Howl: The Grunts And Groans Of All Toho MonstersHow many people drag out their CD of Halloween sounds every year and play them loudly for the trick or treaters, and the rest of the neighborhood? That is so ordinary. Pour out the boiling cauldrons. Reject the Rabid Dogs. Close the creaking door. For a change, how about whipping this bad boy out instead? Howl: The Grunts And Groans Of All Toho Monsters will probably make your house the one they remember the most. Not only is it quite different, but some of the sounds are unearthly.

This is the most complete collection of Toho Monster sounds up to the release date in 1993. All the usual suspects are here, Godzilla (several versions), Rodan, and Mothra. There are also many of the lesser known beasts, such as Varan and Manda. As far as I can tell, they are organized in chronological order, according to their appearances in various movies, not all of which are Godzilla movies, such as Dagorah and even Toho’s Frankenstein.

In addition to pulling this CD out for Halloween, if you’re inclined to use unusual sounds for Windows events, this CD would be handy because the sounds are clean, without voices or musical cues.

The weakest point of the CD is actually an attempt to spice it up a bit. It opens with an electronica instrumental edited to include many of the monster sounds. “Godzilla’s Coming To Town” is interesting as an experiment and works reasonably well, but it sounds like an extended dance-club remix of a lesser Miami Vice track.

Taken for what it is, however, Howl is a dandy collection of sounds.

  1. Godzilla’s Coming To Town Monster Mix (5:44)
  2. Godzilla ’54 (0:22)
  3. Anguirus (0:14)
  4. Rodan (0:30)
  5. Insect Creature (0:17)
  6. Varan (0:20)
  7. Mothra Larva (0:26)
  8. Mothra Adult (0:15)
  9. Walrus Monster (0:19)
  10. King Kong (0:31)
  11. Godzilla (Kong) (0:31)
  12. Manda (0:18)
  13. Growing Jellyfish Thing (0:24)
  14. Godzilla (Kong) 2nd Generation (0:32)
  15. Ghidorah (0:30)
  16. Barugon (0:23)
  17. Frankenstein (0:23)
  18. Brown Gargantua (0:23)
  19. Green Gargantua (0:19)
  20. Ebirah (0:19)
  21. Gorosaurus (0:26)
  22. Mecha Kong (0:21)
  23. Minya (0:27)
  24. Kamakiras (0:17)
  25. Spiga (0:16)
  26. Anguirus 2nd Generation (0:21)
  27. Gabbara (0:26)
  28. Gezora (0:15)
  29. Ganime (0:17)
  30. Kameba (0:21)
  31. Hedorah (0:32)
  32. Gigan (0:17)
  33. Megalon (0:24)
  34. Jet Jaguar (0:15)
  35. King Cesar (0:28)
  36. MechaGodzilla ’75 (0:37)
  37. Titanosaurus (0:20)
  38. Godzilla 3rd Generation (0:41)
  39. Shokilas (0:14)
  40. Biollante (0:35)
  41. Godzillasaurus (0:27)
  42. Drats (0:16)
  43. King Ghidorah (0:45)
  44. Mecha-King Ghidorah (0:20)
  45. Mothra Larva 2nd Generation (0:20)
  46. Mothra Adult 2nd Generation (0:57)
  47. Battra Larva (0:23)
  48. Battra Adult (0:43)
  49. Godzilla 4th Generation (0:37)

Released by: Sony
Date of release: 1992
Total run time: 25:38