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Highly recommended (This rating is on webmaster's personal taste.)
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|Akira Ifukube/Millennium Godzilla Best (1954-1975)|
A compilation album that contains the Japanese contemporary music composer, Akira Ifukube's masterpieces for Toho's special-effects monster films, such as 'Godzilla, King of the Monsters' (1954), 'Rodan' (1956), 'The Mysterians' (1957), 'Varan The Unbelievable' (1958), 'King Kong Vs. Godzilla' (1962), 'Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero' (1965) and others. Impressive and thrilling music featuring simple rhythms in march style and pan-Asian melodies. All the music composed and arranged by Akira Ifukube. Pseudo-stereo sound based on the original mono master tapes. The sound quality is good.
|Miles Davis/Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud (1958)|
The original soundtrack of the French film "Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud/Elevator to the Gallows" directed by Louis Malle. Played by Miles Davis (trumpet) with French jazzmen, Pierre Michelot (bass), René Urtreger (piano), and Barney Wilen (tenor sax), and an American drummer Kenny Clarke. Cool and moody hard bop. Based on the fragments of melodies previously composed by Miles, but the music itself was made by improvisation. Tense performance which boosts suspenseful mood of the film.
|Henry Mancini/Greatest Hits (2000/1958-1977)|
A single-disc compilation (RCA) that includes 22 well-known pieces (digitally remastered) composed by Henry Mancini, an American composer, conductor and arranger known for his film and television scores. Romantic and jazzy orchestral pop in the easy-listening/lounge style. Features movie themes, "Moon River" (from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"), "Experiment in Terror", "Baby Elephant Walk" (from "Hatari"), "Days of Wine and Roses", "The Pink Panther Theme" and others. A theme from TV drama "Peter Gunn" has been covered by lots of jazz/blues/rock artists, and the cover of Art of Noise with Duane Eddy is famous.
|Michel Legrand/Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964/1996)|
The original soundtrack of a 1964 French musical film "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" (directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo). The music composed by Michel Legrand, a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and pianist. The dialogue of this film is all sung with melodies and accompanying music, like recitative, and the actors' voices were dubbed by singers. Jazzy orchestra pop featuring melancholy melodies. The main theme "I Will Wait For You" and "Watch What Happens" are popular songs known as standards. Recommended to French pop lovers. The complete edition (2 CDs) including six bonus tracks (demo recordings and cover versions) was released in 1996.
|Vince Guaraldi Trio/A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1964)|
Vince Guaraldi is an American jazz pianist noted for his composing music for the animated TV specials "Peanuts" based on Charles M. Schulz's comic strip. The soundtrack recorded by Vince Guaraldi's piano trio for "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" (1963), an unreleased TV documentary film about Charles M. Schulz and "Peanuts", including animated parts. Guaraldi's first soundtrack for "Peanuts". Originally titled "Jazz Impressions of a Boy Named Charlie Brown". Pop-oriented jazz album descended from the 1950s West Coast jazz, including lightly swinging rhythms and catchy compositions with simple and lyrical melodies. "Linus and Lucy" is one of Guaraldi's most famous pieces. It was used many times in the animated TV specials of "Peanuts" and become the de facto theme song of "Peanuts". Guaraldi's music for "Peanuts" introduced jazz to lots of kids and their parents since the mid-1960s, and contributed to popularizing jazz.
|The Sound of Music (1965)|
The original soundtrack of a 1965 American musical film "The Sound of Music" (directed by Robert Wise, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer), which was based on the Broadway musical with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Features lots of famous songs which have become standards, such as the title song "The Sound of Music", "My Favorite Things" (John Coltrane played and became a jazz standard), "Do-Re-Mi", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", and "Edelweiss".
|TV Size! Tokusatsu Hero Theme Song Collection (2003/1966-1976)|
A compilation album (a set of 2 CDs) which includes 100 opening/ending themes of Japanese Tokusatsu (special effects) hero TV series in 1966-1976. Released on Columbia Music Entertainment in 2003. All the tracks are not full-sized, but TV-sized (short versions aired on TV). Almost all the songs are the original sound sources, though some songs are short versions edited from the records, and the "Ambassador Magma/The Space Giants" theme song is not the original, but a cover version. Lots of catchy songs in a brass band/orchestra pop/GS style. Recommended to those who'd like to preview old Tokusatsu songs at once. Includes songs from "Ultraman", "Ultra Seven", "Giant Robo", "Spectreman", "Mirrorman", "Kaiketsu Lion-Maru", "Chojin Barom 1", "Kamen Rider", "Android Kikaider", "Rainbowman", "Kamen Rider V3", "Kikaider 01", "Super Robot Red Baron", "Inazuman", "Denjin Zaborger", "Condorman", "Himitsu Sentai Gorenger", "Space Ironmen Kyodyne", "Ninja Captor", and many other rare tracks. The songs composed by Chumei Watanabe, Takeo Yamashita, Shunsuke Kikuchi, Kunio Miyauchi, Takeo Watanabe and others. Sung by Isao Sasaki, Masato Shimon, Ichirou Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie and others.
|Bernard Herrmann/Music from the Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers (1969)|
An American composer noted for his film music, Bernard Herrmann's collection for Hitchcock films (Decca/London). Bernard Herrmann himself arranged his scores for Alfred Hitchcock films into concert suite form, and recorded them in 1968, conducting London Philharmonic Orchestra. Includes "Psycho (A narrative for orchestra)", "Marnie", "North by Northwest", "Vertigo" (Prelude/The nightmare/Scène d'amour), and "A Portrait of 'Hitch'" (from "The Trouble with Harry"). Great incidental music characterized by frequent use of ostinato and sound-effects-like phrases, which help the suspenseful developments of Hitchcock films. Spatial, pseudo-surround sound by "phase 4 stereo", Decca/London Records' multi-channel recording technique. The original LP wa released in 1969. The CD was released in 1996. The 1999 CD "Psycho: Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers" is a reissue of this album, with two extra non-Herrmann tracks.
