Godzilla vs. Mothra (Perfect Collection 4)
International Title
 Godzilla vs. Mothra

Music By: Akira Ifukube
Record Label: Toho Music

Running Time: 74:00/53:54 Discs: 2
Release: October 2006 CD Number: G-019 (Set)
After creating most of the score for Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) from his previous themes, maestro Akira Ifukube crafts an excellent and much more original soundtrack for the film's sequel: Godzilla vs. Mothra. For this particular score, Ifukube finds a nice balance between new work for the movie, such as "Midori's Letter" and Battra's theme, while also updating some of his past themes to great effect, such as the "Infant Island" theme and the "Mesa March" from The War of the Gargantuas (1966).

As for Toho's presentation for the Perfect Collection, the company has given the film a two disc set. Those hoping for something to rival the previous multi-disc release from Toshiba EMI (TYCY-5267/8) might be a little disappointed in what this one brings to the table though. On the downside, this release does not contain the full score to the film. Granted, most of it is here, but for whatever reason a number of cues near the end of the score were left off. None of these are really "make or break", but it certainly gives an edge to previous releases that included them. Also disappointing is how several outtakes were worked into the main score, such as the "The Ruins of the Ayutthaya Dynasty" and "Battra vs. the Self-Defense Forces", which were never used in the film and were more wisely placed on Toshiba's two disc set with the bonus material. This seems especially odd too as Toho worked to remove things like this in the earlier three box sets compared to previous soundtracks and then turns around to make that very same "mistake" here.

On the plus side, this release has a wealth of added content. This includes some of the outtakes found on the earlier two disc set, with some wise selections like the notably different "Mothra and Battra's Conversation". There are a number of gaps in terms of what outtakes made it from the earlier set, but most of the best and more diverse ones, compared against what was used, are included. There are also a number of different takes on "Sacred Springs", some of which weren't found on the earlier releases, but they unfortunately get a little repetitious being placed largely back-to-back.

The second disc is a real treat, though, regardless of what previous versions of the score one might own. There is a lot of nice stuff included, such as the synthesizer version of Mothra's song sung by Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura. In fact, a lot of the early tracks on this disc are interesting as the pair seem to mimic the style of singers Emi Ito and Yumi Ito much more than songs that ended up being used for the production. For whatever reason, this disc also works as a dumping ground for singles and records also done for The Return of Godzilla (1984), with a number of great additions being tossed into the fold like the very different style done for track 6 of Reijiro Koroku's work on his gothic Godzilla theme. There are also a number of different versions of the "Theme of Love" and "Good-bye Sweetheart" from the 1984 film that were sung by the Star Sisters and Yasuko Sawaguchi respectively. The disc also has some nice rearrangements of Ifukube's classic themes done by Hideo Saito. The always amazing "Sacred Springs", complete with ambient noises from Infant Island, is also included. The disc then rounds out with a couple of record songs done for Godzilla vs. Mothra, which includes the infamous "Gojirap" although Fighter Ishida's version of the Blue Oyster Cult song "Godzilla" is also included, which is welcome.

