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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Expanded) [Soundtrack]

James Horner Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B003QRWZXO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The Star Trek III soundtrack has been available before but only in a 43-minute LP sequence. FSM's 2CD set features two programs, both newly mastered from recording engineer Dan Wallin's first-generation digital film mixes: Disc one features the complete score as intended for the film itself, including such long-desired cues as "Grissom Destroyed," "A Fighting Chance to Live" (featuring the Enterprise's self-destruct countdown and immolation in Genesis's atmosphere) and "Genesis Destroyed." In addition, previously unreleased film versions of cues such as "Klingons" and "Stealing the Enterprise" make their premiere, with differences that are subtle but noticeable to devoted fans. Disc two features a recreation (in better sound quality) of the familiar LP sequence-complete with Group 87's pop version of "The Search for Spock." The 20-page booklet features liner notes by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall and colorful art direction by Joe Sikoryak. Climb the steps of Mount Seleya today!

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC presentation of the score June 9, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The same guys who brought you the complete Star Trek II - The Wrath Of Khan, went ahead and created this.

The first CD is the complete score in film order, remastered from Dan Wallin's original 24-track masters by Michael Matessino, and the sound quality is stunning.

Then the second CD includes, remastered from the same sources, a reconstruction of the original LP arrangement, with several cues notably different from the score itself.

On top of this, we have a beautifully detailed 20 page booklet, containing extensive notes about both the film and score, as well as cue-by-cue breakdowns of both CDs.

If you have the rare, now overpriced, and long out-of-pring GNP Crescendo release, it is now obsolete.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Long Last, The Compete Star Trek III!!! June 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember buying the vinyle album back in 1984, and it remains one of my all-time favorite score albums. I was too excited to hear they finally made the expanded version of the soundtrack to probably my favorite Star Trek movie!!

James Horner returned to compose this score, after scoring The Wrath Of Khan, and wrote some of the most beautiful music in a Star Trek movie. Using old themes from TWOK and the Star Trek fanfare, he added more to Spock's already haunting and beautiful theme, and added his theme for the Klingons, and made the most emotional and beautiful music of all the films.

For this release, they released a 2-disc set. The second CD features the original release of nine tracks, including a disco-like interpretation of the main theme. The first disc contains all the music as heard in the film! Of particular interest is four tracks that were featured in the original release (Prolouge and Main Title, Klingons, Steeling The Enterprise, Returning To Vulcan) that were originally presented as alternate takes. For the new release, they are featured as they were in the film, with very notable differences. The best new tracks, for me, were Spock Endures Pon Far, A Fighting Chance To Live and Genesis Destroyed, are tracks that I wanted to hear from the beginning. The last track (That Old Black Magic/Tangerine/I Remember You) is source music featured in the bar scene where McCoy tries to charter a flight to Genesis.

The remastering and mixing are excellent, the strings and horns are loud and clear, and the percussion is bombastic. The music brings back the memories of the 80s, and remembering a great film!! This is one soundtrack that cannnot be missed! It is a great companion piece to The Wrath Of Khan and is one of James Horner's best scores. It is one that I absolutely love and I can hear over and over again! Don't miss this one!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
And then to imagine that the director of Star Trek III originally wanted his friend Leonard Rosenman to write the music for that movie! Well, he got his chance later, but I for one am happy James Horner was again hired to create some new music magic for Star Trek. About the music for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock James Horner can be quoted as saying: "It's just a much more interesting score and, for me, a much more beautiful and emotional score than Star Trek II." Although Mr. Horner may be right about beauty and emotion, I find it hard to believe that this music is more interesting. But now that a full extended version of the soundtrack for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock has arrived, we are better able to judge if Mr. Horner is right, but we should certainly take this music at it's own merits. Technically speaking, this remastered expanded edition is a gem on all accounts. The sound picture truly opens up and blossoms, all the beautiful instrumental color and detail drawing the listener in further than before and making for an exhilarating listening experience from beginning to end.

Concerning the merits of this music for me personally, James Horner's music for Star Trek has always been a favorite, in that it defines, for me, what Star Trek is mainly about (the wonders of space and the camaraderie of the main characters). Where I adore the mystery, eeriness and graceful beauty of Jerry Goldsmith's music of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, I really love the deep emotionality and warmth of James Horner's music for Star Trek. Again, his music is all about the wonder and the human element in Star Trek (especially the relationship between Kirk, Spock and McCoy).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! December 30, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've waited a long time for this CD! The remastering, as others have commented, is first rate. The recording seems brighter and more balanced. The horns are sharp and really have punch now. Having the complete set of recordings is great too. The Enterprise destruction and Genesis planet sequence in my opinion is some of the best music scored to this movie and it didn't make it onto the original cd. There is a lot of new music to enjoy. To the folks that put this collection together, Thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Climb the scales, Jim March 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Barely a year after "Wrath of Khan," this, the other James Horner "Trek" score, got a well-deserved complete re-release. It even has the original album (complete with cheesy "pop" track) as a nostalgic bonus. Again, as with "Khan," the artwork is good, the liner notes are thorough, and the entire score (including the heart-wrenching cue to the Enterprise's self-destruct) is here. Some of the Vulcan/gong source music isn't here, but that's a very tiny nitpick omission. FSM does it again, with all of the style, grace and beauty of this great score to this under-appreciated Trek film that completely lives up to the term "space opera."

A definite must-have for Trekkers, Horner fans, and movie music collectors. These days, some prices are still decent, but I already see price scalpers here - tsk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Has more than the vinyl !
The best part of this CD is that it includes tracks that were originally deleted from the vinyl version.
Published 1 month ago by Master of House of Movies
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
More great music for my collection, wore out the cassette.
Published 1 month ago by Alan Sehmann
4.0 out of 5 stars I had a good trek!
I chose this rating because it is a classic. Not as much a classic as say "Star Wars" or "Indiana Jones", but still deserves it's place as one of the best scores of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by leo134
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Music from this soundtrack matches perfectly. Just put it on while taking a long drive and you'll swear that Admiral Kirk is trying to free the Enterprise from space dock.
Published 4 months ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete sountrack!
Finally Paramount listensed and put out a complete version. There were so many left out sequences on the older version. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Sharrott
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Bout time.
I guess they figured a double-vinyl album wouldn't be profitable for ANY soundtrack albums (except Broadway musicals)back in the vinyl days of yore,nor gave a thought to how much... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Matsuka
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Star Trek fans and movie soundtrack enthusiasts.
I've always been a fan of James Horner's music starting with Star Trek 2 The Wrath Of Khan. This CD has the complete movie score with previously unreleased tracks that weren't on... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amir Arroyo
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd... I thought I had reviewed this already.
Hmm... its an alright score with some great pieces buts its mostly repeats from the previous movies motifs.
Still a worthy addition to any Trek film music fans collection. :D
Published 11 months ago by Ray Keeper Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic
Perhaps only slightly less memorable than its predecessor, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Newly Expanded Edition). Read more
Published 13 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Star Trek III
This CD is another excellent release from Screen Archives Entertainment. This is my third purchase from this company and I have found all of their releases thus far to be high... Read more
Published 16 months ago by FoxWolf87
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