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Complete Star Trek IV Score CD Announced December 13, 2011

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To mark this year’s 25th anniversary of the release of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Intrada has just announced the upcoming release of the complete score of the film, including previously unreleased cues, alternative cues, new liner notes and more. See below for details.


Complete Score of Star Trek IV coming soon

Intrada has announced they will be releasing  Leonard Rosenman’s complete score to the 1986 film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. While a soundtrack was released back in 1986, this new CD will be the first complete score. For this release, Intrada worked from the original session masters housed at Paramount, reassembling the complete score in film order. This presentation also includes numerous bonus tracks, and alternates including the an alternate version of the "Main Title" using an arrangement of Alexander Courage’s classic Star Trek theme.

From the official description:

Complete Intrada CD restoration offers full score with previously unreleased cues, versions appearing on 1986 MCA album plus several alternates including Rosenman’s unused take on famous Alexander Courage TV theme. Fun to hear Rosenman’s own signature brass "pyramid" at climax of Courage’s melody! CD even includes wild "I Hate You" by Kirk Thatcher, Mark Mangini that annoys Star Trek crew on San Francsico bus ride. Production by Lukas Kendall, mix & assembly by Mike Matessino plus definitive liner notes by Jeff Bond round out stellar package, itself designed by Joe Sikoryak to comfortably fit in with other STAR TREK feature soundtrack restorations. Leonard Rosenman conducts.


Track list:

01. Logo/Main Title† 2:52 Hear This Track
02. Starfleet Command/On Vulcan/
Spock/Ten Seconds of Tension 1:40 Hear This Track
03. The Probe 1:16
04. The Probe—Transition/The Take-Off/
Menace of the Probe/Clouds and Water/Crew Stunned 3:08 Hear This Track
05. Time Travel 1:28
06. Market Street* 4:38
07. In San Francisco 2:01
08. Chekov’s Run 1:21 Hear This Track
09. Gillian Seeks Kirk 2:42
10. Hospital Chase 1:14
11. The Whaler 2:00 Hear This Track
12. Crash/Whale Fugue 8:38
13. Kirk Freed 0:44
14. Home Again†/End Credits 5:39 Hear This Track
Total Score Time: 40:06

15. Ballad of the Whale* 4:59
16. Main Title† (alternate) 2:56 Hear This Track
17. Time Travel (alternate) 1:29
18. Chekov’s Run (album ending) 1:19
19. The Whaler (alternate) 2:05
20. Crash/Whale Fugue (album track) 8:15
21. Home Again† and End Credits (alternate) 5:16
22. Main Title† (album track) 2:40
23. Whale Fugue (alternate) 1:05
24. I Hate You** (contains explicit lyrics) 1:59
Total Extras Time: 32:32

The complete Star Trek IV score comes out later in December. You can listen to sample clips and order yours at


1. John - December 13, 2011

Excellent! I love this music!

2. James Cannon - Runcorn Trekkie UK - December 13, 2011

I hate you … Great! Now I finally have a reason to get on a bus …

3. BiggestTOSfanever - December 13, 2011

I was just wondering if this score would be released in its entirety a couple of hours ago. Weird timing. This is definitely going on my wish list.

4. Lyle Kinney - December 13, 2011

It fits the movie’s tone well enough. But compared to the epic Horner and Goldsmith scores that preceded it- bigtime letdown…

5. OneBuckFilms - December 13, 2011

It seems that Paramount have been opening their vaults to labels for definitive releases as part of an ongoing series.

We have Trek II, Trek III, Trek IV, and Trek V so far.

The other two titles for the TOS crew movies are Trek I and Trek VI, and I suspect we may see either one or both in 2012.

I sincerely hope so.

6. Christopher Roberts - December 13, 2011

A word of advice. Never use “Chekov’s Run” as the soundtrack to your morning workout. Always ends badly. :)

7. astrodem - December 13, 2011

Rosenman’s take on the Alexander Courage theme is really something to behold. Instead the film ended up with a theme that sounds a bit like festive Christmas music. This is probably my least favorite soundtrack of all the TOS-era movies, but it still has some outstanding musical cues.

8. Vultan - December 13, 2011

Anyone else think it would’ve been cool if Abrams had worked the “I Hate You” song into young Kirk’s joyride in Trek ’09?

9. Vultan - December 13, 2011

Ha! I did a youtube search and it looks like someone had the same idea:

10. tom vinelli - December 13, 2011

Never cared for this score. It just didn’t fit The movie.

11. dunsel - December 13, 2011

this was one of the only scores I didn’t care for at all

12. ScottDS - December 13, 2011


That would’ve been awesome!

