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Favorite Godzilla Soundtracks?

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JurassicKaiju14

MemberTitanosaurusJan-08-2020 3:31 PM

What's this? A Godzilla thread that isn't MonsterVerse speculation of monster matchups? GASP!

*ahem* Anyways, the Godzilla franchise has been around for 65 years. And in that time, we've gotten a lot of great music from the series. So which movie or video game has your favorite soundtrack, or which individual theme is your favorite?

My personal overall soundtrack picks are:

-Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

-Destroy All Monsters (1968)

-Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

-The Return of Godzilla (1984)

-Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

-Godzilla (1998)

-Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)

-Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

-GMK (2001)

-Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)

-Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

-Godzilla: Unleashed (2007)

-Godzilla (2014)

-Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Runners up (individual soundtracks) would be:

-"Godzilla vs. Kumonga" (Son of Godzilla)

-"Mechagodzilla vs. Anguirus" (Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla)

-"Requiem" (Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)

-"Godzilla's Theme" (Godzilla: Final Wars)

-"Black Angels" (Shin Godzilla)

-"Under a Burning Sky" (Shin Godzilla)

-"Who will know - Tragedy" (Shin Godzilla)

A true fan can acknowledge the bad while still appreciating and cherishing the good.

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Gabriel Salomon

MemberBaragonJan-08-2020 4:03 PM

Here is a list of my personal favorite favorite individual soundtracks (in no particular order):

Godzilla / Military March Theme (Gojira 1954)

Fury of Godzilla (Gojira 1954)

Prayer for Peace (Gojira 1954)

Sacred Springs (Mothra vs Godzilla)

Requiem (Godzilla vs Destroyah)

Who Will Know? (Shin Godzilla)

Godzilla! (Godzilla 2014)

The Wave (Godzilla 2014)

Old Rivals (Godzilla KotM)

Rodan (Godzilla KotM)

Mothra's Song (Godzilla KotM)

Battle in Boston (Godzilla KotM)

 

"What’s so great about discovery? It’s a violent, penetrative act that scars what it explores. What you call discovery, I call the rape of the natural world."

— Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park (1993)

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-08-2020 7:21 PM

JurassicKaiju14,
You have struck gold with one of my favorite topics and I don't even know how to start. As much of a fan as I am of the Godzilla series, my love for the music is almost a different animal altogether it's so strong.

I'm not sure if I could narrow down my favorites, but I usually default to Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, which was Ifukube's triumphant return--Coming out of retirement to bring some real gravitas to Godzilla and his arch enemy.

Others include, but are probably not limited to, Mothra vs. Godzilla - Akira Ifukube (1964), Monster Zero - Akira Ifukube (1965), Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla - Masaru Sato (1974), Terror of MechaGodzilla - Akira Ifukube (1975), Return of Godzilla - Reijiro Koroku (1984), Godzilla x Megaguirus - Michiru Oshima (2000), Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack - Koh Otani (2001) and Godzilla: Tokyo SOS - Michiru Oshima (2003).

I did an entire game/contest with the forum on this very topic a few years back.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

TheLazyFish

MemberRodanJan-08-2020 7:25 PM

Oh God, this is going to be a LOOOOOOOOONG list.

Destroy All Monsters Theme

Godzilla Theme(s) from just about EVERY movie (every remake of the original theme)

Godzilla Comes Ashore

Japanese Army March (Showa and Heisei variants)

Godzilla's Rampage

Godzilla 1954's Ending Theme

Main Title from Godzilla Raids Again

Main Title from King Kong V.S. Godzilla

Return Of Godzilla from aforementioned movie

Mothra's Song (Showa and KOTM, both due to nostalgia)

Main Title from Mothra V.S. Godzilla

Main Title from Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster

Main Title from Invasion Of Astro Monster

Main Title from Godzilla V.S. Gigan

Main Title from Destroy All Monsters

Main Title from Godzilla V.S. Mechagodzilla

Terror Of Mechagodzilla

Godzilla Appears (from aforementioned movie)

Godzilla V.S. Anguiras (from Godzilla V.S. Mechagodzilla

 

Main Title from Godzilla Returns (1984)

Godzilla's Exit (from Godzilla Returns)

Scramble March

Bio Wars (yall know where this is from)

Ending from Godzilla V.S. Biollante

Main title of Godzilla V.S. King Ghidorah

Get King Ghidorah!

