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Akira: Original Soundtrack [Import, Soundtrack]

Geinoh YamashirogumiAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 10, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: July 24, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Soundtrack
  • Label: Demon Records UK
  • ASIN: B00000116S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Kaneda
2. Battle Against Clown
3. Winds Over Neo-Tokyo
4. Tetsuo
5. Doll's Polyphony
6. Shohmyoh
7. Mutation
8. Exodus From The Underground Fortress
9. Illusion
10. Requiem

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul of Music Itself February 17, 2000
By Foggen
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is one of the most genuinely awe-inspiring works of art I've ever experienced. The innovative blending of traditional Japanese music and modern synth techniques makes this album a complete joy.
If that weren't enough, the music stirs powerful images from the movie as the themes to each part come up. Whenever I hear "Requiem," I am struck by the image of Tetsuo standing pensive and invincible atop the ruins of the Akira vault, and the beautiful scene where the sun shines through the clouds in beams of heavenly glory.
But the soundtrack is not a slave to the movie. The songs are not "Theme for scene x." Each song is a work unto itself, building from a simple calm to a brilliant sea of perfectly arranged sound.
Here are my thoughts on some of the songs:
Tetsuo: This song illustrates all sides of the character of Tetsuo, from powerful and ominous to thoughtful and beautiful. Whoever did the light percussion on this track is a god.
Dollss' Polyphony: This is a masterful combination of a few creative samples into a gorgeously surreal chorus. The dolls' "Ba-dum" is enthralling enough, but when they bring in the car(doll)'s voice, the result is a joy to hear.
Shohmyoh: This song is mostly chanting and traditional Japanese instrumentation. If you appreciate simplicity and impeccable timing as I do, you cannot go wrong with this one.
Requiem: Perhaps the most beautiful track of music I have ever heard. It begins with dramatic drumbeats, then melts into a soulful chorus that sings the names of Akira and Tetsuo, then abandons language in favor of sheer harmony. It is a thing of utter joy. Even now, as I listen to the track to recall the sequence, I feel tears welling in my eyes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wait, read this before you buy! October 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The question is not whether you should own the soundtrack to the film -- the answer to that is a resounding YES. The question is, "Why would you purchase the import?"

I bought both the import and the domestic version to make sure that I wasn't missing out on something; the import - at least the edition that I just got from an Amazon seller - lacks the same booklet that comes with the domestic version. The domestic version includes several pages explaining the music behind the motion:

1) "The movie AKIRA and the background music the AKIRA OS," written by Katsuhiro Otomo, the director of the film.

2) "The path to producing the AKIRA Original Soundtrack."

3) "A few words on the music," which is more than a few words; it explains the culture behind the music of each track, and how this also fits in with the images on the screen.

4) "The Synopsis of Akira"

5) "Profile of the Yamashirogumi" -- about the voices that make this unlike any other OS.

The domestic version is also cheaper, so this decision is a no-brainer. The sound quality is equal in either release.

While it may be true that the opening track is probably the best (the masterpiece of the soundtrack), those who call this CD "half-good" need to open their minds up a little wider.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the most original CDs ever made. January 25, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hoo boy. How do you review a CD like this? It's the kind of thing that you force every friend you have to listen to, hoping that they'll become just as addicted as you (usually they don't). Here's the review, track by track... Kaneda is a fun little percussion-and-choir piece, somewhat similar to a synthed-up KODO. Battle Against Clown is a mix of some VERY unusual vocal work and the Kaneda theme. Winds Over Neo-Tokyo is probably the worst track... think of a synth version of "landscape" music. Tetsuo is scary, and easily one of the best and most varied tracks. Doll's Polyphony sounds bloody awesome with headphones. Shohmyoh is a personal favorite of mine... it's a choral chanting piece in four movements with some synth thrown in, getting progressively more ominous. Mutation isn't quite as listenable as Tetsuo, but is scarier. EftUF is a fun guitar version of Kaneda. Illusion is a cool (if nearly unlistenable) Noh performance. Requiem is... beautiful. And sad. In short, pick up this CD so you can place it proudly beside that 5th Element soundtrack that everyone else hates.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most unique albums ever produced... February 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Geinoh Yamashirogumi apparently have a reputation in their native Japan for being a highly creative musical and artistic force. This soundtrack album they produced for the groundbreaking animated equivalent of "Blade Runner," Katsuhiro Otomo's "AKIRA," is truly in a class by itself. COmbining traditional Japanese musical techniques and instrumentations with modern equipment and technology, Yamashirogumi manages to create a sound that is ethnic in origin, but also mesmerizing and appealing to the foreign ear. This music can not be classified into any genre other than its own.
The opening track "Kaneda" is an upbeat opener to the album, the song that both introduced us to the violent cityscape of Neo-Tokyo in the film and gave us the exit to which the world enters into a new surreal destiny. Something to dance to, full of power and emotion, and above all my favorite track on the album.
"Battle Against Crown" is one of the more unique pieces, filled with heavy breathing and a pounding rhythm that captures the violence of the film. "Winds over the Neo-Tokyo" is a nice soothing piece that brings a sense of peace amidst the anarchy.
"Tetsuo" is truly a symphony unto itself. A violent, dark epic that portrays the chaos of the title character and the situations that surround him. Truly a great piece of music.
"Doll's Polyphony" is nothing to speak of. Like "Winds over the Neo-Tokyo" only with more vocalization, and certainly very serial. "Shohmyoh" is an erratic series of chanting that leaves the listener both confused and hypnotized.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God they didn't stick cheesy 80's synth pop in this movie
This is the percussion counterpart to Vangelis' Blade Runner.

The Akira soundtrack is as original as it is timeless. 5 Stars, with ease.
Published on May 25, 2011 by Jane Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Akira
This is a great soundtrack, it's fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them if you have not listened to this soundtrack then i recommend you... Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by David
4.0 out of 5 stars "A hit; a very palpable hit..."
Anime! Although mostly dismissed and derided still in the U.S., the medium yet sometimes succeeds in pushing itself into the public eye. Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by Sans Away
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best soundtracks of the 20th century
I bought this disc for $9.99 + tax at Media Play two months ago. That wasn't a sale, that's their price. I though it'd be very short, but it's over an hour of music. Read more
Published on May 20, 2004 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, One of the Best Soundtracks I've heard
I first saw Akira in college, and was immediately blown away. Shortly afterward, I went to Napster and downloaded the entire Soundtrack. This was back in 1998. Read more
Published on May 11, 2004 by "fletcher_memorial_home"
5.0 out of 5 stars ohhhh hell yeah
me and my friend are huge fans of this movie. on occassion we plan events with lots of people in it and sing(breath) along with the music and do so after it is over(for a few days)... Read more
Published on February 15, 2004 by psygnosis
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant
The film score in this movie is quite amazing, to say the very least. In my opinion Kaneda is the best song, however, Tetsuo and Requiem are quite notable as well. Read more
Published on January 3, 2003 by jdelamusique
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent soundtrack, perfect for listening to anytime.
Geinoh Yamashirogumi managed to compose one of the all-time great movie soundtracks here. The AKIRA soundtrack has some truly great songs. Read more
Published on September 12, 2002 by Thanos6
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning
When was the last time you heard a really great soundtrack? A piece so outstanding that you were aware of it's presence behind the film. Read more
Published on July 27, 2002 by "valkyrie482"
5.0 out of 5 stars good anime cd
I've only heard some of the cd, so I don't have much to say about it. One thing is, though, that it has some unique & awsome music. It seems to match the movie perfectly. Read more
Published on June 6, 2002 by "kaneda14"
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