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FSM Releasing Expanded Edition Of Horner’s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock Soundtrack May 24, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Feature Films (TMP-NEM),Merchandise,Music , trackback

Last summer Film Score Monthly and Screen Archives Entertainment released the complete soundtrack to James Horner’s classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan score. Today they have announced this summer they are releasing a 2-disk expanded edition of Horner’s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock soundtrack. More details below including exclusive first look at the CD art.



Horner’s Search For Spock Gets Expanded

One of the more exciting Star Trek releases in 2009 was the FSM expanded edition of James Horner’s Wrath of Khan score (see TrekMovie review). It even won one of our Best of 2009 Awards. So it is very exciting that Film Score Monthly and Screen Archives are following it up with an expanded edition of Horner’s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock score (available for pre-order).

Star Trek III: The Expanded Soundtrack front cover

The original release of the Star Trek III score was on a single 43-minute LP. The FSM edition is on 2 CDs with two programs, both newly mastered from recording engineer Dan Wallin’s first-generation digital film mixes. Disc one features the complete score as intended for the film itself, including such long-desired cues as “Grissom Destroyed,” “A Fighting Chance to Live” (featuring the Enterprise’s self-destruct countdown and immolation in Genesis’s atmosphere) and “Genesis Destroyed.” In addition, previously unreleased film versions of cues such as “Klingons” and “Stealing the Enterprise” make their premiere, with differences that are subtle but noticeable to devoted fans. Disc two features a recreation (in better sound quality) of the familiar LP sequence—complete with Group 87’s pop version of “The Search for Spock.”

Star Trek III: The Expanded Soundtrack back cover

And just like their Star Trek II release, this one will come with an extensive set of liner notes. The 20-page booklet features liner notes by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall and colorful art direction by Joe Sikoryak.

Star Trek III: The Expanded Soundtrack inside back cover uses original LP cover

Expanded Star Trek III Available June 1st – pre-order today

This complete Star Trek III: The Search for Spock CD setbegins shipping on June 1st, and can be pre-ordered now at www.screenarchives.com. The site also features audio samples from the set.


Available now – Expanded Star Trek II

The Expanded Star Trek II Soundtrack is also something any Trek music lover should have. It is available now from Amazon and also from the FSM website.



1. Richard Gong - May 24, 2010

Awesome! Looking forward to it!

2. OneBuckFilms - May 24, 2010

This and Star Trek II – I’m in Score Heaven :)

3. Raktajino - May 24, 2010


4. philpot - May 24, 2010

the music cue when Spock first appears on disintergrating Vulcan in ST09 was quite similar to the Enterprises immolation in Genesis’s atmosphere (when it first enters the atmosphere)

5. Claystation - May 24, 2010

FSM = Flying Spaghetti Monster! FTW!

Couldn’t resist. :-)

6. TrekMD - May 24, 2010

Excellent! This is one CD I will definitely be ordering.

7. James - May 24, 2010

No entering spacedock then… again.

8. Chris Avis - May 24, 2010

Actually, this is the complete edition of the score, so the entering spacedock cue will definitely be on there, but it’s actually also on the original soundtrack release. It’s not immediately apparent as that cue is combined with the initial Klingon music in the “Klingons” track. The Klingon music forms the bulk of the track, but then there’s a few seconds of silence and the spacedock music begins. It’s a glorious piece and would be a shame if it were omitted and thankfully, it’s not!

9. Doug - May 24, 2010

Happy early birthday to ME!!! Very exciting. I sincerely hope FSM & Retrograde will eventually release complete score CDs for each Trek movie. Would be cool if they could do remastered scores for the 5 TV series. I can dream…

10. Chris Avis - May 24, 2010

Well there’s a rumor going around that FSM will shortly be release a box set of all of Ron Jones’ music from ST:TNG. Check out the FSM board for more info on that.

