The CD Collection -- Rescue Hero Music Collections (1990-1992, 2007) + Lady Battle Cop

I'm back once again with another post about my absurd CD collection. This time I am going to take a look at possibly the biggest atonement of sins to ever carry the Toei and Nippon Columbia names. That's right, I am going to be looking at the original and new versions of the Rescue Hero Music Collections!

What do I mean by original and new versions? As usual there were Music Collections for the Rescue Hero (Winspector, Solbrain and Exceedraft) shows as the shows aired, but these CDs were...garbage to put it lightly.
Three, huh?...

The original CDs had very short tracklists (as few as 12 tracks in the case of Solbrain--and that includes the theme songs!) and really didn't have much in the way of memorable content from the shows. Whoever put these CDs together truly had a taste for the bland. Between 2003 and 2006 a new set of 2-Disc Music Collections were released for Gavan, Sharivan, and Shaider. I'll talk more about these sets later on, but in short they featured songs and music while also bringing together some rare materials like the Sharivan Synthesizer Fantasy Digital Trip etc. LP. There was also a Metalder 2-Disc sets that I'll be talking about later. If you are familiar with the Metalder 2-Disc set, you'll have a better understanding of what they did with the Rescue Hero music sets. What we have here is a complete collection of every piece of music made for these shows including variations and Instrumental Versions of every song from the Song Collection (and these shows were quite song heavy!).

...how about six? Boom.

These sets were released in 2007 at a very efficient pricepoint (¥3200, a steal considering the original 90s CDs were ¥2800) and, as usual, were printed in pretty short supply. I guess they didn't have much confidence in music collections from nearly 20 year old shows being hot sellers. Even I was caught asleep...only a little while ago I bought the Solbrain set to complete my collection of these glorious 2-Disc sets. These days these sets can sell for upwards of ¥10000. As usual, a deal can be found and usually if you hold out long enough you can find a seller selling theirs through consignment with Amazon Japan (these are labeled as "Fulfilled by Amazon"). Shipping is extremely fair and, atleast in my case, I get the CDs about two to three days after I order them depending on what time of day I place my order. Seriously, Amazon Japan is where you should be shopping for your Out-Of-Print CDs instead of asking me for mp3s

As I mentioned, the original CDs were pretty dreadful. A few tracks, nothing memorable, and some lame artwork to go along with it. Here are some comparisons...

Artwork. Solbraver, Soljeanne, and Solbraver...ugh

Content. Yes, 100 tracks versus 12. 12!!

Detailed liner notes with recording dates.

More is more. More is better.

As you can see, these sets were absolutely necessary. The art is better, the tracklists are complete, and the notes have atleast a paragraph dedicated to every single track. This is how it should be done!!

Now that I have the explainers out of the way, here are some brief thoughts on each release.


Tokkei Winspector Ongakushuu

Of the three Rescue Hero shows, this one was given the best Music Collection release. It's a more coherent and traditional CD that clocks in at fifty-nine minutes. Not too shabby, but definitely not complete. It should be noted that this CD is wall to wall music, there are no TV size versions of the theme songs to bookend/pad this release.

On top of this, the lyricless song Winspector Action was left out and released on the second song collection. If you've ever heard Winspector Action you probably know what I'm on about...it's pretty much an unfinished song...it even has background vocals.

I suppose you really can't hope for much when you release a show's music collection so early into it's airing.

Tokkei Winspector Original Soundtrack

The first of the 2-Disc sets does not disappoint at all. It includes all of the music from the 1990 release as well as many unreleased tracks. There are Instrumental versions of ALL of the songs as well as two different versions of Winspector Action (one is without background vocals).

The only issue I have, and this is a recurring one, is that the instrument of choice for whoever did the instrumental versions is a shrill-sounding synthesizer. For this show, for Solbrain, and for Excreedraft. This isn't really the fault of the CD or whatever engineer compiled this CD, though. As I mentioned in my last blog, short versions of some of these instrumentals were included on the Battle Music Collections. It really goes without saying that these tracks go back to the early 90s and maybe whoever did the Music Collections back then left them off the original music collection CDs in protest.

Either way, they're kinda hit or miss. Some of them are awful, some are tolerable. They could've been great, though...I really like the songs from these shows.

Disc 1 is colored like Fire, Disc 2 like Walter and Bikel

Tokkyushirei Solbrain Ongakushuu

Twelve tracks...thirty five minutes...AWFUL.

Tokkyushirei Solbrain Original Soundtrack

This CD wins the award for most improved. While the 1991 Solbrain CD did have a few good pieces buried in it's not-depths, this one is packed with it. Like I said earlier, this CD set has 100 tracks. 100! My favorite is the action BGM that heads off the second disc. Where the hell was that on the original release?? Maybe I would have cut it a little bit of slack if it was thirty-five minutes of good music.

Anyway, this is a great set. The instrumental tracks are pretty much as lame as the Winspector ones, but as I said...this was expected.

Disc 1 is colored like Braver, Disc 2 like Jeanne and Dozer

Tokusou Exceedraft Ongakushuu

I will give this disc some credit...it's aesthetically pleasing. The front and back covers feature some very cool photos of the Exceedraft team and the disc itself is actually photo printed, which was rare for Columbia to do at the time.

