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1. Enterprise (Score)
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Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek franchise now encompasses five television series, a cartoon show, 10 feature films, an IMAX presentation, and an interactive Las Vegas spectacular--not bad for a much-mocked '60s TV show its network discarded after barely three seasons. With Enterprise, the prequel that follows the first starship Enterprise on her original missions, composer and previous ST series vet Dennis McCarthy takes the saga's musical reins, instantly imbuing it with a familiar, if more dignified and restrained, sense of discovery and adventure with his pastoral "New Enterprise" and "New Horizons" themes. If his "Archer's Theme" briefly strays into overwrought rock heroics, the composer's edgy, rhythmic Klingon cues add a sense of almost palpable danger to the soundtrack. Tense, unusually brooding, and marvelously atmospheric, McCarthy's scoring here harks back to the best of Goldsmith's ST film work. "The Rescue" even recalls the powerfully dramatic brass writing of Herrmann in his prime. Another sure sign of the show's pop culture stature: it now has its own bona fide Diane Warren overwrought pop ballad theme, "Where My Heart Will Take Me" (in both its TV version and an extended album mix here) by Russell Watson. Expanded PC media features include a mock Enterprise computer interface containing a performance video of Watson's song and cast and character bios/profiles.--Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A good kickoff for the new Trek series
It's not unusual for the music from the pilot episode of a new Star Trek series to outshine much of what follows. This disc contains Russell Watson's two versions of "Where My Heart Will Take Me," the show's underrated (and critically savaged, at least by many a fan) main theme, and most of the music from the two-hour premiere, "Broken Bow," scored by Dennis McCarthy. McCarthy's been around since the pilot movie of ST:TNG, and also did outstanding scores for the pilot of Deep Space Nine and for Star Trek: Generations on the big screen. While much of these series' weekly musical output flies unremarkably under the radar, McCarthy's known for throwning everything he's got at the pilot movies, and this soundtrack is no exception. Low-key menace permeates the score for scenes of the Suliban's machinations, while the Enterprise and Captain Archer are graced with a heroic (but not over-the-top bombastic) all-American-sounding motif. Here's hoping that this won't be the only soundtrack we get out of this Star Trek spinoff (we've only gotten one apiece from DS9 and Voyager); if the recent episode "Vox Sola" was any indication, there's more good music to be had from Enterprise, and hopefully this is just the first volume.

5-0 out of 5 stars IMHO
...I don't know why there is so much dislike for "Where My Heart Will Take Me". If the song seems too 'sentimental' or 'sappy', consider it in context. This is a "prequel" to the original Trek and a new era of humanity free of war and hunger exists. The human species is on the verge of centuries of new discoveries. The optimism that Roddenberry structured Star Trek on, allows this song it's very upbeat nature.

The historical context of Captain Archer (and his ensuing destiny) is the obvious message, but it doesn't hurt that we have a clear history of space exploration fanned out visually on the TV show's opening credits.

This rest of the music is simply great, I can think of many recent SF movies that could have used this dramatic mix of 'classical music / action-adventure'.

I've only watched the pilot episode twice, because I can visualize the entire story every time I listen to this CD. Which is often.

'Nuff Said

3-0 out of 5 stars Unremarkable, Much Like the Show
As with the lackluster TV series it supports, Dennis McCarthy's "Enterprise" soundtrack relies more on technical prowess than creativity or energy to keep the audience's attention, meaning that listeners will likely forget most of his work not long after hearing it. He does best with his "Klingon" tracks, which feature strong beats and a genuine sense of drive; they are nice complements to the Jerry Goldsmith originals from which some elements seem lifted. The rest of the CD is "mushy" and conservative, with weak melodies and few moments that speak to the high adventure the series claims to be about. McCarthy's over-reliance on atonal horns and strings, in particular, gives the soundtrack a sense of lethargy. Still, ironically, the tracks sound much better here than on the show, where they are often relegated to sneaking around in the background. Russell Watson's theme song is a fairly standard warbling of the kind played in dentist's offices, neither offensive nor uplifting.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Where my heart will take me" says it all.
There has been much debate over the choice for the theme for
Enterprise. While the theme is different than that of the
previous four series and films, it truly defines what Star Trek
is. It is a song that inspires hope and explains why humans
are going into space and exploring the final frontier.
Russell Watson's performance is fantastic and Dennis McCarthy's
score fits "Broken Bow" like a glove. You can imagine the story
just by listening to the score. While it is strange not to hear
Alexander Courage's Star Trek fanfare on a Star Trek series.
It does enable Enterprise to stand on her own as a Star Trek
score and a beautiful one at that.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lackluster First Flight
The Star Trek franchise has quite a musical legacy, spanning almost 40 years, and over time, the music formula has rarely been tinkered with. For Enterprise, series executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, decided to give the show a "modern" lift. Rather than have a classical orchestral theme, as the other Trek series and films had had, Diane Warren was asked to write a ballad to open every episode.

While I have no problem with the song, "Where My Heart Will Take Me" or the vocals by Russell Watson, the tune still seems out of place. Maybe it's me... but to call the series Star Trek Enterprise, and not hear strains of the original Alexander Courage fanfare seems odd. As far as DS9, even that show used it in the pilot and beyond, and at least Voyager used work by Trek veteran composer Jerry Goldsmith as its theme.

As for the orchestral score in the show's pilot, "Broken Bow", longtime Trek episodic composer Dennis McCarthy handled those chores. Like most of his work on Voyager, the music sounds fairly generic. I'm sure he was just following Berman's musical edict-no thematic motifs allowed. While some of the action cues are well orchestrated, it seems as though Mr. McCarthy is getting stiffled by the laws of the final frontier. Not even "Archer's Theme" is one that is all that memorable. "New Enterprise" just begs for the Courage fanfare.

The enhanced CD contains both the TV version and an extended album mix of "Where My Heart Will Take Me" as performed by Watson. There are 15 tracks with a total running time of 49:59. If you put the CD into your personal computer, you can access the following media: a mock Enterprise-NX 01 computer interface containing a performance video of Watson's song and cast and character bios/profiles.

The music is competant enough, but it's a shame, that there's nothing that really stands out here. Past Treks on CD make for better sense of franchise history ... Read more

2. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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4-0 out of 5 stars A brilliant--if incomplete--adventure score!
In my heart of hearts, Jerry Goldsmith's overture from STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE will always be the definitive STAR TREK theme. All the others (with the exception of the ST II:TWOK score) are just pale imitations and wannabes. But James Horner accomplishes what the other TREK composers have failed to do: he composed a lavish, fast-paced, aggressive score that by its very nature leaves you giddy with uncontrollable excitement. It's a pity that the soundtrack album, so like so many other soundtrack recordings, is incomplete. The rousing "Battle In The Mutara Nebula" is cut off after the Enterprise gets blasted across the torpedo port; the sequence where the ship snakes around in the nebula and blows Khan's RELIANT to kingdom come from behind (the film's action high point!) is missing, as is the funeral music for Spock, the cues for the Genesis cave and the two scenes where the Ceti eels are implanted and destroyed. A SUPERMAN-style score expansion is desperately needed, as the audio experience here feels incomplete.

That said, the cues presented here are outstanding (hence the 4 star would have been 5 had the score been complete). While Horner's fanfare isn't as definitive as Goldsmith's, it's still a fine, adventurous piece of music. The action cues included here are rollicking and furious (perfect for listening to while reading comic books!), the Spock theme is appropriately gentle and restrained, and the closing suite is wistfully touching. While Horner has gone on to compose many superb film scores (his GRINCH music is a great comedic treat), ST II:TWOK remains his finest work. Hopefully, the score will be expanded one day so that this glorious music can truly be heard in its full glory.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Foray Into The Final Frontier
Composer James Horner, was given the daunting task of following in the footsteps of Jerry Goldsmith, when he was asked to score ST II:TWOK. Thankfully, he was up the challenge and didn't disappoint us with the end result. He was asked to create spaceworthy music and that's what we got...and then some. The music is very dramatic and exciting, especially when heard away from the film. The theme that he created for Kahn ( heard in tracks 2, 4, 5,7, and 8 starts off in the film as sounding very distant, but bulds as the film rolls along. By the climax of the CD and the movie, the main title (good) and Kahn's theme (evil) are put together to create a seasaw effect that works wonders. It would be great if the powers that be decided to release a 20th Anniversary Edition, ala`The Motion Picture, to mark the occaision, featuring some of the music that is not on the GNP Cresendo reissue of 1990 (IE Regula/The Genesis Cave and Spock's Memorial) The CD includes the closing voice over narritive, by actor Leonard Nimoy, as heard in the film. Horner's BEST work period. He of course returned to Trek with the Search For Spock...

The CD has 9 tracks and its total playing time is 44 minutes and 54 seconds. Highly Recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars Great music from the BEST Star Trek movie!!
I thought the music on this CD was terrificly transferred from the movie - with each piece, I was truly able to visualize the corresponding scene, expecially Kirk's Explosive Reply(KHAAAANNN!) and the Mutara Nebula Battle!

I would highly recommend this CD to other fans of Star Trek.

5-0 out of 5 stars James Horner Proves His Talent
Sure, one can complain that Horner rips himself off constantly, especially in more recent times, but it cannot be denied that his themes are consistently memorable and stirring. His music for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" is no different.

The main theme is an excellent set-up for a dramatic epic. Most of the Trek films have great main themes, but what really sets this score apart is its consistency throughout. It provides several different themes that are each excellent and varied yet unified to enhance the space operatic nature of the movie.

Take for instance, "Spock" which adds a mystical tone to the film, setting up for its extension in "Star Trek III" (also with music by James Horner). "Spock" has a beautiful eeriness to it and offers a respite between cues.

"Surprise Attack" is a superb action cue that despite its pounding and odd keys is quite listenable outside the film. The cue is great at building tension and at the same time has a very Star Trek feel to it.

Other cues like "Enterprise Clears Moorings" and "Battle in the Mutara Nebula" stand out as well. One extends the awe of the Enterprise's intro, the other heightens the epic mood in the prologue and action of the battle.

This score is one of James Horners best and most consistently beautiful scores.

