilla fun on Empire recently, what with our spoiler podcast and feature on Gareth Edwards' version, and our tour through radioactive monsters. But the original - and, for many, still the best - Godzilla is the Toho creation of 1954, and its soundtrack is now available in full for the first time in its sixty year history, courtesy of Death Waltz Recording Company. And it gets even better: we have an exclusive stream of the whole thing for a limited time, so get your monster on and get listening below!

Akira Ifukube's score builds layers of bass and brass to emphasise the dread as the monster approaches Tokyo. While there's a jauntier theme here early on, which became the Godzilla theme, the focus is disaster and destruction - contrasted with the piercing strings that mark the arrival of the Oxygen Destroyer weapon that might halt the beast.

This new release has been remastered from Toho's original Godzilla source material, and boasts exclusive art from Cheung Chung Tat on the cover and gatefold (that's the former above) and liner notes from Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp and Film On Wax editor Charlie Bridgen. There's even a limited edition (400 copies worldwide) version on blue and white "atomic breath" vinyl, as well as the regular green vinyl version.

This soundtrack will be out on June 21, so whether you're a film buff or a music lover, be sure to check it out (pre-order will open soon). Meanwhile, the new Godzilla is already on release.

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RE: Erm...
L: 2112 Nice artwork, but why is Godzilla being menaced by two WWII Italian fighter places? ad photoshopping, it's not even the right Godzilla. More

Posted by rich at 22:25 on 24 May 2014 | Report This Post

Not the first time on CD in Full
You might want to correct your article. This soundtrack has been released in FULL 10 years ago for the 50th Anniversary of the film AND it contains more music than what is presented on this release. Here is a link to the La-La Land Records release: l Also, the complete score was released by Toho a few years back as part of a multi disc box set called the Godzilla Perfect Collection. More

Posted by mvgerhard at 23:18 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

Nice artwork, but why is Godzilla being menaced by two WWII Italian fighter places? More

Posted by 2112 at 21:58 on 23 May 2014 | Report This Post

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