|John Barry/The Film Music of John Barry (1988)|
The best compilaton album that includes the 17 main pieces from the 1960s works produced by John Barry, the great soundtrack music composer from England. Pop-oriented sound with strong beats and brass attacks, influenced by American jazz and rock. Includes six tracks from the famous "James Bond" series, "The James Bond Theme" (from "Dr. No"), "From Russia with Love", "Goldfinger" (No.8 on the US charts), "Thunderball", "Space March" (from "You Only Live Twice") and "We Have All the Time in the World" (from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"). Also features "Born Free" and "The Lion in Winter".
|Ennio Morricone/The Best of Ennio Morricone (1986)|
The best compilaton album that includes famous Italian film music composer, Ennio Morricone's major works on the RCA label. Originally released in Europe in 1986. The theme of 'Per Un Pugno Di Dollari/A Fistful of Dollars' directed by Sergio Leone (1964) is well known as the standard number of the 'spaghetti Western' film music. An introductory album to Morricone's huge and diverse works.
|Francis Lai/Un Homme et une Femme (1966)|
The original soundtrack of Claude Lelouch's 'A Man and a Woman'. Music by Francis Lai. Features Pierre Barouh on vocals. The theme is a famous French pop song in the bossa nova style.
|2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)|
The soundtrack to the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey" directed by Stanley Kubrick. Features Richard Strauss/"Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra)" (Karl Böhm conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), György Ligeti/Requiem for Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra (Francis Travis conducts the Bavarian Radio Orchestra), Ligeti/Lux Aeterna (Choir of Norddeutscher Rundfunk under Helmut Franz), Johann Strauss/The Blue Danube (Herbert von Karajan conducts the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra), Aram Khachaturian/Gayane Ballet Suite (Adagio) (Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra), and Ligeti/Atomospheres (Ernest Bour conducts Südwestfunk Orchestra).
|John Williams/Greatest Hits 1969-1999 (1969-1999)|
A one double-CD which collects popular themes composed by John Williams, an American composer and conductor known for his symphonic film scores for Hollywood movies (Sony). The most of the tracks are not the original soundtrack sources, but re-recordings conducted by John Williams himself, with the Boston Pops Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and others, so I don't recommend this if you stick to the original soundtracks, but useful for running through John Williams' famous themes composed in 1969-1999. "Theme from Jaws", "Main Title from Star Wars", "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "Main Title from Superman", "The Imperial March from The Empire Strikes Back", "The Raider's March from Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Flying Theme from E.T.", "Luke and Leia from Return of the Jedi", "Parade of the Slave Children from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom", "Cadillac of the Skies from Empire of the Sun", "Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", "Theme from Born on the Fourth of July", "Somewhere in My Memory from Home Alone", "Prologue from JFK", "Theme from Far and Away", "Theme from Jurassic Park", "Theme from Schindler's List", "Seven Years in Tibet", "Hymn to the Fallen from Saving Private Ryan", "Duel of the Fates from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" and others.
|Curtis Mayfield/Superfly (1972)|
The third studio album (#1 on the US album charts) by Curtis Mayfield, an American singer-songwriter who worked with the Impressions in the late 1950s and 1960s, and worked as a solo artist since the 1970s, and had a great influence on music scenes around soul and R&B. Released as the original soundtrack for the blaxploitation film "Superfly" (1972). One of the masterpieces of the 1970s soul/funk, along with Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". Elegant and gorgeous sound including Curtis Mayfield's falsetto vocals, sophisticated arrangements of strings and horns, and wah-wah guitar. Includes two instrumental tracks. Includes singles, "Freddie's Dead" (#4 on the US charts) and "Superfly" (#8 US). All the songs written, composed and produced by Curtis Mayfield.
|Gato Barbieri/Last Tango in Paris (Expanded Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2016/1972)|
The original soundtrack of the film "Last Tango in Paris" (1972) directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. An elegant and romantic film score including the elements of Latin-jazz, fusion and tango. Composed by Argentinian-born composer and saxophonist Gato Barbieri. Orchestrated and conducted by American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger and composer Oliver Nelson. The main theme featuring Barbierifs smoky sax became a hit. The 2-CD expanded edition released by Quartet Records (Spain) in 2016. The disc 1 features the complete original score as used in the film. The disc 2 features a re-recording in 1972 released as an album in 1973 by United Artists Records.
|Go Nagai: Dynamic! The Best!! (1972-1997)|
A compilation album that collects theme songs (opening/ending themes) for the TV anime shows based on Go Nagai's manga works, such as 'Devilman', 'Mazinger Z', 'Cutey Honey', 'Dororon Enma-kun', 'Getter Robo', 'Great Mazinger', 'Kotetsu Jeeg', 'UFO Robo Grendizer', 'Aztecyzer', 'Majokko Tickle', 'Getter Robo Go' and others. Released in 2005 for the 60th anniversary of Go Nagai's birthday. The songs composed by Chumei Watanabe, Shunsuke Kikuchi, Takeo Watanabe and others, and sung by Ichiro Mizuki, Isao Sasaki, Mitsuko Horie and others. All the songs are the Japanese original takes (not the TV-size versions, but the long versions). Remastered from Nihon Columbia's sound sources. The sound quality is good. 26 tracks in total.
|41 Original Hits From The Soundtrack of American Graffiti (1973)|
The soundtrack to the movie 'American Graffiti', directed by George Lucas. Includes mostly American rock & roll/pop hits of the late 1950s to the early 1960s. Bill Haley & The Comets/Rock Around the Clock, Del Shannon/Runaway, Buddy Holly/That'll Be the Day, Chuck Berry/Johnny B. Goode, Clovers/ Love Potion No. 9, Platters/Only You (And You Alone) and others. Convenient as an introductory guide to American oldies.
|Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track (1977/1975-1977)|
The original soundtrack from the 1977 film "Saturday Night Fever". Mainly consists of disco/R&B/dance pop/adult contemporary hits in 1975-1977. A smash hit album (#1 on the US/UK Australian album charts) which sold 40 million copies worldwide, and epitomized the disco boom in the late 1970s. Includes the English vocal group, Bee Gees' five number-one hits on the US charts, "Jive Talkin", "You Should Be Dancing", "How Deep Is Your Love", "Stayin' Alive", and "Night Fever". Also features Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You" (#1 on the US). Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven" is a disco arrangement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Walter Murphy's "Night on Disco Mountain" is a disco arrangement of Mussorgsky's "Night on the Bare Mountain".
