Friday, February 11, 2022

Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster LP - 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.

When I am ranking Godzilla movies, Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster is usually pretty high on my list.  As a kid, I had the VHS tape of it's sequel, Monster Zero, longer so I've seen that one many more times and have a more nostalgic affinity for it.  But Ghidorah is quite incredible and judging them as an adult is probably the better of the two, even if I like Monster Zero more.  If any of that makes any sense.  I can telly you that the blu ray version of this movie in the Criterion box set has an annoying white line that flashes during each camera cut for the length of the film which can be infuriating at times.

The soundtrack is another Akira Ifukube special and one where he really starts to tie together past themes from other films.  You have 3 monsters that already have a history of their own movies in Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan.  So there are elements of past scores here and there.  The music feels especially menacing and does give some extra weight to the danger of Ghidorah in the movie.

I love the shiny gold Ghidorah colored vinyl and it pops even more in person than it does in the picture above.  The artwork is stellar as it is for everything in this box set and I'll just keep saying how impressed I am with how great these records sound.  Waxwork has done a stellar job with this box set and the Ghidorah soundtrack is another home run.

Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster: "Main Title Theme":

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