Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (Perfect Collection 5)
International Title
 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Music By: Takayuki Hattori
Record Label: Toho Music
Running Time: 65:53/73:30 Discs: 2
Release: January 2008 CD Number: G-021 (Set)
Anthony Romero
First, thanks goes to Jessica Stan for sending this in for review!

After Akira Ifukube passed up scoring this entry in the franchise, composer Takayuki Hattori was brought in to create the soundtrack for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. The result is often one of the more derided scores for a modern Godzilla film, and certainly it lacks the power, magistracy, or even memorability that the other scores in the Heisei series boast. Regardless, this entry does still have some worthwhile cues. Leading the pack is "Birth Island I" which, as has been said countless times, clearly owes a lot to John Barry's work on You Only Live Twice. The track is still a great and soothing cue in its own right, in spite of how obvious its inspiration is. His continual motif for SpaceGodzilla is also great as it conveys a sense of menace that fits the character, although its a little overused through out the soundtrack. "Requiem" is another winning piece, and a great ending theme for the film. Sadly, one of the more important themes from the disc, Hattori's new Godzilla theme, misses its mark. Its not particularly interesting, and its slightly playful nature feels at odds with the character that its meant to represent.

Merits and detractions of the score aside, it's time to take a look into this particular release in the "Perfect Collection" as there is a lot to cover. Starting from the top are the titles, which Toho Music dropped the ball on... big time. When it comes to track titles, Toho Music has a bad record, but this is easily their worst outside of the War History of Men - Toho War Movies Soundtrack Collection (P-0001/P-0002). For some reason, half of these tracks have just titles, while the others only have cue numbers. Only one track, "SpaceGodzilla Credits (M1 Second Half)", has both. Not only that but the track titles are awful, with things like "Suspense (Normal)", "Human Suspense" and chicken-scratch-like notation such as "Last Somewhat Short". The worst of these is clearly the "No M Number" track, which is named that way because the theme was actually never given a cue number but that didn't stop it from being previously named "Miki and the Cosmos 2" to make it clear what scene it refers to. Frankly, the state of the titles is just lazy, and is made all the more frustrating, because Kitty's two disc set (KTCR-1301/2) handled this very well with both track titles and cue numbers. For those curious, I have created a fan track listing for a better presentation of this.

Titles aside, track order is also a little off here, although might be up to personal taste. The first CD is dedicated only to the original music that was used in the production. Tracks 22 through 37 on the second disc contain edits and stock music that was used to complete the rest of the score... mostly. Tracks 36 and 37 appear to be different versions of "Echoes of Love", the latter of which is clearly not based on the movie version either as it features different lyrics. Its an awkward presentation style, but to be fair the soundtrack to SpaceGodzilla is long and wouldn't have fit on an entire CD had they kept the themes together. The other tracks on the second CD are outtakes, although are sadly clumped together based on their source material. The positive side of this is that the listener can spot the differences more easily when hearing the similar tracks back-to-back. The downside is that the listener also has to hear, for example, over 15 minutes of the SpaceGodzilla theme and others repeated again and again, which is taxing.

If one is comparing this to the previous two disc set, they will likely notice a huge jump in runtime for this edition, so its worth citing all the new content and the many changes between the sets. On the first disc, "SpaceGodzilla Approaches", "M16" (was "Mischievous Little Godzilla"), "M19" (was "Miki and Godzilla 1"), "M24" (was "Miki and Shinjo"), "M25" (was "The Two on the Beach"), "SpaceGodzilla (Tempo Up)" (was "SpaceGodzilla Appears in Sapporo"), "G-Force's Theme", "Suspense (Tempo Down)" (was "Moguera vs. SpaceGodzilla 3"), "Requiem", "M52" (was "Epilogue") and "Echoes of Love" have been expanded as they were previously edited down to reflect how they appeared in the movie. "Suspense (Normal)" and "Human Suspense" are also new, although the latter was edited to create the short "Yuki in Pursuit" and "Rescuing Miki" which are missing here in that form. "M28, 49 Sharing" is also new, but was again edited to create "Miki's Telekinesis 1" and "Miki's Telekinesis 2" which also again aren't found here. The shorter version of "SpaceGodzilla's Theme" that appeared in the film is also not present on this new release, along with the edits for "SpaceGodzilla Comes Flying 1" and "SpaceGodzilla Comes Flying 2". "Godzilla's Theme (Normal)" is also a new track, but yet again was edited to create the shorter "Godzilla at Kagoshima Bay" and "Moguera vs. Godzilla" which are missing. It's worth noting that some of these expanded versions are quite nice too, such as the "G-Force's Theme" that had a very rousing finish that was sadly edited out of the movie. Also, "Godzilla's Theme (Slower Tempo)" and "Moguera Minor" are new tracks as well.

