Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.

When La La Land Records made the announcement of the release of Elmer Bernstein's Airplane! score, it was an earth-shaking moment for the film music enthusiast because it meant that the formerly locked doors of Paramount Pictures had finally been cracked open, even just a little. At the time, I postulated that this, combined with the popularity of the new Star Trek movie might open the door for eventual new releases of the Star Trek scores. Each of them would, however, be a rather complicated project because in addition to the rights from Paramount Pictures, negotiations would have to be made for both the original releasing labels as well as the American Federation of Musicians.

Behold, Film Score Monthly's new release:

I was listening to the original album on my way home from work the other day and was thinking about how I've often considered it a dead heat between James Horner's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek: The Motion Picture as my favorite of the Star Trek scores, but I am loathe to compare one to the other. I considered another franchise in which Horner followed up a Goldsmith score, which was Alien into Aliens and realized exactly where the difference lay: genre.

I have often held Jerry Goldsmith's work on Star Trek: The Motion Picture up there as one of the best science fiction scores ever written, appropriate not only for the on-screen action, but the concept of a bright future and an expansive, mysterious universe. I would never make the same statement about James Horner's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan not because it isn't a great score (it most certainly is), but because it is more of an adventure score than anything else. More specifically, a seafaring adventure score, what with the nautical sound imbued into every aspect of the music. And I can't wait to hear it in good sound, as the GNP Crescendo disc had horrible sonics (although the Atlantic LP wasn't much better; the three cues released on Star Trek: The Astral Symphony sounded much superior).

Hopefully this will not be the last expanded Star Trek release. Jerry Goldsmith's score for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, an album disparately in need of expansion, was originally issued by Sony. I only hope that there will be another edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture as well, because the Sony edition, while in all ways superior to the original LP, just isn't expanded enough for that score. And as I've often said, while The Wrath of Khan is the more exciting score of the two, James Horner's emotional follow-up score Star Trek III: The Search for Spock would benefit the most from an expansion. Here's hoping!

However, for now we will have Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Which is a great place to start!!!
Tags: alien, film music, james horner, jerry goldsmith, science fiction, star trek
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