disc in the set, and one of the release's star attractions,
is a full disc dedicated to Jun
Fukuda's 1977 film The War in Space. What
makes this disc particularly noteworthy, though, is that
not only does it showcase the 10 LP tracks in stereo,
which were previously released by Victor in 1991 on CD,
but it also contains the full mono soundtrack to the movie,
which has yet to appear on any other release. For those
unfamiliar with the LP tracks, they are long mixes of
themes from the movie with sound effects sometimes interlaced.
For example, the main theme has added echo type voice
work in the track, which sounds fairly bizarre but not
unpleasant. It should be noted that the "Jimmy"
track from this release, which is a odd karaoke take of
the song "I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown
Hair", does not appear in the movie at all though.
It's not entirely clear why it was included on the original
LP either, beyond that it was possibly at one time considered
for the recollection scene before being removed. Next
up is the mono score for the movie, which is actually
preferable over the stereo tracks in most instances. There
are a lot of great, contemporary cues that composer Toshiaki
Tsushima brings to the table for this soundtrack. Some
of the stand outs include "Hell Fighter", "Goten
Base Attack" and "Goten vs Daimakan", although
this score as a whole is very pleasant as a stand alone
experience. The disc rounds out its runtime with a trio
of outtakes from the score, the first two of which sound
extremely close to the cues that were eventually used
in the film while the third represents a fairly different
selection of the theme.