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Geinoh Yamashirogumi

Akira O.S.T.

Label: Victory

Format: LP

Genre: Library/Soundtracks

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The times I've bought this soundtrack, listened to the soundtrack, bought the film, watched the film, read the manga, sought related books and poured over it's glorious existence in general, one would have thought I'd be pretty sick of it (I've done it with other things, being the obsessive that I often am!). Well, not at all, in fact quite the opposite, each time I delve into the world of Akira I always come out rosey cheeked, wide eyed and in plain awe! I'll only talk about the score here, coz Im sure you all have either family to attend to, jobs to be done and/or general life to be gotten on with. The music to Akira is just so important to the film itself, it simply wouldn't be what it is without it, it takes the film, the story, visuals, scenes etc to such a higher plane, which is no mean feat as Otomo's masterpiece is not without its lofty conceits as it is. What Yamashiro Shoji has composed is so ethereal, yet accessible, it instantly sets the brain into a state of higher being that only the greatest compositions can manage. The orchestra, made up of the cream of Japanese classical and rock musicians has thrown what seems as everything into the performance, there is simply so much happening at times it pounds at you like a most melodical jackhammer, yet is so beautifully simple and minimal at other times you'll be swept from asunder by it's hypnotical hymns.

This album, now thankfully released as an audiophiles wet dream of a double LP (after the not unwelcomed, but somewhat underwhelming unofficial single LP release of a couple months back, lacking several cues) is the ultimate release of this outstanding, and important soundtrack recording. The Packaging is very nice too, maybe lacking a image rich booklet, but if like me you've got the manga and other Otomo artbooks, it's no biggie! Grab one ASAP, I've a feeling they'll not be around for long!

I can never get enough Akira, or Katsuhiro Otomo for that matter, so this is most welcome and necessary! (Norman Records)

Cat. number: V0028021
Year: 2014

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