The original soundtrack of the Italian horror film "Suspiria" (1977) directed by Dario Argento. All the tracks composed, arranged and performed by Goblin, an Italian progressive rock band known for their soundtrack work. The film is an occult horror film classic, featuring shocking gore scenes and extremely artificial images based on primary colors. The soundtrack is a heavy and percussive sound work evoking the medieval witchcraft, including the elements of early music and folk music, and using a variety of instruments, including celesta, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar, tabla (Indian percussion), bouzouki (Greek string instrument), Moog synths, and mellotron (presetting the sound of church organ), and sound effects such as modulated voices. The track No.6 "Black Forest/Blind Concert" (not used in the film) is the original edit of the recording of progressive rock tunes in the jazz rock style. Recommended to those who like experimental music and goth rock.
|Jerry Goldsmith/Alien [Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] (1979/2007)|
The original soundtrack for "Alien", the 1978 science fiction-horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The 1979 LP (and its CD version) was a re-edited and re-recorded edition in a low-quality sound and its duration was only about 36 minutes, but the complete edition (a set of 2 CDs, the durationis 126:20) released from Intrada Records in 2007 contains the original score used n the film in a high-quality sound. The disc 1 contains the entire score as the composer originally intended it (before it was altered and re-edited on the director's wishes), and seven alternate versions recomposed according to the director's instructions. The disc 2 contains the remastered edition of the 1979 album and seven bonus tracks (demonstration takes and others). An orchestral work influenced by contemporary classical music and Bernard Herrmann's film scores, and excellent incidental music which boosts the intense atmosphere of the film. Conducted by Lionel Newman. Performed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra.
|Michael Nyman/The Very Best of Michael Nyman: Film Music 1980-2001 (1980-2001)|
A set of 2 CDs that covers almost all the soundtrack works (until 2001) of Michael Nyman, the English contemporary composer. Melodic and repetitive music influenced by baroque music and minimalism. Includes the tracks from Peter Greenway films, " The Draughtsman's Contract", "Drowning By Numbers", "Zoo: A Zed and Two Noughts" and "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover", and Jane Campion's "The Piano", Andrew Niccol's "Gattaca" and others.
|Urusei Yatsura: Anime Theme Song & Character Song Collection (2015/1981-1991)|
A compilation (A set of 2 CDs, 30 tracks) that includes all the 15 opening/ending theme songs (the original long versions) of the TV anime series "Urusei Yatsura" (aired in Japan in 1981-1986), all the 6 theme songs of "Urusei Yatsura" movies and other "Urusei"-related songs (Pony Canyon). The disc 1 (a collection of theme songs of the TV series) is the same as the CD "Urusei Yatsura TV Theme Song Best" released in 1999. The disc 2 includes movie theme songs, opening/ending theme songs of the second OVA "I'm the Shu-chan (Memorial Album)", featured songs and chracter songs. This is not a "complete collection", because it lacks several featured songs and opening/ending theme songs of the third OVA, but you can listen to all the theme songs of TV series and movies in high-quality sound (the 2015 remastered edition). The first theme song of the TV series "Lum's Love Song" (composed by Izumi Kobayashi, sung by Yuko Matsutani) is a very famous anime song.
|Prince & the Revolution/Purple Rain (1984)|
An African American musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Prince's sixth album (#1 on the US album charts). The soundtrack to the film with the same title, starring Prince himself. A smash hit album which sold 13 million copies in the US, and more than 24 million copies worldwide. Pop/rock-oriented sound with the mixture of rock, pop, electro funk, R&B and New Wave (so-called "Minneapolis sound"), featuring heavy metallic guitar, synths and drum machines. Personally, I prefer his later, more soul/funk/electro-oriented albums such as "Parade" and "Sign 'O' the Times"... Includes singles, "When Doves Cry" (#1 on the US), "Let's Go Crazy" (#1 on the US), "Purple Rain" (#2 on the US), "I Would Die 4 U" (#8 on the US) and "Take Me with U" (#25 on the US). "When Doves Cry" is a great song.
|Video Game Music (1984)|
The world's first soundtrack album to video game. Includes ten tracks from Namco's old arcade games in the early 1980s, 'Xevious', 'Pac-Man', 'Mappy', 'Libble Rabble', 'Galaga' and so on. Arranged and supervised by Haruomi Hosono of YMO.
|Diggin' in the Carts: A Collection of Pioneering Japanese Video Game Music (2017/1985-1995)|
A collection of rare Japanese video game music in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This dig began with Red Bull Music Academy documentary series of the same name, and it was released as an album from the UK electronic music label Hyperdub. You can enjoy cheap but atmospheric chiptunes (8 bit/16 bit music) in the early days, produced by digital synthesis within the limits of data capacity and channels. Includes 34 tracks selected from video games for consoles (Famicom, Super Famicom, PC-Engine, MegaDrive and others), PCs (PC-8801, MSX and others) and arcade. IT is worth listening to, because it was compiled in purely musical terms. The artists are Konami Kukeiha Club and others. The artwork by anime director Koji Morimoto.
