The Best of Godzilla "Now" 1984-1995
International Title
Music By: Akira Ifukube & Various
Record Label: Toshiba EMI
Running Time: 73:56 Discs: 1
Release: January 1996 CD Number: TYCY-5465
Andrew Nguyen (submission)
Released shortly after Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) arrived in Japanese theaters, this CD is a composition of selected tracks from the Heisei Godzilla series. As in the previous CD in this series from Toshiba, the music tracks come from different composers who participated in the Heisei movies alongside main Godzilla series composer Akira Ifukube.

In terms of the music present, there is a nice selection of themes, though it might have benefitted from a few of these tracks being replaced by more important cues. However, at least the songs sound fine and close enough to match the themes as they were used in the films, although (and perhaps it is just me) one of the tracks, “Moguera Ready to Go II", is missing a part of it.

Alongside the CD, the case comes with a small booklet. After the introductions, the main body of the booklet is a commentary of the songs used in the CD with a column about the usage of music in relation to the Godzilla series following close behind. Finally, the booklet ends with a small section that consists of an interview with Ifukube. Unfortunately, the language is mainly in Japanese. While the arrangement is mostly in order of release, three tracks, two that precede the others and another that plays at the end, are situated out of chronological order.

Two years later, GNP would use a good portion of these tracks when they released The Best of Godzilla 1984-1995 (GNPD-8056). As for getting this particular CD, well it's been a long while and it would be difficult to find, so one might be better off with another compilation.
Rating: Star Rating
    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  1. Godzilla · Opening

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  2. Godzilla's Theme

    The Return of Godzilla (1984)
    Composer: Reijiro Koroku
  3. Mount Mihara
  4. Intercept Godzilla
  5. Godzilla Theme '84
  6. Godzilla Leaves Shinjuku

    Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
    Composer: Koichi Sugiyama
  7. Godzilla 1989
  8. Super-X2

    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  9. Godzillasaurus
  10. The Self-Defense Forces Mobilizes
  11. King Ghidorah Attacks Fukuoka

    Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
  12. Mothra goes to Akasaka
  13. Maser March
  14. Battra
  15. Godzilla · Ending

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  16. Mechagodzilla Sortie Preparation
  17. G-Force March
  18. Godzilla vs. Rodan

    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
    Composer: Takayuki Hattori
  19. SpaceGodzilla's Theme
  20. Mischievous Little Godzilla
  21. Godzilla's Theme II
  22. Moguera Ready to Go II
  23. Hyper Battle Area II

    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
  24. Hong Kong Destruction
  25. Requiem
  26. Birth of a New Godzilla

    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  27. Godzilla Never Dies