The Best of Godzilla 1954-1975
International Title
Music By: Akira Ifukube
Record Label: GNP Crescendo
Running Time: 78:44 Discs: 1
Release: February 1998 CD Number: GNPD-8055
Anthony Romero
For casual collectors, the Showa series compilation from GNP Crescendo is a good place to start. The disc covers, in some form, nearly all of the Showa series Godzilla films, minus Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) and including one track from Mothra (1961). Of course, any compilation as wide reaching as this will have trouble covering its bases. GNP does a nice job with the selections, although some of the missing cues like "Godzilla vs. the Tank Squad" from Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) or the Kamacuras theme are sure to displease a few. There are some other justified complaints to be had about this release too, like the heavy use of sound effects in between themes or the manner in which the music on one track leads directly into the next with hardly any silence; consequently, making a lot of the cues here inappropriate for using them outside of the disc for things like iPods, for example.

Overall, for bring around $14 and being rather easy to locate, the disc will still find a target audience for those not willing to pursue the pricier imports. The disc rounds itself out with a remix of Akira Ifukube's Godzilla theme done by Neil Norman.
Rating: Star Rating
    Godzilla (1954)
  1. Footsteps FX
  2. Godzilla Main Title
  3. Ootojima Temple Festival
  4. Japanese Army March
  5. Godzilla Comes Ashore
  6. Godzilla's Rampage
  7. Ending

  8. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  9. Main Title

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  10. Helicopter/Man Screams/SOS FX
  11. Main Title
  12. King Kong Roars FX
  13. Planning King Kong's Transport

    Mothra (1961)
    Composer: Yuji Koseki
  14. Mothra's Song

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  15. Mothra FX
  16. Main Title
  17. Sacred Springs

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  18. Main Title/Monsters Appear In Yokohama

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  19. UFO Approaches/Mosters Fight FX/Monster Battle March (Main Title)

    Son of Godzilla (1967)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  20. Main Title
  21. Godzilla vs. Kumonga
  22. Ending

    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  23. Godzilla FX/Toho Mark/Main Title
  24. Title Credits
  25. Four Monsters Attack Tokyo
  26. Destroying the Remote Control
  27. Showdown on Mt. Fuji
  28. Ending

    All Monsters Attack (1969)
    Composer: Kunio Miyauchi
  29. Cute Kid Theme/Monster Fight

    Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
    Composer: Riichiro Manabe
  30. Godzilla's Fight

    Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
  31. Main Title
  32. Main Title Repeat
  33. Godzilla March - Record Version
    By: Susumu Ishikawa, Composer: Kunio Miyauchi

    Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
    Composer: Riichiro Manabe
  34. Jet Jaguar/Megalon FX
  35. Main Title
  36. Godzilla of Monster Island

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  37. Mechagodzilla FX
  38. Godzilla vs. Anguirus
  39. Miyarabi's Prayer
    By: Beru-Bera Lin

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
  40. Main Title
  41. MechaGodzilla II
  42. Godzilla's Entrance
  43. Ending

  44. Theme From Godzilla
    By: Neil Norman