13. SciFiGuy - December 13, 2011

Not a Leonard Rosenman fan, but this one is better than most of his…I would say it’s his best, IMHO!! But — nowhere near on the level of ST:TMP or TWOK.

14. Ensign RedShirt - December 13, 2011


Not my fave Trek score either, but it does have a few fun cues and definitely suits the lighthearted nature of the film.

15. Captain Ransom - December 13, 2011

how about some GOD DAMNED sci fi movie news???

16. Jonboc - December 13, 2011

…please, no sci fi movie news for awhile….just because it’s fun watching Captain Ransom get edgy! lol

17. cjlp88 - December 13, 2011

Well, this leaves only one Trek film not to have a complete score available: Generations. Which I am afraid is going to be a long damn wait (Its worth noting that Undiscovered Country, First Contact, Insurrection, and Nemesis all have featured bootleg complete score releases)

I’d like to see the others get a full release as well, but Generations really stands out as an omission, especially considering the entire middle arc of the film is just left out. (The score essentially skips from the Enterprise B sequence to Veridian III)

18. Spock's Uncle - December 13, 2011

Wow, the alternate Main Theme is so vastly superior to what was used… the one used in the film was so “Christmas at Macy’s”ish…. Wish they had used the alternate cue… so good. Might buy the album just for that.

19. VulcanFilmCritic - December 13, 2011

Yawwwnnn. Unless there are some kind of extras included with the score, this is kind of snoozefest.
At least the score of ST: TMP was released as a two-disc special edition that had a second disc called “Inside Star Trek,” not to be confused with the Herb Solow/Bob Justman book of the same name.
On that disc, we got to hear Gene Roddenberry interview everyone except Leonard Nimoy. Mark Lenard was interviewed in character as Sarak, though.

What was most fascinating about this disc, though, was Gene Roddenberry’s admission that he really didn’t quit Star Trek in the third season because of principle, i.e. NBC calling his bluff about the Friday vs. Monday time slot. He admits, in his own words, that he quit Star Trek because of profound fatigue. I don’t know if it was psychological or medical or both. The way he says it, it sounds like both.

Now if director Leonard Nimoy would dish some dirt on a bonus disc about ST IV: TVH, then I’d certainly buy it (for a dollar.)

20. Red Dead Ryan - December 13, 2011

“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”. The first and (so far, at least) the only Trek film or episode to feature a Giant Space Log.

Anyway, the score by Leonard Rosenman is easily the cheesiest, and worst, of the Trek film scores. Better than the music from TNG-ENT, but just barely.

Still might make an interesting purchase. Plus I do have the expanded scores to II, III, and V, so maybe I should just pick it up anyway to complete the collection.

21. William - December 13, 2011

Parts of the score are good and parts are definitely not but on the whole it is pretty average. The Hospital Chase track was a direct rip off from the Overture to Candide. Though to be fair, directors often use “temp” tracks to illustrate to a composer what type of sound they want for a particular cue. Ths is almost always a death senctence to any type of creativity a composer might bring to bear on a such a scene. Once you get see a scene with a certain piece of music and know that it is what the director wants, it is hard to write anything but a rehash of the temp track.

22. HwkII - December 13, 2011

This soundtrack always reminded me of the original Lord of the Rings soundtrack (the Ralph Bakshi vershion). The main themes were very similar. (Rosenman wrote that score as well)

23. spock - December 13, 2011

I hope we see an expanded score release for Undiscovered Country. We basically had an expanded score for TMP already. Although I would love to get the missing Capt. Log cues.

24. Sebastian S. - December 13, 2011

Can’t wait. Got the other extended edition soundtracks. Gotta get this one, too (even if the main title sounds a wee bit too much like Rosenman’s earlier 1978 “Lord of the Rings” score). It’s actually a nice, easy-on-the-ears soundtrack for the most part.

I hope the whale fugue actually includes the whale song used in the movie as well. And I am very intrigued by Rosenman’s cover of the TOS Alexander Courage theme…

25. Thomas Jensen - December 13, 2011

I have the other extended/expanded versions. I like them.

If I bought this one I’d never listen to it.

26. CarlG - December 13, 2011

Such an odd score compared to the epicness of Goldsmith and Horner, but it’s certainly has its moments. And the main theme just makes me smile when I hear it — it’s like my favorite non-Christmas Christmas song. :)

27. CarlG - December 13, 2011

@23: Oh hell yes, the TUC score was so creepy and awesome in equal measures!

