Friday, January 28, 2022

King Kong vs. Godzilla 2xLP - From Godzilla: The Showa Era Soundtracks, 1954-1975 Box Set


Waxwork (2021) 

For the next several Fridays I'll be writing about an LP from the fantastic Godzilla Show Era soundtrack box set. Godzilla was such an important part of my childhood and the music was such a vital piece of that puzzle. Thrilled to finally have these on vinyl.

The first Godzilla film was a classic, the second felt like something of a rushed to market sequel.  After hibernating in ice for a few years, Toho came back with their third Godzilla movie, King Kong vs. Godzilla.  This movie is a triumph and is one of my very favorite Godzilla films.  While I adore the fight scenes where the two big boys go at it pro wrestling style, the plot and it's 'anything for a buck' TV/advertising subtext makes it way more than just a goofy kids movie.

Soundtrack-wise, we have the return of Akira Ifukube who rolls out an excellent score.  In particular, I've really been a fan of the Faro island music since I was a kid.  Some of those scenes maybe don't hold up in the best way sixty years later, but the music never fails to strike a chord.

I did have another version of this soundtrack on vinyl, but it cannot hold a candle to the beauty or the sound quality of what Waxwork  has released as part of this box set.  Another home run.

King Kong vs. Godzilla - "Main Title":

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