- Audio CD (March 10, 1994)
- Original Release Date: July 24, 2001
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, Soundtrack
- Label: Demon Records UK
- Run Time: 124 minutes
- ASIN: B00000116S
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Akira: Original Soundtrack Import, Soundtrack
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was my very first CD, back in the day. When I heard a friend playing it, I had to have it and I knew it was time to give up cassettes because only the best was worthy of its... Read morePublished 13 months ago by ButlerianHeretic
This is the percussion counterpart to Vangelis' Blade Runner.
The Akira soundtrack is as original as it is timeless. 5 Stars, with ease.
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 morePublished on January 14, 2011 by David
Anime! Although mostly dismissed and derided still in the U.S., the medium yet sometimes succeeds in pushing itself into the public eye. Read morePublished on March 13, 2007 by Sans Away
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 morePublished on May 20, 2004 by David
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 morePublished on May 11, 2004
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 morePublished on February 15, 2004 by psygnosis