11. Pro-Khan-Sel - May 24, 2010

I never ever, ever thought this would happen. I mean concidering that alot of trek fans list this film near the bottom of their favorites list. (behind V, insurrection and nemesis). I’m definitly buying this…Say though..can we please have a box set of the original TOS music? I have all of the GNP discs as well as the re-score discs..I have been waiting since the late 90’s.

I thought that just maybe that when TOS was remastered, That the music cues would be released at the same time or shortly after. Question, is there any unreleased tracks from Trek IV on foreward?

12. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 24, 2010

I used to have the Cassette version back in the dark ages. Im so looking forward to this and can’t way to hear the Pop Song of Trek3. Love this Music.

13. SerenityActual - May 24, 2010

Wheeeeee! I hope they keep this up. I would love to see expanded releases of IV-VI. I’ll be ordering this a.s.a.p.!

14. Admonisher - May 24, 2010

Interestingly, this score contains several noticeable references to Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo & Juliet.” Debate swirls around Horner in the film score community over whether stuff like this constitutes mere influence or more direct “borrowing” … but in this particular score, I propose sidestepping the debate by suggesting that the references to “Romeo & Juliet” are meant to be noticed, drawing a parallel between Shakespeare’s “star-cross’d” lovers on one hand, and Kirk and his “lady” on the other. The music that plays under the “death” of the Enterprise (as it burns up in atmosphere) is almost a direct quote of a passage from Prokofiev’s “death of Juliet” scene. Food for thought.

15. Neil - May 24, 2010

The arrival at space dock is part of “Klingons”. That’s how it was recorded…in both takes (the film version and the album version are different performances).

16. philpot - May 24, 2010

i love Horner – i closed my eyes watching Avatar and thought i was watching Star Trek vs Aliens

17. mntrekfan - May 24, 2010

i had forgotten about that pop track! Very 80’s but I remember liking it!

18. Fletch Gannon - May 24, 2010

@Pro-Khan-Sel: I never understood really why this is listed so low on people’s favorites, I guess I like ST III so much because it reintroduced me to Star Trek after I stopped watching it as a kid. Plus I think that is a good follow up to ST II. I’m one of the few that doesn’t really care for ST IV (sorry but the soundtrack is terrible…after 23 years you would think I could get used to it but not going to happen!) Incredible and awesome doesn’t discribe this soundtrack…this is a must own for me!

19. Pat Gleeson - May 24, 2010

Done and done! I really hope enough of this set are purchased to justify continuing the releases up to and including “Gererations”. The ST: II release was superb.

20. Jeyl - May 24, 2010

@7: No entering spacedock then… again.

James, that piece you’re referring to is there. It’s in the Klingon track on the original album. You’ll have to wait for about 4-5 seconds of no sound before the track starts playing. It is there, it is in it’s entirety, and it will be on this new soundtrack release.

21. Matt Wiley - May 24, 2010

That should be interesting.

22. SB - May 24, 2010

Where are we supposed to buy these expanded soundtracks? I can’t find the expanded ST II soundtrack on Amazon or Borders.

23. stealing the enterprise - May 24, 2010

OMG! i am sooooooo happy to hear this news i am going to preorder it right now!! i hope they release an expanded one for the new movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

24. ScottDS - May 24, 2010

# 22 SB –

Film Score Monthly’s releases are available through Screen Archives Entertainment. https://www.screenarchives.com/

They are legit and I placed my own order earlier today. Unfortunately, it won’t ship until next week.

#21 Matt –

There might be more but the major difference is in the opening. Listen to both versions of “Stealing the Enterprise” on FSM’s site and you’ll know what I’m referring to. :-)

25. OneBuckFilms - May 24, 2010

21 – The Album version was slightly different from the version in the movie.

Immediately noticeable: the movie version omits some high strings for the scene where Kirk and Sulu bust McCoy out of the Federation Funny Farm (Don’t Call Me Tiny) at the start of the cue.

Klingons is also very different in the movie, starting with moody material while the freighter waits for Kruge’s ship to decloak, at which point the music gets percussive.

Also, Returning to Vulcan was changed for the Album version to provide a much grander presentation of the second half of the cue.

