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Star Trek: Original Television Soundtrack (The Cage, Where No Man Has Gone Before) Soundtrack
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Star Trek: Volume 1 - The Cage and Where No Man Has Gone Before
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If not for the less-than-perfect (but still acceptable) recording quality, this album would rate a full five stars. (Presumably, this recording was copied directly from the original, optical soundtrack recordings.)
I especially enjoy the pure, simple but sad and melancholy melodies Courage used in the score for "The Cage". Unclouded by dialog and special effects, the sublime oboe/clarinet duet in "Doctor Bartender" is seldom matched in any genre.
Most fans will notice the original theme music in an early orchestration right off the bat. But only the astute will recognize the new, alternative theme written for "Where No Man Has Gone Before".
Both scores, heard in their entirety, bring a new dimension to one's appreciation of the artistry of the old series. These are well thought out works that could be credibly played in a contemporary concert hall anywhere in America. In fact, I prefer them, clunky optical recording and all, to much of what passes for music in those concert halls today!
Fans of the later Star Trek franchises might be lead to a new appreciation for the wind symphony (Courage primarily wrote for winds in these scores, augmented with electronic tonalities) and find it a refreshing alternative to the dreary sludge of contemporary television's synthesized anti-melodic schmaltz.
All-in-all, this is a "must have" for the serious Star Trek fan and for lovers of good music everywhere.
Secondly, while "The Cage" seems complete (thankfully the music during warp-speed is omitted), "Where no man..." is not. The music to the climactic 5-10 minute battle between Kirk and Gary is omitted! The insert says the master tapes were unedited. Was it that LP's were limited to 45 minutes (the album runs 43 min)? Whatever the reason, it's a disappointing result.
While I'm glad for the music available and have gotten used to the problems, I wish they could have at least corrected the omission when they released the cd.
Nine Years later:
Amazingly, a 15-CD box set containing the ENTIRE original series music was released December 2012 from LaLaLand Records. A truly extraordinary release. Might seem pricey, but totally worth it:
Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection (Seasons 1-3)
Not unlike Herrmann, Courage has a way with orchestration and arrangements...take for instance the cues on "THE CAGE", each a theme within a theme, never-ending and moving onto yet another segment as in "PIKE'S PUNISHMENT"...counterpoints blending within various themes transferring from one to the other...very much like Herrmann, a style that is very contagious...gotta love it.
Another Cosmic event from Neil Norman(executive album producer) under his watchful eye we can depend on original releases for all early STAR TREK FANS, who have made collecting any and everything their favorite past time...thank you GNP/Crescendo for bringing a little ray of sunshine into our lives...keep up the good work!
Total Time: 43:21 on 35 Tracks ~ GNP/Crescendo GNPD-8006 ~ (1985/1989)
I've long realized that one of the best features of Star Trek TOS was its soundtrack. This album takes all the wonderful music hidden in the aural background, behind the dialog, and places it front and center, thus allowing you to fully appreciate it.
The Cage actually comprises index numbers 1-23 as a cd player reads them, not 1-22 as the credits list. Prime Specimen is actually spread across markers 4 & 5; after that, everything's correct, just one number later than what's printed.
Where No Man Has Gone Before thus starts on index 24, not 23. All following tracks are then one later until 31 (On Delta Vega), where they finally start to match the printed credits. This is because the tracks listed as 29 & 30, Speedy Reader & Hit the Button, are in fact burned as a single track (index 30).
By the way, I created a track listing insert by scanning the disc face and editing it in Photoshop (beat typing in all the titles). E-mail me if you'd like a free copy of the file to print your own; I'll be happy to share the results of my labor!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm not impressed. The Outer Limits and Lost in Space soundtracks put this to shame.Published 9 months ago by sixties tv freak
Surprisingly, this one isn't as popular in our house -- probably because the episodes themselves are so nascent. Read morePublished 20 months ago by F. J. PRISCO
for the time period when it was made the technology wasn't that good. for 1964~ 1965 it could have been better qualityPublished 22 months ago by sue brown
The first sound track I ever got and I wore it out. Tried to find for years and was too expensive. Glad to have it back clean and clear!Published 23 months ago by Alan Sehmann
Do not buy this unless you are filling out a collection of like releases. To enjoy the music itself, buy LaLaLand Records remastered boxed set.Published on January 14, 2014 by user238
Amazon, Please note: the song titles on these tracks are off-set by one-row from what they should be. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by ZenGeekDad
This is where it begins for Star Trek compositions. The creativity of Alexander Courage is in full bloom. Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by c.g. gilman