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First Look at FSM Ron Jones Project 14 CD TNG Music Box Set (Now Available For Pre-order) August 31, 2010

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Music,TNG , trackback

In September Film Score Monthly is taking on their most ambitious Star Trek project yet, and today the 14 CD "Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Ron Jones Project" is available for pre-order. We have more details and an exclusive look at some of the artwork from the set below.

 


14 CD Ron Jones Box Set Available for pre-order

Film Score Monthly have put together the largest-ever collection of Star Trek music: a 14 CD box set of Ron Jones’ fan-favorite scores to the first four seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 14 discs contain over 16 hours of music, featuring 40 complete episode scores (including classic episodes like “Heart of Glory,” “11001001,” “Q Who,” “Who Watches the Watchers” and “Brothers”), bonus tracks to “The Best of Both Worlds,” and Jones’ music to two Interplay computer games, Starfleet Academy (1997) and Starfleet Command (1999), all in pristine stereo.


"Ron Jones Project" box set

The box set includes a 60-page booklet which contains an introductory essay and track listings (illustrated with TNG stills and artwork), and the entire collection comes in a sturdy gold slipcase. FSM also has additional web “online liner notes” for the box set with dozens of pages of history and analysis on the music of The Next Generation, with Ron Jones offering his commentary on all of his TNG episode scores.


Sample spread from 60 page booklet

Pre-order link + Signing event

The box set is due to ship in mid to late September. Film Score Monthly has begun taking pre-orders (via their retail partner, Screen Archives Entertainment) for the 14CD soundtrack box set. PREORDER LINK: Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Ron Jones Project: $149.95. (this set will be limited to 5,000 copies).

On the afternoon of Sunday September 19th Ron Jones will be appearing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA signing copies of the set. Autographed copies can also be ordered at Dark Delicacies and also Screen Archives Entertainment.

More artwork from box set


Front tray card for clamshell 1 (of 3)


Back tray card for clamshell 2 (of 3)


Disc art samples (Discs 5 & 10)


Booklet cover from "Ron Jones Project"

More sample pages from 60-page booklet

Comments

1. CaptainSMAW - August 31, 2010

What is Sulu doing there? Shouldn’t that disc either have Miles O’Brien, Ro Laren, or Nurse Alyssa Ogawa?

2. bill hiro - August 31, 2010

Ron did some great music for TNG. THis is well-deserved.

3. bill hiro - August 31, 2010

” … and Jones’ music to two Interplay computer games, Starfleet Academy (1997) and Starfleet Command (1999) …”

Sulu appeared on the games, along with Chekov and Kirk.

4. Jeyl - August 31, 2010

@1. Ron Jones composed music for the video game Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. The picture of Sulu is from that game.

Oh, I’M PRE-ORDERING THIS BABY!

5. AJ - August 31, 2010

Probably worth the price for the BOBW (Part 1) cliffhanger music alone (which he lovingly parodied in ‘Family Guy: Stewie Kills Lois’)

6. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - August 31, 2010

Probly will pass. I just do not think the Music of Tng is worth the price. To me thw Tng Music was to bland but there are a few exeptions. The Pilot Epp was good and the music to the best of both worlds was great. But I just don’t see paying that kind of money to get to the bit of music that was actualy good.

7. Bill - August 31, 2010

@AJ

You do realize BOBW isn’t included on this set right?

8. Mike Lynch - August 31, 2010

This is a great idea and about time.

Now, if we could PLEASE get the TOS music in a set like this! I want my “Metamorphosis” music and “Friday’s Child” and “The Enterprise Incident!”

9. Admonisher - August 31, 2010

@6. Please visit the site and LISTEN TO THE SOUND-CLIPS! TNG’s music was not homogeneous in the early seasons. Ron Jones’ scores were full of passion, melody and creativity, which was why he was ditched by Rick Berman. “The music of TNG” over the course of the entire series may deserve the label “too bland,” but this set is ONLY the music of Ron Jones — and “too bland” it is not!

10. David Stoeckel - August 31, 2010

I like it. Worth the price and more.

11. T_Mac - August 31, 2010

Finally, can get the music from “The Defector” probably my favorite score of TNG

12. OneBuckFilms - August 31, 2010

8 – TOS would be fantastic, but I doubt we’d get it, as GNP Crescendo owns the rights to most of the key scores (the ones already released by them on CD).