5-0 out of 5 stars Going Way Out On A Limb.....
...but, IMHO, this is the single greatest (non-Star Wars) science fiction film score. Horner (whose style is so recognizable its disgusting; i.e. "ST II," "ST III," "Krull" and "Aliens.") has really captured the essence of the films action, tension and heartbreak in this stirring score. Every time I hear this score, I am reminded of what a fine film that "Star Trek II" is. I hope that one day there is a definitive version of this score released, as it is missing some great music. Great music from a great film that all sci-fi fans should own. This record is one of the best driving albums out there, as it gets you to travel at 'warp speed' so that you can get home and watch the film again!!! Good addition to any sci-fi fans CD catalogue....worth the ca$h. ... Read more

3. Star Trek: 20th Anniversary Collectors' Edition [Holographic Slipcase]
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After a decade of nascent cult fanaticism, Star Trek was finally reborn in 1979, given new life by an epic-sized feature-film production that all but squashed the quaint humanity that had been one of the original television series' most compelling elements (the producers got it right on Wrath of Khan and seldom looked back). Jerry Goldsmith's score, alternating robust heroics with alien mystique, is arguably the most memorable element of Star Trek: The Motion Picture; indeed, its main theme has heralded the voyages of the Enterprise in TV and film adventures ever since. This slipcased new edition resequences Goldsmith's music and supplements it with 25 minutes of previously unreleased, typically masterful cues. The set's "bonus" disc, Inside Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry, appeals to more polarized audiences: veteran Trekkers and shameless lovers of pop-culture kitsch. This 1976 artifact (previously unreleased on CD) was one of the first "official" efforts to address the show's burgeoning postcancellation popularity and features Trek creator Roddenberry ruminating earnestly about the show's origins and meanings with the likes of William Shatner and DeForest Kelley (who gives an eerily prescient lecture on the foibles of modern health care). Also features new narration by Nichelle "Uhuru" Nichols. Bonus points: Shatner doesn't sing! --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jerry Goldsmith's Epic Space Symphony
This is by far the best musical score every composed for a "Star Trek" film. Without question, it's also the finest aspect of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture". Fresh on the heels of his brilliant score for "Alien", Jerry Goldsmith composed an epic symphony for space, which deserves far more critical praise than some of John Williams' scores. I hope that some enterprising conductor and symphony orchestra - no pun intended - will perform this brilliant score in a concert hall. The themes for the Starship Enterprise and Ilia are among the most lyrical I have heard for a film score. They are also more original than Williams' for the "Star Wars" films; the latter come perilously close to becoming recycled versions of Korngold's and Tiomkin's great music. The haunting, alien Klingon march during the film's opening scenes, greatly underscores the Klingons' bellicose nature. And the atonal Vejur theme is equally effective in highlighting the craft's alienness. Admittedly, this is an expensive CD to acquire, but it is worth owning for the following reasons. Diehard "Star Trek" fans will enjoy the accompanying CD featuring original "Star Trek" cast members thoughts on the television series. And those who greatly appreciate film music will want to acquire the complete recording of one of the finest film music scores composed in the last twenty five years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Scoring The Human Adventure
The score for the "Motion Picture" is Jerry Goldsmith's best work. That's saying something, considering the sheer volume of his other film work and the longevity of his career..I think it is a testament of his talent that, when Gene Roddenberry was creating Star Trek-TNG for T.V., he decided to use the theme from the first film, for that series The main title for the film, is as assciated with Trek, as the theme to the original series is, the 2 are almost equal in terms of recognition and stature. The anniversary CD, released in 1999, has about 23 additional minutes of music. These added cues are an improvement over the initial release. However, the CD is still missing some music from the film, such as when the V'ger cloud attacks the Epsilon 9 Space Station. Even with missing music, there is no denying that the CD is still a Must Buy. From the first use of the coomposer's popular "Klingon" theme (track #3), to his mesmerising music for the V'ger cloud (tracks #9 #10 #15 and #16), and my personal highlight "The Enterprise" (track #6) The score has set a standard for the Trek films. Given the fact that Goldsmith has scored 3 other films in the series, I think it is safe to say that the producers and actors may change, but the popularity of his themes for TREK has not diminished one bit over the years. There are 18 track in all on the CD with a total running time of 65 minutes and 4 seconds

As a bonus, there is also a second CD, called INSIDE STAR TREK. This was originally released on LP in 1976. This is a gem because it features Creator, the late Gene Roddenberry talking with series stars William Shatner and the late greats DeForest Kelly and Mark Lenard. There is also an interview with Author Issac Asimov and new (at the time of release) intro, asides, and ending from Co-Star Nichelle Nichols. When originally released on LP, the first film was still 3 years away, and I was not yet a fan of STAR TREK. The 2nd CD was cool just because of its place in the show's history...INSIDE STAR TREK has 18 tracks and has a running time of 64 minutes, 27 seconds. The 2 CDs are recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars Later Composers on the Trek movies have not equaled STTMP...
In 1979, just as Star Trek; The Motion Picture was going into the editing stages. Robert Wise asked Jerry Goldsmith to score the movie. It was a difficult job because the public was already familar with large orchestra scores, and they had loved it when John Williams had scored Star Wars. So the goal was to score music that would not directly compete with the John Williams's Star Wars score, because they could not top that. But they wanted a score that would sound moving, epic, and would have a theme that people would come to identfy with Star Trek.
It was difficult and Jerry originally wrote a theme for the movie which was rejected because it had no Star Trek theme in it.
So he went back and wrote the familar theme that you hear on the album, which was great. It was moving and had a sense of the epic about it. Later he composed this for the movie using a 100 piece orchestra on the Fox music stages. It's a very long piece of music using many different themes. Brass, Woodwind, piano tunes, as well as strings. Alexender Courage's opening Star Trek TV theme is not heard here. That was incoperated into the movies later on. But the score itself has become quite legendary since then, and no other composer who has worked on the Star Trek movies has ever been able to top it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the Star Trek scores...
Jerry Goldsmith is one of the most well-known and accomplished musicians in the field of modern classical film scores. Always pushing the envelope, blending styles and instruments, with this, his score to the 1979 film "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," he creates one of the most memorable themes in sci-fi film history, and some of the most eerie music ques ever heard. In several interviews, Goldsmith states his difficulty with making film scores because of his initial lack of a theme...but when he finally comes upon a theme, it's something to behold. The fanfare theme is as recognizable as the original Alexander Courage theme for the TV much so, it was even used on "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," and even "Star Trek: The Next Generation." The theme for the planet Vulcan in "Total Logic" recalls the atmosphere created by the original TV series, as well as gives a sense of a culture that has as much in common with ancient Oriental mysticism as it does with scientific logic. The true gems are the V'Ger themes, first showcased in the "Klingon Battle," and further explored with "The Cloud," "V'Ger Flyover," and "Force Field." The use of the blaster beam is very powerful and very alien (I don't think it's ever been used on another film score, at least not to the degree to which it was used here). That sounds instantly grabs the listener's ears and induces everything from dread and fear to curiosity and awe. It's a beautifully menacing sound. Despite the fact that several cues are still missing from this CD, it is still a must-have for soundtrack enthusiasts, Trekkers and Trekkies alike, and fans of neo-classical music. It is without a doubt a triumph for Jerry Goldsmith, and is certainly an underappreciated gem of a soundtrack.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of all the soundtracks

Out of all my science fiction soundtracks this one has been played the most. I love the original Star Wars themes but this one is unparalleled. No Trek soundtrack to date has matched the epic scope of this one. The companion CD; "Inside Star Trek" is a reissue of an old 33 LP that was produced three years before the Motion Picture. It's like taking a time warp to a time when Star Trek was not the mega giant of an entertainment industry. ... Read more

4. Star Trek First Contact: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
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4-0 out of 5 stars Jerry's Third Contact With The Final Frontier
Mr. Goldsmith's score for the eighth "Star Trek" feature film is another winner. Since creator Gene Roddenberry used Jerry's main title from "the Motion Picture for TNG television series, I knew that he would fit right in. He wisely uses hints of music that he composed for previous Trek films, but does so, with care. The "Klingon Theme" fits the character of Worf to a tee and has never sounded as bold since the first film. The "First Contact" or "Main Title" sounds a little lilke a variation of themes heard in TREK V. I can live with that because it fits so well here, and besides, it sounds richer here. The Borg Theme is very well thought out, with lots of horns and machine sounding combinations, to convey the enemy's singleminded ways "The Dish (Track 9)"and "End Credits (Track 11) are among my favorites from the soundtrack There are 2 "contemporary" songs as well to round out what was heard in the film. Roy Orbison's "Ooby Dooby (Track 13)" and "Magic Carpet Ride (Track 12)" by Steppenwolf. Both songs are welcomed and had to be included on the sountrack in my opinion The CD is enhanced for use on PCs and MACs The interactive media includes the thearical trailer and interviews with Goldsmith, Producer Rick Berman, Director Jonathan Frakes, all discussing the film and it's score. The music on the disc has a running time of 51 minutes and 20 seconds The CD is highly recommended with a ****and a half star rating. One soundtrack to own for sure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Variety for a Star Trek Movie Soundtrack
This soundtrack is full of a lot of impressive mood-driven music. What I like best about it is the variety of musical scores. The CD opens with the beautiful First Contact Title theme, and features several more reditions of it throughout. The second track, [Red Alert] is one of my favorite -- it features theme music for the borg, followed by the klingon theme for Worf's entrance, and then a bit of TNG theme music as they gallantly enter the battle. Another really nice addition to this CD was Magic Carpet Ride and Ooby Dooby. Fans of the movie will love these tracks. They are important elements of the movie, so I was very glad to see them included in their entirety.

My only complaint is that it doesn't have my favorite piece of music from the film, the triumpant piece accompaning the flight of the Phoenix. Otherwise, it is still a great CD. If you like Star Trek, you will love having this CD in your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Star Trek Score
It's no secret that Jerry Goldsmith was the best at scoring Star Trek. His opening music for Star Trek: The Motion Picture was so good Gene Roddenberry demanded it be used for the Next Generation title sequence. But what the Trek movies really lacked was a definitive theme outside of the famous bookending cue. Every entry seemed to come up with new music to fit new stories (and, most of the time, new composers to do it). First Contact has the best music of all. The opening music is so good you'll be getting goosebumps. Not only is it the best Trek score it's also one of Jerry Goldsmith's best.

Some of the tracks sound a bit too similar to Goldsmith's score for Executive Decision (which he also did that year) but when that wonderful First Contact theme kicks in, man does this CD soar!

This edition of the score is one of those enhanced CD thingys. On it you'll find interviews with Goldsmith, Jonathan Frakes and Rick Berman. You have to point and click around the Enterprise to find them. The software's a bit dated and I couldn't get the clips to work. But I probably wasn't working it right. Nonetheless, this is great CD to get.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Soundtrack for a good movie
I love Star Trek, and the music complements the movie very well I think. They pull the music from the original boring movie and instead of it's being Klingon music its now Worf's battle music. The opening credit music is very pretty and fitting. I think that this fits well with the movie, and what more can I say about a soundtrack? :) buy it if you like soundtracks, and star trek, if not then don't!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Score
Jerry Goldsmith is one of the best in the business. He's an Oscar caliber composer. He doesn't disappoint with Star Trek First Contact.

