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GNP Releases Star Trek: First Contact Complete Score [UPDATED] April 3, 2012

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The series of extended and complete Star Trek soundtrack releases continues with a brand new issue from GNP Crescendo of Jerry Goldsmith’s score of Star Trek: First Contact. The brand new CD which includes the complete soundtrack, plus bonus alternative tracks, is available right now. UPDATE: Added exclusive images of CD artwork.

 

GNP Releases Star Trek: First Contact Complete Score

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Now available! Star Trek: First Contact Complete Motion Picture Score

April 2nd 2012 —GNP Crescendo Records, longtime home of new and classic Star Trek soundtracks, releases a long-sought limited-edition collector’s CD of Star Trek: First Contact (1996) featuring the complete score by Jerry Goldsmith (with additional music by Joel Goldsmith), newly remastered by recording engineer Bruce Botnick. Star Trek: First Contact (1996) was the most popular feature film starring the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation. When the Borg travel through time into Earth’s past, Picard and his crew must prevent them from altering a pivotal moment in human history—mankind’s “first contact” with an alien race (the peaceful Vulcans).

First Contact marked the much-anticipated return of beloved composer Jerry Goldsmith to the franchise. Goldsmith’s march from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (reused as the main title theme for The Next Generation) is instantly identifiable, and Goldsmith’s extraordinary gift for melody, thrilling orchestration and musical storytelling has made him the signature composer for Gene Roddenberry’s vision.

For First Contact, schedule constraints led Goldsmith to recruit another composer to write additional music—his son Joel. The resulting score by both men combines exciting themes from Goldsmith’s previous efforts with vital new material, including a “first contact” theme (nobly sounded by French horn) and an ominous motive for the Borg.

GNP Crescendo released the original soundtrack album to Star Trek: First Contact in 1996, featuring 45 minutes of score highlights. Since then, fans have clamored for both Goldsmiths’ complete work—particularly the thrilling “Flight of the Phoenix.” This expanded release (nearly 80 minutes) presents exactly that—including three alternate tracks—in sterling sound quality, mastered by Jerry Goldsmith’s longtime recording engineer, Bruce Botnick.

The accompanying 16-page booklet includes informative notes by Jeff Bond and John Takis and is lavishly illustrated with film stills. Star Trek: First Contact—Complete Motion Picture Score (GNPD 8079) is available solely as a physical CD from GNP Crescendo Records ($19.98 at gnpcrescendo.com).


First Contact Complete Score – Front Cover

Track Listing

Running time 79:13

1. Main Title/Locutus
2. How Many Ships
3. Battle Watch
4. Red Alert
5. Temporal Wake
6. Shields Down
7. The Phoenix
8. They’re Here
9. 39.1 Degrees Celsius
10. Search for the Borg
11. Retreat
12. No Success
13. Borg Montage
14. Welcome Aboard
15. Stimulation
16. Smorgasborg
17. Getting Ready
18. Fully Functional
19. The Dish
20. Objection Noted
21. Not Again
22. Evacuate
23. New Orders/All the Time
24. Flight of the Phoenix
25. First Contact
26. End Credits

Bonus Tracks

27. The Phoenix [alternate]
28. Borg Montage [alternate]
29. Main Title [alternate]

UPDATE: More images

GNP has provided TrekMovie with more artwork from the new score.


First Contact Complete Score – Back Cover


First Contact Complete Score – CD art



First Contact Complete Score – Sample pages from booklet

Comments

1. Kayla Iacovino - April 3, 2012

My favorite score of any ST movie! My friend walked down the aisle to the First Contact main theme. I cried my eyes out!

2. Captain Dan - April 3, 2012

We’re really being spoiled with all of these new soundtrack releases. I love this soundtrack and have mine on order now.

3. John Tenuto - April 3, 2012

Great news! First Contact is my least favorite TNG film because, among many other problems, the characterization is entirely wrong, especially Jean Luc Picard who acts atypical through the entire film. However, it is a great soundtrack with beautiful cues. This a great tribute to Jerry Goldsmith!

4. Worf's Bathroom Air Freshener - April 3, 2012

@ #3 – http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0qx306e3L1r64jxt.gif

5. chrisfawkes.com - April 3, 2012

I have the original soundtrack and only recently realized there was also a bunch of video interviews on the disc.

Really stunning music.