If the rights are the same as TNG, they may own the rights in perpetuity.

However, never say never. FSM have surprised me before, with Trek II and Trek III.

13. swh1939 - August 31, 2010

[i]Pre-order link + Singing event[/i]

So Ron will sing as well as sign? Sweet!!!

14. schnotty - August 31, 2010

Awesome. Ron Jones gave TNG it’s personality before Berman replaced him with a plastic chew toy. I’ll be getting this one.

15. Spock - August 31, 2010

I hope they do this with classic trek. Now there is classic scoring instead of background music. Jones did some good stuff for tng. Didn’t they toss him off the show because he went againt the rule of berman?

16. Ralph F - August 31, 2010

What #15 said; there’s some great GNP Crescendo and Varese Sarabande TOS collections out there, but I’d love to see a definitive collection (re-recording, remaster, whatever) from the entire TOS run.

17. AJ - August 31, 2010

7.

Bill you’re right. Well, I’ll be. For $150, I am shocked. I know BOBW has been released on CD separately, but excluding it here seems pointlessly stupid.

18. T2 - August 31, 2010

This is awesome. Already pre-ordered it. The music of TOS is awesome and I’m glad to have much of it, but TNG, now that’s a whole other ball game. The music was memorable, intelligent, and sometimes surreal – especially Seasons 1 and 3. Can’t wait…and the computer games (especially Starfleet Academy), that’s icing on the cake. Hopefully my next TNG purchase will someday be Blu-Ray releases, but that’s a lot of time and money away from happening. Thanks for the preview!

19. Lukas Kendall - August 31, 2010

Hi Everyone — We were contractually prohibited by the existing GNP Crescendo album from including more than 5 minutes from “The Best of Both Worlds,” so we took the opportunity to release some cues omitted from that CD. Please visit our online notes to learn everything we could think to print about this project!

http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/notes/box05_intro.html

Lukas Kendall

20. OneBuckFilms - August 31, 2010

19 – You piped in before I could explain :)

Thank you for this release. I hope I can justify it.

21. Simon Belfast - August 31, 2010

What an amazing release. Ron Jones’ scores for TNG were so much richer than the ‘sonic wallpaper’ of his colleagues, such a shame Berman and Co fired him after The Drumhead.

22. Chain of Command - August 31, 2010

Looking forward to this. Loved Ron Jones’ music. Goes without saying that all the Berman-era Star Trek productions from TNG’s 5th season onward lost a lot, sonically speaking.

I may get slammed for this, however: except for “Tin Man” (and maybe “the inner light”), I HATED JAY CHATTAWAY’S MUSIC. I just hated it. I don’t really fault him because I know the stipulations that were placed on the composers (all fans do). However, I just really hated the meandering sound it ALWAYS had.

This is just my opinion. Nothing more

23. Adrian Patrick - August 31, 2010

I read the extensive online linear notes with Jones’ commentary today …really insightful. Probably swayed me to purchase. Definitely looking forward to it.

Even before I knew anything about music, I remember looking forward to episodes with Ron Jones scoring, and was bemused by the Producers’ attitude.

24. Pearl Bodine - August 31, 2010

I want a TOS boxed-set!

25. Vultan - August 31, 2010

#22

No need to get slammed, Chain; you’re right on the money. “Tin Man” has some of the best music of the series, but, yeah, the majority of Chattaway’s music was flat as a pancake. Berman must have taken him aside after “Inner Light” and told him that his music was “too noticeable. And you don’t want to end up like Ron Jones, now do ya?”

26. Vultan - August 31, 2010

And bravo to the design team for the those liner notes! Always nice to see LCARS incorporated into TNG merchandise.

27. RAMA - August 31, 2010

This is just unbelievable…wow

28. Jordan - August 31, 2010

Looks ugly. Season 1 pics? Really?

29. Zebonka - August 31, 2010

Do I have to say it?

WRONG. SHOW. WRONG. SHOW.

Get onto TOS already?

30. Cafe 5 - August 31, 2010

Wowzers what a boxed set.

