Neon Genesis Evangelion is the first soundtrack album for the anime series. It was produced by Hideaki Anno and released under the King Records label Starchild with catalog number KICA-286 on December 6, 1995, and peaked at number 12 on the Oricon albums chart, staying in the chart for 22 weeks. The album was re-released on DVD-Audio with catalog number KIAW-21 on December 22, 2004. The album was released in the US by Geneon Entertainment on January 1, 2004. It was also re-released in Japan on December 18, 2013, as a remastered version called NEON GENESIS EVANGELION [2013 HR Remaster Ver.].
Track #1 is the director edited version of the opening theme A Cruel Angel's Thesis performed by Yoko Takahashi with lyrics by Neko Oikawa. Track #2 and #23 are two versions of Bart Howard's Fly Me to the Moon; the closing anime theme was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and performed by Claire and Yoko Takahashi, respectively. The liner notes contain the lyrics for the two theme songs.