Intrada Releases Star Trek VI Complete Score

Over the last few year’s Trek music fans have been treated to a number of expanded soundtracks to Star Trek feature films. Now Intrada has announced they are ready to take on Cliff Eidelman’s score for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with a new 2-CD complete soundtrack. You can buy this new STVI soundtrack now. See below for more details and artwork.


Intrada Releasing Star Trek VI Complete Score

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Music Composed and Conducted by CLIFF EIDELMAN
INTRADA Special Collection MAF 7117

From its opening bars, Cliff Eidelman’s music for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country exhibits marked differences from previous Star Trek scores, known for their emphasis on the romantic voyage of the Enterprise and the heroism of its crew. The focus in this score is on darker music used more sparingly for the films’ antagonists. The Klingon music not only pervades the score—in a sense, it is the score—but characterizes the alien race quite differently than in previous films. In the opening cue—deliberately titled "Overture" as opposed to " Main Title" — the composer intended the rising-and-falling figure for cellos and double basses that opens the film—inspired by The Firebird—as the theme for another “bird,” the Klingon bird-of-prey. “That was there to help us feel the effects of something we can’t see, and in this film it really had to do with the Klingon ship that was cloaked,” Eidelman recalls. “It had to do with the fact that it’s mysterious, it’s dangerous and we can’t see it, and that theme kind of represented that." Later, Eidelman employs a sepulchral men’s chorus, a color absent from any previous Star Trek music. Ultimately, Eidelman establishes a mood in which chaos and havoc appear poised to triumph while heroism and valor struggle to be heard over the forces of darkness.

For this 2-CD set, disc one presents the complete score plus alternates and two versions of the original trailer. Disc two features Eidelman’s album program of Star Trek VI, cloned from a digital source. Eidelman recorded his score with an 86-piece orchestra at the 20th Century Fox Scoring Stage. For this (belated) 20th anniversary CD, Cliff Eidelman’s Star Trek VI score has been newly transferred from a 7-roll set of 32-track digital Mitsubishi tapes containing the live two-track master mixes of the orchestra. The trailer was recorded at Sony Pictures Studios scoring stage on a 2" analog 24-track master.

The cast of Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek television series— William Shatner (as Captain Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan (Scotty), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), George Takei (Sulu) and Walter Koenig (Chekov)—made their final screen appearance together in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). The story opens with a Chernobyl-like catastrophe devastating the Klingon Empire, motivating them to negotiate peace with the United Federation of Planets. Starfleet orders Kirk and his crew to rendezvous with Gorkon, the Klingon chancellor, to start the tense negotiations. Soon it becomes apparent some will do anything to prevent the establishment of a treaty.

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When did they release the complete score for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”?

Sweet! VI is my favorite ST movie theme. Almost a bolero.

^#1 – The author may be referring to the Sony expansion of TMP from 1999 but it’s not a part of this new restoration series. My fingers are crossed that Lukas Kendall, Jeff Bond, and the usual Trek suspects manage to get the truly complete and remastered TMP released one day. There’s still plenty of music missing from the ’99 release along with another 20+ minutes of alternates.

Yes that was including the 1999 release as part of a family of expanded soundtracks, but maybe that is going too far back. I made an edit to make it clearer sorry.

Why can’t they make movie posters look that good anymore? Such beautiful artwork.

Oh, and the music is good too!

About time. The best score from the original feature films!


I agree about TMP-the 1999 release left a lot to be desired both in terms of tracks as well as sonically-thought it sounded pretty flat.

Purchased! That was an easy sell! Anthony, thank you for the heads-up on this release. I recall the MCA original release having a very low master volume- one of the lowest of any CD I’ve ever owned. I look forward to playing this new version without cranking the volume to illogically loud levels.

I agree we need Star Trek The Motion Picture

Trek VI was without a doubt one of the best Trek scores. I love pretty much all the themes. Very memorable even for a music illiterate such as myself.

Can we please please please get a complete remastered motion picture soundtrack? It’s the only one that is truly epic!


#11: It’s easily the best of the lot, agreed. I don’t know what the hold up is on including the Courage bits (the Captain’s Log entries).

Purchased. Also got ST IV.

Love this one. Kinda bummed they didn’t do Star Trek 5. Besides the “family feel” of 5, the music (Jerry Goldsmith) was the best part of that movie. Gotta say that 6 is one of my favorites, though, if not my very favorite. I enjoyed Cliff’s work alot!

They DID do Star Trek 5. It was a limited release of 5000 cds I believe. I have a copy and it’s one of my favorite film scores in my collection. :)

A complete Trek 5 was released in late 2010. It sold out four months later.

I still have my original CD of the ST VI soundtrack (bought many years ago at a used CD store). I already have the expanded versions of I-V (including the recent release of IV). Debating whether or not to add this to the collection (especially since VI is one of my favorites; and it also includes the haunting trailer music). Cliff Eidelman did a brilliant job on this one. A very underrated score.

Hell, I’m talking MYSELF into it…. :-D

Soooooooooooo getting this. Probably my favourite Star Trek movie score!

This is getting really tedious. When will the rest of the TOS scores get some love? Someone has to make this happen.

Great! Hope, “Generations” will follow in a complete version, too!

I love Star Trek to bits, but nothing in the world would be so boring to me as listening to a Star Trek soundtrack.

Well written article. Thank you.

21 i have heard Generations will be getting the Intrada treatment latter this summer/early fall

Ordered this today.

One question: Why is the last track of the complete score the Star Trek VI Suite instead of the film version’s End Credits which runs for 4:58?

