The Best of "Lone Wolf and Cub"
International Title
Music By: Hideakira Sakurai
Record Label: La-La Land Records
Running Time: 49:16 Discs: 1
Release: July 2004 CD Number: LLLCD-1017
Anthony Romero
A compilation of the entire Lone Wolf and Cub series by La-La Land Records is an interesting release, especially since music from this particular series is so hard to find. From appearances, though, this looks to be a re-release of a similar soundtrack that King Records produced back in 1998 (KICA-3032), minus the Hanzo the Razor themes that were present.

Sadly, the quality on this release is also a little uneven. To La-La Lands' credit, they mention this aspect rather prominently on the back of cover, citing that "in some cases, the original master recordings have been lost or otherwise compromised. As a result, sound quality on some tracks will vary." As it turns out, only one track is really affected, which is the one from White Heaven and Hell that sounds, in all honesty, like it was recorded off a VHS release with some sound effects, such as the sledding, still audible. It's a shame, but this aspect aside fans of the series should still search out this release as it's one of the few US Toho soundtracks available, not very often does one get to see the "THM: Toho Music" label used, and retails for a rather reasonable $12-17.
Rating: Star Rating
    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
  1. Main Title
  2. The Vow
  3. The Ball and the Dotanuki
  4. The Suioryu Swordsmanship
  5. The Bird and the Beast
  6. Shiver: Itto Ogami the Assassin
  7. Ending

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
  8. The Wolf Crosses the Ocean
  9. Bentenrai the Public Guard
  10. The Ogamis and Sayaka Yagyu
  11. Duel At The Dune

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
  12. Prologue: Shining Waters
  13. Daigoro at a Rainy Night
    Composer: Tadashi Yoshida
  14. The Wolf Howls in the Wilds

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
  15. Main Title
  16. Besieging Army of Ura Yagyu
  17. Ending

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
  18. Main Title
  19. The Wolf's Cub
  20. The Setting Sun
  21. The Kuroda Menbo Army
  22. The Running Wolf
  23. Ending

    Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)
  24. Main Title
    Composer: Kunihiko Murai

    Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
  25. Ending Theme Song
    By: Tomisaburo Wakayama, Composer: Hiroshi Kamayatsu