26. Thorny - May 24, 2010

22. SB…

Star Trek II “Newly Expanded Edition” from 2009 is available on Amazon US. Its the first TWOK soundtrack CD that comes up on a search, the one with the painting of Khan, Kirk, Spock, the Enterprise firing on Regula 1 (or vice versa) etc. The TWOK soundtrack with only the Enterprise on the cover is the Crescendo soundtrack version.

27. Anthony Pascale - May 24, 2010

The ordering info was at the bottom of the article. I added some bolding to make it stand out, but it was there

28. AJ - May 24, 2010

Horner was such a gifted kid back then (I think he was like 25 or something), and I always consider his STII and STIII work as complementary pieces, just like the films.

He got a little “Goldsmithy” with his own Klingon theme (why not?), but matched to Kruge’s de-cloaking and firing on Valkris, he sure had me on the edge of my seat. And “Stealing the Enterprise” is pure fun, from Kirk’s “drink” with Commander Starfleet to The E’s last warp flight.

The poppy “STIII” theme he did as an extra track always reminded me of the non-orchestral scores he did for ’48 HRS’ and ‘Commando,’ which I always find too noisy-busy and un-catchy.

Unfortunately, with “Avatar,” he’s become more of a ‘me, too’ composer. We get the African-style tribal music, but ‘Lion King’ is over twenty years old. We feel her day is over.

29. P Technobabble - May 24, 2010

I liked the soundtrack for TWOK somewhat more that TSFS, and some of TWOK music was used in TSFS to save $$$. While I like his style, I often found Horner’s music to be repetitive, using musical passages in various films… and one passage in particular (I believe it’s from one of Katchaturian’s adagio’s heard in 2001 during the “shadow boxing scene”), is a straight lift.

30. Driver - May 24, 2010

I’ve always considered Treks II & III to be two halves of the same coin partly because of the music. IV taking place months later being a separate entity. So not a trilogy in my estimation. And I have ordered the soundtrack. Now on to Treks V & VI for remastering but please don’t a year for each one.

31. OverlordSpock - May 24, 2010

Ah… The score to Star Trek III has always been my all-time favorite movie score. Don’t get me wrong–the score for TWOK is beyond awesome!–it’s just that there’s something about the music when the Enterprise enters Space Dock and “Stealing the Enterprise”. Both are masterpieces. “Return to Vulcan” is also an incredible piece (in a much different way than the two Enterprise cues).

I have always hoped that TSFS would get the same expanded treatment as TWOK did last year! YES!

32. Dr. Image - May 24, 2010

Actually, I like the TSFS score better than TWOK. It featured fuller orchestration and somewhat more originality than the Battle Beyond The Stars derived TWOK score.
With Avatar, however, Horner hit new lows of self-reference.
Come to think of it, aside from some awkward lines, I always liked TSFS better than TWOK anyhow.

33. d mullins - May 24, 2010

Interesting I already have an expanded edition of this and they are coming out with it again hmmmm

34. Fletch Gannon - May 24, 2010

I always found TSFS soundtrack to be a little more melancholy and sad while TWOK is more brass and bravado. Obviously Kirk and the crew sink darker into an emotional abyss so the music matches the tone of the film and both soundtracks (II/III) complement each other.

35. Imrahil - May 24, 2010

NICE! I knew it. :) Glad I sold my GNP, out-of-print edition last year while the prices were still good.

Also, I LOVE that they did a “recreation of the LP” for the second disc. One of my big complaints about the Special Edition Star Wars soundtracks is that they ruined that sequence for those who remember it, and I ended up editing my own together with Audacity later.

Count me in for one of these. Now on to Trek V?

36. ScottDS - May 24, 2010

Re: Star Trek V…

The album rights are owned by Sony (same with TMP) and thankfully, several of the specialty record labels have deals with Sony Music’s Custom Marketing Group.

