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Star Trek - Nemesis [Soundtrack]

Jerry Goldsmith, Star Trek (Related Recordings)Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000075BFJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Remus
2. The Box
3. My Right Arm
4. Odds and Ends
5. Repairs
6. The Knife
7. Ideals
8. The Mirror
9. The Scorpion
10. Lateral Run
11. Engage
12. Final Flight
13. A New Friend
14. A New Ending

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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

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best TREK soundtrack... December 9, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nemesis - WOW... just wow November 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Upon hearing that Jerry Goldsmith was to score the latest installment in the never ending Star Trek movie franchise, I was skeptical because the quality of his scores have gone down significally in the past few years.
However, I'm delighted to say that the old mans still got it in him... this soundtrack is truly amazing.
Right from the start, we are greeted with the traditional Star Trek fanfare but the music then evolves into a militeristic tone to reflect the dark Reman homeworld and Romulus. Once the very short theme is over the soundtrack just keeps on evolving, first we get "The Box" which uses some unique melody's, then My Right Arm plays the well known "Picard Theme" which was first heard in First Contact.
The next few tracks are generally quiet, except for Odds and Ends, which treats us to a truly unique peice - a mixture of Dr Who style synthesized effects, and Insurrection Action theme.
Once we reach track 8, this is where the fun begins. Goldsmith incorporates everything that made, The Motion Picture, The Final Frontier and First Contact great scores and makes them even better by inserting the very dark and heavy "Reman" theme. This continues right up until Final Flight (The grand action finale so to speak).. but before this grand finale, Goldsmith shows more of his unique abilities by mixing action music with an almost "Asian/Indian" musical sound.
The End credits have the usual TNG fanfare, but we are then greeted with a new peice of music which is very emotional! (Be Warned).
This is worth every penny!, and I highly reccomend it. As this is the best Trek score since Star Trek V.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Sentimental December 2, 2002
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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...
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The main character of "Star Trek:Nemesis" is the score by Jerrald (Jerry) Goldsmith, who has composed over 200 films and for the small screen close to half a century of dedicated film scoring. For Paramount Pictures and the tenth film of the successful Star Trek series, director Stuart Baird takes the cast and crew Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), William Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Deanna Troi (Marnina Sirtis), Data (Brent Spiner), Geordi La Forge (Lemar Burton) and Worf (Michael Dorn) enroute to the wedding of Deanna and Riker they encounter another source of what might be another Data. All cane breaks loose for the U.S.S. Enterprise, can someone save the Starship and crew...not to mention the long running Star Trek franchise. Well, I believe our composer has the situation well in hand...beam up Jerry Goldsmith and let him have at it.
Goldsmith takes many liberty's and they pay off with "ODDS AND ENDS", entertaining and tightly performed with sinister counterpoints. With the cue "THE MIRROR", arrangement is suspenseful blending incarnation of each character to another level, strings echo while the orchestra responds admirably. The tenth track"LATERAL RUN", opens with a theme similar to "native American" music or a "grand scale Western", heavy on percussion and wind instruments take center stage, dark clouds of brass surface. "FINAL FLIGHT", orchestration abounds with strings and brass coming to the hilt of each melodic note, percussion blends brass and strings running the scales, quite impressive...but would you expect less from our legendary composer.
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Published 1 month ago by Glen Sheppard
4.0 out of 5 stars The final piece.
It's good that this score finally gets a proper release. If you're interested enough to buy a soundtrack to a poorly received Star Trek movie, there's no reason to go halfway and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Scores of Scores, but Star Trek is Still a Class Act.
I love Jerry Goldsmith's work. Like every Artist if you listen to each Composer/Conductor you can hear their unique "Signature" within their musical works. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Im glad this score get's a proper release.
I've been waiting for a complete release of this score since the movie came out. Now, Jerry Goldsmith's entire score gets the release it deserves. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Film Score fan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Moments, but not Wide Enough Scope
Like this film itself, the score is alright. It matches very well, and certain tracks that are most certainly worth it are: Remus & Final Flight. They are the best pieces. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tavariel
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best ST Soundtrack, but still good.
The opening of "Remus" reminds me of the opening music from "The Bourne Identity"... Read more
Published 20 months ago by M. Vida
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Nemesis music score
This is one of Jerry Goldsmith's underrated music scores. His music for Star Trek Nemesis(2002) matches the dark, violent tone of the film. Jerry Goldsmith died in 2004. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jorge A. Zarco
1.0 out of 5 stars Music for Hive Dwellers
Star Trek fan since original series here. Soundtrack does support film's unfolding. Goldsmith IS a gift to mankind generally. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dr. J
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Nemesis SACD
I'm a big Star Trek fan, when I found out that there was a Star trek Nemesis SACD, I had to snag it right up. Read more
Published on January 1, 2012 by LRobb
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But Blue Skies
The fact is simple. Jerry Goldsmith would not have been given so many "Star Trek" assignments if he contributed nothing-- and if he contributed nothing new or innovative-- every... Read more
Published on September 9, 2011 by XNS
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