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Title
 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (Perfect Collection 6)
International Title
 Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Music By: Michiru Oshima
Record Label: Toho Music
 
Running Time: 77:19/74:19 Discs: 2
Release: April 2010 CD Number: G-027 (Set)
Comments
Anthony Romero
Poor Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., this entry in the box set works as an "odds and ends". It includes a second CD, but this is based on more music from Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), while the booklet is half dedicated to director Shusuke Kaneko. Despite this, the selection of material found here is still good for the 2003 film itself, although very similar to the earlier King Records CD (KICA-620).

The music composed for the 2003 movie, like Michiru Oshima's other work in the franchise, is stellar. It does suffer a bit from not being as memorable as her other two Godzilla soundtracks, but that still doesn't detract from the themes composed here. The "Main Title" in particular is a strong track, weaving in an intro sequence with the portion where Mothra is sighted. "Returning to the Sea" is also another good theme, ranging more on the soothing side and making a nice end piece with all of the action themes that came before. The real strength of this score, though, is that there isn't a bad theme. The soundtrack is enjoyable from start to finish while at the same time cementing Oshima as one of the greatest composers attached to the franchise for her overall dependability.

Now in terms of this release in particular it contains... one new track. Well technically three, but two of them are just themes edited together into mini-suites, although the "The Mothra Larvae Land - Imago Mothra Dies" edit is really well done for the way it puts emphasis on the usually tame "Imago Mothra Dies" theme. Sadly, this particular track does have faint dialogue in it, which is very hard to hear but it is there, which means that Toho Music likely used a film souce for this. Anyway, the new track is "Send-Off Party BGM", which is actually a fantastic theme. Its subtle, and very classical in its approach, but is a great cue and its nice to finally have it. Otherwise this release is very close to the previously mentioned King Records CD (KICA-620). It does break up the cues so they are by themselves, which is more preferable. Sadly, it mixes the unused cues with the used ones, creating a disjointing experience. The unused cues, which aren't even marked on the CD, are as follows: Beached Kamoebas (M9), Repair Status (M11), Yoshito's Bitterness (M19), Imago Mothra × Godzilla II (M20), Imago Mothra × Godzilla III (M22), Mothra Larvae in the Sea (M28) and Mesa All-Out Attack (M36). On the plus side, we have titles for these tracks and can now place the music to the scenes they were at one time planned for.

As for the second CD, which is actually the third disc for Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), it starts with alternate edits that were originally featured on Victor's release (VICP-62936). Following this are 28 tracks by Keith Emerson. I would be lying if I didn't say that these 28 tracks weren't very interesting. They present a view of what the score could have been like. They include outtakes, which reveal some surprising facts. First off, the battle with Rodan, Anguirus and King Caesar was at one point going to be set to Emerson's version of the Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) main title. Emerson was also going to use a motif from his "Gotengo vs. Manda" theme for the opening with Godzilla, but thankfully Yano composed something for this instead. It is sad, though, to see the unused track for the "Threat of Monsters" part, M2A, which is actually much better than the reused "Crusing the Cirro-Stratus" theme they ended up placing there.

Following this are a random array of tracks. They seem to be more outtakes, but aren't attached to any specific sequence of the movie. For example, there is one for Hedorah, which is oddly soothing, and a couple of attempts at Akira Ifukube themes. There are also a few themes attached to the Xilien Ship, both of which are god awful. "Xilien Ship 1" sounds like walking into a room with three people playing around on synthesizers: a lot of noise without any unifying tempo. It's bad... really bad. So awful, in fact, that the CD would have benefited had it been left off, like "Xilien Ship 2" was. In terms of the third version of this, it starts off okay, but eventually turns bad as well and long overstays its welcome. After these are two tracks called "Parody Spy Music into Serious", none of which was used and are oddly named to boot, and then a collection of 15 demos. The demos repeat themes seen in the film, and give an early idea as to their progression during the movie's development, while some also introduce some music that was never used for the movie. All in all, this last CD for the 2004 film is one that's interesting from a film production angle, but not one that lends itself to a stand alone listening experience.

