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San Daikaijû: Chikyu Saidai No Kessen
San Daikaijû: Chikyu Saidai No Kessen (1964)
Ifukube at his best
by a soundtrack collector
(March 6, 2009)
Although it doesn’t feature an abundant amount of new material, Akira Ifukube’s score for “Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster” is one of the most enjoyable works in the composer’s portfolio. Returning from previous films are the themes for Godzilla and Rodan (whose leitmotif was initially used for Varan), both of which are looped together to create one of the most memorable cues in the series. Ghidorah receives an appropriately aggressive theme, which made its first appearance in the space epic known as “Battle in Outer Space”. Also worth noting is the song ‘Let’s Summon Happiness’ by The Peanuts (Emi and Yumi Ito), which is associated with the enormous bug Mothra (a caterpillar in this movie).
Some of this music would be replaced in Continental’s version of the film (possibly due to its repetitive nature) in favor of stock music by Trevor Duncan and Steve Race. Even though some changes are annoying to the fine ear, a good deal of these cues did justice to the scenes onscreen, particularly the suspense-driven music that plays when the scientists explore Kurobe Valley, or the very ominous cue that precedes Rodan’s entrance. Regardless of its numerous alterations, the score for the US version plays effectively.
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