28. Basement Blogger - December 13, 2011

I enjoyed the Star Trek IV’s score. Heroic themes. Interesting use of a fugue. The lines may represent the whales. And nice use of fourths. According to Memory Alpha, the punk rock song on the bus was written for the movie. Link The lyrics are anit-Roddenberry.

“Just where is our future, the things we’ve done and said!
Let’s just push the button, we’d be better off dead! …”

It’s interesting because our men from the future stop that message with a Vulcan neck pinch. And Roddenberry’s message of optimism prevails.

29. BeatleJWOL - December 13, 2011

We don’t quite have the COMPLETE Star Trek: TMP score yet; the 20th anniversary Disc 1 runs approximately 64-65 minutes, whereas a fan’s “Deluxe Edition” release actually contains about 20 more minutes (including the couple of snippets of Courage’s original TOS theme, actually arranged/orchestrated by Courage himself(?)).

I suspect we’ll get a VI expanded score release before long, but the powers that be may figure the 1999 release was “good enough”…

30. Vultan - December 13, 2011


“The only question is: HOW MANY MEGATONS?!!!”

I was working in a sign shop a few years ago, and a fellow Trekkie coworker and I would sing “I Hate You” after dealing with a rude customer. It can be surprisingly cathartic, that song.

31. Dr. Cheis - December 13, 2011

Worth it just for “I hate you.”

32. Digginjim - December 14, 2011

I have very fond memories of this movie – but the score is terrible.

33. Adam Clark - December 14, 2011

I seemed to have noticed with these soundtracks, they use the film’s teaser poster art for the cover and the theatrical poster for the remastered, complete score.

29 – I just hope when they release the complete score of VI, it has the film version’s End Credits. The one on the original soundtrack was longer.

In the last third of the VI’s End Credits, when they reprise the Main Titles’ music, they start from the faster pace. But on the original CD, they started from the very start. The “Symphonic Star Trek” album had the End Credits as heard in the film.

34. WannaBeatle - December 14, 2011

sure, the soundtrack is a lot different than the other scores..the movie, itself is a lot different than the other films, too. But, I still enjoy the original soundtracks I have of it (cassette AND recently bought CD).

I have yet to buy any of the other re-mastered box set type soundtrack albums of any of the Trek movies (or any other soundtrack lately). But, this one isn’t all that expensive, so it might be worth it just for hell of it. Besides, former ILM’er/punk on bus/associate producer, Kirk Thatcher probably wouldn’t mind their 2 cent royalty check.

35. Patrice J Tremblay - December 14, 2011

Why don’t you get your albums tru iTunes ??? I would get all of them tru iTunes … I don’t wan’t to buy a CD, more plastic and stuff I dont need !

Go digital guys … go to iTunes !!

36. mntrekfan - December 14, 2011

I believe Leonard Rosenbaum also did Beneath the Planet of the Apes soundtrack( or one of Apes movies) and you can definitely hear that in TVH soundtrack

37. Dzordi - December 14, 2011

LOL! I do like this soundtrack, you don’t. That’s O.K. But saying it didn’t fit the film is hilarious…

38. Sean4000 - December 14, 2011

This will be great next to my remastered 2, 3, and 5 soundtracks! bring on the rest!!

39. Travis - December 14, 2011

~ 5 ~ ONEBUCKFILMS: Star Trek I remastered soundtrack was released almost 2 to 3 years ago. Star Trek I, II, III, IV, V are already out. Star Trek VI will be the final one unless paramount decides to pick up on Generations, First Contact, Insurrection, Nemesis.

40. Sebastian S. - December 14, 2011

# 26 CarlG

I still remember seeing ST4 during the holiday season 25 years ago (for my sister and I it felt like an early Christmas present), and for some strange reason it still kind of evokes Christmas for me as well. Thought I was the only one…. ;-)

41. ScottDS - December 14, 2011

^#39 –

Sony released the expanded ST: TMP album in 1999. However, it isn’t complete – there are at least 20 minutes of additional material plus another 20+ minutes of alternate cues, including two cues in the film that are different from their counterparts on the album.

42. Dr. Image - December 14, 2011

Cringingly bad. I’ll pass.

43. Khan 2.0 - December 14, 2011

YES! the star trek Christmas album is finally here! ding dong ding dong ding is that the sound of Christmas bells i hear?!

no its the opening to THE VOYAGE HOME main title!

i love it – the main theme makes me want to go out and scream MERRY CHRISTMAS!! to all of humanity

wasnt TVH out at xmas? – maybe thats why they wanted a christmasy theme

44. Crusade2267 - December 14, 2011

Track #24 is just in time for all the holiday drama!

45. "Check the Circuit!" - December 14, 2011

In my humble opinion, this was the worst score of all the films. The main theme just didn’t have enough gravitas. Too whimsical.

