Godzilla ZoroZoro
International Title
Music By: Akira Ifukube
Record Label: King Record
Running Time: 76:35 Discs: 1
Release: December 2000 CD Number: KICS-836
Anthony Romero
Released in 2000, this disc is more or less an ode to maestro Akira Ifukube's work on the Godzilla franchise. On paper, the release is an ambitious concept of attempting to convey the composer's work through both his own contributions and from other artists. In execution, the disc is a huge disappointment.

Rather than commissioning new tracks and new rearrangements, King Record instead dipped into the archives for previously released content. In the end, this results in a compiled selection of music that has a tough time warranting its existence as a standalone CD. Yes there are a few stellar tracks here, such as the always great "Godzilla vs. the Tank Squad", which hails from the Ostinato release conducted by Hiroshi Kumagai, and the "SF Symphonic Fantasia Number 1". The real problem is why would someone choose this over either the Symphony Fantasia release or Ostinato? It's true this release will likely be cheaper, but it really feels more like a sampler.

For a full rundown, the first two tracks come from the original Godzilla (1954), while three is "SF Symphonic Fantasia Number 1" and track ten is "SF Symphonic Fantasia Number 1", the latter of which was the original 1983 presentation by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. However, did the disc really need to include both versions? They are different, but hardly so all the same, and those two tracks alone are 30 minutes total. Track four branches out to include a more "rock-like" version of the Godzilla theme done by Yaiju Okhoku, kind of in a style reminiscent of the soundtrack for the F-Zero games. Following this are two tracks from Ostinato, and then Kokoo's version of the Godzilla theme. This version is fairly dreadful and boring, although Kokoo has its fans so this will likely appeal to some. This then transitions into Jack Walrath's jazz-like version of the theme, which is equally dreadful, especially the start of the track which sounds like a clash of instruments set to an aimless rhythm that would make even the most dedicated listener contemplate hitting skip. After this is Neil Norman's version of the theme, which is much better, although many are probably already familiar with it from its inclusion on The Best of Godzilla 1954-1975 (GNPD-8055).

After this comes track 11, which is a repeat of track two. Yes, the same theme appears twice on the release, which was likely done because the track after is a "secret" one, and what better way to drive off a few listeners then repeating something they have already heard and on top of it including a large chunk of silence to fake out maybe one or two people into thinking maybe the CD is over. To be honest, I was never a fan of the "secret" track approach. It got played out very fast, and was something that passed the "that's neat" stage to the "what a nuisance" stage by the second time one encounters it. Thankfully, the last track is a real nice and subtle violin heavy theme off the original Raku release (KICC-179) and makes for a nice closure piece.

Overall, the disc is hard to recommend. It has some good music, but it's suggested that consumers instead seek out the sum of its parts. In particular a full version of both "Symphonic Fantasia" and "Ostinato", and possibly Raku if one could be so lucky, and skip this release altogether and the less than appealing tracks and presentation style that comes with it.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Footsteps and Roar of Godzilla
  2. Godzilla Original Soundtrack
  3. SF Symphonic Fantasia Number 1 (Japan Philharmonic Orchestra)
  4. Monster Kingdom Godzilla
    By: Yajyu Okhoku
  5. Godzilla vs. the Tank Squad
  6. Godzilla Title
  7. KOKOO's Godzilla
    By: Kokoo
  8. Jack Walrath's Godzilla
    By: Jack Walrath
  9. Neil Norman's Godzilla
    By: Neil Norman's
  10. SF Symphonic Fantasia Number 1 (Tokyo Symphony Orchestra)
  11. Godzilla Original Soundtrack
  12. Secret Track: Godzilla's Egg?