That's a lot of changes, but sadly this is only the first disc in this set so things are going to get even more complicated. On the second disc, "M20" (was "Space Warfare: Moguera vs. SpaceGodzilla") and "M41A" (was "Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1") have been expanded. "SpaceGodzilla's Theme (10/28 Revision)" is also another example of an expanded cue, as it was edited to create "SpaceGodzilla's Battle Area" which is missing. "Suspense (10/28 Revision)" is yet another, as it was also edited to create "Moguera vs. SpaceGodzilla 2" which is missing. The new material is "Godzilla's Theme (10/28 Revision)", "SpaceGodzilla (Normal Brass Rising)", "SpaceGodzilla (C-Start Brass Rising)", "SpaceGodzilla (Horn in Front of C2)", "M1 Second Half (10/28 Revision)", "SpaceGodzilla Approaches (10/28 Revision)", "Moguera Mobilized (42 Seconds)", "Birth Island I (Only A)", "Birth Island II (Last Somewhat Long)", "Birth Island III", "M5 (Crystal)", "M8 (Brass Rising)" and the previously mentioned "M53 Echoes of Love". "Real Sound from Radio" is also expanded from its original presentation, although this source music is so bad that its smaller edit was much more becoming, as is "M52 (Piano Raising Version)".

In terms of audio quality, sadly things aren't as rosy as they could have been for this new release. First off, this set was recorded at a much lower volume level, which in itself isn't bad. However, to fairly compare the tracks, I dumped two similar cues on my computer and then ran them through a program to fix the levels so they were equal. The problem is that the music from this set started to clip when raised while to a level that wasn't even as high as what the Kitty stuff was originally presented as, which is a bad sign. Suffice to say, comparing the two was a defenitive win for the earlier releases in terms of sound quality, especially for the vocal track by Date of Birth, although all the same the new set still sounds okay.

Through comparison, one can draw a conclusion: the previous Kitty two disc set (KTCR-1301/2) was a pitch perfect presentation of how the score was used in the movie. This includes how the tracks were edited and even repeats like "Moguera vs. SpaceGodzilla 1". This new set presents the score as it was originally created, along with outtakes and the stock music thrown in as well. The final verdict is that this set is the superior one of the two, audio problems included, although diehard soundtrack collectors might want both because of all the differences between the two and for the previous set's faithful recreation of the movie edit.
Rating: Star Rating
    Disc 1
  1. M1 First Half
  2. SpaceGodzilla Credits (M1 Second Half)
  3. Birth Island I
  4. Little Godzilla
  5. Birth Island II (Last Somewhat Short)
  6. M8
  7. Yuki's Theme
  8. SpaceGodzilla Approaches
  9. Moguera Mobilized (54 Seconds)
  10. M15
  11. M16
  12. Suspense (Normal)
  13. M19
  14. Human Suspense
  15. SpaceGodzilla's Theme
  16. M23
  17. M24
  18. M25
  19. SpaceGodzilla (Leading Woodwind Horns)
  20. SpaceGodzilla (Tempo Up)
  21. M28, 49 Sharing
  22. G-Force Theme
  23. Godzilla's Theme (Normal)
  24. Suspense (Tempo Down)
  25. Godzilla's Theme (Slower Tempo)
  26. SpaceGodzilla (Madness)
  27. Moguera Minor
  28. Requiem
  29. M52
    By: Isao Shigeto
  30. Echoes of Love
    By: Date of Birth
    Disc 2
  1. Godzilla's Theme (10/28 Revision)
  2. Godzilla's Theme (Without Snare)
  3. SpaceGodzilla's Theme (10/28 Revision)
  4. SpaceGodzilla (Normal Brass Rising)
  5. SpaceGodzilla (C-Start Brass Rising)
  6. SpaceGodzilla (Horn in Front of C2)
  7. M1 Second Half (10/28 Revision)
  8. SpaceGodzilla Approaches (10/28 Revision)
  9. SpaceGodzilla's Psychokinesis
  10. Moguera Mobilized (42 Seconds)
  11. Little Godzilla (Different Type)
  12. Birth Island (Without Shaker in Second Half)
  13. Birth Island I (Only A)
  14. Birth Island II (Last Somewhat Long)
  15. Birth Island III
  16. M5
  17. M5 (Crystal)
  18. M8 (Brass Rising)
  19. Suspense (10/28 Revision)
  20. Yuki's Theme (Without Percussion)
  21. M52 (Piano Raising Version)
    By: Isao Shigeto

    Music for Assemble Edit
  22. M1 First Half
  23. M1 Second Half
  24. M2
    By: Sayaka Osawa and Keiko Imamura
  25. Real Sound from Radio
    By: Katsu
  26. M9
    By: Akira Ifukube
  27. M14
  28. M17
    By: Akira Ifukube
  29. M18
  30. M20
  31. No M Number
    By: Akira Ifukube
  32. M41A
  33. M42
  34. M44
  35. M44A
  36. M52 "Echoes of Love"
    By: Isao Shigeto
  37. M53 "Echoes of Love"
    By: Date of Birth