Lukas over at FSM said they have two Goldsmith titles coming this year, which have already been confirmed: Outland and Poltergeist. The gentleman who runs La-La Land Records (they just released an excellent 2-disc edition of Independence Day) said they have a Goldsmith title coming out later this year but it could be anything.

For now, any talk of Trek V is just rumor and speculation.

37. Sybok's Secret Brother - May 24, 2010


38. Imrahil - May 24, 2010

#14, #29 – Yes, Horner steals pretty much note-for-note from Prokofiev (and Khachaturian) on several occasions.

Stealing the Enterprise is straight out of Romeo and Juliet–I never noticed the other track #14 mentioned, but I’ll have to check it. The bit in Aliens is stolen from Gayane by Khachaturan (it’s almost note-for-note again). He does it again in Battle Beyond the Stars with Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, and then comes back to steal from R&J again in Troy.

I think his best overall scores are for Krull and the Rocketeer, and in both you can still hear really strong echoes of Trek II.

I can’t really speak to his latter day stuff, as I stopped listening to his scores around 1988 or 89. I think Willow is the last one I listened to fully, and while I enjoy it, it marks the beginning of his annoying “celtic” phase, which isn’t that enjoyable.

39. Jonathan - May 24, 2010

This is one of my favorite soundtracks! Can’t wait to get this one. Had it on cassette back in the day. Thanks for the info guys.

40. Dr. Cheis - May 24, 2010

Want it on iTunes

41. T-Rek - May 24, 2010

@33 – The ‘expanded release’ you have now is almost certainly the one done by a fan. To my knowledge, there was no licensed expansion to the score before now.

42. KyleH - May 25, 2010

This movie came out right at the perfect time for my imagination as a 10-year-old boy, and the score is still a favorite of mine.

Regarding borrowing from other works (#14)…

The mystical mumbo-jumbo on Vulcan is scored with music that echoes “Death and Transfiguration” (I didn’t think it was by Strauss, but that’s what’s coming up on Google… is there another one?… toward the end sounds right).

43. Crypter Crypter Crypter - May 25, 2010

Thank you! You just made my day!!!!

I enjoyed this movie more than TWOK! I still remember vividly sitting in the front row on opening night with my friend Mike…I was 13!!!!!

“Kobayashi Maru has set sail for the promised land…”

44. Zebonka - May 25, 2010

I bought TWOK soon as it came out, and wouldn’t mind scoring a copy of this one.

What I really, really want is the soundtrack to Elaan of Troyius. I’ve never been happy that they stopped releasing TOS scores. I have all of ’em, even the re-recordings (which are okay).

Want more TOS scores damnit. Make it happen, someone. You can have my money!

45. Jorg Sacul - May 25, 2010

ah, the disco SpockRock track… can’t wait to have that in all its digitally remastered goodness.

46. mntrekfan - May 25, 2010

He did the soundtrack for Titanic

47. KevinA Melbourne Australia - May 25, 2010

Anthony can’t believe you left Jerry Goldsmith off your survey list!

48. starshipconstellation - May 25, 2010

Well, now I don’t have to copy my old worn out LP over to my computer. Disc ordered as soon as the notice from FSM appeared in my e-mail. I have been wanting a CD of this soundtrack for years.

I actually like the soundtrack to Star Trek III in many respects even more than I like Star Trek II. I used to have both on a cassette tape that I played while driving a starship sized 1967 Plymouth Sport Fury. Sometimes for fun, if I had friends in the car with me, I’d have the moment the Enterprise begins backing out of space dock music (Stealing the Enterprise) cued up as the Plymouth backs out of a tight parking space or a garage. It sort of became unofficially known as “Backing the Fury out of the garage” music. Trek soundtrack music was played in this car a lot back then.

Years after that Fury was ruined at home in a freak accident, I came into possession of my late grandfather’s 1968 Plymouth Fury VIP. I was playing a Trek soundtrack tape I had bought sometime ago and as luck would have it, at the moment my grandfather’s old car came into view was also the moment when music from Returning to Vulcan swelled up. The combination was surprisingly emotional.

