With the announcement of Legendary Pictures producing a new american Godzilla film I felt it was necessary to post this rare score for the original American Godzilla in the Junkyard.
The original album for the 1998 film "Godzilla" just contained 2 tracks of score and the rest were songs featured in the film or inspired by the film.
There was a 15 track score promo as well which was very hard to find.
Then La La Land Records released a complete 2 disc limited edition in 2007 that was limited to 3000 copies. This is one of the most complete official soundtrack releases you will find for any movie. A job well done. This is one of my favorite David Arnold scores. Brassy and bombastic, this is a true action score. Finally, all the cues I loved and found missing on the promo are available here.
As for the movie itself, it's garnered a lot more flak than I feel it deserved. At the time I loved it, and I've been a Big G fan all of my life. I pretty much knew from the beginning that Godzilla would be a different creation but I liked the way they kept a lot of his trademarks (spikes, familiar roar etc.). Nowadays I don't feel I defend it as much because I can envision a darker take that truly embraces the force of nature that was Godzilla in the first film. Godzilla 1998 was a summer popcorn movie. Nothing more, nothing less. On that level I feel the movie succeeded. But compared to the effectiveness of later big monster movies like Cloverfield and War of the Worlds I can see where the Big G shouldn't be given popcorn movie glossover and treated as something meaner and grittier. Godzilla that's not just a big lizard but a monster with an attitude. I'd like to see that. Hopefully Legendary Pictures can give us something on that level.
|1.|| The Beginning (03:29) |
|2.|| Tanker Gets It (01:11) |
|3.|| Chernobyl (03:13) |
|4.|| Footprint (00:33) |
|5.|| Footprints / New York / Audrey (00:54) |
|6.|| Chewing Gum Nose (00:30) |
|7.|| Ship Reveal / Nick Discovers Fish / Flesh (01:39) |
|8.|| The Boat Gets It* (02:09) |
|9.|| Dawn Of The Species (01:49) |
|10.|| Joe Gets a Bite / Godzilla Arrives (03:11) |
|11.|| Mayor's Speech (01:03) |
|12.|| Caiman's Office (00:45) |
|13.|| Animal's Camera (01:39) |
|14.|| Military Command Center / New Jersey (01:55) |
|15.|| Audrey's Idea (00:22) |
|16.|| Evacuation (02:41) |
|17.|| French Coffee (00:56) |
|18.|| Subway Damage / Command Enters City (02:50) |
|19.|| Fish (01:48) |
|20.|| Guess Who's Coming To Dinner? (05:13) |
|21.|| 1st Helicopter Chase / Godzilla Swats A Chopper (04:08) |
|22.|| We Fed Him / Audrey Sees Nick (01:21) |
|23.|| Nick And Audrey / He's Pregnant / Audrey Takes The Tape / French Breakfast (04:46) |
|24.|| He's Preparing To Feed (00:34) |
|25.||Nick Gets Fired / Nick Gets Abducted / Frenchie'sWarehouse / Nick Joins The Foreign Legion (05:47)|
|1.|| Chewing Gum (01:51) |
|2.|| Rumble In The Tunnel (01:35) |
|3.|| Godzilla O Park / Godzilla Takes A Dive / Godzilla Versus The Submarine / Egg Discovery (09:42) |
|4.|| Baby 'Zillas Hatch* (03:51) |
|5.|| Nick Phones For Help (01:28) |
|6.|| Eat The French (02:14) |
|7.|| Phillip Shoots The Lock (01:39) |
|8.|| Nick's Big Speech / The Garden Gets It (07:07) |
|9.|| He's Back! / Taxi Chase & Clue (07:06) |
|10.|| Big G Goes To Monster Heaven (04:30) |
|11.|| The End (04:05) |
|12.|| The Beginning (no choir) (03:32) |
|13.|| Footprints / New York / Audrey (alt.) (00:50) |
|14.|| The Boat Gets It (alt.) (01:09) |
|15.|| Gojira (Album Version) (02:46)|
* - contains material not used in the film
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