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First Contact

Various Artists Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zyx Records
  • ASIN: B000024KI2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,156,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Main Title/Locutus
2. Red Alert
3. Temporal Wake
4. Welcome Aboard
5. Fully Functional
6. Retreat
7. Evacuate
8. 39.1 Degrees Celsius
9. The Dish
10. First Contact
11. End Credits
12. Magic Carpet Ride
13. Ooby Dooby

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "Trek" triumph for Goldsmith June 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Jerry Goldsmith's score for the first "Star Trek" motion picture (1979) remains a classic in the art of sci-fi scoring. His score for the 1996 installment in the feature film franchise, "Star Trek: First Contact" shows Goldsmith's mastery of the genre to still be firm. This is an excellent score, full of drama and excitement.
Some aspects of the score (in particular, the main title) have a stirring, solemn, almost religious flavor. This is fitting when one considers the theme of the film: humanity's first contact with the people of the planet Vulcan (one of the most important historical events in the fictional "Trek" timeline). But Goldsmith also delivers the goods for the film's action scenes. It's particularly fun to hear the theme music for the Klingons during one of the space battle sequences. His music also effectively complements the sinister, frighteningly alien nature of the Borg Queen and her drones, who threaten Earth in this film..
As a bonus, the CD includes one song each by Steppenwolf and Roy Orbison; this music is relevant to one of the film's characters, space travel pioneer Zefram Cochrane. If you're a fan of the "Trek" franchise, of sci-fi/fantasy film scoring in general, or of the work of the great Goldsmith, I recommend this disc.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Star Trek Score March 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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 noble and uplifting you'll be getting goosebumps. Of his five Star Trek scores he never did better than First Contact and it may be in his top five personal best score ever. 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 thingies. 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. However, it does run a mere 47 minutes, a full 26 minutes short of being complete.

The complete track listing, minus songs, is as follows:

1. Main Title (2:55)
2. Locutus* (1:31)
3. The Enterprise-E (0:28)
4. Battle Watch (aka Starfleet Engages the Borg)* (1:13)
5. Red Alert (2:15)
6. Temporal Wake (2:08)
7. April 4th, 2063 (1:46)
8. The Phoenix (aka Greetings)* (1:05)
9. First Sign of Borg (0:26)
10. 39.1 Degrees Celsius* (4:46)
11. Approaching Engineering* (1:52)
12. Retreat* (4:00)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth opening, to grinding theme, excellent! November 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this CD when the movie came out, and was generally upset because they've made it an "Enhanced CD," and I didn't even own a computer. That really griped me. But I listened to the music, over, and over, and soon enough I caught myself waving my arms about as a director would, because I just love the music so much. I'll go through this CD track-by-track.
1.) Main Title/Locutus - Loved the "TNG Theme" to open it up, gave it a familiar feeling. Then it moves into a mellow, soft French Horn serenade. Add in a few harps, other string instruments, and beautiful creschendo's. It's very moving, very Hollywood. Then it moves into a deep, Borg/dream state. March-like. Uniform, and frightening.
2.) Red Alert - Once again, the familiar "TNG Theme" comes into play, and we quickly move into our standing Borg theme. The brass instruments are done wonderfully, in a menacing, metallic type of fanfare. Then enter the Klingon theme, from early TNG. But it's more than just Klingon, it's a heroic, polished Klingon. Now enter the brave Enterprise again with the TNG theme. Now things get busy. A plan is thought up, and executed, with very subtle, stacatto notes.
3.) Temporal Wake - Spooky, metallic, and creepy is all I can say about this song. Like, "What's that behind you? AAAAHHHHH!" And of course the moody Klingon theme. Then we see assimilated earth, and it's just frozen. I'm not trying to make any sense to you.
4.) Welcome Aboard - Light, friendly. And back to the opening theme. Then we dive into the guts of the Borg.
5.) Fully Functional - Quick, loud, BOO! Very active. Then, as soon as the collective jump into action, they are quiet. The Queen then proceds to seduce Data.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful February 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As a musician, whenever I go see a movie, I am always subconsciouly studying the music. The score of First Contact stood out for me from the opening titles to the last note. J. Goldsmith wrote a BEAUTIFUL, BOLD, MAJESTIC theme for this movie; it's woven in with all the classic Star Trek themes. This creates a score that is unique but decisively Star Trek. The last two tracks, "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Ooby Dooby" reflect the movie's 21st centuary feel. My hat's off to Jerry Goldsmith, who's talent never ceases to amaze. A great CD!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoy it!
Great music - especially song by Roy Orbison called Ooby Dooby! I looked for this song a Very long time! Never knew it was by Roy Orbison before.
Published 13 months ago by t pool
3.0 out of 5 stars oob dooby
ooby dooby doesnt sound like the version played on the movie. I dont know maybe that juke box had msgical powers lol.
I find that more and more often with soundtracks. Read more
Published 13 months ago by davecat
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay as sound tracks go.
Confession: I bought this for two things.

1) The main theme. When I heard it in the theatre, it moved me near to tears. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Geoffrey F. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
The best score ever for ST. And the best TNG movie ever. I will always love it. It touches my soul.
Published 17 months ago by SteveNeill
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked the soundtrack
While watching the movie, i noticed the music and bought the album. I even liked the Roy Orbison "Ooby Doozy"
Published 19 months ago by Robert Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars startrek
what can i say about this its alsome and i listen to this all the time and believe its worth every penny?
Published 20 months ago by Drewmaster74
5.0 out of 5 stars Stirring and Evocative
Of all the Start Trek films, this is my favorite, and the same verdict goes for its soundtrack. The main theme is remarkable in its relatively simplicity, subtle evolution and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by J. R. Trtek
5.0 out of 5 stars Resistance is Futile
I appreciate Jerry Goldsmith's addition to my sonic sphere.

I recommend this to anyone who appreciates lush orchestral arrangements in a science-fiction mode.
Published 22 months ago by intern
4.0 out of 5 stars First Contact CD
Has the Star Trek music minus the one with Picard in his ready room contemplating the Borg situation while in the Neutral zone.
Published on April 14, 2011 by Lawrence Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his very best.
While Jerry Goldsmith's Star Trek motion picture is the iconic Star Trek theme that was also used in The Next Generation (TNG), this album contain mostly new music for the First... Read more
Published on October 28, 2010 by Amazon Customer
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