|Haruomi Hosono/Nokto de la Galaksia Fervojo (Night on the Galactic Railroad) (1985)|
The original soundtrack for the anime movie 'Night on the Galactic Railroad'. Minimal/ambient-oriented music by making full use of digital synths and sampler. Imaginative sound which creates the movie's fantastic and strange atmosphere. Features a female singer/songwriter, Miharu Koshi (piano, chorus, songwriting). Includes "La Pliocena Marbordo".
|John Lurie/Stranger Than Paradise (1986)|
The original scores to the Jim Jarmusch cult film "Stranger Than Paradise" (1984), produced by John Lurie (ex-The Lounge Lizards saxophone player), who also stars in the film. Impressive music for string quartet, with a moody and cool atmosphere, like blues and minimal music. The 1999 CD includes an additional track "The Resurrection of Albert Ayler", music for a dance performance by Karole Armitage, performed by an ensemble including strings, John Lurie (alto and soprano saxophone), Arto Lindsay (guitar) and other ex-The Lounge Lizards members.
|Aile De Honneamise -Royal Space Force- Original Soundtrack (1987)|
The original soundtrack of the anime film "Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise". Ethnic techno with an oriental (Asian/Middle Eastern) taste. Composed, arranged and performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto (ex-YMO), Koji Ueno (ex-Guernica), Yuji Nomi (Oshare TV) and Haruo Kubota (Pearl Brothers). Produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Misuki Moritani sings soprano in the song "Anyamo". This album has a brief recording time (15 tracks in total, 39 minutes), and several tracks used in the film are not included, so it leaves something to be desired. The sound is like Sakamoto's solo works around the same time, such as "Steppin' Into Asia", "Miraiha Yaro" and "Neo Geo".
|Geinoh Yamashirogumi/Symphonic Suite AKIRA (1988)|
The music created for the anime movie 'AKIRA' directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Ethnic near-future sounds featuring synths, Jegog (bamboo percussion of Bali, Indonesia), Kechak (Balinese male chorus), Gamelan (Indonesian percussion ensemble), Japanese traditional Shomyo (Buddhist chanting) and Noh (classical arts). Geinoh Yamashirogumi, the Japanese music group led by Shouji Yamashiro, is a unique chorus/performance art group that adopts ethnic music/traditional arts around the world, and also makes full use of synthesizers, computers, and high-tech recording techniques.
The original soundtrack for 'Mother' (also known as 'EarthBound 0' in North America), a unique role-playing game greatly influenced by American pop culture. The game was produced by copywriter Shigesato Itoi, and released by Nintendo for Famicom (the Japanese version of NES/Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1989. In Japan, 'Mother' is known for its excellent soundtrack, which is pop-oriented music with simple and beautiful melodies, influenced by the US/UK rock (especially Brian Wilson and John Lennon). Composed and arranged by Keiichi Suzuki (the central figure of the rock band Moonriders) and Hirokazu Tanaka (the game/sound creator of Nintendo at the time). The soundtrack album featuring not only the original game sound sources but also the song versions with vocals. All the tracks recorded in London, and the lyrics are English. Catherine Warwick (vocals), Louis Philippe (vocals), Michael Nyman (arrangement) and David Bedford (arrangement) guest. 'Eight Melodies' arranged by Michael Nyman is a famous song that appeared in a music textbook for Japanese primary school. The digitally remastered version (featuring the extended version of original sound sources and an unreleased demo track added) was released in 2004. The game is also available on GameBoy Advance port as 'Mother 1+2'.
|Patlabor Original Soundtrack Album Vol.5 "Inquest" (1989/2006)|
The original soundtrack of the animated, near-future Sci-Fi film on cybercrime, "Mobile Police Patlabor the Movie" (1989). Music by Kenji Kawai. Heavy and hard sound by full use of synths and programming, featuring deep bass. The tracks for action scenes such as "Heavy Armor" are cool. the tracks about Eiichi Hoba (a criminal of runaway-labor cases) feature steel drums and have mysterious atmosphere, like folk music. The original was released in 1989. The digitally remastered CD was released in 2006. Musically, the 1998 re-recorded edition "1999/Patlabor the Movie Sound Renewal" has more high-quality finished form than the original, but I recommend this if you stick to the original soundtrack.
|Fred Frith/Step Across the Border (1990)|
The soundtrack to an avant-garde documentary film "Step Across the Border" (directed by Nicolas Humbert and Werner Penzel) on English composer/improviser/guitarist Fred Frith (also known for ex-member of Henry Cow and Art Bears) and his collaborators' live performances, studio recordings, rehearsals and others in Switzerland, Germany, The United States, Japan and others between 1979 and 1989. This disc offers an overview of Fred Frith's musical activities in the 1980s. The musicians are Iva Bittová, Tom Cora, Jean Derome, Haco, Eitetsu Hayashi, Tim Hodgkinson, Bill Laswell, René Lussier, Fred Maher, Kevin Norton, Bob Ostertag, John Zorn and others.
|Alfh Lyra/Street Fighter II -G.S.M. CAPCOM 4- (1991)|
A soundtrack album (2 CDs) that includes music from Capcom's arcade games, "Street Fighter II" (1991. A blockbuster hit of competitive fighting game), "U.S.Navy/Carrier Air Wing" (1990. A side-scrolling shooter game), "Magic Sword" (1990. A side-scrolling fantasy action game), "Final Fight" (1989. A beat-'em-up action game), and "Chiki Chiki Boys/Mega Twins" (1990. A side-scrolling action game). The dics 1 includes the arranged versions of "Street Fighter II", "U.S.Navy", "Magic Sword" and "Final Fight", and the original versions of "U.S.Navy" and "Magic Sword". The disc 2 includes the original versions of "Street Fighter II" and "Chiki Chiki Boys". Feaures high-quality musical composition, though the original sound by FM (Frequency modulation) synthesis is cheap. The music composed and arranged by Alfh Lyra (Capcom's sound team). The "Street Fighter II" tracks (almost all the tracks composed by Pii/Yoko Shimomura) and "U.S.Navy" tracks based on fusion/prog-rock/heavy metal (composed by Chanchacorin/Manami Matsumae) are impressive.