46. Adam - December 14, 2011

The best release of this score would be 72 minutes of silence. Will make for an excellent frisbee though.

47. Jeyl - December 14, 2011

While certainly not the best score of the franchise, it does help the movie itself stand out more amongst all the others. And given the dark serious tones of those films, that can be important. It just sounds like the score to a good day.

It’s a purchase for me.

48. Matthew M - December 14, 2011

wow. Didn’t realize there were so many expert music critics out there. Love this movie as a one off comedy STAR TREK and think the music for it is just right. I will be buying this CD because I like it and I’m a STAR TREK fan unlike most ‘trekkies’ who are just haters.

49. Admiral Grand - December 14, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised by Rosenman’s take on the Courage Theme. It really made me smile as it, like the latest score, takes the original theme out of the 60’s club feel and gives it a more majestic tone. The Voyage IV score has always been my least favorite, due to the ‘circus/Christmas’ opening theme which really just puts you off of it from the very beginning. Had they used this alternate take, I think the rest of the score would not have come off as badly as it did.

50. Vultan - December 14, 2011

You guys do realize the music was meant to be whimsical because… the movie was whimsical, right? I think Nimoy said that was the intent, since the previous movies had been so serious.

51. Adam Bomb 1701 - December 14, 2011

#43 – The movie opened November 26, the day before Thanksgiving, 1986. (It was also the day of my aunt’s funeral.) It stayed in theaters pretty much into early spring, 1987.
#28 – The punk song “I Hate You” was also heard in the Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello beach-party flick “Back to the Beach.” There was a soundtrack to that flick, but I don’t think “I Hate You” was included. (It was while filming “Back to the Beach” that Annette Funicello found out she had MS.)

52. Mike Poteet - December 14, 2011

The orchestrated version of the Courage theme in the alternate opening credits, combined with the chance to have “I Hate You,” is tempting — but not $20 worth of tempting. Maybe if copies show up on the cheap on eBay later, but, nah… the best bits of Rosenman’s score are already available.

53. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - December 14, 2011

that would make a great stocking stuffer!

54. Lt. Bailey - December 14, 2011

Know I know what to buy my wife for her Christmas stocking, she loves this film. Mostly due to the whales, she is a animal lover and this is the best of worlds for her: Star Trek AND whales.

55. Simon - December 14, 2011

@#35 – iTunes? Screw iTunes. I don’t want any of Apple’s attempt at a media monopoly infecting my computers.

That said, I also don’t want any crappy compressed music as the only archive available. CDs may be “physical media” but they’re not lossy and the dynamic range available is much higher. I can certainly tell the difference between my CDs and MP3/AAC/M4A rips of them, even at higher bitrates.

56. Khan 2.0 - December 14, 2011

the alternate main theme is kind of similar to ST09s end titles

57. Khan 2.0 - December 14, 2011

the end titles of TVH where they show scenes from the movie – they shouldve had each actor dressed as Santa

joking aside i think there is also a hint of a naval type theme in there somewhere too… so that would tie in with the Horner scores for II and III

@36 yes i saw Apes 2 way after TVH and was shocked at how similar to scores were – i thought only Horner was that similar (e.g. Wrath of Khan/Aliens etc). ive also read that his LOTR animation score was very similar to TVH

58. Khan 2.0 - December 14, 2011

i forget if its in the actual movie but whats the date they arrive in 1986? is it summer time?

youd think from the score it wouldve been xmas and kirk and co couldve done some christmas shopping at Macys before returning to the 24th century

i guess the nearest there is to a christmas star trek movie is Generations – Picards nexus obviously plus the film has a sort of christmasy look at times – maybe its the ways its lit or something…and it also had sort of christmas score at times (the opening choir theme/kirks ride/end credits etc)

59. Khan 2.0 - December 14, 2011

ahem…23rd century…

60. ECHUSA - December 14, 2011

The Main Title (Alternate) reminds me of The Star Tracks Track 7 (Main Title) by Erich Kunzel which has same tones.

I have bought the CD and found was after shipping and no tax cheaper basically by a $1 and change at
Screen Archieves Entertainment

61. Elvis Shatner - December 14, 2011


This is good news indeed. Just like the film itself, the music is light and cheerful, *JUST THE WAY NIMOY WANTED* after the drama and gravitas of TWOK and TSFS. And it goes well with the film. The epic, grandiose works of Goldsmith, or Horner, or Eidelman would not fit this film. Rosenman’s score did the job, and I whip it out and play it a bunch every year during the holiday season! Ordered!!! :D

62. spooky - December 14, 2011

I absolutely love movie scores so I will be picking this up. I wish they would do this for more older films. :D

63. spooky - December 14, 2011

Good gawd look at the movie poster art, it looks like a Mexican revival of Star Trek IV on telenovella. Not that there’s anything wrong with Mexicans or telenovellas. :)

64. The Squire of Gothos - December 14, 2011

Ordered!!! I love these restoration Star Trek soundtracks!