31. borzisc - August 31, 2010

Great job, Lukas!!

I hope you see a great interest is there for TOS-era music. I used to play audio tapes of TOS episodes taped from TV just to hear the dramatic cues along with the dialogue. Many of us have purchased every incarnation from the original series (every CD listed on startreksoundtracks.com). I want more. Hopefully all of it. Just think, The Cage was produced 25 years ago and the last one 18 years ago. That is a long drought.

Often the Enterprise is considered as important and iconic as any one of the original troika. I would have to include the soundtrack as important for contributing great nostalgia.

Lukas, as a fan of Star Trek and soundtracks, please do what ever needs to be done to release a complete (as much as possible) box set of the music that started it all. You have the contacts and the bona fides to do it. Would Jeff Bond colloborate?

Thanks from a fan!!! :)

32. et - August 31, 2010

@9 – Thanks for the clarification, Admonisher. I hadn’t focused on the arc of the whole series of TNG music. I still never had the same feeling for the TNG music as I did for the TOS, but it’s nice to know it wasn’t all Bermanwash.

33. Phaser Guy - August 31, 2010

Oh brother, let’s bash Berman for season one where GR had pretty much full control of everything.

34. Jim Nightshade - August 31, 2010

This set looks wonderfully done in every way–pity i cannot afford it-bet the 5000 copies go quickly-kudos to all involved n thanx for making such creative complilations for us fans! Been outta work over a year now–this is a great collection for trek fans obviously! All of u lucky fans enjoy–wouldnt mind seeing a review when it comes out-to let me know what i missed heheh

35. Simon - September 1, 2010

#29 – WRONG THREAD TO COMPLAIN.

At least TNG had original scores for all their episodes, instead of the same cues rehashed over and over and over and over and over….

36. James Heaney - Wowbagger - September 1, 2010

OH NO! I can’t afford that, and by the time I can they will all be gone! And yet I must own it!

Dilemma!

There were parts of Ron Jones’ early TNG work I really do not like, but, guys… if you are bashing Ron Jones OR his TNG scores, you are demonstrating nothing other than your own ignorance. There is some *brilliant* stuff in there, and it is *not* all concentrated in “The Best of Both Worlds.” I’ve always longed for a “11001001″ release, and now I’m going to get it.

If I can find the money! Gar!

37. James Heaney - Wowbagger - September 1, 2010

And, as an aside, the score to Starfleet Academy is (1) wonderful and (2) really darned hard to find these days. If you don’t have it, this is your big chance. When I was a foolish child, I used to play whole levels of the game just to get to pieces of music that I liked. Then I learned about soundtracks, and my world changed.

38. TMZ - September 1, 2010

If a release of 14 CD of this music rightfully gets interest, why is Paramount sitting on top of re-releasing extended and remastered HD versions of the TNG TV series itself.

They could literally put that out again in a prime timeslot and get ratings.

39. Phobos - September 1, 2010

I ordered mine earlier. I wonder if it includes all the episodes. I presume not as appears it is only the audio made by Mr Jones. Did anyone else make music for the shows?

40. Phobos - September 1, 2010

@38 Apparantly the special effects in TNG are in video, not film like the actor cuts. So they have to redo all the digital effects.

However, how come Voyager or at least Enterprise are not out yet? Enterprise was recorded in HD TV.

41. Dom - September 1, 2010

40. Actually, it’s more than that: TNG’s film stock was telecined in standard definition and edited and mastered in that format. The filmed FX elements were also composited in standard definition.

Unlike TOS, which was edited on film and therefore the cut programme was easy to telecine in HD, TNG would effectively have to have the negs retelecined, then be recut from scratch. It’s been pointed out that they were far more interested in getting the shows on air at the time than being super-duper efficient about cataloguing everything in detail for a revamp quarter of a century later.

Additionally, there were vastly more visual FX per episode. On top of that, there would probably to be a lot of CGI retouching required to clean up all the seams on the infinitely more complicated alien make-up!

In a sense, you’d have to run seven years of post-production all over again AND be limited by decisions made nearly 25 years ago. Frankly, I’d rather the HUGE amount of money that would cost be spent on a new show! On the other hand, if TNG had to be rebuilt from scratch, you might as well recut them as 40 minuters from scratch with a modern sensibility and do new FX. I mean, it’s not as if people are going to cry about The Last Outpost being rereleased in a tighter edit!