Like most Star Trek films the music is the same. You have the theme from The Next Generation. You then have the theme to the movie. The theme to the movie is then used throughout the whole film except it's played a little diffrently in the situations throughout the film.

The theme for First Contact is fantastic. It is absolutely one of the best songs I've ever heard. I think it's as good as the Godfather, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Superman. As a Trumpet player I dream of playing a meolody like tho one on the theme of this movie. It's so crisp, clean, and pure. Everytime I hear it I just want to whistle and hum along with it. It's such an amazing song. Jerry Goldsmith has outdone himself here and I think it's the greatest song he's ever done.

I liked Steppin Wulf on the CD. There most famous song Magic Carpet Ride is included. It was funny when they used it in the movie and it's a great song. It's one of the catchiest songs ever written and it's got some great guitar work.

Obey Dobey by Roy Orbison is also on here. Roy has a fantastic voice that he could four octaves with. It's not one of his more well known songs, but I enjoy it a lot. Again it was well used in the movie and it's a nice additon to the soundtrack.

This soundtrack is a must for Star Trek fans, Jerry Goldsmith admirers, and fans of classical music. It's a well made album and would be a nice addition to anybodies home. ... Read more

5. Star Trek: Sound Effects From The Original TV Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent effects library
Just about every sound from the show you could want, although the tricorder sound effect and a high pitched sound when Sulu charged up the phasers are unfortunately missing-- though the latter can be heard in some of the bridge sequence mixes. I'm currently creating an animated Trek fan film, and this is an invaluable resource for putting it all together. Just got the CD from Amazon today, but originally had this on cassette many years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Could I have twenty stars? Please?
This Cd of sound effects is very cool. I bought this two years ago. I've been listening to this ever since I bought it. I'm a major trecky myself. I like this Cd. It deserves twenty stars for the excelent sounds. I like both the original Star Trek and the Next Generation. I highly recommend this to any Star Trek fan of the future.

1-0 out of 5 stars Fine I guess For Major Trekkies, But Boring For Anyone Else!
I got this Star Trek sound effects CD for free I'm really more of a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generaton and Star Trek: Voyager, and a little bit of Deep Space Nine, not being all that familiar with the original Star Trek TV show from the 60's I really don't care that much for this CD, I find it kind of boring and sound effects are not really my thing. Only buy this CD or give it to someone as a present if either you or they are major Trekkies. I listened to this CD once and when I get the time I'm probably going to bring it to a store that trades used CD'S.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun, but mainly for old Trek fans
For old-time Trekkers, this CD is an evocative walk down Memory Lane. The effects are well-mixed for disc, and are quite impressive, considering the time period (there were few synthesizers to help the sound engineers, so they experimented with sped-up and backwards tapes, much like rock groups of the time). Because the sounds are out of context on the CD, they unintentionally sound rather eerie and vacant, somewhat like a Brian Eno ambient recording--a fascinating effect.

4-0 out of 5 stars "Sixty-nine never to be forgotten sound effects"
If you are a Star Trek fan or love sound effects - this CD is for YOU! It is quite interesting after all these years since 1966, when this series made its debut on the small screens in America, the sounds you hear on this album are unforgettable. You know in an instant what particular sound, whether it be action, adventure or drama the sound effect department is creating for the viewer.

The final result is a unique library of brilliantly futuristic sound effects that were created by some of the best sound editors of that time. On this album are sixty-nine never to be forgotten sounds that made this series entertaining and somewhat believable, which we now find is not at all that impossible. This is not a relaxing listening CD, but the way we remember those sounds from the "Enterprise" during the '60s when the cast and crew were flying high and protecting this vast galaxy of ours.

Total Time: 40:23 on 69 Tracks/ GNP-Crescendo - GNPD 8010 (1988) ... Read more

6. The Best of Star Trek, Volume Two
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5-0 out of 5 stars "sure to transport all followers into total enjoyment"
Think you've heard it all---well, think again...GNP/Crescendo brings forth another compilation, simply out-of-this-world---"THE BEST OF STAR TREK VOL. 2", contains previously unreleased music by Courage...Steiner...Goldsmith...McCarthy...Chattaway and David Bell---this one-of-a-kind collection featuring suites and cues from---"STAR TREK:THE ORIGINAL SERIES"---"THE NEXT GENERATION"---"DEEP SPACE NINE"---"VOYAGER", all of which are good to superb representations of each episode through scoring---"THEME FROM STAR TREK-LOUNGE MIX", nice touch from the big band point of view---"FEVER", from "DEEP SPACE NINE" episode "HIS WAY", torchy rendition performed by Nan Visitor...David Bell's score for "BRIDE OF CHAOTICA", is something out of "Flash Gordon", wonderfully nostalgic recreation reminiscent of those early days of sci-fi serials of the 1930s, starring Buster Crabbe in the title role.

Dedicated to the memory of DeForest Kelley (1920-1999), and to "The Great Bird of the Galaxy", Mr. Gene Roddenberry---Neil Norman and Crescendo have once again brought the best and most creative attributes to "film-score-buffs" around the galaxy---don't miss this or the next thrilling episode from Norman & Crew!

You might try another GNP/Crescendo release ~ "The Best Of Star Trek:30th Anniversary Special"(GNPD-8053), all worthy of a good listen!

Total Time: 63:44 on 24 Tracks ~ GNP/Crescendo GNPD-8061 ~ (2000)

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Trek CD for the Collection
If you are a die hard Star Trek fan, then this CD is a must have. It is not quite on par with the 30th Anniversary compilation in my opinion, but just for the DS9 tracks it is worthwhile.

The music from the final episode of TNG (All Good Things...) is excellent, but to me, The Way Of The Warrior tracks steal the show. Of course, I also enjoy the tracks from the other series too. It is a real shame that at least one James Darren (aka Vic from the holosuites) track did not make the CD. I guess there were copyright issues. Too bad.

I would advise anyone looking for a Star Trek music CD to start with the 30th Anniversary version. But before you start the movies collection, give this one a listen. If it is action you like, try "YO!" (track 11 above).

4-0 out of 5 stars From The Four Corners Of The Final Frontier...
The Best of Star Trek Volume II continues to highlight music from episodes of the first four television series. The themes of each show begin the section of the CD, that is divided fairly evenly, that focus on a series in the franchise.

TOS-Features outstanding music from three early episodes. The best music heard here comes from "The Corbomite Maneuver" I have always liked that episode's music Also check out the lounge mix of the series theme. I think you will find this version interesting...

DS9-By far the highlight here is having Nana Visitor (Major Kira) sing "Fever" "The Way Of The Warrior" is ok. However, eagle eared fans with notice that composer Dennis McCarthy "lifted" some of his own music from the film GENERATIONS for this episode, and that he was a bit too obvious (to me anyway) about that fact

VOYAGER-Composer David Bell's take on "Bride Of Chaotica" is perfect. The episode pays homage to the vintage Flash Gordon serials of the 1930s. Anyone who has seen the episode will appreciate how good the music was for it.

TNG-Fittingly the CD ends with music from the series finale, "All Good Things..." At first this may seem odd to end it all with a suite from TNG, rather than VOYAGER, but it sounds great and takes us out in fine style. Also "here comes the judge" makes a stirring return, first used in the pilot, and the Q character has always been a favorite of mine. The Judge Theme is so perfect for him.

Not a bad collection of music with a lot to like. I recommend this CD to any "Star Trek" fan There are 24 tracks on the disc and it has a running time of 63 minutes and 42 seconds

4-0 out of 5 stars 4 stars only for the TOS scores...
The original series deserves better. While I love to hear all of the original series' music, I am disappointed in how little is really on this CD. Frankly, I want the complete music from the episodes such as "The Corbomite Maneuver", "Ballance of Terror", and so on... not just suites on an "Best of" CD. I am left both fulfilled and empty when I listen to this CD. "Fever", Nana's song, is just a waste of space on the CD which could have been put to much better use. If they wanted to have her sing, then do a separate CD like Nichelle. There is much more music that was left out of these fantastic episodes. While I don't mind the DS9 theme, it too is way too long and wastes space. The "Bride of Chaotica" is also just annoying, it works in the episode, but not here. The music from "All Good Things" also needs it's own CD. Again, the TNG theme is not needed. So, bottom line is buy it for the TOS themes, you do get and enjoy because it is very unlikely that GNP will get off of it's butt and release these in their full glory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Improvement over the First One -Tracks Misnumbered on Insert
This CD is a big improvement over the last "Best of Star Trek" mostly because there is much more variety in the tracks. Almost no two are exactly alike. The highlight of this CD certainly is "Fever" sung by Nana Visitor(Kira) herself. And if you are concerned with the placement of the TNG music dead last, I advise you to reserve your judgement until you hear these tracks. They are the perfect way to wrap up this collection.

If there is to be a third version, my advice would be to focus on specific recognizable themes and try less to take many tracks from the same episode. Still, I think Trek fans will be very happy with this compilation.

One thing to be aware of is that the tracks are misnumbered on the inserts. The tracks listed as "Chapter 18" and "Presenting Arachnia" are actually the same track. There is an extra track for "Way of the Warrior" between "Medieval Harp Source" and "Yo!" which the website refers to as "Evil Empire." Therefore the Voyager music starts at track 14. ... Read more

7. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great piece of work
Star Trek V may not have been the best of the series, but the fault definitely doesn't lie with the music. Jerry Goldsmith, whose other Star Trek credits include Star Trek I, VIII, IX, and the theme to The Next Generation, is in fine form here. A wonderful grandiose remake of the theme he created for The Motion Picture gets things started, which is accompanied by haunting and atmospheric sweeps like Free Minds, and the first half of The Barrier, along with fast paced action accompaniments like Open The Gates. Besides the theme, I especially like the recurring soft, ambient incidental music heard in A Busy Man and in the second half of The Barrier, which could be heard as Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Sybok traverse the bleak-looking mystical planet Sha-Ka-Ree in search of God. The Moon's A Window To Heaven, sang in the film by Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), was a failed pop song. It sounds a bit out of place with the rest of the soundtrack, but I guess the album wouldn't be complete without it, and it's not so bad. I should also mention the other recurring ST theme featured here: that of probably the most famous Klingon music ever, mainly because it gets used in all of Jerry's soundtracks for the series. All the soundtracks are good, but I've played this one quite a lot. Great for listening to while you're doing whatever at home, and you don't even have to think about how average the film itself was!