|Koichi Sugiyama/Symphonic Suite "Dragon Quest V" Heaven's Bride (1992)|
The original soundtrack for 'Dragon Quest V: Heaven's Bride', which is the fifth of 'Dragon Quest' (also known as 'Dragon Warrior' in North America. Distributed by ENIX), the nationally-popular role-playing game series in Japan. The game was released on Super Famicom (the Japanese version of Super Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1992. The music composed by Koichi Sugiyama, a composer of Japanese popular/contemporary/game music. This is the first soundtrack album for 'Dragon Quest V', and a set of 2 CDS: the orchestra version (conducted by Koichi Sugiyama, performed by NHK Symphony Orchestra) and the original version (arranged from the game sound sources). The game itself was renowned as one of the best DQ games, and the music is also excellent. Orchestral music with beautiful melodies and a gentle atmosphere. The game is also available on the PlayStation2/Nintendo DS ports. There are also other two orchestral versions: performed by London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
|Idol Tenshi Youkoso Yoko -Must Be In Shibuya- (1992)|
"Idol Tenshi Youkoso Yoko" is a musical-style TV anime series which enjoyed a cult-like popularity for its lots of original inserted songs and unique screenplays, aired in 1990-1991. An image album (8 tracks) which includes the arranged versions of theme songs and inserted songs used in the TV anime, sung by Mika Kanai, a voice actress and singer who played the leading character Yoko in the TV anime. The music is like the Japanese girlish idol songs in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Includes the opening theme "Haru no Passage (A Passage in the Spring)", ending theme "Hi no Ataru Station (A Station in the Sun)", inserted songs, such as "Singing Queen" and "Kimi wa Original (You are Original)", and a song with the Japanese lyrics and the melody from Beyer's instruction book for the piano. There are Yoko's short narrations between the songs. The official soundtrack CD (1991) contains 8 vocal songs, including theme songs sung by a real idol singer Yoko Tanaka, but it doesn't include Mika Kanai versions.
|Shin Megami Tensei (1993)|
The original soundtrack for 'Shin Megami Tensei (True Goddess Reincarnation)', which is the third of the Japanese role-playing game series 'Megami Tensei (Goddess Reincarnation)' (created by Atlus), earning a cult following for its distinctive dark worldview. The game was released on Super Famicom (the Japanese version of Super Nintendo Entertainment System) in 1992. The game itself is awesome, and the music based on hard/progressive rock is also excellent. Composed by Tsukasa Masuko. A set of 2 CDs: the 'Law Disc' that includes the original version arranged from the game sound sources, and the 'Chaos Disc' that features the arranged version in a full-scale prog-rock style. The game is also available on the PlayStation and GameBoy Advance ports.
|Vangelis/Blade Runner (1994)|
The original soundtrack to Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner'. The music by Vangelis. The sound of Analog synths is cool.
|Atlus/Gouketsuji Ichizoku (Power Instinct) 2 (1994)|
The soundtrack of "Gouketsuji Ichizoku (Power Instinct) 2", the second of Atlus's arcade game "Gouketsuji Ichizoku/Power Instinct" series. "Gouketsuji Ichizoku 2" is a unique fighting game known for its elaborate music production, such as BGM with songs. The music tracks (CD-DA) in the game software (CD-ROM) of the PlayStation conversion edition are clearer in sound quality than the arcade game edition (ADPCM), but only this album includes all the original sound sources from the arcade game edition, the main themes (among the 16 main themes, the 9 themes has songs) and other music tracks, character voices, and sound effects. You can enjoy high-quality compositions in a variety of styles, such as hardcore punk, heavy metal, electro dance, idol pop, ethnic music, Kechak, Enka, Japanese fight song and Okinawan music, in a Japanese-style arrangement including traditional Japanese musical instrument. The music composed by Denchuu (Toshikazu Tanaka). Kotono Mitsuishi, a popular voice actress known for her role as Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon) in "Sailor Moon", acted the voice of the magical girl Kurara Hananokouji and sung the theme of Kurara.
|Banyu-Inryoku vol.1 1994-2007 (1994-2007)|
A 2-CD set which includes 61 tracks (141 minutes and 29 seconds) selected from musical compositions used in the theatrical performances by "Experimental Laboratory of Theatre Banyu-Inryoku (Universal Gravitation)" in 1994-2007. The music composed by J. A. Seazer. An independent production released from Banyu-Inryoku's label Asian Crack in 2007. It becames commercially available in 2010. The back tracks are mainly created by programming, and the sound quality is poor, but the musical compositions are impressive, for they include chorus, progressive rock-oriented development, and solemn songs in the neoclassical dark wave style. Kiyoshi Tobinaga (actor of Banyu-Inryoku and guitarist of Asian Crack Band) has programmed the music after 2006, on behalf of J. A. Seazer. The songs used in the anime "Revolutionary Girl Utena" (1997, 1999) are not included. Recommended to those who want to listen to Banyu-Inryoku's incidental music except for the songs used in "Utena". It includes two arrangements of the songs in "Tenjo Sajiki" era, "Olphe Hiroshima" and "Yama ni Noborite Tsugeyo (Go Tell It on the Mountain)".
|Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995)|
The first of TV anime series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" original soundtracks. Music by Shiroh Sagisu. Features the opening theme "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" (Director's Edit. Version), the ending theme "Fly Me to the Moon" (a popular standard song written by Bart Howard), heavy orchestral pieces used in the battle scenes, and others. Produced by Hideaki Annno (the TV series director).