6. Damian - April 3, 2012

Goldsmith was my favorite of the Star Trek composers. I wonder if he was still with us, would Abrams had used him in Star Trek (2009). James Horner is a close second, but Goldsmith just seemed to capture the whole science fiction genre perfectly. And I always liked Goldsmith’s use of unusual instruments and cues. For First Contact, I loved his music for the Borg. It made those scenes that much more creepy.

I remember a lot of critics who panned Star Trek V: The Final Frontier noted the music score by Goldsmith was one of the few highlights of that film.

7. Niall Johnson - April 3, 2012

Already having the original release of the soundtrack, I’d be skeptical. Having said that, I picked up the extended STIV:TUC soundtrack to replace the older one I lost, and haven’t looked back!

8. George Zip - April 3, 2012

Loving all the extended soundtracks.

And I keep hoping the sales will drive a project to re-record the full scores for both “The Cage” and “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. The CD is great but the recording is lousy, so to speak.

9. Peter T Chattaway - April 3, 2012

So… no ‘Ooby Dooby’ or ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ on this CD? That’s fine, though it kind of means that this won’t be a complete soundtrack. A complete *score*, sure, just not a complete *soundtrack*. :)

10. Chris E - April 3, 2012

@ #6 Michael Giacchino is Abrams composer of choice, so it’s unlikely Golsmith would have been used were he still alive. Personally, I couldn’t imagine Star Trek XI with a different score. It’s easily in my top three of the 11 soundtracks (the other two being Khan and First Contact).

11. OneBuckFilms - April 3, 2012

One of the best Star Trek scores.

This tells me that Paramount is doing more than the TOS films, and is doing all 10 scores complete.

This CD should also give Joel Goldsmith, who wrote many cues with his father Jerry’s material due to time and scheduling constraints, will get his due.

“The Flight of the Phoenix” and “Evacuation”. Nice !!!

12. BeatleJWOL - April 3, 2012

@7
Hmm, let’s see.

ALL of the music, or SOME of the music.

Gee, I don’t know, what a tough decision. :p

13. Dr. Image - April 3, 2012

#3 John- THANK YOU!! Given how most gush over this film, I thought my wife and I were the only ones to note its many flaws, plot holes, and out-of-character acting.
The score, however, is not one of my favs of Goldsmith’s. Actually, I prefer Insurrection’s (And of course TMP’s.)
And FC’s main theme sounds like a commencement march.
I have a FC “collector’s edition” bootleg with 25 tracks- quality is outstanding, but this release has more.

14. Greenberg - April 3, 2012

For the love of GOD, get onto TOS already… you’re skipping the best part of Trek music.

15. John Tenuto - April 3, 2012

#13 Hello Dr. Image. Agreed! I am one to love almost anything Star Trek, but I can’t get on the First Contact bandwagon. There is much to like, such as the score or special effects. However, the creation of the Borg Queen and the out of character Picard and Worf moments are some of the major problems with the film. In fact, Picard is almost unrecognizable as a character in the film. It is okay for characters to grow and change organically. I am not certain, however, that Picard’s behavior qualifies as anything more than the character being rewritten to fit the narrative. I appreciate fellow fans who like this film. There isn’t much with the “A” story that is in the spirit of Star Trek, however. The “B” planet side story is somewhat better, however it really is the worst of the TNG films in my opinion.

16. Red Dead Ryan - April 3, 2012

Oh gee, you know, the reason why Picard was acting out of character was because he wanted revenge……for what the Borg did to him in “Best Of Both Worlds”. It actually made a lot of sense. And it was a nice change from the “humans are perfect” non-sense that Gene Roddenberry insisted during the early years of TNG.

#3 and #13.

I happen to disagree with you on the quality of the film, because there are usually plot holes of some sort in Trek movies.

Btw, I just ordered this soundtrack. I have the original, and love it!

17. VZX - April 3, 2012

Cool! My favorite TNG movie score, by far!

18. T'Cal - April 3, 2012

Don’t forget GEN’s soundtrack. Excellent. Better than the movie deserved! Main Title, Deck 15, The Nexus/A Christmas Hug, Jumping the Ravine, Kirk’s Death, To Live Forever… Just great!

19. ScottDS - April 3, 2012

^I’m sure they’ll get to the Generations score eventually.