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Score For The Least Watchable "Trek"
Once again, Jerry Goldsmith has created a music score that goes beyond the film it was written for. I would feel bad if I said "Star Trek V-The Final Frontier" was a bad movie; in fact, I consider it one of my guilty pleasures, and one of the reasons for that is Goldsmith's music.
The album opens with 'The Mountain' -a track that starts with Alexander Courage's original fanfare, continues with Goldsmith's TMP theme, and finishes with a lovely pastoral-like motif. The action cues 'Without Help', 'Let's Get Out Of Here' and, especially, 'Open The Gates' show Goldsmith in top form.
Since the movie talks about the search for God, Goldsmith created a theme that is better represented in 'A Busy Man'. 'The Barrier' and 'An Angry God' also use it to good effect as well.
However, I'm not very pleased with 'Free Minds'; this track lacks mystery because the scene for which it was written deals with the inner pain of Spock and McCoy.
I also laugh at the song 'The Moon Is A Window To Heaven'. Even though Hiroshima's version as heard in the album is catchy, when you hear it in the movie and think of Uhura in that scene, you can't help buy laugh at it.
"Star Trek V-The Final Frontier" is a good album, and it shows how good Jerry Goldsmith is in creating music for -I hate to say this -bad movies.

4-0 out of 5 stars Purchase for "The Mountain"
After finally allowing myself to watch Star Trek V, I found myself watching the film again and again to listen to the great musical hook played throughout the movie, most notably in "The Mountain". The rest of the soundtrack, while not groundbreaking, serves to spice up the old tunes used before. It features a distinctive sound that differs from the rest of the series of films.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is Jerry's second best Star Trek score.
After scoreing Star Trek; The Motion Picture, Jerry Goldsmith did not get a change to score another Trek movie for almost a decade, and during that time the Star Trek movies kind of lost it when it came to music. James Horner scored Star Trek II and III with a lot of forgetable themes while Leonard Rosenman scored a much better and more memorable themes with his score for Star Trek IV. Still it seemed rather odd not to have Jerry Goldsmith back to score more music for the Star Trek movies because he was so good at it. Well they finally had him back for Star Trek V, and he delivered with both updated versions of the Enterprise and Klingon themes, while adding in a lot of new music for the middle parts of the movie. It turned out to be his second best Trek score in the series. He would not top it again until Star Trek; Nemesis, some 14 years later.

5-0 out of 5 stars More musical gold from Jerry Goldsmith.
Jerry Goldsmith's triumphant return to the Star Trek fold is an ironic one. After gracing the mediocre first movie with what is arguably one of the greatest science fiction film scores ever composed (and which also gave The Next Generation a memorable theme of its own rather than let the Motion Picture waste it), the prolific and gifted composer again delivers a wonderful score for another less than great Trek movie - the maligned Final Frontier. But where Shatner's *ahem* directoral talents fell short, Goldsmith's talent as a composer soar. The Mountain is a simply beautiful cue that starts with Courage's famous fanfare, then segues into the now famous Goldsmith theme before introducing the gentle yet majestic climbing theme that is echoed in A Busy Man. The Klingon war theme is again reused and adds nicely to the end credit track. If I can find fault with this soundtrack, it is with some music slipping through the cracks (notably when Sybok's troops captures Paradise City on Nimbus III). But that it just nit picking. Any fan of Jerry Goldsmith will want this score in his/her library. Highly recommended. ... Read more

8. Star Trek: Music From The Original Television Soundtracks, Volumes One, Two And Three
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5-0 out of 5 stars I cannot recommend this enough!
To be honest, I cannot hear this music without thinking about the TV show. But the difference is that I do not think about any particular scenes from the shows when I hear the music -- it has a great quality on its own. Hearing it apart from the show makes me realize just how good the compositions were in evoking mood -- and on the show's tight budget too! Anyway, I highly recommend this to anyone who, like me, was mesmerized by the show when it originally aired on TV in the 1960's. ... Read more

9. Star Trek Voyager: Music From The Original Television Soundtrack (Caretaker)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Collection of Music
This CD was absolutely wonderful! Jay Chattaway creates music that can be soothing and action packed at the same time. This Voyager soundtrack is unlike the musical scores for TNG and DS9. If you liked Chattaway's "The Inner Light" for TNG, then you'll love this. My personal favorite scores were......Prologue, Beamed to the Farm, Escape from the Ocampa Underground, and Set Course for Home. My overall review : Highly recommended for Voyager, TNG, and DS9 fans alike!

3-0 out of 5 stars I hate to disappoint you...
There are now a total of five "Star Trek" television themes one may listen to (that's if you include "Star Trek- The Animated Series" which is not available on any recording other than the episodes themselves). The main theme of Voyager has been written by Jerry Goldsmith and is an interesting break away from the action orientated ST-The Next Generation theme, more in sync with the sedate DS9. Voyager Main Theme is bold and flowing. It sets the scene for the greatness that is to come. This is the type of theme that Goldsmith writes so wonderfully and is reflective of Williams Jurassic Park in its magnificence. I am not trying to draw comparisons between ST-VOY and Jurassic Park except in the successful attempt to draw power and elegance from the orchestra. The rest of the soundtrack was written by Jay Chattaway who has written many soundtracks for the Star Trek experience (STTNG, STDS9) but this is the first time one of his Star Trek scores have been released on CD. (The CD sleeve suggests that there will be another Chattaway album released in the future.) The Chattaway score for ST- Voyager is a mixed bag of surging themes and incidental music that makes the overall effect of the CD disappointing. There are some wonderful tracks- or parts of tracks- that are refreshing and uphold the mood of the new Star Trek that we have now taken into our hearts. One thing that I was very disappointed with was the lack of a credit to Alex Courage for the use of the Classic Star Trek theme in the track "Set course for Home". In the pilot episode, Captain Janeway states that, while the Voyager attempts to find her way back to Earth, they shall continue their mission of finding new life and new....well, you know the drill.... During this monologue, there is a soft swelling of the Courage theme that is a blatant reference to the Classic Star Trek mission in both speech and music. The soundtrack has no reference to the use of this theme, nor its composer. There are two tracks on the Cd that I cannot bear but that is reflective of my taste in music. Exploding through the ST-VOY soundtrack are three tracks of Hoedown music. To quote a dear (fictional) medical colleague "Oh...Joy". When those southern tunes come a blastin' oudda them thar speakers, I just wanna sign ma self up for some ol' fashioned line dancin' just like Mom used to do. Seriously, I do understand that there is an audience out there (somewhere) for Hoedown music but, as I'm sure you would have worked out by now, I am certainly not the intended audience. It is, in my opinion, out of place on the soundtrack as the final theme. The Hoedown music is important in story development through the episode but on the CD, following "Star Trek: Voyager- End Credit" is a two minute Hoedown track. I have to ask why? To conclude this review are a few closing comments. The soundtrack for Star Trek: Voyager may be compared to prolonged foreplay that is interrupted by the telephone ringing. Enjoyable, exciting- maybe occasionally thrilling, as it turns out, really doesn't lead anywhere. It is a soundtrack that you would buy to complete your Star Trek collection. However, if you are fussy about the Star Trek music you purchase, listen to a few tracks before you purchase then decide if you really want the disc.

4-0 out of 5 stars It will take you away.
Jerry Goldsmith's theme is awesome and Jay Chattaway (who I have been a fan of ever since I first heard his score for William Lustig's Maniac) contributes a nice, if fairly routine, sci-fi score. Both fans of the series and of the composers will want to have it. Recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars It voyages me to Delta Q !!!
I can't take it out from my CD player !!
I keep listen it again and again; not only the overwhelming Main title enchants me all the time, also the other tracks do the same magic.
I play it when I am doing housework, I play it when doing accouting homework, I play it while taking a bath.
It is an timeless masterpiece, with the wonderful scores I voyage to the Delta Q with my beloved crew on Voyager, which is a relief from stressful daily life .
I love it very much and you should have one, too !!

And I am expecting for the DVD to come out !

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This CD is one of the best Star Trek soundtracks around, and by far the best of all the series.

Jerry Goldsmith's main theme, while not as good as his work on First Contact, is certainly worth listening to.

The rest of the CD is simply amazing. I didn't think Jay Chattaway could do any better then his "Inner Light", but he comes close with this score. Chattaway combines the happiness of the Caretaker's banjo, the sadness of being light-years from home, and the mysteries of the farm into a thrilling soundtrack. I could listen to this for hours and never get bored.

I would highly recommend this to any music or Star Trek fan. ... Read more

10. Star Trek III: The Search For Spock - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars not grieve!
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - This, the second of two Trek soundtracks by James Horner, in many ways, goes the previous score (The Wrath of Khan) one better. While many people prefer the nautical majesty of The Wrath of Khan, I, for one, like this outing better. The orchestration on Khan always seemed a little bit 'thin' to me, and they seem to get a lot fuller sound on this one. The music, with some exception, is a lot more subdued, but, personally, I like that better.

The main theme returns from Khan, but is used a lot less in this soundtrack. It is still as good as ever, but it doesn't really belong as much in this movie, which is all about Spock. Its best use is in "Stealing the Enterprise". The sub-theme based on it returns, appearing a lot more. It has always been one of my favorite themes. Its best use is also in "Stealing the Enterprise". Spock's theme is the main theme in this movie. It seems to have a hopeful quality now, generally. My favorite appearance of it, though, is a very wistful version at the very beginning of the score, in "Prologue" during the flashback. The Klingon theme is honestly the worst one in the movie and one of the worst in all the Trek soundtracks. I really can't stand that little squeaky version in "Bird-of-Prey Decloaks". The Courage fanfare is used liberally throughout the score, something a lot of them are missing. It is used best during "Klingons" after the 30-second interlude, just after the space-dock comes into view. It is magnificently understated, and is one of the two best uses in the series (the other is at the end of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country). This is how the fanfare was meant to be used. This and in "Stealing the Enterprise", anyway. Courage's Star Trek TV theme also appears, most notably at the end. It is used very well, but doesn't quite go to the same level as Khan's finale.

Overall, this score generally works better as 'pure music' than The Wrath of Khan and, to my thinking, is worth the money more. The downside: that pop version of Spock's theme. ha ha ha ha ha it is SO funny! Actually, it kind of spoils the soundtrack so I never, EVER listen to it anymore.

Best Tracks:

"Prologue / Main Title" (One of the greatest opening themes ever; very touching)

"Klingons" (Not the Klingon theme, after a 30-second silence, the space-dock comes into view, leading to possibly the best track, along with the above one)

"Stealing the Enterprise" (Just plain fun! This very long track never gets boring, and at times is the best track)

"Returning to Vulcan" (This has an amazing crescendo as the Bird-of-Prey lands on the red planet, then reaches another one. Pure, lovely strings music)

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Great Horner Trek Score
I remember when I first listened to the score album from "Star Trek II-The Wrath Of Khan", and I wasn't that pleased with its main title, but I was impressed by James Horner's use of percussion in the action parts of his score and touched by the motif for Mr. Spock. In the end, it was a very good soundtrack.
And Horner did it again with "Star Trek III-The Search For Spock". This time the motif for our favorite Vulcan is fully developed in 'Prologue And Main Title'; in fact I honestly prefer this main title to the one from "The Wrath Of Khan".
Even though I found this album to be a bit quieter, I thank God for 'Stealing The Enterprise' because this track contains one of the best pieces of action music I have ever heard with a fantastic use of percussion; I'd like to say that after the main title, this is the highlight of the CD. Another plus is the effective musical progression in 'The Katra Ritual', which leads up to the climax of the film.
The only thing that bothers me a bit is how the track titled 'Klingons' sounds like Horner's own theme for "Wolfen", and that planted a seed in my head regarding his "self-recycling" in his future works.
No matter. In the end, this is another great "Star Trek" album that I have come to appreciate every time I listen to it.