Actually, they should get Ron Jones in to rescore a bunch of other episodes: his work pee-ed all over anyone else’s work on the modern Trek shows! I’m sure he would also like to pump up one or two of the scores he was forced to reign in near the end of his era. Even The Best of Both Worlds II was rather watered down compared with it’s predecessor. Hell, get some other composers in to do some alternative scores, for that matter. I’d kill to hear Bear McCreary or Joel Goldsmith let loose on one or two TNG eps!

42. rm10019 - September 1, 2010

41 – While I agree in spirit with your comments, that would be a whole different ballgame, with new music (and yes that would rule) you’re talking about TNG Reimagined, not just Remastered :)

43. rm10019 - September 1, 2010

19 – Lukas Kendall

Would you consider selling the booklet seperately, at some point?

44. ScottDS - September 1, 2010

Just testing.

45. ScottDS - September 1, 2010

^43 –

You can read the contents of the booklet (more material actually) on FSM’s website. I had trouble posting the link earlier but go to FSM’s website, mouse over “FSM CDs” and click on “Liner Notes.”

46. rm10019 - September 1, 2010

45- Thanks, I saw them, and was reading them. As a fan and collector though, I thought it would be nice to have the booklet, and thought it might be a nice source of supplimentary income for FSM, as some may want to read it, but not be able to afford the price of the set of discs.

47. ScottDS - September 1, 2010

No problem.

P.S.: My earlier reply re: the liner notes disappeared so it might show up again later. Please disregard it. :-)

48. CarlG - September 1, 2010

Oh dear sweet lord/allah/buddha/FSM, I WANT this! :D

49. Dr. Image - September 1, 2010

Long overdue!
Ron’s TNG stuff showed talent and creativity. Like Bernard Herrmann, he UNDERSTOOD (understands) the value of a good score in relation to what’s on screen.
That’s why they fired him. (Too thematic? Give me a break.)
Stick it, Berman!

50. Victor Hugo - September 1, 2010

This is a beautiful package!

Ah, enough TNG hating, you TOS xiïtes. :P

51. Danpaine - September 1, 2010

….I always found it ironic somehow that most of TNG’s best music occurred during the weakest seasons, namely 1-3. It was really good stuff.

Would never pay $150 for it, but maybe on Ebay someday for $20, sure.

52. OLLEY OLLEY OLLEY - September 1, 2010

The season three episode The Offspring featuring Datas daughter was a tear jerker for both the writing and the actors performance but the music was very emotional also.

I think Ill watch it tonight

53. Vultan - September 1, 2010

#51

Season 3 weak?!!!
I hope you’re kidding.

54. T2 - September 1, 2010

Oh man, I loved TNG Season 3, best music (imo) out of all 7. I believe 7 was the best season for TNG, but 3 will always be my favorite.

55. skyjedi - September 1, 2010

I liked the Best of Both worlds soundtrack when it was released, but now it is somewhat dated. Also never really been a fan of electronic music or synth, even when geniuses like Goldsmith used them.

56. Sean - September 1, 2010

#51

Weird, I find Seasons 1, 2, 3 and the 1st half of Season 4 some of the strongest of TNG. Not just the music, but the style as well. Sure, 5 and 6 and 7 had a handful of good episodes, but not as many, IMO.

This set has some awesome soundtracks in it, with some of my favorite episodes being scored.

57. Cervantes - September 1, 2010

Couldn’t care less about this…JUST.BRING.US.ALL.THE.AMAZING.TOS-RELATED.SCORES.

Thankyou.

58. Dom - September 2, 2010

My greatest beef with TNG and all later Trek was the music. I remember, even at the age of 12 or 13 when the show was getting it’s first screenings that the music drew my attention. Ron Jones’s name popped up usually after an episode with a score I liked. Then his name disappeared and the music became dreary, whiny sh!te and a fellow Trek fan told me Jones had been forced to leave. So we chilled out and listened to his CD of The Best of Both Worlds.

The tragedy is that Ron Jones had real ambition for TNG to become something more than the original Star Trek, but clearly that ambition wasn’t reflected by Rick ‘F**k the viewers’ Berman.

