The History of Godzilla Vol. 1
International Title
Music By: Akira Ifukube & Various
Record Label: Apollon
Running Time: 51:01 Discs: 1
Release: December 1991 CD Number: APCF-5096
Anthony Romero
This is a fairly old compact disc compilation, distributed two years prior to Toshiba releasing the full scores to the Showa series of Godzilla films. Sadly, the quality on this CD sounds a little dated at times compared with the plethora of releases that followed, particularly the tracks for Godzilla (1954). As far as compilations go, there is a pretty solid collection of music here. The disc has a rather rigid format of two music themes for each film, but the cues selected are all appropriate choices. Today, the real draw of this CD to more avid collectors is the inclusion of trailers for the first eight Godzilla films. These tracks, dubbed "Trailer BGM", feature the music, dialogue and sound effects from the adverts for the movies. To some this might seem like a pointless addition, but I will speak from my own perspective as I always find trailers, even audio only, to be exciting to listen to. Of course it's also worth noting that all of these trailers, and more, can be located on a rare two disc set that was released in 1996 called SPFX Film Collection (SP/CR-71004~5). So there really isn't anything unique about this set, except that it's the "poor man's" (and the term is used lightly, as this still fetches a decent price) means of acquiring the trailers in audio form. It is worth noting, though, that the audio quality of these trailers is superior to what's found on the SPFX collection.

Bottom line, this was a great compilation for its day, and it still holds some merit more than a decade later, although not much. It's a shame that they stuck with such a restrictive presentation style as two themes per film, as the result is a fairly low runtime for a compilation. It should be noted, though, that this is a reissue of an older LP of sorts. In actuality this release, and the second volume, condense the content found across three LPs (AS20-11, AS20-12, AS20-13), something that might account for the shorter runtime. Still, thanks to the strength of the original themes, this makes for a good listen on occasion, although it would be advisable to pick up one of the many other compilations instead unless one specifically wants the trailer tracks.
Rating: Star Rating
    Godzilla (1954)
  1. Main Theme
  2. The Severe Devastation by Godzilla
  3. Trailer BGM

    Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  4. Main Theme
  5. Godzilla vs. Anguirus
  6. Trailer BGM

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  7. Main Theme
  8. Fear of Godzilla
  9. Trailer BGM

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  10. Main Theme
  11. Mothra Departs
  12. Trailer BGM

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  13. The Giant Meteorite in Kurobe Valley
  14. Battle of the Three Giant Monsters
  15. Trailer BGM

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  16. Great Monster War March
  17. Planet X Monster Transporter
  18. Trailer BGM

    Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  19. Ebirah's Theme
  20. The Strategy to Repel Ebirah
  21. Trailer BGM

    Son of Godzilla (1967)
    Composer: Masaru Sato
  22. Kamacuras Appears
  23. Saeko and Minilla
  24. Trailer BGM