Millennium Godzilla Best
International Title
Music By: Akira Ifukube
Record Label: Toshiba EMI
Running Time: 73:15 Discs: 1
Release: December 2000 CD Number: TYCY-10043
Anthony Romero
Released at the turn of the century, this compilation focuses on the science fiction movie scores done by Akira Ifukube during the Showa era. Like any compilation that covers this much material (excerpts from 15 movies are present), there is bound to be some disappointment in the great themes left behind on some of these scores, but that's unavoidable. As an introductory CD, this disc does a good job of covering a lot of Ifukube's best work from this era though.

One thing that's interesting to note about this compilation, though, is that the music here is presented in stereo, as opposed to the normal mono presentation that these themes were originally recorded in. However, Toshiba's efforts in doing this generate some mixed results. For example, the rechanneled Destroy All Monsters (1968) track sounds very nice here, while the cue from Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965) doesn't really benefit at all from the multi-channel format. Suffice to say, if one's sole interest is in this release is hearing some of these cues in stereo, and they already have this music elsewhere: don't bother. The difference tends to be marginal enough that the CD isn't worth seeking out for that reason alone. It's still a decent, if not uneven, effort though that Toshiba does deserve some praise for.

Overall, this is probably one of the better compilations for the well known Ifukube science fiction material. I prefer full albums to compilations any day of the week, but at least Toshiba does something a little different with this by converting the material to stereo to make it stand out from the crowd of the regular sea of other CDs based on this material.
Rating: Star Rating
    Godzilla (1954)
  1. Footsteps M.E. / Main Title (M1)
  2. Godzilla Comes Ashore (M14)
  3. Ending (M23)

  4. Rodan (1956)
  5. Main Title (M1)
  6. Supersonic Pursuit / In Pursuit of Rodan (M10/M15)
  7. Rodan Attacks Fukuoka I (M18)

    The Mysterians (1957)
  8. Main Title (M1)
  9. The First Battle (M10)

    Varan (1958)
  10. Main Title (M1)
  11. Fishing Boat Disaster / Beginning the Depth Charge Assault (M11/M15)

    Battle in Outer Space (1959)
  12. Main Title (M1)
  13. The Great War in Space (M32)

    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  14. Main Title (M1)
  15. Godzilla's Resurrection (M10)
  16. The Plan to Transport King Kong (M27)
  17. King Kong vs. Godzilla I (M19)

    Atragon (1963)
  18. The Undersea Battleship's Test Run I / The Undersea Battleship's Test Run II (M15/M16)
  19. The Volunteer Corps Moves Out (M30)

    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  20. Reflection of the Little Beauty (M6)
  21. Ending (M26)

    Dogora (1964)
  22. The Natural Enemy of Dogora (M14)
  23. The Air Corps Begin Their Strike (M16A)

    Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  24. The Birth of King Ghidorah (M12)

    Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965)
  25. Incident in the Forest / Search March (M21)

    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  26. Monster Battle March (M23)
  27. Great Monster War (M29)

    The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
  28. Operation L March I (M12)

    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  29. Toho Mark / Main Title / Title Credits (M1/M2)

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
  30. Godzilla's Resurrection (M20)
  31. Ending (M23)