4-0 out of 5 stars And The "Music" Continues...
The soundtrack for STAR TREK III-TSFS is a fine follow-up to The Wrath Of Kahn and marks the return of composer James Horner to Trek. The score begins with a somber redition of the main title from the previous film. This track is perfect because it captures the mood of the film brilliantly. As the score moves along, Horner creates a "new" Klingon theme, that sounds like a direct descendant of Jerry Goldsmith's version heard in the first film. While the theme is solid, I do prefer the Goldsmith Klingon music, over this. Since the movie is all about Spock's resurrection, as one might expect, there is a fair amount of "Vulcan" music in the score. For this theme, Horner expands on the theme first heard in Kahn, of the 3 "Vulcan" tracks on the CD, the majestic sounding "return to Vulcan" is tops. The highlights of the score, for me though are "Stealing The Enterprise" (track #3)--the music used is perfect for that sequence--and the exciting "Bird Of Prey Decloaks" The end title track is a repeat of Kahn's end credits, save for the start, which uses the The Original Television Series Theme by Alexander Courage, before the titles begin. Track #9 is a rather uneven synth-tecno remix of the main theme. I could have done without that track entirely. As with the TREK II soundtrack reissue of 1990, GNP Crescendo Records omits some cues here, which is a shame, but not entirely unexpected. The CD has 9 tracks and a total running time of 46 minutes and 56 seconds. The score for "Search" may sit somewhere behind "Kahn" and "The Motion Picture" in my personal ranking and preference, but I like the CD well enough to recommend it. Looked at as a contuation of the second film, it does what any good film score should do, advance the story.

3-0 out of 5 stars It sounds much like recycled from Wrath of Khan.
You can listen to the music score from Star Trek III and it's almost the same as Wrath of Khan with just some alterations. It's no secret that Serach For Spock was a bit rushed through production and Horner might not have had the time to compose new music for Search For Spock aside from making some alterations here and there and putting new music in where he could. But on the whole it sounds like just a recycled theme from Wrath of Khan, and even to this day many fans still say that Horner just recycles previous music from his earlier film works in his music scores and composes little if any new music. Which might be the reason why he has not been asked to score any new Star Trek films.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Star Trek's BEST
This soundtrack is one of the very best anyone can get, especially among Star Trek. James Horner's composition for "the Search for Spock" outranks most of the other Star Trek soundtracks. The music is so lively, and if you have watched the movie enough, you can picture what is happening when you listen to the music. Many elements of the music from the previous movie, "The Wrath of Khan" carry over to this one, which give fans a sense of continuation along with the story. I give it five stars, for the music in the movie is well coordinated with the action and can be clearly heard. Each piece is distinct as well. "Stealing the Enterprise," is probably the best track on the album, but all the others are good. Another personal favorite of mine is "The Bird of Prey decloaks." For anybody who loves soundtracks, (especially Trekkers) I would recommend "The Search For Spock," very strongly. ... Read more

11. The Best Of Star Trek: 30th Anniversary Special! Original TV Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]
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4-0 out of 5 stars Trek's Music Frontier
Originally released in 1996, to celebrate STAR TREK's 30th anniversary, this CD features music from the first four television series Each of the sections begins with the theme for each series. Here's how the CD breaks down

TOS-Features a suite from the classic second season episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles" The music shows off the more whimsical side of a Trek score. This section includes many of the more familiar cues heard in the episode. My personal favorite cue is "bar fight"

TNG-Composer Ron Jones was given the chance to create music for the first "Klingon" show in the series. The score to "Heart Of Glory" pays homage to Jerry Goldsmith's music for the Klingons, (first heard in STAR TREK-THE MOTION PICTURE) but, somehow manages to steer clear of being too similar--not an easy task...Composer Jay Chattaway's music for the fifth season's "The Inner Light" remains the most hauntingly beautiful score for any TNG show. The suite heard on the CD is an orchestral version of the theme, and not taken from the actual episode The music from that will always be with me...

DS9 and VOYAGER-Composer Dennis McCarthy's music for the DS9 show "The Visitor" also tugs at you a bit and is some of his best work for any TREK series that he has been involved with. In contrast his work on VOYAGER's "Heroes And Demons" is kind of over done and is the weakest part of the CD Too much fanfare and it sounds very non-discript for my tastes.

The CD includes some enhanced features for your PC or MAC It has 19 tracks and a running time of 63 minutes and 49 seconds I strongly recommend this CD with 4 stars

4-0 out of 5 stars Great show -- amazing music
Whenever my friends look through my music collection and find this cd, the comment is always, "Ah, you Trekkie," accompanied by head shakes and eye rolls. They're incredulous when I tell them that I own the cd for the beautiful music, rather than for the show it's from.

For those who love orchestral music, Star Trek is a hidden gem. From the powerful, high-charged main themes to the episodic score, Star Trek delivers...and the 30th Anniversary Special is a sample of some of the best. While the music from "The Trouble with Tribbles" is most definitely campy, I can't help but smile when I hear the wailing of the violins (the sounds of the tribbles) or the music that accompanies the bar fight. "Heart of Glory" from The Next Generation varies from contemplative to warlike, with the Klingon theme clacking at the beginning of the suite. And EVERYONE enjoys "The Inner Light" and the Ressikan flute.

For me, though, the highlight of this cd is not "The Inner Light," but the music from "The Visitor." The achingly moving score is one of the most powerful pieces of music I've ever heard, with the mournful flute intro to track #13, the strings theme and the plaintive cry of the oboe -- mirroring Jake Sisko's desperation as he searches his entire life for a way to rescue his father.

While the selections from Voyager can get a bit tiring after a while (though Voyager certainly has produced its share of good music) and "The Trouble with Tribbles" isn't something that pops up often on my cd player, there's something for every Trekker -- and every music lover -- in this cd. 4.5 stars in my book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Full of Surprisingly Beautiful Music
I've only recently started watching the "Star Trek" shows again. When I was growing up I only knew of a few of the movies with the original cast until TNG came out. I enjoyed the series a lot, and was hooked on the theme song from the word "go." "Deep Space Nine" was also enjoyable, but I never was very interested in "Voyager." To my surprise, the music featured here from "DSN" and "Voyager" is the best of this album. Don't get me wrong, I love cranking up the "TNG" theme song every now and then, but the rest of the songs that follow are so beautiful and fun to listen to that I almost wish I would have watched the later shows more often.
Right now I only get to watch "TSN" on Spike TV and "Star Trek" on SciFi. Hopefully I can find the other series and watch them as well. If the music is any indication of the quality of the shows, I'll be in for quite a ride.
Even if you don't like "Star Trek," get this disc for the beautiful music. I'm not a big fan of orchestral songs, but these contained herein are something special.

5-0 out of 5 stars "the inner light...heart of glory...AWESOME!"
A major event from the GNP/Crescendo label---"THE BEST OF STAR TREK:30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL", and boy---is this special, collections of suites and themes paying homage to STAR TREK, and the many spin offs over the past thirty years(has it really been that long)---our CD features all four of the series and samplings of each composers creativity---many scores evoke tears, with orchestral presence of "VOYAGER", and the hauntingly beautiful, very emotional "DEEP SPACE NINE".

We've gone beyond what creator Gene Roddenberry envisioned back in 1964, more sophisticated and the music, scores have grown into full symphonies, every theme we've come to love and respect---Highlights inclusive ~ "THE INNER LIGHT", orchestral suite from composer Jay Chattaway shades of new age genre excel..."HEART OF GLORY", by Ron Jones from "NEXT GENERATION" episode with Klingon's, innovative of Goldsmith..."THE VISITOR", romantic sweeping suite from Dennis McCarthy, truly an excellent piece of composing, gotta love it!

Give Neil Norman and the gang at GNP/Crescendo a standing ovation for this one of a kind project---a passion of collecting classic film music, is what all "film-score-buffs" strive for---soundtracks that jump out at you, with originality and a zestful approach to the story-line---and hey, this time it's all on one album...great job Crescendo!

You might try other GNP/Crescendo releases ~ "The Best of Star Trek Vol. 2"(GNPD-8061)..."Greatest Science Ficition Hits, Vol. 1"(GNPD-2128), all worthy of a good listen!

Total Time: 63:51 on 19 Tracks ~ GNP/Crescendo GNPD-8053 ~ (1996)

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly wonderful.
I thought this would be "hokey" -- but I wanted the music from "The Inner Light" and "The Visitor" and I love it! I am especially moved by "The Visitor" and am wearing out this CD. The selections from Yoyager are also very good. I have one CD in my car and have just bought one for my house. I also recommend the VHS of TNG:The Inner Light and DSN:The Visitor. Just have a hankey handy! ... Read more

12. Star Trek: Original Television Soundtrack, Volume Two (The Doomsday Machine, Amok Time)
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5-0 out of 5 stars This music reminds me of the movie Jaws!
I like this music because the music from The Doomsday Machine is spooky. Also, it reminds me of the movie Jaws. When I watched the episode of the Doomsday Machine, The planet killer reminded me of the white shark in Jaws because when that music played, it tells me the entire story. I haven't seen Amok Time, but I will sooner, or later. I highly recommend this to future Trekkies.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a fun Cd.
I like this Cd. I like the music because it's cool. I listened to the Cd, and I knew I would like it. I highly recommend this to future fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Kaplan & Fried composers that felt the pulse of the series"
Neil Norman(executive producer), just keeps cranking them out...take for instance "STAR TREK:ORIGINAL TV SOUNDTRACK("The Cage" & "Where No Man Has Gone Before")(GNPD-8006)...the legendary Alexander Courage shares his talent for scoring with his famous Sci-Fi opening theme, every cue has the Courage signature.

For this "Volume Two" from episodes "THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE"(Kaplan) and "AMOK TIME"(Fried), the creator of Star Trek Gene Roddenberry chose two veterans Sol Kaplan and Gerald Fried...both composers use of full orchestra was both rewarding and beneficial to the plot and substance of the series...although Fried's cues were darker in nature, gave us a feeling transformation into another time and place...while Kaplan's composition showed the audience what loss and despair could do to any human being...a highlight is "THE PROCESSIONAL"(Track 20) and "THE CHALLENGE"(Track 21), memorable cues that leaves one remembering that particular episode of the series...both composers hit the mark...dead on.