Overall, if one has only owned the single disc releases, or has never had the score at all, there is more than enough material here to be very happy with the selection and effort Toho has placed into it. However, more dedicated collectors will undoubtedly seek out the older two disc set for its superior presentation of the movie's score and outtakes, although they will probably still be very pleased with the wealth of stuff found on the second disc here.
- Anthony Romero 
    Disc 1
  1. The Giant Meteorite Draws Near (M1)
  2. Main Title (M2)
  3. The Ruins of the Ayutthaya Dynasty (M3)
  4. The Golden Statue of Buddha (M4)
  5. The Temple Collapses (M5)
  6. The Iceberg Disaster (M7)
  7. Infant Island (M8)
  8. The Suspension Bridge Falls (M9)
  9. Midori's Letter (M10)
  10. The Mural in the Cave (M11)
  11. Discovery of the Giant Egg (M12)
  12. The Legend of the Cosmos (M13)
  13. The Larval Battra Appears (M14 Battra · Slow Short Version)
  14. The Giant Egg in Tow (M15)
  15. Battra Attacks Nagoya (M14 Battra · Slow Version)
  16. Battra vs. the Self-Defense Forces (M16B)
  17. Godzilla Appears (Godzilla Theme · Slow)
  18. The Larval Mothra's Birth (M26 Rise Tempo)
  19. The Hotel in Manila (M22)
  20. Mothra Crosses the Sea (M23 President's Change of Business + M23 Mothra's Song)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura, Composer: Yuji Koseki
  21. Mothra's Landing (M25)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
  22. Mothra and the Cosmos (M27-T2)
  23. The Cocoon on the National Diet Building (M28)
  24. Godzilla from the Fuji Volcano (Godzilla Theme · Faster Version)
  25. The Appearance of Imago Mothra (M30 First Half + M30B)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
  26. Imago Battra Emerges (M14 Battra · Faster Version)
  27. Godzilla vs. the Self-Defense Forces (M32)
  28. The Luminous Fairies (M34 Mahara Mothra · Slow Version)
  29. Mothra vs. Godzilla (M26)
  30. The Ocean Halo (M35L)
  31. Mothra Heads into Outer Space (M36)
  32. Rolling Title - Ending (M37)

    Bonus Tracks
  33. Battra's Theme I (M14 Battra · Faster Version Full Size)
  34. The Call of the Cosmos (M23 President's Change of Business)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
  35. Mothra's Song I (M23)
  36. Mothra's Song II (M23 Mothra's Song)
    Composer: Yuji Koseki
  37. Mothra's Song III (M23 Mothra's Song)
    Composer: Yuji Koseki
  38. Mahara Mothra (M25)
  39. Mahara Mothra (M25 Mahara Mothra)
  40. The Luminous Fairies (M34)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
  41. Sacred Springs I (M30 First Half)
  42. Sacred Springs II (M30)
  43. Sacred Springs III (M30 Sacred Springs)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
  44. Sacred Springs IV (M30B)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
  45. Imago Battra Emerges (M31B-T1 and T2)
  46. Mothra and Battra's Conversation (M101)
  47. Energy (M102)
  48. Battra's Theme I (M103 Battra)
  49. Scale Powder (M104)
  50. Scale Powder Attack (M38)
  51. The Fight on the Seabed (M14 Battra · Slow)
  52. Sacred Springs V (M30 Sacred Springs)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
  53. Mothra Crosses the Sea (Dubbing Material for Film)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
    Disc 2 - Extras
  1. Mothra's Song (Synthesizer Version)
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura, Composer: Yuji Koseki
  2. Sacred Springs
  3. Mahara Mothra
  4. The Call of Mothra
  5. Mothra's Song
    Composer: Yuji Koseki

    The Return of Godzilla (1984)
  6. Godzilla's Theme
    Composer: Reijiro Koroku

    Godzilla Single Collection 1984-1992
  7. Godzilla (Theme of Love)
    By: The Star Sisters, Composer: Reijiro Koroku
  8. Good-bye Sweetheart (Godzilla)
    By: Yasuko Sawaguchi, Composer: Takashi Miki
  9. Forever Godzilla! Akira Ifukube Showa Godzilla Medly of Glory
    Arrangement: Hideo Saito
  10. Godzilla (Theme of Love - Instrumental)
    Composer: Reijiro Koroku
  11. Forever Godzilla! Akira Ifukube Showa Godzilla Medly of Glory (S.E.)
    Arrangement: Hideo Saito
  12. Godzilla: Theme of Love
    By: Yoshimi Niikura and Jackie, Composer: Reijiro Koroku

    Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
  13. Mothra's Song
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura, Arrangment: Hiroshi Takada, Composer: Yuji Koseki
  14. Sacred Springs
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura

    Godzilla Land Adventure!
  15. Godzilla So-Fa-Mi-Re-Do (Godzilla Gymnastics)
    By: Saburo · Ichiabn Ujigami and the Uniform Improvement Commission, Composer: Hideki Aoki
  16. Orthodox Tune: Gojirap (Ambient Mix)
    By: Saburo · Ichiabn Ujigami and the Uniform Improvement Commission
  17. Godzilla Fighter Ishida & GYM
    By: Fighter Ishida, Composer: Donald Roza