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 Posted:   Feb 20, 2011 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   Ifukube   (Member)

It's been a while since I've seen a discussion of Japanese soundtrack CDs posted here, but how many people are buying the recent (and still not finished yet) Toho Music reissues, such as MOTHRA (2CD), THE MYSTERIANS/BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE release or any of the GODZILLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY SOUNDTRACK PERFECT boxed sets, etc, etc?

By the way, on 3/23 the original 1977 soundtrack CD for PRISON GATE ISLAND will finally get reissued. It was originally released on CD back in 1993 and later re-released in 1998. This is probably the best of the Kosuke Kindaichi soundtracks (music by Shinichi Tanabe), although all of them feature fantastic music (The Inugami Family, Queen Bee, Village of Eight Gravestones, etc).

http://tinyurl.com/6867zh6


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 20, 2011 - 6:32 PM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

Well, I did make a post about the Prison Gate Island reissue a few weeks ago in your original thread, but it doesn't seem like there was much interest.

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=62639&forumID=1&archive=0

I know I'll definitely be picking it up. The Fuji Cinema Series releases of both Yuji Ohno's Ogon no Inu and Hiakaru Hayashi's Seishoku no Ishibumi/Chikuzan Hitori Tabi were fantastic, and according to Arksquare's description, Prison Gate Island might even contain unreleased music, though as far as I know all the previous Fuji Cinema discs have exactly mirrored the original LP contents.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 1:49 AM   
 By:   Ifukube   (Member)

I didn't realize that you posted back in January regarding the new Prison Gate Island CD. Yes, from amazon's description, this new reissue will have bonus tracks (maybe 22 tracks in all, but I am not sure exactly). The 1998 reissue had bonus tracks compared with the original 1993 SLC CD, and this new one is being touted as having additional bonus tracks too.



This will actually be their second Kindaichi CD, since they also released Joji Yuasa's score to Akuryo-To way back when this thread was first made. I still need to pick that one up...

I am not familiar with this first Kindaichi release...is it related to the original Kindaichi 70's films or is it something else? Also, I would be surprised if all the other Kindaichi soundtracks aren't re-released eventually, I mean, why leave The Devils Bouncing Ball Song, Queen Bee and The House of Hanging out...

Also, I think in a past post you once mentioned that you really like these CD reissues that come housed in cardboard LP replica sleeves, but is there a reason for this? I personally prefer booklets and CD jewel cases because I still think it's the best way to store and protect CDs. However, I do realize that these LP replica CDs are a big deal in Japan right now, as the recent HOUSE and VIRUS soundtrack CDs were also sold in LP replica sleeves as well.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 2:17 AM   
 By:   Ifukube   (Member)

I know I'll definitely be picking it up. The Fuji Cinema Series releases of both Yuji Ohno's Ogon no Inu and Hiakaru Hayashi's Seishoku no Ishibumi/Chikuzan Hitori Tabi were fantastic...

Can you please tell me a little bit about these two Ohno soundtrack CDs as I am not familiar with them? Are there links to see them as well?

Thanks!

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 10:01 AM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

It's been a while since I've seen a discussion of Japanese soundtrack CDs posted here, but how many people are buying the recent (and still not finished yet) Toho Music reissues, such as MOTHRA (2CD), THE MYSTERIANS/BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE release or any of the GODZILLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY SOUNDTRACK PERFECT boxed sets, etc, etc?

By the way, on 3/23 the original 1977 soundtrack CD for PRISON GATE ISLAND will finally get reissued. It was originally released on CD back in 1993 and later re-released in 1998. This is probably the best of the Kosuke Kindaichi soundtracks (music by Shinichi Tanabe), although all of them feature fantastic music (The Inugami Family, Queen Bee, Village of Eight Gravestones, etc).

http://tinyurl.com/6867zh6


Ironically, we just spun THE MYSTERIANS/BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE a few nights ago. Fantastic score!

We plan on completing the missing links in our GODZILLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY SOUNDTRACK PERFECT, its just a matter of pennies. We cherish the reissues, but they can create a dent in one's wallet.

I know there are others (on the board) that are big Toho fans as well. Perhaps they'll chime in!

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 10:09 AM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)



I know I'll definitely be picking it up. The Fuji Cinema Series releases of both Yuji Ohno's Ogon no Inu and Hiakaru Hayashi's Seishoku no Ishibumi/Chikuzan Hitori Tabi were fantastic, and according to Arksquare's description, Prison Gate Island might even contain unreleased music, though as far as I know all the previous Fuji Cinema discs have exactly mirrored the original LP contents.