The music on this disc does not move the needle at all. This is a stultifyingly bland collection of music. Shockingly it is only three minutes longer than the Solbrain CD with a runtime of thirty-eight minutes. It just feels much, much longer.

Tokusou Exceedraft Original Soundtrack

This set is kinda light compared to the other two. Since everything is listed in the liner notes, I imagine that they just didn't make an abundant amount of music for this series.

The Instrumental tracks are a little bit out of control here. The synthesizer used in the Barius 7 theme sounds like something out of a DOS game. Some of the more action-ish tunes that weren't included in the 1992 CD are a little more jazz based. You know what I say about Metal Hero music? The brassier, the better!

Disc 1 is colored like Redder, Disc 2 like Blues and Keace


How about a little bonus? She may not be a Rescue Hero, but she certainly looks the part. Here is the Soundtrack from the 1990 V-Cinema Lady Battle Cop!

Lady Battle Cop Original Soundtrack

Eiji Kawamura is probably my favorite Tokusatsu composer of all-time. When he has a bad day, things like the Lady Battle Cop soundtrack get released. That's not to say this is a bad disc, but it certainly isn't the high spot. Kamen Rider J...now that was a bad disc...

As I have probably mentioned before, the big reason I really enjoy Eiji Kawamura is that his music retains a certain flavor over the years while managing to grow nicely with the time. If you listen to his first soundtrack (Kamen Rider BLACK) and his last (Jukou B-Fighter) you'll notice that they sound appropriate for the time they were released yet very familiar...and different. He really had a certain command over his work over some composers that pumped out the same music year after year (Akihiko Yoshida did the TurFiZyumanger Music Collection for example).

This CD is forty minutes long, which is longer than the Solbrain and Exceedraft CDs ugh. It features music that is, in all honesty, quite good. If you like the music from Kamen Rider BLACK RX, consider a lot of this to be runoff since they were released in the neighborhood-ish of each other. While it does sound a bit like the RX music, it is also kind of a link between RX and Kamen Rider ZO, which was also done by Kawamura. 

Also included here are full size versions of both vocal songs from the movie--believe my life and the ending song No No Give-up. It would have been nice to have instrumental versions or Karaoke versions, but oh well.

Overall, this is a pretty solid CD. I recommend it if you're like me and a fan of Kawamura's work. 

As a side note, the two vocal songs from this film were released as a CD Single (the lone Toei CD Single from the 90s that I do not own) and on a cassette tape. The cassette is even more rare AND contains Karaoke versions of both tracks. So if Karaoke versions existed...why weren't they included on the CD Single? Or better yet, why weren't they included on the Soundtrack??


Thanks for sticking with me as I recover from traveling the country and battle a pretty nasty cold. I promise I will have a centralized Music Page up soon to compile articles I've written about music and my CD Collection. It's definitely coming...so stay tuned!

As always, thanks for reading.



  1. Another nice CD collection.
    Sorry to hear about the original looking.
    Judging by the description, I'm willing to bet many Rescue Hero fans back in the day were REALLY disappointed with those release.
    Even the artwork sucks, especially for SolBrain which looks pathetic.
    If Winspector and Exceedraft had all 3 member, then there is absolutely no excuse not to put 3 in SolBrain (why repeat Braver?); especially since it was released when show was airing. Poor Dozer is left out. He should have been next to Jeanne.
    I guess who ever in charge of artwork must have hated Dozer for some reason. lol
    It maybe the worst tokusatsu album artwork I've seen so far.
    Then again, album itself sucks (evident by your nice description. lol), it doesn't help anyway.
    Among the original, Winspector has the best artwork.
    BTW, what does disc art look like for original release?

    As for later release... I don't know what happened, but they must have put a lot of effort to make it very good. I guess they took criticism of original release or hire someone who were fans of the series to make them.
    100 tracks is a lot of song compared to 12.
    Even the artwork looks fantastic; especially with those fiery explosion on the back (explosion makes everything awesome right? lol).
    SolBrain is a HUGE update, where they put Dozer! (yes!)
    They even put Knight Fire too, which is also nice.
    Disc art is also nice, which matches the color of each members.

    Nice bonus to include Lady Cop. Totally, didn't see it coming. lol
    The artwork is very nice, where background matches with her suit.
    According to Amazon Japan, they listed ANIMEX1200 release in January 21, 2015.
    It's about time for re-release after 25 years of original. It make sense since DVD came out this year.
    Hopefully, it would include elusive/missing/additional songs from CD and cassette.

    Looking forward to see future reviews and Music Page to get it organized.
    Take care.

    1. As I was typing this blog I noticed that several Tokusatsu CDs are getting the ANIMEX1200 treatment in January. I didn't compile a list yet, but from what I noticed Janperson, Blue SWAT, B-Fighter, BF Kabuto Music Collection 1, B-Robo Kabutack Music Collection 1, Robotack, Carranger 1, Megaranger 1, Gingaman 1, GoGo Five 1, Timeranger 1, Kamen Rider SD (!), Lady Battle Cop, and Kuuga 1 are all getting reissued.

      The problem with ANIMEX1200 is that the releases are pure re-releases content wise. There won't be any additional materials. On top of this they don't include booklets, just a slip with the cover printed on one side and the tracklist on the other side.

      I almost stopped writing this blog to write about that, but I didn't really have time to compile the list of reissued stuff. Columbia hasn't updated their ANIMEX1200 page since they stopped releasing stuff in 2005.