Godzilla (Perfect Collection 1)
International Title

Music By: Akira Ifukube
Record Label: Toho Music

Running Time: 50:06 Discs: 1
Release: September 2004 CD Number: GX-1 (Set)
Simply dubbed "Godzilla", this compilation is a reissue of an older 1978 LP of the same name. To Toho's credit, this is an incredibly faithful adaptation of the LP to the CD format, including a similar looking silver "foot band" around the CD and an insert inside the cover to match the one that was issued with the 1978 LP, although naturally it comes folded up here in order to fit in the case. The text on it has also been preserved and untouched, which is noteworthy as it makes mention of an "upcoming" Godzilla film that was to be co-produced by H.G. Benedict Productions (Henry Saperstein's "production company" name); which film in particular that was referring to is anyone's guess, as so many joint venture projects were aborted at that time.

In terms of the content on the disc itself, for a compilation this CD has a pretty good selection of some of the best themes from the Showa Godzilla series. To be brutally honest though, who really cares? The "Perfect Collections" aren't a cheap investment by any means, so it's definitely going to attract either diehard collectors or people who have never purchased the earlier releases and are now looking to get them all in one swoop. To that point, how is a compilation of songs found primarily in this box going to appeal to either group? This might have been useful back when CDs were new, but today with CD-Rs and iPods everywhere a company manufactured compilation just doesn't serve much good if one already owns the music. To add insult to injury, the music itself doesn't even sound as crisp as it does elsewhere in the set, really begging the listener to ask what's the point? This seems particularly puzzling too as this compilation has already been reissued before on CD, twice in fact. It's also kind of disheartening considering the number of things they could have stuck in its place. Stuff like Ostinato, which was seen in the fifth box in the Perfect Collection, or other unique conductions of these themes that would have been valuable to new collectors. Granted, some sound effects have been placed before the tracks themselves on the music here, but that's not much of an incentive in general. As for the bonus track, it's "radio drama" style presentation of the scene in the original Godzilla (1954) where Godzilla destroys the clock tower and then covers his destruction of the tower with the reporters.
- Anthony Romero 
    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  1. The Kurobe Valley Theme

    Godzilla (1954)
  2. Ootojima Temple Festival
  3. Godzilla Appears
  4. Godzilla - Title

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  5. The Terror of Godzilla

    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  6. All Monsters Attack - Title

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  7. Sea Hawk S.O.S.

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  8. Great Monster War March

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
  9. A Premonition for Invaders

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  10. Xilien Flying Saucer Exposed

    Son of Godzilla (1967)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  11. Kamacuras

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  12. Mechagodzilla Exposed

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  13. The Plan to Transport King Kong
  14. Battle: King Kong vs. Godzilla

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  15. The Birth of King Ghidorah

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  16. Mothra Departs
  17. Mothra and the Little Beauty

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
  18. Mechagodzilla's Counterattack - Title

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  19. Mothra vs. Godzilla - Ending

    Bonus Track: Godzilla (1954)
  20. The Last Broadcast