Title
 Godzilla 2 (Perfect Collection 2)
International Title
 [Compilation]
Music By: Akira Ifukube
Record Label: Toho Music
 
Running Time: 51:13 Discs: 1
Release: December 2004 CD Number: GX-2 (Set)
Comments
Anthony Romero
The second "bonus" disc in the Perfect Collection line is again another faithful reproduction of an older LP release, in this case the 1978 record Godzilla 2. Toho deserves praise for their attention to detail in recreating the look of the LP for this CD release, including the appearance of the disc itself and the fold out "poster-style" inclusion inside the jewel case. The firm has also done a great job in restoring the audio quality on this release, giving a presentation that, outside of a few exceptions, sounds superb. In terms of the contents, like previous bonus disc, Godzilla, this CD is a compilation. As far as compilations go, Godzilla 2 is a pretty solid selection of music from the 1954-1968 Godzilla movies, with a track from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) thrown in. This disc does, however, inter splice sound effects between cues. Sometimes this works, such as the sounds of the self defense forces mobilizing at the start of "Godzilla Arrives at Shinagawa", but more often than not in sounds cumbersome with monster roars seemingly tossed after themes with large amounts of silence around them, creating an awkward experience. Still, for a compilation this CD features a good sampling of themes from the franchise during the 1950's and 1960's, and my rating reflects this.

Unfortunately, like the previous bonus disc, I'm forced to be brutally honest about this disc and ask: who cares? Compilations are nice for more casual collectors, but including one in a set that goes for $125 seems out of place. This disc might be neat if it featured music from the non-Godzilla films, so that someone making the sizeable investment that comes with the perfect collection might be able to sample those; however, that isn't the case and the music found here is already available on the individual discs from the first three sets. On the plus side, at least the trailer from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) is unique to this disc from the series, but sadly the audio levels are all out of whack. I'm not sure what the story is, although I assume it's due to the multi-channel nature of the original movie, but the track included way overemphasizes the music and drowns out the dialogue and special effects in the process.

Bottom line, in an era of iPods and CD-Rs the inclusion of this compilation disc feels like a rip off given the already exorbitant asking price for this set. There might be a nostalgic attachment for some who have listened to the original 1978 LP, but I would wager this makes up an extremely small minority. What's especially tragic about this disc, though, is the lost potential. There are so many things that could have been included in its place, like Ostinato or even a disc dedicated to the trailers, that it's frustrating to see a second bonus disc squandered with something that just repeats the same themes found elsewhere in the "Perfect" series.

On a side note, this CD has different track titles compared to what's found on the individual discs, such as "Godzilla on Sollgel Island" compared with "Parent Godzilla Comes Ashore", so keep this in mind when looking over the track listing.
Rating: Star Rating
Tracks
    Godzilla (1954)
  1. Sinking of Eikou-Maru
  2. Ootojima Island and Godzilla
  3. Godzilla Arrives at Shinagawa
  4. Tragic Sight of the Imperial Capital
  5. Oxygen Destroyer
  6. Godzilla · Ending

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  7. Giant Octopus vs. King Kong
  8. The Godzilla Burial Operation

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  9. Mothra vs. Godzilla · Title
  10. Hamakaze Hotel
  11. Mothra vs. Godzilla
  12. Song of Infant Island

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  13. Rodan from Aso

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  14. Planet X Theme
  15. Underground Passage on Planet X

    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  16. Big Duel in the South Seas · Title

    Son of Godzilla (1967)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  17. In the Midst of the Freezing Sonde Experiment
  18. Godzilla on Sollgel Island

    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  19. SY-3
  20. All Monsters Attack · Ending

    Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
    Composer: Riichiro Manabe
  21. Give Back the Sun!

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  22. King Kong vs. Godzilla (Trailer)