49. Seany-Wan - May 25, 2010

I love the music to when the Enterprise enters Sapcedock. I get all choked up looking at the old girl coming home, all beaten up, and battered. Kirk brought her home…

50. NuKirk - May 25, 2010

#14–Horner is well known for having recycled music into other scores, and in his early years, having basically plagarized other music…

51. George - May 25, 2010

Definitely on my “must-buy” list for June!

52. Anthony Pascale - May 25, 2010

The poll is for TV composers. The ones listed are those who composed multiple TV episodes. Goldsmith did the VOY theme but no Trek episodes, hence not on the list. Nor is Horner or any of the other movie composers

53. Jeffrey Bond - May 25, 2010

No music was reused in Trek III “to save $$$”–all the Trek III music was newly recorded for that film even if it reprised music from TWOK.

There are a few cues still missing from Trek IV–mostly from the early scenes on Vulcan (Kirk’s sighting of Spock on a rock outcropping and the departure of the BOP). And of course, lots of music left for Trek V.

54. They call me Stasiu - May 25, 2010

Who would think we’d get to hear the unabridged movie soundtrack over 25 years after the movie’s release…
This is the most awesome event in the history of Awesome! (IMO)

55. P Technobabble - May 25, 2010

52. Jeffrey

You are correct, and I stand corrected. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that, in addition to reusing some shots and sets to save money, there were parts of music that were reused, as well. I must’ve gotten this film confused with another. However, there was a lot of reprise from TWOK, and it wasn’t as powerful a score, either, IMO.

56. Captain Dunsel - May 25, 2010

I love Horner’s work and have been looking forward to this one for a long time. For all you score fans, I’m sure you know these two tidbits regarding Horner reused works:

1) An unused piece of music that he did for ALIENS is actually featured in the climax of DIE HARD (a film that he didn’t do the music for, that would be Michael Kamen).
2) The music from TWOK when Spock is in the engineering chamber trying to fix the engines is the same piece of music NOTE FOR NOTE as a riff he used in COCOON when Steve Guttenberg and company are trying to escape the coast guard (both pieces can be found on the respective soundtracks)

57. Simon - May 25, 2010

#56 – True that. You can hear the beginning of “Genesis Countdown” in THE ROCKETEER when Cliff confronts Neville Sinclair and Eddie at Griffith Observatory. The borrowed ALIENS cue from the opening scene (the shuttle drifting through space) is repeated often in PATRIOT GAMES.
His Klingon theme was also used in ALIENS but originated in WOLFEN.

It’d be hard for people to tell the difference if you played them 48 HRS or COMMANDO.

Despite this, I like Horner but for sheer music quality my all time favorite is JERRY GOLDSMITH. The STAR TREK V complete score is a holy grail I’d buy in a nanosecond.

PS: Surprised Ron Jones isn’t doing better in the poll. THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS…hello? And while Courage’s theme is iconic, there was so little original music composed for TOS, the same music repeated over & over and over…Jones, Chattaway, McCarthy all composed original scores for each show, for seven plus years when you think about all the shows put together. McCarthy TNG’s pilot thru the end of ENTERPRISE.

58. JP - May 26, 2010

Here’s hoping complete scores for Insurrection and Nemesis are to come. These expanded releases are a dream come true for me.

59. P Technobabble - May 26, 2010

IMO, no other film composer has the range or the finesse of Goldsmith. He was truly a master composer, writing scores for westerns, mysteries, horror, and sci-fi films, as well as tv shows. His score for “The Omen” is one of the most haunting I’ve ever heard. Most Trekkies agree, his score for TMP pumped the emotion into that film. I could go on and on…
I know this is a thread about Horner, but I’m sure even he would agree there is no one like Goldsmith.

60. captain_neill - May 26, 2010

I definitely have to get this

61. Dom - May 26, 2010

This is on my wish list along with the expanded Khan release.

