REVIEW by Stefan Polke (September 10, 2005)
The CD is mostly made up of mid-tempo marches and themes
with a few slower tunes scattered about. The marches are
variations of ones we've heard in many other Toho films
by Akira Ifukube. The music here is very good and fun
to listen to but I feel works much better in the film
than as stand-alone listening. The reason for that is
that the marches and main themes get repeated far too
often on this CD for my tastes. After awhile it gets
a little boring. Track # 12 is a nicely done female
vocal of a love song with guitar accompaniment. Tracks
# 1 through # 30 are from the film. Tracks # 31 through
# 40 are alternate takes with Tracks # 35 through # 38
being four different vocal variations of the same song.
Track # 39 is a female singing "Yankee Doodle" in Japanese
and track # 40 is an instrumental karaoke number.
Tracks # 41 through # 43 are sound effects while the
final track, # 44, is audio from the films trailer.
The music here is very good and the CD worth owning
if you don't mind the repetitious nature of the
themes and marches.