|Nino Rota/Music for Film (1997)|
Includes Italian film music composer, Nino Rota's famous pieces, 30 tracks in total from "The Godfather", "The Godfather II" (directed by Francis Ford Coppola), "8 1/2" (directed by Federico Fellini), "La Dolce Vita/The Sweet Life" (directed by Federico Fellini), "Prova d'Orchestra/Orchestra Rehearsal" (directed by Federico Fellini), "Rocco e i suoi Fratelli/Rocco and his Brothers" (directed by Luchino Visconti), and "Il Gattopardo/The Leopard" (directed by Luchino Visconti). Luscious music with melancholy melodies and deep romanticism. "Love Theme" from "The Godfather" is quite famous. Riccardo Muti conducts Filarmonica della Scala.
|The Eve of Absolute Evolution Revolution (1997)|
The first of TV anime series "Revolutionary Girl Utena" original soundtracks. Music by Shinkichi Mitsumune. Features the opening theme "Rondo-Revolution" (full size), the first ending theme "Truth" (full size) and others. The originals of "The Absolute Destiny: Apocalypse" and other choral works are composed by J.A. Seazer (he once composed the music for Shuji Terayama's Tenjo Sajiki) and used in his stage dramas.
|Shojo Kakumei Utena Complete CD-Box (2008/1997-1999)|
A 10-CD set which consists of the remastered editions of all the nine soundtrack albums of the TV anime series "Revolutionary Girl Utena" released in 1997-1999, and a new album. You can enjoy all the music of "Revolutionary Girl Utena", J. A. Seazer's underground female chorus rock in the prog-rock style and Shinkichi Mitsumune's classical and beautiful incidental music. The discs I-III, "Zettai Shinka Kakumei Zen'ya (The Eve of Absolute Evolution Revolution)", "Virtual Star Hasseigaku (Virtual Star Embryology)" and "Tainai Dokei Toshi Orloj (Body Clock City Orloj)" are the original soundtracks of the TV series. The disc IV "Tenshi Souzou Sunawachi Hikari (Angel Creation Namely Light)" includes choruses used in the series with the arrangement by J. A. Seazer and the chorus by Experimental Laboratory of Theatre Banyu-Inryoku and the Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo. The disc V and VI "Saa, Watashi to Engage Shite... (Come on, Engage Me...)" include unreleased BGM, voice drama and songs for the 1997 musical. The discs VII and VIII are the CDs in commemoration of the movie release. The disc VII "Reijin Nirvana Raiga -Boku no Androgynous- (A Beauty Nirvana Comes -My Androgynous-)" is a best-of album. The disc VIII "Bararan Soseiroku Sophia -Chuusei yo Yomigaere! (Rose-Egg Resuscitation Minutes Sophia -Revive! the Middle Ages-)" is a collection of J. A. Seazer's choruses. The disc IX "Adolescence Rush" is the soundtrack of the movie "Adolescence of Utena". Note, however, that its ending theme "Fiancé ni Naritai (I Wanna be Your Fiancé)" is not the original version with Mitsuhiro Oikawa's vocals, but an instrumental version. The disc X "Zettai Unmei Butoukai -UTENA in the CLUB- (Absolute Destiny Ball -UTENA in the CLUB-)" is a new album of dance music remixing "Utena" songs, including the bossa nova version of "Zettai Unmei Mokushiroku (Absolute Destiny Apocalypse)".
|π (Pi): Music For The Motion Picture (1998)|
The soundtrack from "π (Pi)", a psychological thriller film directed by Darren Aronofsky. Mainly consists of the tracks used in the film, and can be listened to as a compilation of the 1990s techno/electronica such as trip hop, drum 'n' bass, ambient and IDM (intelligent dance music). The three tracks including the opening theme "πr²" are performed by Clint Mansell (former Pop Will Eat Itself frontman). Orbital/"P.E.T.R.O.L." is included in the album "In Sides", and also used in the racing video game "Wipeout". Autechre/"Kalpol Intro" is included in the album "Incunabula". Aphex Twin/"Bucephalus Bouncing Ball" is included in the EP "Come to Daddy". Massive Attack/"Angel" is included in the album "Mezzanine". Banco de Gaia/"Drippy" is included in the album "Big Men Cry". Spacetime Continuum/"A Low Frequency Inversion Field" is included in the album "Sea Biscuit".
|serial experiments lain sound track cyberia mix (1998)|
The second of TV anime series "serial experiments lain" soundtracks. The first one includes the tracks composed by Reichi "Chabo" Nakaido (ex-RC Succession), and this second includes the electronica/techno tracks (not the original BGM, but the arrange/remix versions) composed by Akira Takemoto and Wasei Chikada, and two versions of the opening theme "Duvet" ("cyberia reMIX" and "TV sized") by a British indie rock band Boa. "Cyberia" is the name of a nightclub appeared in the anime, and this is something like an image album on the club Cyberia. "Duvet" is an impressive good song. Other tracks in ambient techno style are not so bad too. Please note that the US edition CD doesn't include the two "Duvet" tracks.
|Cowboy Bebop O.S.T. 1 (1998)|
The original soundtrack vol.1 of the TV anime series "Cowboy Bebop" (1998-1999). All the 17 tracks composed and arranged by Yoko Kanno. Jazzy music based on the big band performance. Also includes songs with the elements of blues and Western, and ska beat. Performed by the Seatbelts (a blues/jazz band by Kanno and regular musicians of her recording). The only No.15 "Rain" has vocals with English lyrics, and the other tracks are instrumental. No.1 "Tank!" (full version) is a memorable track used as the opening theme, and it has a jazzy brass-rock style like spy action themes such as John Barry and Lalo Schifrin. The ending theme "The Real Folk Blues" is not included (it was included in a mini-album "Cowboy Bebop Vitaminless"). This album won the 13th Japan Gold Disc Award (Animation Album of the Year).