I’m looking forward to the quiet mysterious music that plays when the Enterprise-B first encounters the Nexus. And the whole thing could use a good remastering. :-)

20. Ruue - April 3, 2012

YES! Must have for me.
My favorite Star Trek movie and one of the best Trek scores…

21. Vultan - April 3, 2012

#15

First Contact the worst TNG film? Worse than Nemesis?
Wow…

22. Thorny - April 3, 2012

Jerry Goldsmith was a genius. “The Motion Picture” and “First Contact” are by far my favorite Trek scores. The “Overture” for TMP is the most beautiful piece written for Star Trek, in my opinion. I hope the “Main Title” alternate” gives us the First Contact main theme without the extended “Locutus” bit, which takes away from it, I think. Some of the shorter bits from FC were great too, especially “Evacuate”.

I loved James Horner’s TWOK score, but then I learned it was extremely reminiscent of his “Battle Beyond the Stars”, so I’ve downgraded it some since then.

I’ve never been a fan of Dennis McCarthy, whose music I think is an excellent cure for insomnia, but I do like “The Enterprise-B/Kirk Saves the Day” from Generations.

23. I'm Dead Jim! - April 3, 2012

I always felt that the Borg just really knew how to push Picard’s buttons, really get under his skin. Also thought the Borg Queen was a great villain. Alice Krige did a great job blending sensuality with creepy.

I’ve gotten over plot holes in Trek a long time ago. Hard to enjoy any of it otherwise.

Nemesis was really not that bad to me, just not spectacular. Probably better than Insurrection.

24. Thorny - April 3, 2012

3., I still consider FC the second-best Trek film, after TWOK. Sure it has plot holes… show me a sci-fi adventure movie that doesn’t. Picard’s characterization was deliberate, he was under extreme psychological distress because of his experience as Locutus and being able to “hear the Borg”. That’s what makes Goldsmith’s haunting score so perfect.

25. Anthony Pascale - April 3, 2012

Added more artwork from the set.

And yes ST FC is IMHO (also expressed on the Blu-ray commentary that I did) the best of the TNG films. Tenuto and I have agreed to disagree on this point.

26. John Tenuto - April 3, 2012

#25 And Tenuto respects that fellow fans disagree with good reason with him! After all, Tenuto likes Star Trek V and Insurrection!

27. Anthony Pascale - April 3, 2012

Pascale can find something to like in any Trek, including STV and INS…but they are at the bottom of Pascale’s list.

wait how did you get me to talk in 3rd person?

28. Christopher - April 3, 2012

I ordered the cd since I have all of the expanded scores, but I am a little nervous. I hope we aren’t going to see another “Expanded” First Contact Score from Lala land records or Intrada a year from now. Or is that not possible? Im not sure how the publishing rights work.

29. Agotnes - April 3, 2012

Goldsmith is one of my favorite composers. Added a lot of emotion to First Contact. FC is my favorite Next Gen film. The score is the best “character” in FC. I can’t wait for the Generations ST to be re-released.

30. Jeyl - April 3, 2012

Twitter Trekmoviecom said:

“GNP made the disk art look like Borg cube”

The correct term in Borg Sphere. Now the First Contact album that was released years ago? THAT took the details from the borg cube.

31. Croesus - April 3, 2012

Ordered! – Oh and please Jesus don’t let them have skipped over Generations… I’ve been wanting a complete version of the score since the movie came out.

32. Damian - April 3, 2012

22–Horner also used one of the cues from TMP in his scores (the heavy bass used for V’Ger was used by Horner in a few places).

Don’t get me wrong, Horner was great too. A lot of what he did was based on feedback from Nicholas Meyer. Goldsmiths music just had an other-worldly quality that for me fit well with Star Trek. I’m a big fan of Goldsmith’s other scores as well (Alien, Planet of the Apes, Poltergeist also had excellent scores, among so many others).

33. Damian - April 3, 2012

27–Taking lessens from Mongo.

First Contact is the best of TNG films for me as well. I loved the Borg as a villain, which probably colored by opinion a bit. My second would be Nemesis. To this day, I don’t understand the hate on Nemesis. Not saying it was the best, it had it’s faults, but I thought it was a decent enough film.

34. Lou - April 3, 2012

no ooby dooby or magic carpet ride?
/sadpanda

35. Shaun - April 3, 2012

#22: “The “Overture” for TMP is the most beautiful piece written for Star Trek, in my opinion.”

i agree; it still gives me chills when i listen to it. that score is in my all-time top 10.

my top three favorite trek scores:
star trek: tmp
star trek ii
star trek

36. SFC3 - April 3, 2012

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY THAT DOESN’T EXIST YET.

