Godzilla the Best 1954-1998
International Title

Music By: Akira Ifukube & Various
Record Label: Toshiba EMI

Running Time: 65:14 Discs: 1
Release: August 1998 CD Number: TYCY-5617
A pretty decent compilation for those interested in avoiding the high expenditures associated with importing the full soundtracks. Focusing on all of the Godzilla films up to 1998, this disc covers a lot of ground, and it's not surprising to see that the movies get about 1-3 tracks a piece. This release does gloss over a number of films too, such as the absence of the 1970's Godzilla movies. The tracks are primarily ordered here chronologically, with the exception of Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) for some reason. There are quite a few sound effects, marked "SE" on their title, present as well, which could be a turn off for some. Unfortunately this disc is long out of print now, so more casual collectors should likely seek out one of the other compilations for a quick fix of the music from the series. However, more serious collectors should probably take note of this release for one reason: the last track. The 29th cue on this release is dedicated to the "Opening Title" sequence from the, then current, GODZILLA (1998). Surprisingly, it's not the original David Arnold composition from the film itself, though, but is instead a rearrangement of the music done by another composer. Who I'm afraid I'm not sure, although it's certainly not the theme that appears in the movie and I have not seen it featured elsewhere, which is why collectors might take interest.
- Anthony Romero 
    Godzilla (1954)
  1. Footsteps, Cries (SE)
  2. Main Title

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  3. Helicopter, "It's Godzilla" (SE)
  4. The Revival of Godzilla
  5. Plan to Rescue Fumiko
  6. Planning King Kong's Transport

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  7. Sacred Springs
  8. Mothra's Journey

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  9. Kurobe Valley
  10. The Birth of King Ghidorah

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  11. Self Defense Forces vs. Godzilla, Radioactive Blast (SE)
  12. Great Monster War March

    Son of Godzilla (1967)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  13. Godzilla and Minilla
  14. Kamacuras

    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  15. Title Credits

    The Return of Godzilla (1984)
    Composer: Reijiro Koroku
  16. Godzilla Intercepts

    Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
    Composer: Koichi Sugiyama
  17. Super-X 2

    Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
    Composer: Takayuki Hattori
  18. SpaceGodzilla's Theme

    Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  19. Opening
  20. King Ghidorah Attacks Fukuoka

    Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
  21. Mothra Goes to Akasaka
  22. Mesa March
  23. Ending (Sacred Springs)

    Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  24. Preparing Mechagodzilla
  25. G-Force March
  26. Godzilla's Theme

    Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
  27. Requiem

    Godzilla (1954)
  28. Footsteps, Cries. Godzilla Departs. (SE)

    GODZILLA (1998)
    Original Composer: David Arnold
  29. Opening Title