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 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 6:51 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

It is the season of GODZILLA. What are your 5 favorite Godzilla scores?- Mine are-GODZILLA-54-GODZILLA VS THE THING-64-GODZILLA 85-85-GODZILLA 2000-2000-GODZILLA-2014.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 6:56 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Godzilla 1954
King Kong VS Godzilla 1962
Godzilla VS Mothra 1964

I like all of them for many different reasons, but these are my favorites.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 7:01 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

For those who might not know- GODZILLA VS MORTHA is the same film as GODZILLA VS THE THING.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 8:40 PM   
 By:   jillymayr   (Member)

King Kong VS Godzilla 1962

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 9:07 PM   
 By:   Advise & Consent   (Member)

GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA - my all time favorite. It encompasses all the great Ifukube themes, adds a lyrical Mothra chant and has some very nervy keyboards to top it all off.

GODZILLA 54 - Some very somber and haunting cues remind us that the film is way more than just a run of the mill monster flick.

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA - as heard on disc, because what is in the American dub is merely okay and not nearly as evocative and exotic as Mr. Ifukube's masterful score.

I'd also add some notable non-Godzilla scores by Ifukube:

ATRAGON - The Ninth Wonder of the World;

FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD;

RODAN.

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 9:28 PM   
 By:   Lewis&Clark   (Member)

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1993

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO ADVISE AND CONSENT- Expanding it to Japanese big monster movies, why not.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 5:38 AM   
 By:   batman&robin   (Member)

My personal favorite is definitely -- Godzilla 1985 (aka Return of Godzilla).

I've always felt Reijiroh Koroku's gothic style is more akin to this character.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO BATMAN AND ROBIN- Wonderful score isn't. That end theme credit march just sends me flying 10 feet off the ground and I am not superman.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 7:30 AM   
 By:   Tom Servo   (Member)

GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIROS (I think I spelled that correctly?)

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

Not being an expert, in the late 70s I saw Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster, which 'co-starred' Mechagodzilla and King Cesar, the latter had a catchy little piece sung to him by a girl in front of a lake. Does this movie also have another title?

Now please forgive me as I now digress. In the same double bill was a 1973 movie called Beyond Atlantis. I presume it used stock music because, and this is something only my fellow Brits here of a certain age will appreciate, as a fight scene between two women was brewing I felt I knew the scoring from somewhere. Until this moment where I suddenly realised it was the same music used for the opening theme to the UK's commercial channel's national News at Ten!!!!

The recognisable bit is around the 23 sec mark.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJoXpJFHGs4

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

GODZILLA VS THE COSMIC MONSTER was called GODZILLA VS THE BIONIC MONSTER, But from sources I heard and there might be something on that which if my memory serves me correctly was mention in A OLD VARIETY ISSUE.It stated that do to a fact there was at that time a popular TV show with bionic in the title starring LINDSAY WAGNER, there might have been legalities, WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT TV SHOW WAS, DON'T WE?

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 7:57 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

That's easy -- the David Arnold score from 1998.

But it's not like I have lots to choose from. I've only seen that and the recent one. I've never had any interest in the old Japanese films, although I may have seen a scene or two here and there as I was growing up.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Interesting since seeing your old thread on space movies where you tried to see as many of those as possible.I guess it was not your type of SCIENCE FICTION.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Interesting since seeing your old thread on space movies where you tried to see as many of those as possible.I guess it was not your type of SCIENCE FICTION.

True, it wasn't. I do like monster movies, but once you go past a certain point in history, the interest becomes mostly academic, if that. It's a genre that relies so much on effects, and when they aren't up to today's standards, I'm usually put off. Call it a limitation, if you will.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I don't like any one score over another. More a fan of selected cues. Love the Cresendo compilations.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 3:18 AM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

I only own a few on CD, but I never tire of GODZILLA VS MEGAGUIRUS.

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 3:51 AM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)


KING KONG VS. GODZILLA
MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964)
MONSTER ZERO
SON OF GODZILLA
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 4:47 AM   
 By:   Les Jepson   (Member)

KING KONG VS. GODZILLA
MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (1964)
MONSTER ZERO
SON OF GODZILLA
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS


Hear, hear to SON OF GODZILLA. It's absolutely unique, from the crazy syncopations of the giant praying mantis music, to the Herrmann-on-speed chugging for Godzilla himself. Impossible in Hollywood. Marvellous!

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

I love Son of Godzilla, particularly because the "Praying Mantis" cue is one of the first pieces of music my little son learned to recognize.
I don't know if it's possible to pick a favorite--the original 1954 Gojira is incredibly powerful and King Kong vs. Godzilla almost equally so despite the comedic aspects of that film. Probably my favorite individual cues are the Godzilla vs. Rodan and climactic fight cues from Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster--I just love that fantastic, epic trumpet line, so spectacular it would have fit in wonderfully in the new movie with all its immense scope. That theme is actually derived from Ifukube's opening music to Varan the Unbelievable, and that arrangement with its chanting choir is one of the most powerful things Ifukube ever wrote IMO.
I also absolutely love the Godzilla scores by Michiru Ohshima--Godzilla vs. Megaguiras, Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla and Tokyo SOS. Her Godzilla theme is the best since Ifukube's and her action music is lush and exciting--I would rank her as the finest female film composer currently working (or at least my favorite).

 
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