|Yoko Kanno/Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex O.S.T.+ (2004)|
The 2004 rerelease of the first (2003) of TV anime series "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex" soundtracks, with two additional tracks, "GET9" (TV size. The opening theme of broadcast on terrestrial TV) and "rise" (TV size. The opening theme for DVD of the sequel "Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd Gig"). There're several rock-oriented tracks, but highlights are the ambient-techno style tracks with an oriental or stateless atmosphere, featuring beautiful female vocal melodies. All the tracks composed by Yoko Kanno. The vocals by Origa (Russian singer), Scott Matthew (Australian singer), Ilaria Graziano (Italian singer) and others. Origa's translucent voice is especially impressive. Includes the opening theme "inner universe", and the ending theme "lithium flower". Recommended for those who like ambient techno or Björk.
|Street Fighter IV Series Sound Box (2014/2009-2014)|
A soundtrack of the tracks from "Street Fighter IV", Capcom's popular fighting game series released in 2008-2014 as an arcade game and video game (a box set of 5 CDs, 137 tracks). Includes themes of all the 44 characters, stage tracks, and music of promotion trailers, from all the four versions, "Street Fighter IV", "Super Street Fighter IV", "Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition" and "Ultra Street Fighter IV", but Exile's song "The Next Door" (used in "Street Fighter IV" home versions) is not included. Sophisticated incidental music basd on techno/electronica, also including the elements of hard rock, hip hop and folk music. It's a pleasure for the old series fans to enjoy gorgeous and contemporary arrangements of the tracks from the old series, such as "Street Fighter II", "Street Fighter Alpha" and "Street Fighter III". The tracks composed by Hideyuki Fukasawa and others. All the tracks arranged by Hideyuki Fukasawa.
|Shiro Sagisu, Akira Ifukube/Shin Godzilla Ongakushu (Shin Godzilla Music Collection) (2016)|
The original soundtrack of the Japanese live-action film "Shin Godzilla/Godzilla Resurgence" (2016). The general direction and screenplay by Hideaki Anno (the director of anime "Evangelion" series). The director and special effects director is Shinji Higuchi. A Tokusatsu kaiju film featuring Godzilla totally created by CGs, and a realistic entertaining movie set in contemporary Japan, developing a simulation of crisis-management, political fiction and military action. Heavy music with a big orchestra including solos and chorus, composed by Shiro Sagisu. It also uses effectively the quotations from Akira Ifukube's soundtracks for Tokusatsu films, "Godzilla" (1954) and others. The six versions of the track "EM20" (the short name of "Evangelion Music #20") are impressive. It is based on "Decisive Battle" from "Neon Genesis Evangelion", a famous track with tympani, and it changes its arrangement with the changing situation. The full-size versions of the two kinds of "EM20" are also included. In the film, all the Ifukube tracks are their original sound sources, but this album includes the stereo versions (reinforced with live performances) of the four tracks (the first round of track09 is original, and the second round is reinforced version) used in the body of the film. The Ifukube medley (4 tracks) in the closing credits are their original sound sources, as with the film.
|Rez Infinite Original Soundtrack (2017)|
The original soundtrack of "Rez Infinite" (published by Enhance Games in 2016) for PlayStation 4/PlayStation VR/Microsoft Windows, the remastered edition (playable in VR mode) of the synesthesia shooter game "Rez" (published by Sega in 2001) for PlayStation 2/Dreamcast. This album packs not the sound sources with the game, but the remixes of the original tracks used in the game. A double CD. The disc 1 (10 tracks) is the same as "Rez: Gamer's Guide to..." (released in 2002), the official mix collection of the original tracks. It can be listened to as a techno compilation album featuring the original tracks by Japanese/German/English artists including Ken Ishii, Oval, Coldcut and Adam Freeland, and including the elements of intelligent techno, trance, breakbeat, glitch and ambient. The disc 2 (7 tracks) packs new, emotional and melodic tracks for "area X", the new stage of the VR edition, created by Hydelic (a group of sound creators in the developer "Resonair", Takako Ishida and Noboru Mutoh), including songs with female vocals.
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|Music of the Rain Forest Pygmies (1961)|
A historic and world's first recording which introduced the music of Mbuti Pygmies living in rainforests of Africa (Lyrichord). Recorded at the Ituri Forest in the northeastern Congo (formerly called Zaire), central Africa, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, by a Britrish-American anthropologist Colin M. Turnbull, known for his famous book about Mbuti Pygmies, "The Forest People" (1961). Vocal music accompanied by percussions, featuring complex polyphony by collective improvisation, with lots of yodels and shouts. Natural sounds in the forest are also recorded as they are, including the noise of thunder. The original LP was released in 1961. Released on CD in 1992.
|P'ansori: Korea's Epic Vocal Art & Instrumental Music (1972)|
One of the "Nonesuch Explorer" series, the world music collections of the US Nonesuch Records. Pansori is Korean traditional vocal performing art (epic narrative music) performed by a singer and a drummer playing a drum called buk, which was developed in the southern province of the Korean Peninsula in the 18th century, and became popular in the 19th century. Pansori is thought to be evolved from prayer songs of Korean shamanism, accompanied by instrumental ensemble called Sinawi. This album has 7 tracks, the two tracks are Pansori (excerpts of the scenes from the Pansori stories, "Heungbuga" and "Simcheongga"), and other 5 tracks are instrumental music in the line of Sinawi, featuring p'iri (double reeded wood wind), string instruments called kayageum and kuhmoongo, haegeum (bowed string instrument), and changgo (drum). This album is a kind of a sampler of traditional music of southern Korea. Sung by a Pansori singer Kim So-hee. Recorded in Washington, D.C. in 1972 during their tour in the U.S. Produced by David Lewiston, the recording engineer of Nonesuch Records.