You might enjoy other Star Trek albums from GNP Crescendo ~ "Star Trek:Original TV Series Sound Effects"(GNPD-8010)..."Star Trek:The Next Generation:Encounter At Farpoint"(GNPD-8012)..."Star Trek:The Next Generation Volume Two"(GNPD-8026)...all worthy of a good listen.

Total Time: 52:35 on 25 Tracks ~ GNP/Crescendo GNPD-8025 ~ (1991)

5-0 out of 5 stars Two of the best Composers of Star Trek Music.
The scores on this disk which were composed by Sol Kaplan and Gerald Fried were very good when they were first heard on the Doomsday Machine and Amok Time, They made full useage of the orchestra and sound more like the sort of music you would hear in a motion picture rather then on a weekly television series. Gene Roddenberry must have liked it too, for the composers's work was also heard in a slightly different form on other Star Trek episodes as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tremendously inventive, totally surprising.
I was astonished to see this music actually available. Being somany, many years since the first production date, I would hardly haveexpected to find something preserved so accurately. This is, in fact aperfect recording. The music itself is really astonishing. Ratherthan an endless trundling out of the Star Trek theme, Sol Kaplan comesup with a collection of brilliant orchestral minatures in which hedisplays an absolute and total command of large scale orchestralwriting. I would guess his major influences would be Sibelius, Mahler,and probably Richard Strauss, but you would have to also certainlyinclude Edgar Varese and possibly Jacob Druckmann. Some of his ideasappear to spring from a probably uncatalogued collection of martialthemes, but his ability to paint vivid and powerful colours is likenothing I have heard before. Some of the themes reach really deep andwill endure for many decades to come. The way he ties in the StarTrek theme itself is very clever and elegant, making quite a trick inthe tail towards the end of the piece... What on earth has this dearfellow done since, or before? I am very, very impressed with this andwould absolutely recommend it to anyone, even classical music buffs. ... Read more

13. Star Trek - Deep Space Nine: Music From The Original Television Soundtrack (The Emissary)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Let me correct you, please
THE WORST moment in Star Trek music history is a song from the "Enterprise" series Main titles. Star Trek universe will never recover from that disaster!

5-0 out of 5 stars Top notch Trek Soundtrack
This is the greatest Trek series. All the songs were great except the "single version" of the main title, which was awkward. Overall I recommend this cd.

4-0 out of 5 stars Some of McCarthy's Best Work.
Dennis McCarthy's score for "Emissary" (No "the," by the way) stands after seven years as one of his best compositions ever.

As filmatic as Generations, "Emissary" features some of McCarthy's best and most distinctive work from the early years of Deep Space Nine, (the texture changed in the fifth year) including a few cues that were later retooled for other episodes. Listen for the direct parallels between this and the music to "The Visitor."

The Main Title is also excellent, with one glaring problem that cost the CD a star. Evidently GNP Crescendo was unable to locate the original recording of the main title, so they simply digitally remastered the final product as seen on the show. Unfortunately, the sound effects are still there, seriously sabotaging the effect of the music. Echoes of the main theme are heard throughout the score bringing to mind Alexander Courages explorations of his two main themes in "The Cage" and "Where No Man has Gone Before." We also hear the theme played with Couyrages classic Trek theme in one fascinating cue. ("Saying Goodbye")

The music for "Wolf 359" is an excellent example of Star Trek battle music, and is especially delightful to Trek enthusiasts for its allusions to Ron Jones' music for "The Best of Both Worlds" and for a dynamic early version of one of McCarthy's suspence themes.

The rest of the album is very good, though the absence of the end credit music is sorely felt. Still, there are some memorable bonus tracks. "Cucumbers in Space," one of only two releases of original Trek source music so far, is a witty parody of electronic punk music, particularly the deadpan finale. The CD ends with "Single" versions of the Main Theme and of a beautiful piano solo from "Passage Terminated" which presumably were intended for Pop radio stations. The latter is fine, though actually inferior to the original "Passage." The former is a hoot! The DS9 theme is awkwardly played with a horrible drumbeat in the background until, of all things, an electric guitar takes over. It is one of the worst moments in the hisotry of Trek music.

4-0 out of 5 stars "enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening experience"
Dennis McCarthy does a superb scoring assignment for this original episode - "The Emissary" from Star Trek:Deep Space Nine, not a marching tempo from the earlier Goldsmith scores. There is a wonderful sense of peacefulness & serenity to this soundtrack, which is very different from previous "Star Trek" scores. McCarthy immediately sets the tone and mood for his music with the opening - MAIN TITLE with horns and strings mixed with smooth orchestration.

Highlights on this album - THE ENTERPRISE DEPARTS/A NEW HOME very melodic and flowing theme with building brass at the end - TIME STOOD STILL with alien overtones, but very effective - PASSAGE TERMINATED creating a sense of loneliness, as a piano with slight orchestra weaves a restful and meditating effect for the listener to absorb, with every fiber and nerve in your body fully accepting this musical voyage.

GNP/Crescendo Records and producers Neil Norman, Mark Banning and composer Dennis McCarthy have once again given us an enjoyable, entertaining and enlightening experience through the power of music. Highly recommend this to ALL soundtrack and Star Trek fans who would venture into the realms of - "Deep Space Nine"!

Total Time: 52:34 on 18 Tracks/ GNP-Crescendo Records - GNPD 8034

5-0 out of 5 stars The best CD I've ever heard.
I really liked the CD. I listen to it when ever i get to the CD player. I love StarTrek and i really like the music in the shows. I think the composer did a great job and I want to get the other CD of StarTrek as well. I recommend this CD to all people that like StarTrek and SCI-FI. ... Read more

14. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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4-0 out of 5 stars Fitting Finale for Star Trek The Original Series
The music possesses a dark grandeur. I enjoyed the film, and still think the soundtrack may be its best element.

The CD's front cover folds out into six small pages, containing four still shots from the film, one picture of the original cast members posing in their Star Trek VI uniforms on the bridge of the Enterprise-A, and an approximately 200-word testimonial from Nicholas Meyer, the film's co-writer and director, to his wonderful working relationship with composer Cliff Eidelman. The first still shot shows an unhappy General Chang sitting in the captain's chair aboard his Bird-of-Prey. In the second shot we see Spock and Valeris at the peace conference, with Chekov and delegates in the background. In the third shot Kirk and McCoy stand trial on Chronos. The final shot shows a slightly-blurry Enterprise-A moving away from space dock at impulse.

Eidelman has produced a brooding and moody soundtrack. Almost entirely original, it fittingly contains periodic strains reminiscent of music from both Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Sad and nostalgic at times, it nonetheless finishes with triumphant music conveying what may be the ultimate Star Trek message: The human adventure is only beginning.

4-0 out of 5 stars "Star Trek" At Its Darkest
People would kill if I said that I had never heard of Cliff Eidelman before "Star Trek VI-The Undiscovered Country". When I first heard he was going to be the composer for the final chapter of the "Star Trek" movies with the original cast, I somehow was uneasy about it, as uneasy as when I heard that James Horner had been chosen to be the composer for "Star Trek II-The Wrath Of Khan" back in 1982. However, it seems director Nicholas Meyer has good instincts for music.
The overture pays homage to Holst's "Mars" from his Planets concert. It starts dark and then, it goes on in crescendo until the orchestra bursts out and finishes with a bang -if you take my meaning for it.
The entire score is totally dark and thrilling. Tracks like 'Rura Penthe', 'Assassination', and 'Death Of Gorkon' are fine examples of it. On the other hand, we also have emotional moments like 'Clear All Moorings' -where the epic motif is first heard -, 'Dining With Ashes', and my favorite from this bunch, 'Sign Off'.
Unfortunately, I have to say that Cliff Eidelman is not as consistent with his action or epic music as James Horner was in "The Wrath Of Khan". Just as I explained in my review of "Christopher Columbus: The Discovery", Eidelman starts his action and then, falls into tranquility leaving you kinda interrupted, wanting for constant action. 'The Battle For Peace' starts nicely with dark motifs; later it segues into bombastic moments, but then it suddenly goes dark again, then into action again, and so forth. The end credits suite falls into that sin as well: the epic motif explodes when the credits start rolling but, suddenly, it goes down to a dramatic part leaving you wanting for more. It's annoying.
Despite all those flaws, the score for "Star Trek VI-The Undiscovered Country" succeeds in portraying the dark side of what Gene Roddenberry had always shown as an "optimistic" future, and I have to say that Cliff Eidelman is one of the people responsible for this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent score from a relative youngster
This score is not the equal of Goldsmith's masterwork for the original ST movie (few will ever be) or Horner's great work for "ST III" (better than his soundtrack for "ST II"), but it was an amazing effort for a 24-year-old and far, far better then Rosenman's dreadful (and inexplicably Oscar-nominated!) "ST IV." The terrific opening march sets the tone for what is easily the darkest of all ST scores. (And in response to the earlier postedr who felt that he ripped off Holst's "The Planets," director Nick Meyer asked him to make an opening that resembled "Mars, the Bringer of War," so don't knock him for doing so.). This soundtrack won't blow you away, but it is marvelous work for one so young and it still puzzles me that it didn't advance him to the big leagues like Horner's breakthrough effort for "ST II" did for him. Buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars MUSIC WORTHY OF A SENDOFF!
Cliff Eidelman's score for "Star Trek VI" is the perfect score to say goodbye to the best "Trek" crew ever! With the music, you'll remember how it felt when you realized that this would be the final time that you would see Kirk, Spock, McCoy and all the others together on screen for the last time! Stands right up there with Goldsmith and James Horner! Bravo, Mr. Eidelman! Grade: A+

2-0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This music is awful. The almost literal quotes from Holst in the Overture are wretched.

How anyone can compare this to Goldsmith, Bernstein, et al is beyond comprehension.

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15. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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5-0 out of 5 stars Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
I seen that a person had said that Star Trek IV the soundtrack has no memorable themes, well, it doesn't need memorable themes. Everybody knows that it was about the whales and Leonard Rosenman did an excellent job in that aspect of scoring, he also captured the humor of the film, (the end part of "Gillian Seeks Kirk", "Chekov's Run", and "Hospital Chase") also added the Yellowjackets piece "Market Street". Sadly, the familiar Trek theme is only found in a short little piece along with the new Star Trek IV theme, in the beginning "Main Title" and the ending "Home Again". But even though the Trek theme is not widely used, you still feel in some way that this still is Star Trek music. Buy this only if you love the movie or are a big Star Trek fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Music in any Star Trek Movie.
My hat's off to Leonard Rosenman for this music score in Star Trek IV; The Voyage Home. The movie was fun and it was about having a good time. The music here captures the theme of the movie very well. From the Hospital escape theme to the whales singing and saving the Earth from the probe, and the crew getting the Enterprise back. It was about coming home and getting on with life and I belive this score captured all that very effectively. Leonard Rosenman belongs in the same catagory of good Star Trek composers from the original series; Alexander Courage, Fred Steiner, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, and George Duning.