Horner’s stuff is often derivative, although you can understand why when you play the Ice Battle from Aleksandr Nevsky over the Mutara Nebula battle scene. Clearly the sequence had been temp-tracked with the ice battle and the ‘beats’ of the edit would inevitably result in a similar sounding score.

And Horner’s self-plagiarism at times in Aliens was unsurprising as he apparently had to compose the entire score in the space of a fortnight!

Horner’s scores remain my favourite in all Star Trek.

62. OneBuckFilms - May 26, 2010

Actually Dom,

Aliens was even more remarkable when you consider that in those 2 weeks, the picture was still being edited, so he was constantly changing the timings on cues, and the acknowledgements (moments recognized by musical events) kept shifting. The Release Date simply could not be moved, and he had to constantly adjust, writing day and night, with James Cameran having no clue what he was asking Horner to do.

The result was that Horner and Cameron swore never to work with each other again.

63. Omni - May 26, 2010

My only memory of ST III is sitting in the theater and calling Kirk a COWARD out loud when he self -destructed the Enterprise. He of all people should have gone down with her. That would have been the proper result in literature, counterbalancing Spock’s resurrection with his own death. That’s how the Greeks would have written it.

64. OneBuckFilms - May 26, 2010

63 – Of course, Kirk was focussed on saving his friend, something he could not do from the grave.

It’s now cowardice, but tactics.

65. Dom - May 26, 2010

62. OneBuckFilms

Cameron clearly behaved like a complete jerk on set while making Aliens. He begrudged his crew a teabreak, even when they’d been at work hours before he showed up on set!

As for Kirk ‘going down with his ship:’ Kirk always cheated death. That’s why I don’t think Kirk really died in Generations – at least not the Kirk of TOS-STVI. Either Generations was set in a universe where the TOS and TNG crews were considerably more stupid than in any previous portrayal on TV or film or Kirk only sent some sort of avatar out of the Nexus.

Personally, I think he stuck around in his cabin in the Nexus until he noticed a red matter-induced temporal disturbance and, on leaving the Nexus, his soul merged with that of a baby being born on a shuttle escaping the destruction of the USS Kelvin! Kidding, but, y’know, couldn’t be any worse than Generations!

66. OneBuckFilms - May 26, 2010

65 – Actually, that’s rather poetic, and quite funny !!!

Most of the time, we don’t plan how or when we die, and I look at Generations as Kirk trying to make a difference, and getting killed in the process.

The one lesson Kirk had to learn in Trek II, which Trek III reversed somewhat, is that one cannot cheat death. This was the point Trek II was making, and the Kobayashi Maru was making dramatically, and one of the reasons Trek II was so great.

It was a sucky thing to have Kirk killed that way. From a poetic standpoint, I’d have wanted him to die in a similar way to George Kirk in the new movie, on the Bridge of his ship, saving lived, in a blaze of glory and self sacrifice.

Perhaps, in the Alternate Reality, this may eventually be the case, and given the way things started, it weould be especially poetic.

James Cameron, even to this day, is an absolute task master both on set and on the scoring stage.

Both he and Horner have mellowed over time, and now they are both mature enough to work with each other effectively, as Titanic and Avatar clearly illustrate, and they both talk about on the Aliens DVD.

It really came down to immaturity on both sides, impossible deadlines, and a lack of knowledge on Cameron’s part with regard to what a Composer needs and why.

Prior to Horner, he only ever worked with Brad Fiedel on the The Terminator.

67. Robman007 - May 26, 2010

I thought of the Enterprise as more of a character then a ship in that scene, and the fact that it would have given it’s life to save the crew, especially when it had nothing else to give. It was crippled, old and was done for, but it was able to provide one last means of providing life from the grasp of death. A fitting end for the old girl (compaired to being decommissioned).

Still sucked to see it happen.

68. Mantastic - May 26, 2010

Extra blaster beam at the beginning of Klingons = awesome.

That was always, and still is, one of my favorite instruments.

At any rate, I’m glad to see this made the light of day, and I actually preferred it over the previous movie’s score, even though they’re both fantastic.

