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 Posted:   May 4, 2021 - 5:20 PM   
 By:   Ostinato   (Member)

Of course it's a matter of personal taste, but I love the jazzy feel of many of Satoh's scores. They are on easily on par with the work that Barry, Schifrin or Morricone produced during the same era, but are arguably even more eclectic.

For me, it depends on the type of jazz or big band style Sato used. "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla" is a good example of such a score I like quite a lot. I agree with the comparison to Sato and the composers you mentioned. I typically prefer Sato's output over the latter three.

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2021 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   Lewis&Clark   (Member)

I love, love, love Satoh's Godzilla scores. They carry elements of fun, danger, excitement. Great stuff!

 
 Posted:   May 5, 2021 - 5:03 AM   
 By:   increbula   (Member)

I love, love, love Satoh's Godzilla scores. They carry elements of fun, danger, excitement. Great stuff!


Yes, I agree - stylistically, those scores are all over the place, but in a good way. The "Main Title" from GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN is a frenetic, no-nonsense danger theme, while "The Yacht, the Storm and the Monster" from GODZILLA VS. THE SEA MONSTER is straight out of James Bond with it's spidery, twanging guitar and brass. "Escape", from the same film, starts out as mock suspense but shifts to zany chase music, and the cue "Godzilla vs. Ebirah II" audaciously echoes Neal Hefti's "Batman" theme from the same period. "Gimantis" from SON OF GODZILLA reminds me of intro music from "The People's Court", while SON's "Godzilla vs. Kumonga" transitions from guttural, tribal-flavored battle music to exotic, high seas adventure in just over two minutes. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA begins with a truly swingin' main theme and the film's "Godzilla and the Torpedo Attack" sounds like Duke Ellington training for a death match. Go-go Satoh!

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2021 - 1:23 PM   
 By:   MMM   (Member)

One recent release I was thrilled with is Three Shells' "Men and War" set. Those three scores are among Sato's best.

I agree wholeheartedly. A terrific release. Also a big fan of the 2-CD "Toward the Terra" and many, many others. There aren't too many of his scores that I don't like.

 
 
 Posted:   May 5, 2021 - 11:19 PM   
 By:   Ag^Janus   (Member)

Yojimbo has the finest swagger with a superb percussionist.

 
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