3-0 out of 5 stars Is This "Star Trek" Or The Animated "Lord Of The Rings"?
When I went to see "Star Trek IV-The Voyage Home" for the first time, I was blown away by the beginning of the main title -so strong and epic, a theme that was going to lead the way to another "Star Trek" adventure. Unfortunately, it all went to hell when I hear the "bridge" of the main title, and it sounded almost the same as the one heard in the animated 1977 version of "The Lord Of The Rings". I don't know about you, but I was kinda disappointed by that.
However, Leonard Rosenman managed to create a satisfactory score throughout the movie. I especially love 'The Whaler', a nice action cue depicted when the "Enterprise" crew tries to save the whales. 'Crash/Whale Fugue' is a good suspense moment where Rosenman uses his most recognizable technique, I think it's called a "pyramid".
On the other hand, since we are talking about a film that showcases the "Enterprise" crew in funny events in the past, Rosenman also created light and funny moments like 'Chekov's Run' and The Yellowjackets performed tracks 'Market Street' and 'Ballad Of The Whale'. My favorite of those tracks is 'Hospital Chase', a track that sounds like circus music showcasing Kirk & Co. rescuing Chekov at a 1986 San Francisco hospital.
This is the lightest of all the "Star Trek" scores. However, Leonard Rosenman should have used a motif different from "The Lord Of The Rings", and he should have also created a more powerful voice because this score seems to have been written for a small orchestra.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Middle Of The Road Sounding Trek
Leonard Rosenman's score to Star Trek IV: TVH is rather middle of the road. This is especially true, if you compare it to what came before it, and after it. The music for many of the other features had an epic quality to them. As I was listening to the score again, after some time, recently. I was amazed at how much of it sounded like it was being played by a bad HS Marching band, rather than a full orchestra Many of the cues heard on the CD sounded a little off key. I'm not sure why. Many of the tracks have a heavy "horn" sound to them and maybe that had something to do with it. Since it had been a while, I decided to watch portions of the film, to see if there was any difference. The results were the same but muted by the film's action. To be fair to Mr. Rosenman there are 2 tracks that I liked "Home again/End Credits" and "Hospital Chase" These 2 cues fit nicely into Trek Music History As for the rest, it's not as good as I remembered it to be. Not bad but not great. The CD also contains 2 contemporary tracks performed by The Yellowjackets (#3 and #5) Since most of the film takes place on Earth in the 80s, these make sense, however, they go on for a bit too long. The CD has 11 tracks and has a running time of 36 minutes and 10 seconds.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good To The Film, Not To The Ears Sadly
Star Trek IV is among one of the finest Star Trek movies of them all, combining its quirky and somewhat memorable humour...however Trek movies usually provide top-notch scores...and sadly The Voyage Home falls flat on its back here.

Some scores for example The Motion Picture, being as old a movie as it is...the score by Goldsmith has not ages at all, nor has Horners The Wrath of Khan score.

The 1980's is ever present in ST:IV, and while what sounds good in the movie, it does not upon listening to it solo.

Music As Heard in Movie: *** / *****
Music As Heard On CD: ** / ***** ... Read more

16. Star Trek - The Next Generation: Music From The Original Television Soundtrack, Volume Two (The Best Of Both Worlds)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Makin' The Best of Star Trek¿ Even Better!
I consider the two-parter The Best Of Both Worlds© to be Star Trek™'s most pivotal & influential episodes, and the soundtrack does a beautiful job in adding to the feel and suspense. Although Ron Jones' compositions on this CD aren't quite as ambitious as the tunes one would hear in the Star Trek™ movies, his efforts did help make these two watermark NextGen episodes seem truly grand and larger than life. The military style of some of the tunes also gives a warlike tone to the show, as the Enterprise™ and the Federation™ fight desperately to stop the Borg™ invasion.

Each track complements the scene it plays in almost perfectly. One good example is Hansen's Message©, which plays through the end of the scene in Part One when the crew sees the Borg™ ship for the first time. The moment itself is chilling, but with the music, along with the crescendo at the climax, it becomes even more suspenseful! Another great tune to complement the moment is Intervention©, heard in Part Two when Worf™ and Data™ sneak into the Borg™ ship to rescue Picard™ (now changed into the Borg™ Locutus™) and get him back to the Enterprise.

Thanks to the synergy between the music and the scenes, The Best of Both Worlds© becomes a whole lot more than the sum of its visual & musical parts!


5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!
I LOVE it it is so very relaxing to listen to on occations when you need a dose of Star Trek.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Score For A Television Show
Without comparing this TV score to that of a film, I would consider this an excellent TV score. Hearing the Alexander Courage's version of Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek theme really opens the album up. It is really a shame that it appears only once or twice in minor situations because then it would mean this score has some trace of thematic development like film scores do. The Borg theme, played by a synthesized chorus, sounds very mysterious yet somewhat hostile and threatening. You have to have seen the show to know what's happening because there's barely any thematic music to base what's happening on. The strings and celeste playing on the tracks before the borg encounter adds the sense of mysterious but foreshadowed danger. The battle tracks between the borg and Enterprise aren't upbeat like scores from John Williams or Horner but sound much more suspenseful and average-paced like on Crimson Tide. Ron Jones seems to back off on fast-paced string and brass parts and prefers edgy brass and percussion coupled with electronics. Away Team Ready is a haunting, military-like cue as some people prepare to board the borg ship. An unused cue for the exploration of the borg ship sounds very far and dissonant like on The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi, and Aliens. Both are very original sounding. Let me admit that the music on the second and final fight between the Enterprise and Borg ship heats up but leaves more to be desired. Of course, this is a TV score scored under a period of a week so forget what I just said for any film score fan. After a bittersweet ending stopping with an afterthought, the brilliant Star Theme comes up for the credits and draws this score to a close. I recommend this original score for anyone who has seen the borg episode of TNG but don't expect a Star Wars score here for any film score collectors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stirring score for an epic tale
Fans of the syndicated television show "Star Trek: The Next Generation" may remember the two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds" as a high point for the series, and for science fiction television in general. This cliffhanger and its resolution constituted the third season finale and fourth season premiere. In the story, the United Federation of Planets faces an invasion by the Borg, a seemingly unstoppable cybernetic race that "assimilates" whole civilizations into its insect-like "collective." Captain Picard and the crew of the Starship Enterprise represent the Federation's only hope against this relentless enemy.

Such an epic tale calls for an epic musical score, and composer Ron Jones delivers. His music pounds with excitement during the thrilling space battle sequences. He makes brilliant use of eerie musical effects to capture the alien nature of the Borg Collective and its dispassionate "drones." He also brings out all of the emotion of the heroic struggle of the Enterprise crew to save the Federation from conquest and assimilation. But it's not all big, bombastic space opera music; Jones also pays attention to more intimate moments between the crew.

Yes, "The Best of Both Worlds" was a landmark in the ongoing, multigenerational "Star Trek" saga, and Ron Jones' superb score is an integral part of the story. This is an essential disc for fans of science fiction soundtracks.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why Argue with Perfection?
Like the reviewers before me, I concur that this is, without a doubt, the score by which all other Star Trek scores should be measured. Prior to, as well as after, there has never been a more perfect blend of sight and musical sound than the episode from which this music is taken. My only question is why Jones was not permitted to do the music for the "Borg" theatrical film! Granted, Jerry Goldsmith did a superb job for "First Contact," but Jones' compositions for the television two-parter made him the obvious choice to "helm" the music for the cinematic adventure. But, movie music buffs should add this disc to their collection because it SOARS as high as the Enterprise! ... Read more

17. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Music From the Original Soundtrack
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Alexander Courage may have given the sprawling Star Trek franchise its signature musical fanfare, but for two decades it's been composer Jerry Goldsmith who's periodically infused the film and TV cycles with their crucial musical heart and soul or, as in the case of this rousing masterwork, their fire and fury. Giving nearly free reign to his notably modernist muse, the veteran has turned in a dark and driving orchestral maelstrom that's relieved only by its edgy, occasionally synth-burnished passages of alien intrigue and mounting suspense. Underpinned by bracing blasts of massive brass worthy of Bernard Herrmann and powered by Goldsmith's passionate sense of drama and mastery of orchestral color and dynamics, it's a score that not only ranks among the best of the imposing Trek musical catalog, but certainly one of the composer's most accomplished sci-fi scores of the last 20 years. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dark and Sentimental
Jerry Goldsmith has now scored exactly half of the Star Trek films and each one is a treasure in itself. His latest effort, "Nemesis," builds nicely on themes established in "The Motion Picture," "The Final Frontier," "First Contact," and "Insurrection" and blends them into a dark and driving original score. I can not wait to hear how this score plays in the theatre.

Goldsmith sets the audience up for a different listening experience in the first track by cleverly cutting off his familar arrangement of Alexander Courage's fanfare with the heavy "Remus" theme. Many of the tracks contain an almost military pulse to them (Think "Empire Strikes Back"), but there's also plenty of reflective sentiment here. Just listen to the tracks "My Right Arm," "Repairs," "Ideals" or "A New Friend." The classic main theme makes quite a few appearences, always a welcome touch.

A nice highlight of the score is that Goldsmith has at long last managed to combine the orchesteral and electronic elements so that the electronic pulses don't overpower (As in "The Motion Picture") or seem out of place (As in "Insurrection"). Though the earlier tracks make the most use of the electronic instruments, the delicate balance is maintained throughout. Goldsmith seamlessly weaves the different sounds. The real treat of the album is the final track, "A New Ending." Begining with a lovely and simple qoute from Irving Berlin's famous "Blue Skies," a very traditonal orchestration of the main theme then bookends probably the best piece of music on the album. It is a beautiful new piece that closes the album nicely with a great sense of dignity...and perhaps (sadly) finality.

If the album has any weakness it is that, like "Insurrection" before it, it is too brief. Though totally enjoyable as it is, I would have like to hear more of the lighter music. Only "My Right Arm" is a totaly quiet piece, but it's brief and is a reintroduction of a theme first established in "The Final Frontier." Still, if this turns out to be the last journey of the Next Generation crew, then Goldsmith has sent them out in stlye. However, if there are more journies to be had, I hope that Jerry Goldsmith goes along with them.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best TREK soundtrack...
Jerry Goldsmith returns to Trek for yet another spectacular soundtrack release. The score is haunting and atmospheric, mixing in classic Trek themes (two especially recognisable in the tracks "Repairs" and "The Scorpion) with new ideas and themes.

