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I’ve just spent at least ten minutes of reviewing time trying to figure out if all the material on this marvellous 2LP is actually from the films or if it’s a mixture of re-recorded orchestral versions and original soundtrack music. Having listened to the first side - all culled from ‘Symphonic Suite Princess Mononoke’ - I’d have to say that if this isn’t the or ...

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Ltd gatefold 180g coloured vinyl 2LP on Mondo (MONONOKE SLEEVE AVAILABLE).

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Studio Ghibli Kokyo Kyokushu - Soundtrack Songs by Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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9/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 30 September 2013

I’ve just spent at least ten minutes of reviewing time trying to figure out if all the material on this marvellous 2LP is actually from the films or if it’s a mixture of re-recorded orchestral versions and original soundtrack music. Having listened to the first side - all culled from ‘Symphonic Suite Princess Mononoke’ - I’d have to say that if this isn’t the original music from the film it sounds staggeringly similar, instantly knocking me back with sentimental nostalgia as soon as those familiar opening chords flood my senses.

It’s strange, I never really thought of the music as being a particularly vital part of the Ghibli films compared to much animation, but this 2LP culled from ‘Princess Mononoke’, ‘My Neighbours The Yamadas’, ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ and ‘The Cat Returns’ has me eating my words. There’s a lot of incredibly memorable music here, performed with an approachable warmth and bounce despite the epic scope of the arrangements. The Czech Philharmonic do a unparalleled job throughout and I would recommend this double LP for any fan of the original films. It’s a bit more sentimental than most soundtrack music I listen to and does get a bit ‘Hovis ad’ in places, but if like me you’ve an emotional attachment to the source material, that won’t matter a jot. This is a beautiful artefact and I’m delighted that I get to take one home with me tonight. Available in very limited quantities so if you want one, buy it now.


9/10 Pablo Customer review, 9th November 2013

Upon receiving this record in the mail, I thought it would be nice to compare to the original Joe Hisaishi soundtrack from the films, so I blasted the Princess Mononoke OST.
It's great and it's dreamy and all but these Czech dudes have got their shit down and it's a whole different thang listening to it on (red and blue!) wax.

Maybe it's because the films have always touched my feels in ways that I can't really begin to explain and that would make my girlfriend uncomfortable to read about on the internet but srsly: being a Studio Ghibli fanboy has nothing to do with it. This is one of the nicest looking records I own, and the music is crisp and delicate and drenched in luvv.

So, if ya dig any of the Ghibli films or just enjoy some emotional and sometimes heart-wrenching orchestral music, I highly recommend this record, even if you've never seen any of the films (which you should do if you haven't).


10/10 Bradley Smith Customer review, 3rd October 2013

Everything I hoped it would be.

I love the movies that Studio Ghibli produce and the soundtracks always seem so perfect so I snapped up the chance to grab this compilation. 13 tracks spanning 4 Ghibli movies, performed by the Czech Philharmonic, who do the movies proud. As far as I can tell none of these tracks are the same versions as you actually hear in the movies but that doesn't matter because they are instantly recognisable and sound beautiful.

I usually wait for reviews before buying vinyl as I've very occasionally had bad pressings, poorly engineered etc. but I took a chance on this one without reading any reviews and I have no complaints at all regarding the recording and pressing quality.

It's all about the music of course but I can't end without commenting on the gorgeous packaging. Outstanding artwork adorns the front and rear as well as the inside of the gatefold. The vinyl itself comprises one pale blue and one red disc and makes the whole package feel rather special.

I'm going to be listening to this a lot.


10/10 Soundtrek Customer review, 2nd October 2013

I haven't seen many Ghibli movies, but what I have were great. Truth be told, they're expensive on DVD and whenever they're on TV, they seem to be always be dubbed. As you know, dubbing is only acceptable on Godzilla movies (and never the original).

What I am trying to say is, this record is amazing. I'm more familiar with the work of Joe Hisiashi through his scores for Takesi Kitano's movies, which are a world away from the stunning music here. Inspiring, beautiful, soaring, humourous, just wonderful. Buy it before it sells out, it's utterly worth it.


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