Overall, the Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. content is still great, the second disc for the 2004 film... not so much. If one is curious, the first disc by itself would have gotten a higher score, about 4 stars, but the second CD dragged down the rating. Also, just as a closing remark, if one has the King Records CD (KICA-620) then there isn't much new for that particular film.
Rating:
Tracks
    Disc 1
  1. Toho Logo - Mothra in Flight - Main Title (M1)
  2. The Little Beauties Visit (M2)
  3. Mothra Departs (M3)
  4. Press Conference (M4)
  5. Reunion (M5)
  6. Island of Memories (M6)
  7. Akane and Yoshito (M7)
  8. Realm of God (M8)
  9. Beached Kamoebas (M9)
  10. The Nuclear Submarine is Attacked (M10)
  11. Repair Status (M11)
  12. Azusa and Yoshito (M12)
  13. Ministry Bureau's Cross-Examination (M13)
  14. Godzilla × the Fleet Escort Force (M14B)
  15. The Self Defense Force Goes into Battle Formation (M15)
  16. Godzilla × Ground Self Defense Forces - Landing (M16)
  17. Imago Mothra Comes Flying (M17)
  18. Imago Mothra × Godzilla I (M18)
  19. Yoshito's Bitterness (M19)
  20. Imago Mothra × Godzilla II (M20)
  21. Mothra's Song (M21)
    By: Masami Nagasawa
  22. Imago Mothra × Godzilla III (M22)
  23. Call to Arms (M23)
  24. Kiryu Mobilization (M24)
  25. Tokyo Tower Collapses - Godzilla × Kiryu I (M25)
  26. Yoshito in the Schoolyard - Godzilla × Kiryu II (M26)
  27. The Larvae Mothra are Born (M27)
  28. Mothra Larvae in the Sea (M28)
  29. Rescuing Two People (M29)
  30. The Mothra Larvae Land (M30 · First Half)
  31. Imago Mothra Dies (M30 · Second Half)
  32. Yoshito Goes to Repair Kiryu I (M31)
  33. Yoshito Goes to Repair Kiryu II (M32)
  34. The Little Beauties Lead the Way (M33)
  35. Kiryu Repaired (M34)
  36. Cannot Escape - National Diet Building Collapses (M35)
  37. Mesa All-Out Attack (M36)
  38. Prayer (M37)
  39. Kiryu in Flight - Yoshito Rescued - To the Japan Trench (M38)
  40. Only Courage Wins - Saluting (M39)
  41. End Credits (M40)

    Bonus Tracks
  42. Send-Off Party BGM
  43. Call to Arms - Kiryu Mobilization (M23 + M24)
  44. The Mothra Larvae Land - Imago Mothra Dies (M30)
  45. Mothra's Song 2003 Version
    Disc 2
    Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

    Composer: Keith Emerson
  1. The Xilien Arrive (M10 Edit)
    Composer: Daisuke Yano
  2. Xilien Conspiracy (M14 Edit)
    Composer: Nobuhiko Morino
  3. Operation: Final War (M18 + M19 Edit)
    Composer: Nobuhiko Morino
  4. The King of the Monsters Returns (M22 Edit)
    Composer: Nobuhiko Morino
  5. Godzilla vs. the Three Monsters (M25 GtrA Edit)
    Composer: Daisuke Yano
  6. M1
  7. M2A
  8. M3
  9. M24
  10. M25 Battle 1
  11. M25 Battle 2
  12. Xilien Ship 1
  13. Xilien Ship 3
  14. First Meeting
  15. Parody Spy Music into Serious 1
  16. Parody Spy Music into Serious 2
  17. Hedorah
  18. Ifukube GZ
  19. Demo Music 1
  20. Demo Music 2
  21. Demo Music 3
  22. Demo Music 4
  23. Demo Music 5
  24. Demo Music 6
  25. Demo Music 7
  26. Demo Music 8
  27. Demo Music 9
  28. Demo Music 10
  29. Demo Music 11
  30. Demo Music 12
  31. Demo Music 13
  32. Demo Music 14
  33. Demo Music 15