Spotify needs to get the rights to more Star Trek Soundtracks. Star Trek soundtrack music id fat too underrated, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Is amongst the best of the lot, film and music.

Great movie. Great score.
See… the vilains are interesting in this one. Ah, those were the days…

I keep hoping for a TOS soundtrack complete remastered series. The GNP and VS releases are great, don’t get me wrong, and cover pretty much all the bases, but I’d always like to hear more from the TOS collection — most especially a full re-recording of the “The Cage/Where No Man Has Gone Before” release. It’s one of my favorites but the sound is awful.

I love this music!!!!

Ordered. I’d like to see these released also as 5.1 surround/SACD too. Nemesis is the only one released in that format. Too bad.

To the person who suggested the Generations soundtrack:
What are you smoking? You’d get a better soundtrack if you just sat on a Yamaha keyboard for 80 minutes.

Full TOS series release thanks.

I want more DS9 soundtracks. Liked especially the music of “The Siege of AR-558”

Great score, hope to get one ordered up here soon.

And I quite enjoyed the Generations score as well. In my opinion it was a perfect balance between the Goldsmith/Horner scores and all of Mr. McCarthy’s work on TNG throughout the years. It was perfectly appropriate. (and I don’t think we’re a minority, I think it’s mentioned on the Generations bluray special features, the music was actually turned UP in the mix on the DVD’s, etc.)

Trek VI was the first Compact Disk I ever bought (Back when they came in the silly long boxes) I still have the disk, the case and the liner notes, but the Long case is long gone.

#20: Yeah, they were hinting at it not long ago. Someone at Phase 2 has access to them, they were using some of “The Enterprise Incident” not that long ago.

The “Real” Complete Star Trek: The Motion Picture would be awesome! Maybe for Christmas 2012!

I’ll be getting this!! Hope it doesnt make JJ mad…LOL!!! :-)

#35 — Yes, those hoarding bastards at ST:Phase II got their mitts on all kinds of unreleased TOS scores!!! And, ya know, it really has been a thorn in my side for a long time. Intrada, Crescendo…someone!…could release all those as a boxes set (like the Ron Jones Project CDs) and be done with it!!

This topic really brings out the JJ in me…LOL!!!

For the love of Vaal — PLEASE release all the damned scores already you hoarding bastards!!!! :-)

Great score!

@Spacecadet – I too would love an expanded score for Generations. “The Nexus/A Christmas Hug is one of my favorites and I would love to have the cue they play when Guinan explains to Picard what the Nexus is. There is also an alternate take of “The Nexus/A Christmas Hug” when Picard is talking to Kirk in the Nexus. That scene always gets me choked up when Kirk looks at the clock and says ” I gave this clock to Bones.”

Star Trek VI is one of my favs, got to pick this one up at some point.

Love this soundtrack. It was a refreshing alternative to the previous movie scores with it’s darker, moodier vibe. My only criticism of it would be that the opening titles reminded me of the ( then recent ) Danny Elfman score from Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman”… not that that’s a bad thing.

I also want to add my voice to those clamoring for a complete release of the TMP score – with unused cues, and more original series releases. Some I would particularly enjoy owning would be “Who Mourns For Adonais”, “The Man Trap”, “Metamorphosis”, “Is There In Truth No Beauty”, “Mudd’s Women”, “The Enemy Within”, “Charlie X” “Spock’s Brain” ( believe it or not ), and the COMPLETE “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. Yeah, I know some of these have been previously released in re-recorded versions, but I want the ORIGINALS.

Why are they not doing digital releases… this is bullshit.

Applauds LOUDLY for #42!!!

Some of these fan films use background music from the original series that hasn’t been released. Some of us want all of it. Even if it’s only 10 seconds of something. We fans want it. Why do the fan films get this stuff and we don’t? I’d buy it, you know.

And this the last movie… oh yes, I will go get it now.

if I were the Phase II guy in charge of the music I’d ‘accidentally’ have my hard drive accessed by some ‘random’ strangers and ‘accidentally’ find the entire scores leaked to a torrent site.

Honestly, I will pay money – big money – for the TOS scores that I don’t have yet, but they’re clearly not interested in my money. So someone has to leak those suckers. Pronto. I’m tired of waiting.

Waving fistfuls of cash here, Paramount/whoever owns the tracks. Guys?? Let’s get this stuff going.

Hi Gorkon, while I find that language very unbecoming of a Chancellor, we here producing the albums agree with you…alas, there are certain licensing issues and union payments that we have been able to straighten out for physical releases, but not yet for digital distribution. Best regards, Lukas

I actually really like the Label X re-recorded TOS scores with the larger orchestras (The Paradise Syndrome in particular is excellent) so I don’t even care if they’re re-recordings.

Put me on record as one who LOVES…I mean…LOVES Fred Steiner’s score from Spock’s Brain! The Third season had some excellent music…too bad the fan-film geeks are hoarding it all for themselves…

never mind all of that. Get on the phone about releasing some TOS scores that haven’t been out yet. Some of the season 3 stuff is dying to be set free. Heck, there’s unreleased stuff from every season that *needs* an airing.

Get on it, get on it. You’ve got people here begging for it!

From the Intrada website description of the Trek VI soundtrack

“Intrada release, courtesy Universal Music & Paramount Pictures and part of Paramount restoration series of each Trek score…”

Looks like each of the films is getting a score restoration, so fear not, The Motion Picture will potentially see the light of day in a complete score release.