You Can Succeed, too - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
International Title
 You Can Succeed, too
Music By: Toshiro Mayuzumi
Record Label: Toho Music
Running Time: 74:45 Discs: 1
Release: July 2008 CD Number: TMSA-0002
Anthony Romero
First off, huge thanks goes out to Robert Storch for sending this disc for review!

Since Toho Music became involved in the CD scene, the offshoot has had relatively few releases to their credit. Many of these have been box sets, such as the Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection line. A few of these have been more "normal" soundtracks, such as the one for Killers and Latitude Zero: Great Military Battle (TSFCD-22), with releases timed to coincide with the movie's introduction to the region 2 DVD format. This soundtrack for the cult favorite You Can Succeed, too falls into the latter category.

The movie, which is a musical depicting the exploits of a travel agency, is often cited as being inspired by the US Broadway play How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. In Japan, the movie had the misfortune of playing second fiddle to Toho's extremely popular Crazy Cats and Young Guy musical series, the latter of which became such a part of the culture that references can be seen as far reaching as 1971's Godzilla vs. Hedorah. Although originally a box office flop, You Can Succeed, too has garnered a loyal following since its original debut.

To capitalize on this increased interest, Toho rolled out the red carpet by supplementing their region 2 release with a very packed single CD of the movie's soundtrack. At nearly 75 minutes in length, this CD is almost packed to utter capacity. Fans of the musical genre should be very pleased with this release too, as it contains numerous catchy songs sung by the cast. Among these songs are "You Can Succeed, too", "Taklamakan", and the eight minute "In America". The general style of the songs vary, from the almost gospel-like "Taklamakan" that features a heavy choir in the background, to the more club style "Banzai House Song". The songs, which greatly overwhelm the amount of pure background themes present in terms of running time, are very contemporary to the period for the musical genre. Consequently, the disc will probably appeal to a somewhat limited audience. Frankly, upon my first listen I wasn't too impressed, but some of the more rousing songs, such as the "Banzai House Song", won me over upon repeat listens. The songs are infectious in a way as the cast, which anyone familiar with the old Showa period of Toho (and movies such as King Kong vs. Godzilla and The Last War) should recognize, does a great job belting out the tunes. Outside of the songs, Toshiro Mayuzumi's score is a fairly forgettable endeavor, while there is also some repetition in the songs which could wear down the listener thanks to the bonus tracks, although the latter is nothing to really fault.

Overall, fans of the movie should be overjoyed, as will enthusiasts of musicals of the period; however, that said, one shouldn't expect this mid-1960's entry to win someone over if the genre was never their thing to begin with.

As a side note to this release, track 28, "In Japan", has a very sharp closure. To be honest, it sounds like someone recorded it directly off the film transfer, and then quickly cut the track once some dialogue would have interfered, as the limited background music is awkwardly spliced away from. It wouldn't be the first time Toho Music has demonstrated some less than stellar practices in their releases, such as the "Mono" score for Godzilla vs. Biollante (G-017) that was recorded directly from the movie, but all said it's just a minor point in the grand scheme of things.

It should be noted that this disc is sold exclusively online at Toho Music's site or Arksquare.net.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Toho Logo
  2. You Can Succeed, too
  3. Main Title
  4. It's Time to Wake Up and Say...
  5. Banzai House Song
  6. Taklamakan
  7. Beniko's Room
  8. That Country Smell
  9. Success in Life as a Salary Man
  10. Yamakawa's Enthusiasm
  11. Club Charades I
  12. Club Charades II
  13. Meeting the President
  14. In America
  15. Chasing Yamakawa...
  16. Nakai and Yoko in Attendance
  17. Gazing into a Mirror
  18. Dance Music I
  19. Dance Music II
  20. In America vs. Taklamakan
  21. In America - Duet
  22. Driving with Beniko
  23. Drawing Room Reception
  24. Lounge Music
  25. Heartbroken Couple
  26. I Cannot Succeed? I
  27. The Road Where This Man Lives
  28. In Japan
  29. I Cannot Succeed? II
  30. One Small Manimal
  31. In the Country Together
  32. Yamakawa's Rush
  33. Shape-up Exercises
  34. A Smile from Yoko
  35. You Can Succeed, too - Finale

    Bonus Tracks
  36. You Can Succeed, too (Unedited)
  37. Banzai House Song (Unedited)
  38. Taklamakan (Unedited)
  39. Gazing into a Mirror (Unedited)
  40. In the United States - Duet (Unedited)
  41. Heartbroken Couple (Unedited)
  42. One Small Manimal (Demo)