I purchased OGON NO INU (THE GOLDEN DOG) for Joshua during Christmas time. Needless to say, it was like a gift for both of us.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 11:00 AM   
 By:   guest   (Member)



I have the entire Perfect Box collection but have skipped the re-issues of stuff like Rodan and The Mysterians. I'm happy with the original Futureland releases.

I wish there was a way for them to re-issue Ifukube's Wanpaku.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 11:40 AM   
 By:   Ifukube   (Member)

Ironically, we just spun THE MYSTERIANS/BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE a few nights ago. Fantastic score!

We plan on completing the missing links in our GODZILLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY SOUNDTRACK PERFECT, its just a matter of pennies. We cherish the reissues, but they can create a dent in one's wallet


Yes, I love those two scores too, but I probably like THE MYSTERIANS a little bit more. I actually listened to GODZILLA 1984 yesterday (from Perfect Box 4)...it really sounds fantastic, even better than the original King Records and Toshiba CDs. By the way, do you own any of the older CDs (Toshiba, King Records, VAP, SLC, etc) or are you just getting started with the reissues?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Ifukube   (Member)

I wish there was a way for them to re-issue Ifukube's Wanpaku.

Yes, I would love to see this score reissued too, but Toho probably doesn't own the rights. I happen to own the rarest version on CD, this was only available as part of a 10CD TOEI ANIMATION boxed set that was released by Columbia Japan in 1996. It sounds much better than the Toshiba-Futureland 2CD set, although lacks the bonus tracks found there...

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 5:44 PM   
 By:   Holly Mitchell   (Member)

Ironically, we just spun THE MYSTERIANS/BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE a few nights ago. Fantastic score!

We plan on completing the missing links in our GODZILLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY SOUNDTRACK PERFECT, its just a matter of pennies. We cherish the reissues, but they can create a dent in one's wallet


Yes, I love those two scores too, but I probably like THE MYSTERIANS a little bit more. I actually listened to GODZILLA 1984 yesterday (from Perfect Box 4)...it really sounds fantastic, even better than the original King Records and Toshiba CDs. By the way, do you own any of the older CDs (Toshiba, King Records, VAP, SLC, etc) or are you just getting started with the reissues?


Hi there!

We've got a modest collection of kaiju and tokusatsu soundtracks on CD, although we missed out on a lot of the original Futureland releases, so we're grateful for the Godzilla 50th Anniversary box sets and the recent Toho reissues. The similarly-packaged Tsuburaya and Toho Champion SFX box sets are manna from heaven. The Toho Champion SFX box is one of my (and Joshua's) prized possessions. I liken it to the Superman "BLUE" box by deeming it the Gojira "GREEN" box. LOL razz

Another goodie that we own and love...Film Music by Toru Takemitsu

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 5:59 PM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

I would love to get my hands on that Toei Animation box. Some very interesting stuff on there. I'd especially like to hear Takeo Watanabe's score to 30,000 Miles Under the Sea.

Akuryo-To or Island of the Evil Spirits is a 1981 film directed by Masahiro Shinoda. From what I've been able to gather, in addition to Joji Yuasa's score, the film seems to make prominent use of songs by The Beatles. I don't think I've found a single trailer for it that isn't set to Let It Be.

Ogon no Inu is a really great jazzy score by Ohno, somewhat similar in style to his work on both Yasei no Shomei and Ningen no Shomei. You can check out some samples of it here:

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/golden-dog-original-soundtrack/397717-01/



Seishoku no Ishibumi/Chikuzan Hitori Tabi is not a Yuji Ohno score, but rather a pairing of two scores by Hikaru Hayashi. Seishoku no Ishibumi is a lovely score featuring lots of acoustic guitar and Andean flutes, while Chikuzan Hitori Tabi is very retrained score featuring a somewhat more traditional Asian sound.



The main reason I like the mini-LP releases is that they usually feature fantastic artwork like the two I just posted, but I also love just how compact they are compared to jewel cases.

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   DavidCoscina   (Member)

I wish scores of Ikuma Dan would be more readily available. Even his symphony series is impossible to find...that London/Decca Vienna Symphony recording done in the '90s of all his symphonies would be ideal to buy but only Tower Records in Japan has it and only ships within Japan...pity.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

Here's a nice Yesasia link for you, David:

http://www.yesasia.com/us/dan-ikumakoukyoukyokuzenshuu-japan-version/1021866103-0-0-0-en/info.html

Ikuma Dan's complete symphonies for $38.99, just a penny shy of free international shipping!

