The Best of Godzilla 1954-1975

Best of Godzilla


This two-decade compilation showcases highlights from 15 Godzilla movies. It's easy to forget with the image of those intentionally cheesy mid-'80s guy-in-a-lizard-suit movies so prevalent, that the original 1954 Godzilla, dealing with the spectre of nuclear war a mere nine years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is a very dark movie. The tracks from that era remind me rather surprisingly of Clint Mansell's great Requiem for a Dream score. Another undisputed highlight: the tiny twins' Mothra summoning song. Great for that next mix cd!

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Eraserhead (OST)

Eraserhead (OST)


Mostly just creepy atmospherics befitting the tone of the movie, the jewel of the Eraserhead soundtrack is the twisted organ-and-vocal pop of In Heaven, which a tiny lady who lives inside a radiator sings to the "hero" of the movie, and which was covered by the Pixies (which tells you something).

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Crime and Dissonance

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Ennio Morricone
Crime and Dissonance


The liner notes for this compilation of lesser-known film works by Ennio Morricone call him "probably the most famous film composer of the 20th Century". Certainly his best known score, for The Good The Bad and the Ugly, is among the most iconic in film history. But as great as that score is, it's just a piece of the incredibly prolific Morricone legacy. Wikipedia lists a mind-boggling 518 film scores to his credit. This two-disc set is lovingly compiled from twenty-some soundtracks from his late-'60s/early-'70s heyday. If all you're familiar with are his spaghetti western scores, you may be surprised by the prevailing aesthetic here, which is something like fusion-era Miles Davis meets Igor Stravinsky for a drug-damaged night at the Italian discotheque, with a sprinkling of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Aaron Copland, some creepy Draculesque pipe organ and quasi-orgasmic vocalisations thrown in for good measure. So, you know, if that sounds like your kind of thing.... I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone with an adventurous sense of taste. But the thing is, you don't even have to be that adventurous. It's much easier to like than any description would make it sound. It's like pop music intercepted from outer space. If I was a hip-hop producer (which, surprise!, I'm not), I'd be sampling all over this.

Read Brave

Read Brave

What if we all read the same book at the same time? A book that discusses important topics like race and violence?

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Creative spaces for teens.

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The Saint Paul Public Library has many great resources for musicians and listeners alike. This is a guide to jazz music for casual listeners who are looking for a place to start, as well as jazz fans who may wish to dig a little deeper into our catalog.

Resource Guide: Jazz

Resource Guide: Jazz

For casual listeners and jazz fans.

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Psycho - Original Soundtrack



Bernard Herrmann's score to Hitchcock's Psycho represents one of the high water marks of classic Hollywood soundtrackdom. His score to Vertigo belongs right there beside it.