37. SFC3 - April 3, 2012

Also, I like First Contact. The plotholes are great, and its a mindless borg shoot-em-up. Picard acts odd, but I still like it.

I like Insurrection.

That’s all.

38. John Tenuto - April 3, 2012

#27 Pascale list is good. Tenuto list is good. Why we speak like guys from “Omega Glory”?

39. Killamarshtrek - April 3, 2012

@35
“The “Overture” for TMP is the most beautiful piece written for Star Trek, in my opinion.”

i agree; it still gives me chills when i listen to it. that score is in my all-time top 10.

I have to disagree – it’s comfortably in my all time TOP ONE!!

40. Jeff Bond - April 3, 2012

The blaster beam is an instrument, not a “cue”–Horner did not reuse any of Goldsmith’s music in his Trek cores. And no label’s going to put out an “expanded” First Contact down the line; there’ s nothing left to expand–this is all the music. The songs are not part of the score and are readily available elsewhere.

41. captain_neill - April 3, 2012

Really want to get my hands on this but already got a copy of the expanded bootleg edition and although the track names are different, thinking they might be the same.

Is there any difference overall?

42. captain_neill - April 3, 2012

24

First Contact is still one of the best Trek films. Hey the plot holes dont stick out like they do in the Abrams film though.

43. Greenberg - April 3, 2012

If anyone wants the full Generations score, I’ll give you a tip : go to Dennis McCarthy’s house and sit on a keyboard for 2 hours.

Honestly, the soundtrack was almost as comatose as the writing in that movie. Very occasionally it rose from ‘almost tuneful tinnitus’ to ‘dull award ceremony music’.

44. Magic_Al - April 3, 2012

The bootleg has some things this doesn’t, a couple raw live tracks with chatter from Goldsmith and the orchestra before and after takes and the theme played live without any enhancement, but the whole thing is low bitrate mp3 and I’m buying this proper CD edition for the quality. I’ll only keep bootleg tracks that aren’t in this.

45. VZX - April 3, 2012

Hmm. First Contact is by far the best of the TNG films. I could watch it over and over, but I do understand Tenuto’s criticisms. Picard is really, really out of character. Also, the Borg Queen really diminished the Borg’s “cool factor” by giving it a central leader. The collective hive-mind was the coolest thing about the Borg from TNG, having a central figure-head or leader just killed that part of it. The Borg Queen herself, though, is freaky and makes for an interesting villain, but I chalk it up to lazy writing. I don’t blame Braga or Moore, though, since I don’t think she was their idea. It was either Berman or some studio exec that was like “ya gotta have a face for the villain!” or some other stupid thing.

Other than that, cool movie with some great lines: “The line must be drawn here! I will make them pay for what they’ve done!”…..”Assimilate this!”

46. Johnbijl - April 4, 2012

@40

Thank you Jeff. Almost had a FSM-moment coming up.

47. captain_neill - April 4, 2012

43

I liked the music for Generations personally. Love The Nexus?Christmas Hug when Picard is with his ‘family’ in the Nexus, the one he wanted.

I love the battle music when the Duras sisters attack the Enterprise D.

Decided to order the First Contact Expanded CD after all. I had a copy of the bootleg but I have to say it does sound very low on my ipod compared to the original 1996 release. And the fact that it is limited hooks me to the purchase as well as the fact that it is still one of my all time fav Trek movies.

48. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - April 4, 2012

@15

I believe they were trying to show the deep emotional scars that Picard suffered due to the borg. Being around true borg for the first time since he was assimilated would be very unnerving and make anyone crazy. When i say true borg I meen not the lore gang of borg.

49. David B - April 4, 2012

So is Expanded Generations on its way as well or did I miss it?

50. Jeyl - April 4, 2012

@49: “So is Expanded Generations on its way as well or did I miss it?”

We didn’t miss it, but whether it’s on it’s way or not most likely depends on how this one sells. Lots of good pieces missing from the original album, and having the film edits of the Enterprise crashing would be a cool addition. Kind of like having the film edit of Battle for Peace in Intrada’s The Undiscovered Country soundtrack that was recently released.