If Star Trek ever returns to the TV screens, the producers could do worse than call Ron Jones a call. It’s ironic that Berman and his gang decried Jones’s music for being ‘too experimental’, ‘too old-fashioned’ and ‘too ethnic’ in light of the success of Greg Edmonson’s work on Firefly and Bear McCreary’s Battlestar Galactica scores!

59. CarlG - September 2, 2010

@58: You should check out Jeff Bond’s book, The Music of Star Trek — there’s a rather telling story from Ron Jones. When Berman heard one of his episode scores, he came charging into his office, yelling, “Can’t you write anything unemotional?”

….Music does not WORK that way!! Goodnight!

60. Zebonka - September 2, 2010

There’s definitely a great middle-ground on TNG scores. On one hand you have the ultra boring, “leaning on the keyboard” style scores from the later seasons. Then you have the chintzy, almost offensive 80′s sounds from right near the start.
Somewhere in the middle, there are some great scores to be had. One can’t expect a 7 year show to have perfect music all the way through.

TOS was way more consistent with the music – there was just a lot less of it. To modern ears it might seem unacceptable that it was re-used so extensively but you have to remember it was a different situation. I think the hit:miss ratio with TOS music was a lot better than TNG. “Trouble With Tribbles” may not have aged very well, but the majority of the TOS scores are great music, period. I really hope a day comes where someone can get the authority to release them en masse.

61. skyjedi - September 2, 2010

I don’t think that is fair. i liked Dennis McCarthy’s music quite a lot actually. And i think generations is one of the best scores, even if the movie stinks.

62. skyjedi - September 2, 2010

One thing that i noticed is there has never been restored original series scores uncut to go along with the newly restored and cgi’ed seasons.

The original releases on CD and the LP’s sound like crap in comaprison to the re-recordings done with high fidelity recording systems.

I would like to see the originals restored even if it means in mono sound and with some pops and clicks. No brickwalling the music to co=incide with the loudness wars, or apply too much noise reduction and strip out the high frequency of the music and the mids like was done on the star wars special edition soundtrack for return of the jedi.

63. Simon - September 4, 2010

Pre-ordered the set.

My only criticism of Jones’ style is that too often he went with the “cartoon” style approach: instead of letting moods and themes build, he would change the music rapidly from shot to shot. It loses impact when you accentuate *everything*.

Anyway, my two cents, or $162 after tax.

64. Ambassador - September 16, 2010

“My only criticism of Jones’ style is that too often he went with the “cartoon” style approach: instead of letting moods and themes build, he would change the music rapidly from shot to shot.”

I disagree. Your criticisms far more accurately describes Dennis McCarthy’s style, which lacked themes and was also dissonant. Not to say I didn’t like the best of Dennis McCarthy’s work (and by “best” I mean before Berman drove him into the mud), but Ron Jones was just such a genius.

You also have to realize that Ron was working with short TV episodes, not feature length movies. I feel that his themes and moods did build up to some extent, just in a more rapid fashion. In BoBw, for example, the Borg theme is slowly introduced, then accentuated more and more as the episode(s) go on.

“It loses impact when you accentuate *everything*.”

Watch “The High Ground”, which features a lot of action scenes, and then a comparable McCarthy episode like “The Hunted”. In the High Ground action scenes, the music has definite impact and makes things exciting, whereas The Hunted simply is adequate to push the story along. Besides, I don’t think Ron “accentuated everything” anyways. The High Ground featured a lot of atmospheric subtle tension music as well as dramatic scores. In my mind, Jones approached an episode like Jerry Goldsmith would have done.

65. Jason - September 28, 2010

Any word on the release date?

66. David Cole - October 9, 2010

Got my copy on Friday and have been playing it ever since — FANTASTIC stuff, thanks much!! Pity about “Best of Both Worlds” but thankfully that CD can still be had…

67. AAGJMB - October 28, 2010

It’s floating around online if you know where to look and have no morals about downloading it.

68. Evan - November 7, 2010

I’ve been making my way through the set! So awesome to hear the nuances! You’re in for a real treat when you listen to “Human Factor” from “Booby Trap” !!!!!

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