This is the best Trek soundtrack I've heard in a long time, it's sweeping and melodic, and has so many little winks at the audience from Star Trek: The Motion Picture (the little "Enterprise theme" moments that everyone recognises from Trek) right up to First Contact (listen to "My Right Arm") that are just awesome. The Main Title is surprisingly short and very unexpected. Normally, the film opens straight out with the little Trek fanfare, but Goldsmith plays with our expectations, cutting it right down to only a few seconds before delving back into the mysterious "Remus" track. The End Title is much as expectations, but that little snippet of "Blue Skies" leading us in is nothing short of genius. This is my second favourite track on the album (my favourite being "My Right Arm"), and it perfectly mixes the traditional Trek themes with the new, more mature and disturbing Nemesis themes.

After the slight disappointment that was the "Enterprise" score release, the Trek soundtracks have a new hero. I would place this joint second in my favourites, next to First Contact, and right behind Wrath of Khan.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Star Trek Score By Far
Jerry Goldsmith is a master composer. There are few people who will disagree with that assessment, but something about the tenth (and final?) "Star Trek" movie has inspired him to new heights. From the opening moments of the spectacularly pulse-pounding "Remus" -- one of the best pieces of music written for a "Star Trek" movie -- to the awesome "Engage" and finally "A New Ending," the grand conclusion to a terrific soundtrack. There isn't one misstep in this collection. If accompanied by a better movie this score gets an Oscar nomination hands down.

3-0 out of 5 stars Forgettable... sort of a 2.5
From the moment Nemesis started, I felt like something was wrong. What was it? The music, I realized, after the movie had gone on. The soundtrack for this film just seemed wrong from moment one to me. Rather than the usual, sweeping, mood-setting pieces that start most of the Trek films, the Nemesis score has a brief little fizzling piece that goes nowhere, starting the whole movie off with an incoherent lurch. The rest of the music was similarly unmemorable to me, until it ended with the predictable rehash the Motion Picture theme. (It's been 20-some years now, can't Mr. Goldsmith be bothered to come up with a new ending theme? It just doesn't fit the Next Gen movies at all.) The soundtrack is always one of the things I really look forward to in any movie, and Star Trek movies usually have some of the best out there. This score, though, left me feeling cold. His previous two Trek pieces, First Contact and Insurrection, are far superior in comparison (I especially still love the First Contact score, even if the end theme doesn't go well with the rest of the music. It still fits better than it does in Nemesis.) The movie doesn't really end on a very happy note, so it seems very odd that this triumphant, sweeping music should suddenly start playing like everything is just fine with everyone. I sincerely hope the people at the studio bring back Cliff Eidelman(Star Trek VI) or Dennis McCarthy(Generations) for the next movie, who both put a lot more originality into their Trek outings.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a complete load of junk
Once again, Mr. Goldsmith turns in a by-the-numbers, take-no-chances, Trek score. Parts of the score sound like they were ripped directly from ST5. There's no hint of originality, since the one pervasive theme is repeated 10x over in these tracks. Finally, Goldsmith has a genius moment and decides to drop in -- YOU GUESSED IT -- MIDI sounds into the tracks.

Why don't the producers understand that variety is the spice of life? Look at Cliff Eidelmann's score for ST6, or Leonard Rosenthal's score for ST4, or Dennis McCarthy's score for ST7? Those were unique, contextually appropriate, and ultimately quite spectacular pieces.

Goldsmith's only noteworthy contribution was ST:TMP. After that, he should have been shot. ... Read more

19. Star Trek: Original Television Soundtrack (The Cage, Where No Man Has Gone Before)
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3-0 out of 5 stars a couple glaring problems
Accolades aside for the music itself, there are two reasons to be miffed by this cd, though the problems stem from the original LP release: tape hiss and distortion (like someone blowing into the microphone) when the music peaks out. The cd insert (from the LP) mentions these problems, though of course they aren't apparent in the TV episodes...
Secondly, while "The Cage" seems complete (thankfully the music during warp-speed is omitted), "Where no man..." is not. The music to the climactic 5-10 minute battle between Kirk and Gary is omitted! The insert says the master tapes were unedited. Was it that LP's were limited to 45 minutes (the album runs 43 min)? Whatever the reason, it's a disappointing result.
While I'm glad for the music available and have gotten used to the problems, I wish they could have at least corrected the omission when they released the cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Alexander of the great pioneers in early TV"
Alexander Courage was a pioneer in the scoring of early television beyond anyone's comprehension during that time...his creativity and music would have such an impact on future series and composers now coming into an age electronic wonders...not on the same scale as Bernard Herrmann, but very close to his edge of scoring...if you know what I mean.

Not unlike Herrmann, Courage has a way with orchestration and arrangements...take for instance the cues on "THE CAGE", each a theme within a theme, never-ending and moving onto yet another segment as in "PIKE'S PUNISHMENT"...counterpoints blending within various themes transferring from one to the other...very much like Herrmann, a style that is very contagious...gotta love it.

Another Cosmic event from Neil Norman(executive album producer) under his watchful eye we can depend on original releases for all early STAR TREK FANS, who have made collecting any and everything their favorite past time...thank you GNP/Crescendo for bringing a little ray of sunshine into our lives...keep up the good work!

Total Time: 43:21 on 35 Tracks ~ GNP/Crescendo GNPD-8006 ~ (1985/1989)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of Alexander Courage.
The music for the Cage and Where No Man Has Gone Before appears to be a combination of orchestra with wind pipes and some other electronic sound effects that Courage added to give Star Trek a feeling and style all it's own. The genius and skill of the man, it's understandable that he would go on to score about 80% of the total music heard in various episodes of the original Series.

5-0 out of 5 stars listening to it now..
I have most movie, TNG, DS9 and VOY soundtracks, and am a film score lover. Definitely nostalgic, vintage, makes you feel you're back in the sixties, the very beginning of Trek..and yet somewhere else somehow, on another planet. It's like watching the episodes without the dialouge, while working. I can hear it very clearly in my headphones (though I'm sure there's some distortions), every odd but..right note.

With this score, you become an alien. Get caught in the cage. It's a pleasurable feeling to a time when I wasn't yet born.

4-0 out of 5 stars This is the "ne plus ultra" for Trek fans everywhere.
This is it. The ne plus ultra. The Ur source. The Holy Grail of Trekdom.

If not for the less-than-perfect (but still acceptable) recording quality, this album would rate a full five stars. (Presumably, this recording was copied directly from the original, optical soundtrack recordings.)

I especially enjoy the pure, simple but sad and melancholy melodies Courage used in the score for "The Cage". Unclouded by dialog and special effects, the sublime oboe/clarinet duet in "Doctor Bartender" is seldom matched in any genre.

Most fans will notice the original theme music in an early orchestration right off the bat. But only the astute will recognize the new, alternative theme written for "Where No Man Has Gone Before".

Both scores, heard in their entirety, bring a new dimension to one's appreciation of the artistry of the old series. These are well thought out works that could be credibly played in a contemporary concert hall anywhere in America. In fact, I prefer them, clunky optical recording and all, to much of what passes for music in those concert halls today!

Fans of the later Star Trek franchises might be lead to a new appreciation for the wind symphony (Courage primarily wrote for winds in these scores, augmented with electronic tonalities) and find it a refreshing alternative to the dreary sludge of contemporary television's synthesized anti-melodic schmaltz.

All-in-all, this is a "must have" for the serious Star Trek fan and for lovers of good music everywhere. ... Read more

20. Star Trek - The Next Generation: Original Soundtrack Recordings
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Place Among The Stars
Composer Jay Chattaway, so impressed the producers of Star Trek The Next Generation, after his work on the third season episode "Tin Man" that he replaced the fired Ron Jones as one of the show's alternating music men midway through season 4. Following in the footsteps of the other CDs, featuring music from the series, Vol IV spolights some fine musical moments, making for a good soundtrack.

As you might expect, music from Tin Man leads thing off. Chattaway helped to give a mysterious space creature a voice. Since he was new to Trek, the music is fresh and unlike any thing, heard on the show. As good as that music sounds, by far his best work on TNG, was the score from season five's The Inner Light. Music from this episode is also featured on one of The Best Of Star Trek Cd's. But I'm glad the powers that be decided to include a concert suite of this haunting and emotional theme here as well. I never get tired of hearing that theme.

Other episodes represented from Chattaway's body of work on the show include: The western style "A Fistful Of Datas", a ghost love story for Dr. Crusher called "Sub Rosa", and a family crisis for Troi in "Dark Page", among a few others. It's clear that Chattaway scores best with what's going on emotionally, rather than by any sort of action taking place. Thanfully, emotion rules out over action on this collection. The only regret I have about the CD, is the fact that his score from "Relics", wasn't included. If it were, the CD would be perfect.

As with all of the other TNG colections, the series theme by Alexander Courage and Jerry Goldsmith can also be found on the album. But this time the narration spoken by Patrick Stewart, during the opening titles of each episode, is also included as a bonus. Recommended. The Cd has 14 tracks with a running time of 48:21.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Jay Chattaway takes us on musical space journey"
Star Trek returned to the small screen with a new cast and concept, together with a new title ~ "STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION"---at the helm once again was Gene Roddenberry with new characters that captured the hearts of a new generation---the question of scoring was answered by Jay Chattaway...who did so well he replaced Ron Jones as a regular composer for the last four seasons.

Several highlights come to mind ~ "SUITE From TIN MAN"---"SUB ROSA"---"A FISTFUL OF DATAS"...the score for "THE INNER LIGHT", is a different arrangement than the 30th Anniversary Album---must make mention of "DARK PAGE", a truly wonderful and touching theme which underscores tender moments between Troi and her mother.

A big thank you to Neil Norman(executive album producer) and Mark Banning (associate executive album producer)---for this musical journey into the realm of space through the scoring talent of Jay Chattaway, gotta love it!

Total Time: 48:21 on 14 Tracks ~ GNP/Crescendo GNPD-8057 ~ (1998)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love It!
I love Star Trek, and this is a great selection of music from the series

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great score by Chattaway
Jay Chattaway has composed some nice scores for several TNG episodes on this soundtrack. Along with music from Tin Man, Sub Rosa, The Inner Light, and A Fistful of Datas, music from the episodes Dark Page, Descent, and Birthright can also be found on this CD. (By the way, the score from The Inner Light is different from the one on the 30th Anniversary CD.) My personal favorites? Well, I enjoyed the music from Dark Page and Sub Rosa the most, but the others are great as well. ... Read more

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