Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection - Box 1
International Title
 [Box Set]
Music By: Various
Record Label: Toho Music
Running Time: 416:23 (Total) Discs: 7
Release: September 2004 CD Number: GB1
Anthony Romero
The first in Toho Music's highly anticipated Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection line, a series of six box sets containing the soundtracks to all 28 Toho produced Godzilla films complete with unreleased content and newly remastered for superior sound. Box 1 contains the scores for the first five Godzilla movies and an extra CD which is a reproduction of an earlier LP compilation. The stand out feature of this set, at least at the time of release, was the inclusion of the rare stereo score to King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), although the impact of this has been significantly hampered since it was later released by La-La Land Records (LLLCD-1041) in the United States.

Like a lot of Toho Music's releases, the overall design and layout of this set is very attractive and well done. Each disc comes in its own jewel case and includes a thick booklet printed on very nice stock paper, not at all the flimsy material one is used to for these. The discs all carry a similar style with a color scheme similar to that of a faded newspaper with a slight red tint, except the LP reissue. The covers themselves though are, oddly enough, the least attractive aspect of this release, as each contains just a close up head shot of the particular Godzilla suit seen in the movie. This gives the releases in general a fairly boring look when all placed together, and why they didn't just place the much more enticing back cover shots here instead, which are often action oriented moments or great sequences from the films, is beyond me. The booklets themselves, though, show Toho Music's excellent attention to detail, containing nice black and white production stills before ending with color shots of things like pamphlets and other promotional material for the films.

In terms of the remastering process, Toho Music has succeeded in making this music sound better then ever before, and for that they deserve some credit. Unfortunately, those expecting a vastly improved experience are probably going to be disappointed as one is literally going to have to play these tracks back-to-back with the older releases to really notice any difference in quality. To that point, it's suffice to say that if you own these earlier releases and are considering purchasing this set simply for the improved sound, don't bother. The difference in quality along is, in no way, worth the $125 or so price tag of this set. In fact, if one owns the earlier Toshiba discs covered by this set, just skip this first box and buy La-La Land Records' releases for both Godzilla (LLLCD-1022) and King Kong vs. Godzilla (LLLCD-1041). One won't be missing much at all in doing so, and it's infinitely cheaper considering each retails for $16. If one has never purchased a soundtrack to one of these films before, though, then this could be an excellent way to start one's collection, although its still a sizeable investment anyway one slices it.

It should be noted that these boxes are limited, with each being given a run of, reportedly, 1,954 units. Each is also given a unique number on the back in the form of a sticker placed above the copyright information. Expectedly, there is no need to rush though (assuming they are giving them out in order), as they have only hit about 700 exactly two years after the first was released. This shouldn't be surprising either given that the 2001 Toho SFX Champion Festival box set was also limited, yet is still widely available online today as these more expensive box sets just simply don't seem to move. It should also be mentioned that all of these sets are also sold exclusively online at Toho Music's site or Arksquare.net.
Rating: Star Rating

Disc 1:

Film: Godzilla (1954)


Disc 2:
Godzilla's Counterattack

Film: Godzilla Raids Again (1955)


Disc 3-4:
King Kong vs. Godzilla

Film: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)


Disc 5:
Mothra vs. Godzilla

Film: Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)


Disc 6:
Three Giant Monsters: The Greatest Battle on Earth

Film: Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)


Disc 7: