Akira - The Original Japanese Soundtrack
International Title
Music By: Geinoh Yamashirogumi
Record Label: Demon Records
Running Time: 43:05 Discs: 1
Release: July 1994 CD Number: DSCD-7
Anthony Romero
First off, I will just come clean by stating that I was never a fan of Geinoh Yamashirogumi's work on Akira. It's a very unique and distinctive score, I will give him that, but as a standalone experience I felt a number of the cues held the soundtrack back. Regardless of his efforts, though, this release from the UK based Demon Records is unfathomably poor. Contrary to what one would imagine this release to be, it's actually a "radio drama" for the movie. In other words it contains sound effects, dialogue and music directly from the film. The first track does have some actual isolated music, after a cumbersome 30 second segment of dead space, but it ends up being the only track on the CD that can boast that. This seems particularly shady given that the back of the release makes no mention of this at all, nor does the cover insert. To add insult to injury, even for fans of "radio dramas", this disc is only a scant 43 minutes long for a 124 minute film. So rather then trying to convey the story, this disc just slaps on a few scenes in four tracks. Why Demon Records didn't bother to include more parts from the film, to at least flesh out this disc's runtime, is beyond me, although it does add weight to the probability that this was a very rushed and half hearted attempt. Suffice to say, one is probably best off avoiding this release and going for the numerous other CDs, ones with ten tracks, that have the complete score.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Kaneda
  2. Tetsuo I
  3. Tetsuo II
  4. Akira