Edit: Looks like Yesasia's now showing this as Temporarily out of stock. Hope they'll get more eventually!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 7:59 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

Have a million favorites, but ones I return to most consistently are the Dan symphonies (both CD and LP versions), the 2-CD Toho War Collection, the 4-CD Sei Ikeno box-set, and Ifukube's beautifully serene "Kushiro Marshland."

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 8:06 PM   
 By:   Ifukube   (Member)

I wish scores of Ikuma Dan would be more readily available. Even his symphony series is impossible to find...that London/Decca Vienna Symphony recording done in the '90s of all his symphonies would be ideal to buy but only Tower Records in Japan has it and only ships within Japan...pity...

It's been a while since I've ordered anything from Tower Japan, but I do have an account with them and they do ship internationally (unless something has changed that I am unaware of). I also have accounts with CD Japan, HMV Japan, Arksquare and amazon.jp...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

I tried to order an out of print Yuji Ohno CD from Tower Japan a few weeks back, but it wouldn't let me past the section where it asked for my name in hiragana. I don't remember them ever even asking for that when I ordered from them in the past. Thankfully I found a sealed copy of the CD I wanted at Amazon.com of all places, and it was way cheaper than it would have been at Tower Japan.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 8:32 PM   
 By:   Ifukube   (Member)

I would love to get my hands on that Toei Animation box. Some very interesting stuff on there. I'd especially like to hear Takeo Watanabe's score to 30,000 Miles Under the Sea...

Yeah, I would like to have the Toei Animation 10-CD box too, as I only have THE LITTLE PRINCE CD. I was lucky and found a sealed copy of that not too long ago (for a decent price as well). It truly does sound superior to the Toshiba-Futureland 2-CD version, as Columbia Japan probably had access to better master tapes for this Toei set. As for finding the entire box though, be prepared to spend at least $300-$400 for it, unless you get very lucky.

Akuryo-To or Island of the Evil Spirits is a 1981 film directed by Masahiro Shinoda. From what I've been able to gather, in addition to Joji Yuasa's score, the film seems to make prominent use of songs by The Beatles. I don't think I've found a single trailer for it that isn't set to Let It Be...

Thanks for all of this information!

Ogon no Inu is a really great jazzy score by Ohno, somewhat similar in style to his work on both Yasei no Shomei and Ningen no Shomei. You can check out some samples of it here:

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/golden-dog-original-soundtrack/397717-01/


Thanks again, I didn't know about this Juno UK link, but their sound samples are very easy to play! Yep, it sounds like classic Yuji Ohno and I think I spotted this "Golden Dog" CD on amazon.jp when I was searching for Prison Gate Island.

By the way, did you ever order that SONY 2-CD set for THE INUGAMI FAMILY and INUGAMIS?

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 8:41 PM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

By the way, did you ever order that SONY 2-CD set for THE INUGAMI FAMILY and INUGAMIS?

Yup. I ordered within a day or two of you starting the Kosuke Kindaichi thread. I don't often play the score to the remake, but I love Ohno's score to the original!

 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 8:48 PM   
 By:   Zero Day Releasing   (Member)

It's been a while since I've seen a discussion of Japanese soundtrack CDs posted here

I happened to catch this broadcast on WQXR last Saturday night while driving:

http://www.wqxr.org/programs/movies/2011/feb/19/

A nice selection of tracks although nothing from Ifukube and the host mistakenly credits Sato as having composed Mothra.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 21, 2011 - 8:48 PM   
 By:   Ifukube   (Member)

We've got a modest collection of kaiju and tokusatsu soundtracks on CD, although we missed out on a lot of the original Futureland releases, so we're grateful for the Godzilla 50th Anniversary box sets and the recent Toho reissues. The similarly-packaged Tsuburaya and Toho Champion SFX box sets are manna from heaven. The Toho Champion SFX box is one of my (and Joshua's) prized possessions. I liken it to the Superman "BLUE" box by deeming it the Gojira "GREEN" box. LOL

Another goodie that we own and love...Film Music by Toru Takemitsu...


Yes, I have the Toho Champion 10-CD boxed set as well, and I am very happy with it too. It's worth it just for THE WAR IN SPACE CD, which has the hard to find LP music in stereo AND the complete score in mono...! Yep, I also have the SUPERMAN "BLUE" box too, although I need to finally listen to SUPERMAN IV one of these days and read that tremendous book which came with it.

I used to own that older King Records 10CD/1LD boxed set from 1994, but sold it long ago because it had a lot of music which I already had on other CDs and I couldn't play the bonus laserdisc either. However, the Champion Box contains full, complete soundtracks and is definitely a keeper!

 
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