Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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"Jim… your name is Jim."

I have long held that while James Horner's score from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was in greater need for a remastering, his companion piece for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock would benefit the most from an expansion expansion. I was right, and my enthusiasm for the project has been vindicated.

The score definitely gets quite a bit of benefit from the additional breathing room, and many of the "interstitial" moments are actually quite striking. The original album, concentrating on notable setpieces, tended to feature the music that was more reminiscent of that for Wrath of Khan. This is no longer the case with the new album, in which the score is filled out with more introspective material, thus making it more The Klingon theme has more of a chance to stake out its own identity with more variations (instead of just sounding like a tired retread of the Khan theme), and the new variations on the Spock and Vulcan material is all priceless. Horner continues to integrate Alexander Courage's fanfare as a major element in his scoring, but he also quotes the series main theme in a wistful arrangement at the conclusion of the film. All of the unreleased tracks have something interesting going on in them, and I for one am glad that the original album version was included as well. There were quite a few takes that were different on record than in the film, and I like a few of the album versions better.

To everyone at Film Score Monthly, gentlemen, your work today has been outstanding and I intend to recommend you all for promotion… in whatever fleet we end up serving.
Tags: film music, james horner, sandy courage, science fiction, star trek
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