Last week, LaLaLand Records released a new limited-edition 2-CD set of Jerry Goldsmith’s Academy Award-nominated score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. This new release serves as the official tie-in soundtrack to the movie’s forthcoming 4K UHD Director’s Edition restoration. TrekMovie asked Post-Production Supervisor/Associate Producer Mike Matessino, who is also working on the 4K Director’s Edition, to give us some details.
LaLaLand first released the music from Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 2012 on a 3-CD set, now out of print, that was restored, remixed, and mastered from the first generation multi-track masters. Matessino gave us insights into what’s new for the 2022 2-CD release and more.
What was the impetus for this new release?
The impetus was simply that La-La Land Records sold out of the 3-CD version that they released in 2012 and it’s a title that they wanted to keep in their catalog. What label wouldn’t? It’s a score that should always be available. All along the plan was to do a 2-CD version this time, for reasons both financial and administrative. But I was also very interested in basically putting together the release that our Director’s Edition team originally wanted to do in 2001 but we were not able to. Largely that was because of the 1999 Sony Legacy expansion, which we had actually tried to stop because we already knew the original Director’s Edition project was going to happen. That release ended up having many problems, with mostly incorrect performances for the added tracks and it was not at all complete.
Additionally, assumptions were made at the time that Sony Music had perpetuity album rights for the title, but it turns out that they didn’t; those had expired in 1994, which meant that the 1999 release really shouldn’t have happened at all. This all got sorted out when La-La Land did the 3CD set in 2012. Once we got into 2021 and we knew that The Director’s Edition was, at last, going to be done properly, everything aligned for us to do a new definitive soundtrack for Star Trek: The Motion Picture that is now from Paramount Music. Serendipitously, La-La Land released a new version of the Star Trek II soundtrack last year and this was a great way to follow up that success.
How much work was put into it? How did you decide what to include?
Basically, all of the work was done in 2012, but there were some adjustments done this time around. I redid the assembly from the high-resolution output files that Bruce Botnick made 10 years ago and cleaned up some very minor things along the way. But we also needed to do new mixes of certain takes that were heard on the original 1979 album, because this time we wanted to recreate that historic album from the first generation multi-track material. We didn’t do that last time, opting instead to just use the digital stereo master from 1979. As for what to include, it was very simple—the complete film score, a selection of alternates, and the 1979 album program, all in consistent quality.
What are the differences between this and the 3-CD set?
Sonically the main score and the alternates are basically the same, with, as I said, just some minor cleanup, and then the 1979 album this time around is a re-creation from the same material used for the rest of the presentation. The 3CD set remains a be-all, end-all collector’s item as it includes other alternate takes, false starts, and scoring stage chit-chat, discrete beam and synthesizer tracks, and two theme cover versions, one by Bob James, and one a song based on the love theme that was recorded as a demo by Shaun Cassidy. There were other alternate takes on that release that were carried over only because they had been mistakenly used on the 1999 version, and it helped fill out the collection. But really what we now have is a lean presentation that we hope will be discovered by new listeners as we move closer to the release of The Director’s Edition. We’ve also made a few title and track break changes.
Ten years on from the 3-CD set, how did it feel to immerse yourself in this music again?
I’ve never NOT been immersed in it. The first time was on The Director’s Edition in 2000, then a year later we did 20 minutes of it in concert at the Hollywood Bowl. My work on all of the Star Trek feature scores then started around 2008, and transfers of the TMP tapes was in 2011. A few years later we needed to fix one track, “Inner Workings,” which was included on a 50th-anniversary collection in 2016 (and that fixed version is what’s on the new release.) That was the release that included the animated series music, which was a very challenging but ultimately satisfying piece of Star Trek musical history to work on. Next came the new Star Trek II, and finally back to The Motion Picture again for the new soundtrack and the new mix of the film. Along the way there have been many Jerry Goldsmith projects and lots of opportunities to work with Bruce Botnick, so what I really feel is truly grateful to have a lot of very wonderful music as a part of my daily life.
Soundtrack available now
The new limited release is available on CD only. You can purchase it at LaLaLand Records for $29.98. You can also hear some sample tracks at that link (click track listing to see which tracks have sample music).
Here is the front cover…
And here is the back cover…
Motion Picture 4k DE arrives in 2022
Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition will premiere on Paramount+ sometime this year. Check out a previously released clip below.
Find more news about TMP:DE and other Star Trek home media and streaming at TrekMovie.com.