65. Hammer47 - December 15, 2011

I don’t understand the harsh criticism of this movie’s score. No one can argue that Goldsmith and Horner aren’t geniuses, and they both did excellent work on their respective films (I, II, III). But IV was a different film with a purposely different tone to it, and the music reflects that. How can you say, “The music doesn’t match the film”? Both the film and the music match the height of 80’s optimism — Fall/Winter 1986. The main theme is awesome. Yes, it’s never going to match the themes of I or II, but it’s not supposed to. I remember watching this film in the theater… I was 12 years old, and the main theme grabbed my attention and made me smile with anticipation of what was to come. The hospital chase music is brilliant and completely matches William Shatner’s humor during the entire scene. The whale fugue is gorgeous and way more complex and sophisticated than you’ll find in most movie scores — especially delightful is its use as the “middle theme” in the End Credits… the way it spins back into the main theme as the last third of the end credits is particularly exciting in its inevitability. Also, his use of the Alexander Courage “main” theme from the TV series as the new Enterprise-A soars out into space is majestic and inspired. While I’m sure Goldsmith / Horner would have done a great job with this movie, I don’t think they would have matched the light-heartedness, humor, and unabashed optimism that Rosenman did on this film. And believe me, I love those composers, and have huge respect for them. By the way, have you ever heard the “bonus track” on the original Star Trek III CD, “Track 9 – The Search For Spock”? Yeah, um… Rosenman’s work with the YellowJackets to creat the cue “Market Street” was a far better effort at a “modern” sound. Just sayin’…. Besides, there is ONE reason alone to buy this CD — “I Hate You”. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

66. SciFiGuy - December 15, 2011

#57 — Yes, Rosenman’s scores all sound the same. The STIV theme sounds very similar to his Bakshi Lord of the Rings theme. His other cues are just a sort of sometimes bombastic and sometimes atonal “sonic wallpaper”. Now, I will be fair and say his score from STIV is more melodic than most of his — as I say, I think it’s his best score (or at least the best I have heard). As pointed out elsewhere, I liked the final cues in the film — that was spectacular stuff!

I don’t think it’s fair to say Goldsmith or Horner couldn’t have written a light score for this. Certainly Goldsmith could have — I point to his score for Gremlins as just one example. I know Rosenman was a personal friend of Leonard Nimoy — so that and perhaps unavailability — we’re the main reasons to not use Goldsmith or Horner.

I’m just not a Rosenman fan, overall.

67. BeatleJWOL - December 15, 2011

Y’know, love it or hate it, everybody REMEMBERS that main theme to IV. Maybe it’s because they heard the circle of fifths progression in the LOTR theme, maybe it’s because it sounds like Christmas music to them (I agree!), or maybe it’s because it just sounds so awful to them. Whatever your stance, you REMEMBER it and that makes it effective.

68. Simon - December 15, 2011

@#62 – That’s the original theatrical poster art. The VHS cover art (with Kirk & Spock back to back looking like it was drawn with crayons) that has carried forward to DVD is terrible.

I think it’s pretty cool and am glad it’s being used for this. I wish they had used it for the Blu-ray and not some Photoshop paste job.

69. John in Canada, eh? - December 17, 2011

I always liked this theme. More energetic than the operatic Horner themes which preceded it; and it suited the light-hearted feel of the movie well.

70. Cage Master - December 17, 2011

Intrada now showing a release date of 1/04/12.

71. tom vinelli - December 18, 2011

I never understood who decided to go with this score, compared to Goldsmith and others who worked on Trek movies and tv. It just sounds like to me a score more suited for the lifetime channel then Startrek. One of the best i thought was Startrek 6, that fit perfectly.

72. Chris Freeman - December 27, 2011

It includes “I Hate You.” Good work, Paramount.

73. Bill Binder - December 29, 2011

Their webpage now has it due for arrival on 01/04/2012

74. " The Captains Neck is broken " - January 2, 2012


75. Captain Dan - January 13, 2012

Got mine in the mail yesterday. Was a bit surprised they brought it forward but not disappointed!

76. Bill Binder - January 16, 2012

Not me. Mine shipped out 11 days ago. No sign of it yet. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.