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Star Trek: Original Television Soundtrack (The Cage, Where No Man Has Gone Before) Soundtrack

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Star Trek Theme (Main Title)
  2. Doctor Bartender
  3. Survivors
  4. Prime Specimen
  5. Bottled
  6. Probed
  7. Monster Illusion
  8. Monster Fight
  9. The Kibitzers
  10. Vena's Punishment
  11. Pike's Punishment
  12. Picnic
  13. True Love
  14. Vena's Dance
  15. Torchy Girl
  16. Under The Spell
  17. Primitive Thoughts
  18. Wrong Think
  19. To Catch A T.
  20. Going Up
  21. Max's Factor
  22. Star Trek Theme (End Title)
  23. Main Title
  24. Star Date
  25. Episode Titles
  26. Force Field
  27. Silvery Orbs
  28. Crippled Ship
  29. Speedy Reader
  30. Hit The Button
  31. On Delta Vega
  32. When Your Eyes Have Turned To Silver
  33. Instant Paradise
  34. End Title And Credits
  35. Additional Credits


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 1985)
  • Original Release Date: 1966
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: GNP Crescendo Records
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001OZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is it. The ne plus ultra. The Ur source. The Holy Grail of Trekdom.
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.
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By A Customer on November 10, 2003
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Accolades aside for the music itself, there are two reasons to be miffed by this cd, though the problems stem from the original LP release: tape hiss and distortion (like someone blowing into the microphone) when the music peaks out. The cd insert (from the LP) mentions these problems, though of course they aren't apparent in the TV episodes...
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)
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Alexander Courage was a pioneer in the scoring of early television beyond anyone's comprehension during that time...his creativity and music would have such an impact on future series and composers now coming into an age electronic wonders...not on the same scale as Bernard Herrmann, but very close to his edge of scoring...if you know what I mean.
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)
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...you'll love this album (and volumes 2 & 3)!

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.
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With its mix of rich orchestrations, twangy guitar, and primitive electronics, this score by Alexander Courage is probably the best music ever composed for Star Trek, often being recycled into later episodes. Courage also did The Naked Time on vol. III in this fine reissue series. However, given that the track listing is only given on the CD face itself, most fans have probably missed the fact that it's hopelessly off, due to an error in each score's indexing. Here's the correction:

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!
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