Main Title from Godzilla V.S. Mothra

Mesa March

Ending from aforementioned movie

Main Title from Godzilla V.S. Mechagodzilla II

G-Force March

Godzilla V.S. Destoroyah Main Title

Attack Of Super X III

Requiem

Ending of Godzilla V.S. Destoroyah

And the Ending title (and Alternative Ending Title) to Godzilla V.S. Megaguirus.

 

Phew, I can finally breathe again- OH WAIT, THERE'S MORE

*Deep Inhale*

Godzilla! From Godzilla 2014

Last Shot from aforementioned movie

Persecution Of The Masses from Shin Godzilla

Battle In Outer Space from Shin Godzilla

Defeat Is No Option from Shin Godzilla

Black Angels from Shin Godzilla

Who Will Know from Shin Godzilla

Main Title from KOTM

Ice Breaker from KOTM

Rise Of Ghidorah from KOTM

Old Rivals from KOTM

Rodan from KOTM

Queen Of The Monsters from KOTM

The Key To Coexistence from KOTM

Goodbye Old Friend from KOTM

Battle In Boston from KOTM

King Of The Monsters from KOTM

Ghidorah's Theme from KOTM

Mothra's Song from KOTM

 

 

AND THEN

The Theme From Godzilla: The Series

Prayer For Peace (both the original and the instrumental rendition in GVKG)

 

*EXTREME EXHALE*

If people weren't lazy, we wouldn't try to be efficient. If we weren't efficient, we'd never get anything done.

TheLazyFish

MemberRodanJan-08-2020 7:26 PM

So... I guess I can't really choose a "favorite." Also... the theme from Godzilla V.S. King Ghidorah is kick ass.

If people weren't lazy, we wouldn't try to be efficient. If we weren't efficient, we'd never get anything done.

dk

MemberGodzillaJan-08-2020 8:01 PM

The main theme sticks out with me since it seems to pop up in all the movies I have seen. It has both a foreboding tone and an inspirational sound to it.

Like many movies, I don't really notice the music much when watching a movie- and that is a compliment. The music helps fill out the over all experience. If I notice the music too much then that means I am getting bored with other aspects of the movie. Hopefully that makes sense.

macumbalove

MemberBaragonJan-08-2020 9:42 PM

G.H. (Gman), This is bizarre, but your picks are almost identical to mine. Even if I find some of those movies to be meh, The music is incredible. One I would add to that is Destroy all monsters; the opening theme and the monster land theme I adore.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-08-2020 10:23 PM

macumbalove,
Even if the movie sucks, usually the music is still fantastic. The Godzilla series has a pretty consistent record of great music. Even the few misfires are still pretty easy to listen to.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Kattozilla

MemberAnguirusJan-09-2020 5:26 AM

Here are a few:

The original theme (any variation), Persecution of the Masses (Shin), The Beginning (98), and Godzilla! (14).

i've officially left. thanks for the memories!

Trash panda

MemberAnguirusJan-09-2020 7:50 AM

Top'o the morning, amigos. i gotta say, my favorite soundtrack is the one from KOTM, which my parents got the cd for me for christmas.

Ah shit I’m using my wrong eye again. Sorry that was meant to be behind your back

Gmkgoji

MemberRodanJan-09-2020 7:53 AM

I can't list them all lol.

Zwei Wing is the best singing duo. Change my mind.

Trash panda

MemberAnguirusJan-09-2020 8:21 AM

I like the new version of "Godzilla" but the 1977 one is still one of my top 23 favorites.

Ah shit I’m using my wrong eye again. Sorry that was meant to be behind your back

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-09-2020 10:32 AM
"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Trash panda

MemberAnguirusJan-09-2020 11:11 AM

G. H. (Gman)

Yeah. Blue Oyster Cult made it in 1977 and it's on their "Spectres"(1977) and "Don't Fear The Reaper: The Best Of Blue Oyster Cult" (Feb.8, 2000) albums.

Ah shit I’m using my wrong eye again. Sorry that was meant to be behind your back

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-09-2020 11:51 AM

Oh, the song.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Trash panda

MemberAnguirusJan-09-2020 12:30 PM

Yeah.

Ah shit I’m using my wrong eye again. Sorry that was meant to be behind your back

JurassicKaiju14

MemberTitanosaurusJan-09-2020 12:36 PM

It's absolutely incredible how we disagree and argue over the movies themselves and which ones we consider the best, but then we get to the music and all of a sudden we're all pretty much on the same page.

