King of the Monsters: Godzilla (Perfect Collection 4)
International Title

Music By: Various
Record Label: Toho Music

Running Time: 56:23/57:43 Discs: 2
Release: October 2006 CD Number: Bonus Disc G-4 (Set)
After starting out the "Perfect Collection" line with disappointing bonus discs like the Godzilla compilation (GX-1), the company does a full 180 degree turn around with the excellent two disc bonus set found in the fourth box. Instead of dealing with stuff that most soundtrack collectors are likely familiar with, this disc features a number of very rare, peculiar, and yet still very interesting to have material. The beginning of the first disc, however, is mostly stuff that people who have collected the various song compilations on LP, or the Godzilla Song Book (VPCD-81381), are likely well versed in. For those who haven't, though, then stuff like the "Go! Go! Godzilla" should certainly make for an interesting "maiden listen" on this bonus set.

Now if one is wondering why the cover of this disc, which like other bonus CDs in the "Perfect Collection" is a direct recreation of a previous LP cover, features kaiju like Ganimes and Gezora, look no further than the "Roars (50 Monster Roars)" track on this disc. To explain, this is a radio drama created specifically for the record which features two actors stumbling across various monsters, several of them from outside the Godzilla series, as their roars and other sound effects are heard. Original music also accompany's this track, making it a fairly nice, if not cheesy, addition. The climax of this five minute piece features Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan taking care of the other monsters, and then concludes with the actors thanking the three kaiju. The other "radio drama" on this disc is one called "Story", although sadly this is hardly original as it's a heavily abridged version of the movie Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), which has been edited down to a brisk running time of only 14 minutes. There is some new dialogue, read by film actors Hiroyuki Kawase (who played Ken Yano in the film) and Saburo Iketani (the news reader from the movie), to add some additional narration since so much of the movie is being skipped. So it should still be of interest to some.

The second disc starts off with some more radio dramas, this time part of a trilogy referred to as "Our Monster Unit", each of which is 13-14 minutes long and was released to its own LP in 1971 (the covers of all of these are also located in the booklet of this CD). Personally, since these were all aimed at children, I was very surprised at how dialogue heavy they are. In fact, the monsters hardly even show up at all during the course of each, while there isn't much music to be heard either. Not surprisingly, the last "chapter" is the most interesting of the three, from an action standpoint. Suffice to say, though, if one can't understand Japanese, these tracks aren't really going to hold one's interest, although it is neat to hear the new kaiju's roars.

Following the radio dramas, comes a nice selection of Zone Fighter (1973) songs and accompanying karaoke versions off of older LP records. Also, unlike a lot of "singles", all of this stuff was actually utilized in the show at one point or another. Most of this stuff is done by Masato Shimon, whom most will be familiar with for his work on the Jet Jaguar song in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), which also starts off the first disc in the set. The other song here is done by the lead actor in the TV series, Kazuya Aoyama. As for the best track from this selection, it's easily the karaoke version of "I am Garoga", which is a great guitar heavy theme that was used in the show to great effect and is one of my favorite cues from the program. It was also one of the few themes left off VAP's release of the score (VPCG-84210), so suffice to say as I was pretty pleased to see it included here. Now if only they would have brought along the non-karaoke version too...

As a side note, this CD lacks a obi-strip (the piece of paper that normally wraps around the outside of the case). Consequently, Toho Music rectified this by including one for this CD in the following Perfect Collection, #5.
- Anthony Romero 
    Disc 1
  1. Godzilla and Jet Jaguar Punch-Punch-Punch
    By: Masato Shimon
  2. Defeat Gigan
    By: Susumu Ishikawa, Composer: Kunio Miyauchi
  3. Rock Rock Godzilla
    By: Masato Shimon
  4. Defeat Megalon
    By: Masato Shimon
  5. The Bride of Godzilla
    By: Masato Shimon
  6. Go! Go! Godzilla
    By: Susumu Ishikawa
  7. Godzilla March (No Chorus)
    By: Susumu Ishikawa, Composer: Kunio Miyauchi
  8. Story (Godzilla vs. Hedorah)
  9. Roars (50 Monster Roars)

    Bonus Tracks
  10. Rock Rock Godzilla (Another Version)
    By: Masato Shimon
  11. The Bride of Godzilla (Another Version)
    By: Masato Shimon
  12. Godzilla March (Dialogue with no Sound Effects)
    By: Susumu Ishikawa, Composer: Kunio Miyauchi
  13. Defeat Gigan (No Chorus)
    By: Susumu Ishikawa, Composer: Kunio Miyauchi
  14. Intro: Defeat Megalon (No Dialogue)
    By: Masato Shimon
    Disc 2
  1. Our Monster Unit: T (Tadashi) Children's Volume
  2. Our Monster Unit: Underwater Monster Bullwara
  3. Our Monster Unit: Galaxy Monster Kirasuta

    Zone Fighter (1973) - Theme Song and Single Collection
  4. Zone: The Human Meteor (TV Size)
  5. Zone's Fighting Spirit March (1 Chorus)
    By: Masato Shimon
  6. Meteor Victory (One Chorus · 1st Lyric)
  7. Meteor Victory (One Chorus · 2nd Lyric)
  8. Meteor Victory (One Chorus · 3rd Lyric)
  9. Zone's Fighting Spirit March (1 Chorus)
    By: Kazuya Aoyama
  10. Zone: The Human Meteor (TV Size · Karaoke)
  11. I am Garoga (Karaoke)
  12. Zone's Fighting Spirit March (Karaoke)