51. johnbijl - April 4, 2012

IIRC and Jeff is far more knowledgeable than I am, GNP has the rights (prima niche, if you will) to First Contact, Geerations, Insurrection and the TOS cues released. Same for TNG. FSM wasn’t able to include Best of Both Worlds for example in their box.

With this release I thing GNP has found second wind to release Star Trek music. After the success of II to VI. So it might be that we’ll find more releases in the future. */crosses fingers/*

52. Croesus - April 4, 2012

Right… Eveyone get an order in and let’s get this bad boy sold out. I really want to see more from GNP!

53. William Kirk - April 4, 2012

#3 and #13 I see it in the same way, you´re not alone :-D

54. The Quickening - April 4, 2012

13.
Of course it sounds like a commencement march. The word commencement comes from the word commence, which means a start or beginning. That’s what the film is about and why it’s called “FIRST” CONTACT.

The foundation of TREK is the meeting of the Vulcans and the “beginning” of our knowledge that there are other intelligent beings in the universe, and the “start” of faster than light travel or trekking. That’s the genius of Goldsmith. He was continually able to get to the core of a film with his musical themes. The best use of this great commencement theme occurs at the end of the movie when Cochran walks forward and shakes hands with the Vulcans. The walk and hand shake at commencement exercises is standard–symbolizing walking toward a new “beginning”. Sorry you didn’t catch that.

55. Jim Nightshade - April 5, 2012

Picard was obssessed yes out of character unless u were ahab hunting your whale….he was a victim of the borg–in character to be outta character…borg queen previosly unseen….also ok cuz hives have queens as well as hive mnds—plus a creepy cool villain-brilliant also to show first warp ship n expansion of earth to universe..cochrum also very flawed but a hero—-thought worf was in character fighting with picard since picard was not himself—yeh fc best of the nxt gen movies to me music also awrrsome..as our late great pirate friend mighta said….

56. George Zip - April 5, 2012

Ordered!

57. The Quickening - April 5, 2012

#3, 13, 15, 45, 55,
I don’t agree Picard was completely out of character… perhaps, some, but not so it doesn’t make sense. No human being is perfect, unless you’re riding on the TNG-Roddenberg-Berman Express, and I don’t ride or take that train.

If you put the FIRST CONTACT movie in the context of the episode FAMILY, which was the follow-up story of THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS part 1 & 2, you will see how broken Picard really was about his assimilation. Not only did he go running back like a wounded child to his brother… his family, he was ready to quit Starfleet, AND also throws a crying tantrum after a fight with his brother! This assimilation hit him HARD! He was made to do things he would never do and it nearly crushed him. All this is spelled out in this TNG episode. I don’t see Moore (who wrote FAMILY!) or Braga completely out in left field as many here, and on other TREK sites, have mentioned regarding Picard’s actions and character in the movie. It certainly made more sense than Abrams’ movie were a young Kirk runs into older Spock in that cave on Delta Vega (… and Scotty’s on that same planet, too. Uck!), and young Kirk rising to the captaincy so quickly.

58. Jack - April 5, 2012

Another slightly out of character bit is Beverly telling Lily that what the Captain says goes and we don’t argue with JLP here, missy (even when it might doom the human race)…

Alas. And, yeah, I agree that it ruined the Borg, ultimately. Even bits like the queen having to wave them off — wouldn’t they just do what she wants them to? Maybe? But by Voyager there was no menace at all — the Borg Queen was pretty much Dr. Claw with a scheme every half-season or so. It was good for Seven’s angsty this-is-what-it-means-to-be-an-individual stuff, but they were ruined (by over-explaining) as an interesting, credible threat (for me, anyway).

57. It gets said that he got over sll his Borg anger in teh Hugh episode (I, Borg) but, heck, in real life, sometimes we get over things and relapse even harder later on (and, yeah, maybe the Borg assimilating the future, the ship and taking his buddy was too much),

59. The Quickening - April 5, 2012

#58

As a person who has gone through a traumatic experience myself, I can tell you one rarely gets over it completely.

Isn’t I, BORG the episode where Picard had the opportunity to rid the Federation of the Borg and doesn’t do it? Didn’t buy that, or anything else in that episode. As I mentioned above, I never got on board the TNG-Roddenberg-Berman Express regarding how perfect the human race had become. TOS preached brotherhood, love, and human evolution too, but Roddenberry took it way too far with TNG. It just makes for bland drama and not-so-believable actions by the characters as witnessed by this episode.

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