Moments of finding common ground like this always make me feel a little happier. :)

A true fan can acknowledge the bad while still appreciating and cherishing the good.

TheLazyFish

MemberRodanJan-09-2020 1:57 PM

Yeah. Though I prefer it when we all have different opinions, but all respectfully listen to one another. Those are the sweetest moments, in my opinion. 

 

It's also hard to disagree when ALL the music is awesome XD.

If people weren't lazy, we wouldn't try to be efficient. If we weren't efficient, we'd never get anything done.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-09-2020 3:33 PM

For giggles, I'll post some trivia from the second soundtrack challenge, which I cancelled a couple of years back:

Elite Question
What movie is it from?
Who is the composer?
What scene is it from?

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

JurassicKaiju14

MemberTitanosaurusJan-09-2020 3:43 PM

 G. H. (Gman)

(a) Let's see, it kinda sounds like Ifukube's Ghidorah theme, so...Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster?

(b) Akira Ifukube.

(c) I'm gonna take a wild guess and say the final battle scene from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.

A true fan can acknowledge the bad while still appreciating and cherishing the good.

Gomi: Ninja Monster

MemberBaragonJan-09-2020 5:01 PM

G. H. (Gman):

1. Sounds partly like a slower version of the music that plays during the part where the humans destroy the control gyroscope in Destroy All Monsters. Given Ifukube's tendency to reutilize older work, I'm gonna guess Battle in Outer Space maybe?
2. Akira Ifukube
3. A chase scene? I don't know, I haven't seen that movie.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-09-2020 8:16 PM

You guys are definitely beating around the bush. You're in that neighborhood and of course have the composer down. I'll reveal the answer tomorrow night if no one gets it by then.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Gomi: Ninja Monster

MemberBaragonJan-09-2020 8:41 PM

G. H. (Gman)
Hmm, upon comparison I see/hear I was definitely off in my initial guess, which now brings up the question of why I thought I recognized that so quickly. Must be triggering something else, more research is needed.

 

Also, seeing everyone so unanimous about something Godzilla-related is truly beautiful, but I find the lack of appreciation for Crystal from GvsSpaceG, Goodbye Godzilla, and the Hanna-Barbera theme song very disappointing. :P

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-09-2020 9:01 PM

Gomi: Ninja Monster,
I have no doubt you recognize it from another movie.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Gomi: Ninja Monster

MemberBaragonJan-09-2020 9:05 PM

G. H. (Gman)
YEP. That's the one. I knew it had to be in "The Best of Godzilla" soundtracks somewhere.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-09-2020 9:07 PM

Yep. This piece initially debuted in another film--Unsurprisingly. Just about all of Ifukube's Heisei material is lifted from the Showa era and thrown in stereo. Not that I'm complaining, it was nice to hear these pieces re-orchestrated.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Gomi: Ninja Monster

MemberBaragonJan-09-2020 9:13 PM

Indeed, makes me doubly disappointed that KOTM didn't get more Ifukube tracks to remaster/remix.

Well, now I'm wondering if this piece has anything to do with Varan's movie...

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaJan-09-2020 9:54 PM

Although I'm not a big fan of the movie, I think King of the Monsters is the best Godzilla score since Tokyo SOS. Would more Ifukube have been nice? Sure, but McCreary's themes were robust, plentiful and catchy too--So no complaints. Just using Ifukube's Godzilla theme was plenty--Especially the spin he put on it.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

TheLazyFish

MemberRodanJan-09-2020 11:37 PM

I kinda liked some of the Shin Godzilla tracks a bit more than any of the ones of KOTM, but by a VERY close margin. 

If people weren't lazy, we wouldn't try to be efficient. If we weren't efficient, we'd never get anything done.

JurassicKaiju14

MemberTitanosaurusJan-10-2020 5:15 AM

TheLazyFish Shin has good music when it's using original scores. But when it's just reusing tracks from older movies, it fell kinda flat for me.

I feel KOTM's score works because it doesn't just flat out copy the old tunes, but adds new spins on them to make them feel new.

A true fan can acknowledge the bad while still appreciating and cherishing the good.

Trash panda

MemberAnguirusJan-10-2020 6:25 AM

Evet single song you guys think are the best are ABSOLUTLEY the best

Ah shit I’m using my wrong eye again. Sorry that was meant to be behind your back
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