Vinyl: Mondo’s Studio Ghibli: Kokyo Kyokushu

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Announced back in July, I was finally able to get my hands on and listen to Mondo’s vinyl release of Studio Ghibli Kokyu Kyokushu. This 2LP set features the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra performing arrangements of songs from Studio Ghibli Films; Princess Mononoke, My Neighbors the Yamadas, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and The Cat Returns. Available in 3 cover designs, I opted for the Princess Mononoke, and produced on 180 gram color vinyl, the release is pretty spectacular. Artwork from the 5 films featured is done by artist Tyler Stout and is reproduced on the cover back and gatefold. An insert with My Neighbors the Yamadas represents that film and provides full credits on the reverse.

A great compilation of songs, I was a little bit let down by the inclusion of only one Spirited Away track and the omission of any Porco Rosso songs, but when all is said and done, Mondo could have produced 20 records filled with memorable music from Ghibli. Selecting Akiko Yano’s work on My Neighbors the Yamada’s and Yuji Nomi’s tracks from The Cat Returns actually accompanies the more recognizable pieces of Joe Hisaishi. 13 absolutely terrific tracks highlight this album and provide an interesting and nostalgic experience for Ghibli fans and the uninitiated alike. A beautiful release and a great collector’s piece, this is a terrific collection of music and art.

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 Side A: 1) Chapter One – The Legend Of Ashitaka
2) Chapter Four – Princess Mononoke
3) Chapter Eight – Ashitaka And San

Side B: 4) The Theme of My Neighbors The Yamadas – Orchestral Version
5) Takashi And Matsuko’s Tango – Sinfonico

6) Always With Me – Orchestral Version

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Side C: 7) A Mysterious World
8) The Moving Castle
9) War War War
10) Cave Of The Mind

Side D: 11) The Baron
12) Pastorale
13) Haru’s Memories

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