69. philpot - May 27, 2010

66 – Jim Kirk dying like George on the bridge of a starship – going out in a blaze of glory while seemingly an obvious idea is just wrong for the character as he was just too experienced a commander – hed always cheated his way out of near death situations on the bridge – the most grave being Trek III – turning certain death into a fighting chance to live

his death in Generations while unsatisfactory was believable as he was out of his element on an unfamiliar planet 100 years in the future…having just come out the twilight zone…

70. trekboi - May 27, 2010

hope they do them all! well maybe not the tv movie soundtrack to Generations…

71. John in Canada, eh? - May 28, 2010

Good news! I just wish they used a better cover illustration than the movie poster, which I never thought was great. The cover for the novelization is beautiful – Kirk, Bones, and Sulu, with the ghostly face of Spock overhead. Would have been a nice choice to use that.

72. Gary - May 30, 2010

Anyone else sad that James Horner didn’t do the score for The Voyage Home?

73. BiggestTOSfanever - May 31, 2010

But Leonard Rosenman’s music is good too.

74. JP - May 31, 2010

#66 and 68: A funny aside, Shatner on the new dvd/blu-ray movie set said duringt he ‘Captain’s Summit’ that when they filmed his death scene on the bridge he said “Bridge on the captain” as a riff on the old “Captain on the bridge”. Which i find very hilarious!

75. dep1701 - June 8, 2010

“Jones, Chattaway, McCarthy all composed original scores for each show, for seven plus years when you think about all the shows put together. McCarthy TNG’s pilot thru the end of ENTERPRISE.”

the issue with these works is not the quantity of the work that was done, or the quality, but the listenability. Due to restrictions – mainly from Rick Berman who felt that the soundtrack music should basically be ‘sonic wallpaper’ and should not distract from the visuals. As a result, most of those scores are very new age-y and not particualerly memorable, with the exceptions of bits and pieces, here and there.

There are a few outstanding exceptions, some of which have already been released on CD. One of which I was very fond was Jay Chattaway’s score for the TNG episode “Tin Man” , in which he unknowingly broke the imposed Roddenberry cardinal rule of “No drums” which Gene felt sounded too militaristic. Most of it, however did not contain memorable melodies, and as such is much less interesting to listen to separated from the show itself.

Unfortunately, Gene’s idealistic vision of the furure led to constrictive rules for the TNG staff, such as ‘no drums in the music’ and the instuctions to the writers that there would be no conflict between the main characters, since it was Gene’s belief that humanity will have grown beyond petty jealousies and unreasoning emotion by the 24th century. While these notions were wonderful hopes for mankind’s future, it did lead to some blandness in the character interactions, and especially in the music.

76. dep1701 - June 8, 2010

Recieved my copy of the soundtrack on Friday ( just before going on a trip out of town ). What I’ve been able to listen to is a giant leap sonically over the original GNP release, and the extensive liner notes are very informative. I especially was pleased to find out what the short swirling dissonant piece ( deleted in the film ) was meant for in ‘Stealing The Enterprise’, between the shot of Kirk and co. beaming out, and the establishing shot of the Enterprise.

Kudos to FSM for another fantastic release.

77. dep1701 - June 8, 2010

“With Avatar, however, Horner hit new lows of self-reference.”

While it may be true that Horner’s re-use of material is very noticeable, he is far from the only composer to repeat himself. Listen to Leonard Rosemann’s score for the “Twilight Zone” episode “And When The Sky Was Opened”. You can hear very distinctive echoes of the style and tonalities in various parts of his score for “The Voyage Home”. Even the venerable Jerry Goldsmith was not above borrowing from himself. His theme for the Klingons in TMP was basically a note for note repeat ( with alteresed tempo and phrasing ) of a theme in his score for “the Wind And The Lion”.

Most composers do it…especially those with tight deadlines. Some are just more noticeable than others.

78. larshallstensson - November 15, 2011

i dont have star trek 3 the search for spock expanded soundtrack 2 cd

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