This project is exactly like "the superhero files," in that it is an attempt to historically arrange Godzilla songs into chronological order. There are close to 200 tracks that have been collated by me, over a period of several years from numerous sources, and includes music from the 1950's to the 2000's, with a focus on "vintage." Care has been taken to give each track the proper attention, and when appropriate, noise/click reduction, EQing, and other tools have been applied. The files are mp3's (with an average bitrate of 224 kbs), designed for this entire library to fit on a single DVD, or uploaded to the device of your choice. Custom artwork has been produced for each volume, and all files are tagged with information and a photo of the appropriate disc cover. If you have ever downloaded a compilation from this blog, then you are aware of the level of quality involved. Never before has a project like this been done in exactly this way!
You may be aware that several official Godzilla singles were released in Japan, actually beginning with the second film in 1955! This project began as an attempt to catalog those, and present them in order. [They are notoriously difficult to find, and in many cases, tracks have only been released once, if at all, on an actual CD, as a bonus track.] These songs were basically novelty singles designed to promote the current film, and they gave way to singles that presented a song from the film soundtrack, much like things are/were done in the USA.
Along the way, I occasionally filled in a track from a film soundtrack (or film audio) that was interesting on its own, and apart from background music or orchestrations. By the late 1970's and early 1980's, artists from all over the world were making their own songs about Godzilla, which fills up the remaining discs...and that is never going to stop.
Like "the superhero files," it's important to discuss what isn't included in this set:
- Film score music, be it Japanese or American (except for unusual tracks of interest, as you will see)
- Godzilla video game soundtracks
- Re-recordings of film score music
- Spoken word recordings, including radio spots
- Sound effect compilations
- Finally, "theme albums" of 100% Godzilla material, which are designed to be listened to as one unit and not cherry-picked apart. A short list of theme albums is included in the artwork.