|JVC World Sounds/Gagaku: Court Music of Japan (1981)|
One of 'JVC World Sounds', Victor's world folk music series. Gagaku is a collective term for Japan's traditional instrumental music based on music from Asian countries such as China and Korea, and ancient Japanese music. It is one of world's oldest musical forms for large ensemble, and has been inherited as ceremonial music for court, shrines and temples for over a thousand years. Includes three typical 'Bugaku' (dance music) pieces, two Chinese origins, 'Manzairaku' and 'Ranryo Ou', and a Korean origin 'Nasori'. Performed by Tokyo Gakusho.
|Samul-Nori: Drums and Voices of Korea (1983)|
One of the "Nonesuch Explorer" series, the world music collections of the US Nonesuch Records. Samul-Nori is South Korean contemporary percussion music based on Korea's traditional Nong-Ak (means "Farmers' Music"), with the elements of Korean shamanism's instrumental ensemble called Sinawi. Samul-Nori is performed with four traditional Korean musical instruments: Kkwaenggwari (small gong), Janggu (hourglass-shaped drum), Buk (barrel-shaped drum), and Jing (large gong), and it also features voices like rallying calls and prayer songs. Samul-Nori originally referred to a four-piece percussion ensemble formed in 1978 by the leader Kim Duk-soo, who was a member of Namsadang (Korean itinerant troupe of performers). This recording was made during the first official U.S. tour of Kim Duk-soo's Samul-Nori in November, 1983. Cosmic sound space featuring a feast of spectacular and vibrant percussions and ritual prayers.
|Bali: Gamelan & Kecak (1987)|
One of the "Nonesuch Explorer" series, the world music collections of Nonesuch Records in the US. Gamelan (percussion ensemble), Kecak (trance dance music with male chorus) and other traditional music recorded digitally in Bali, Indonesia, by David Lewiston, the recording engineer of Nonesuch Records. The sound quality is good. The metallic sound of Gamelan is beautiful.
|Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares (1987)|
"The Mystery of Bulgarian Voice" (Nonesuch). The worldwide popularity of 'Bulgarian Voice' started with this one. Mysterious, Asiatic female chorus with harmonic overtones and dissonances. Soul-stirring music. Recorded in Bulgaria by Marcel Cellier, a ethnomusicologist/organist from Switzerland. The chorus by The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir under the direction of Philip Koutev and Krasimir Kyurkchiyski.
|JVC World Sounds/Buddhist Chant II: Gyuto Monastery, Bomdile (1990)|
One of 'JVC World Sounds', Victor's world folk music series. Liturgical chant by Buddhist monk group of of the Gyuto Gonpa, a tmple of esoteric Tibetan Buddhism. Meditative and cosmic sound space featuring strong overtones of ultrabass male voices like earthquake sounds, which are about five pitches lower than bass (the lowest vocal range of bel canto vocal music), with metal percussion instruments and Tibetan horn. The Gyuto Gonpa is located at Bomdila, Arunachal Pradesh in India. This is the world's first recording (in 1989) at the 14th Dalai Lama's temple, Namgyal Dratsang monastery at Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India.
|Ahmet Kusgoz & Ensemble/Turkish Gypsy Music (2001/2009)|
Turkish traditional gypsy music (instrumental ensemble) played on taragot (woodwind instrument), clarinet, kanun (zither), violins, oud (lute), darbouka, davul, bendir (drums), def (tambourine) and percussion. Dance music featuring exotic near-eastern melodies and funky rhythms on 9/8 measures. Performed by Ahmet Kusgoz (clarinet) and others. Recommended for belly dancers. Released on ARC Music, UK, in 2009, as a re-release of the CD titled "Gypsies of Turkey" (2001) with a new title.
|The Red Army Choir/The Best of the Red Army Choir: The Definitive Collection (2002)|
A compilation album (2 CDs, 32 tracks in total, FGL Productions/Silva America) of the recordings by the Red Army Choir (Alexandrov Ensemble), the choir and ensemble of Russian armed forces (the former Red Army and Soviet Union, later Russian Federation), formed by Alexander Alexandrov in 1928. The ensemble consists of male soloists/chior and an orchestra with Russian folk instruments, such as balalaika (stringed instrument) and bayan (accordion). Includes Russian popular/folk songs such as "Kalinka", "Korobelniki", "Song of the Volga Boatmen" and "Dark Eyes", civil war songs such as "Partisan's Song" and "The Red Army is the Strongest", revolutionary songs such as "Varchavianka" and "Slavery And Suffering", "National Anthem of the USSR" composed by Alexander Alexandrov, "Cossack's Song" (excerpt of the opera "The Virgin Earth"), "Let's Go" (from the film "Maxime Perepelitsa"), and others. Conducted by Boris Alexandrov and others. Selected from the 4-CD set released on FGL Productions, France in 2001.
|Los Incas/Best Selection (2009)|
A compilation album (20 tracks in total) which includes the famous recordings by Los Incas, an Argentine group for popular music based on folklore music of the Andes (the area of the Inca Empire, Latin America), who had worked in Paris since the 1960s. Released on Universal Music Japan. A SHM-CD. Performed by a small band (called Conjunto) with quena (flute), guitar, charango (stringed instrument), percussion, vocals and others. The melancholy melodies with pentatonic scale and plaintive sounds of quena are impressive, and there is also the rhythmical, happy dance music. "El Cóndor Pasa" is a song written by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles based on traditional Andean folk tunes, and the cover version by Simon & Garfunkel (using Los Incas' recording as the accompaniment) became a hit. "El Humahuaqueño" is a north Argentine carnival tune, and the original of a chanson song "La fête des fleurs". "Guantanamera" is a song composed by a Cuban singer Joseíto Fernández. "La Bamba" is a Mexican folk dance song (a cover version by Los Lobos is famous).
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