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Star Trek Soundtrack

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Original soundtrack to the highly anticipated 2009 motion picture. From producer/director J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission: Impossible: III, and Fringe) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek, featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no one has gone before. Starring Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Simon Pegg as Scotty, with Eric Bana, Winona Ryder and Leonard Nimoy. Michael Giacchino, who has served as J.J. Abrams' musical lieutenant on all his projects, follows the extraordinarily rich musical legacy of Alexander Courage, Jerry Goldsmith, and James Horner, as he boards the Enterprise for her maiden voyage.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Star Trek
  2. Nailin' The Kelvin
  3. Labor Of Love
  4. Hella Bar Talk
  5. Enterprising Young Men
  6. Nero Sighted
  7. Nice To Meld You
  8. Run And Shoot Offense
  9. Does It Still McFly
  10. Nero Death Experience
  11. Nero Fiddles, Narada Burns
  12. Back From Black
  13. That New Car Smell
  14. End Credits


Product Details

  • Composer: Michael Giacchino
  • Audio CD (May 5, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • ASIN: B001Z920NA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By William Smith on May 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
After repeat listening, the score to the newest installment is catchy, action-packed, a little cheesy and not a bad 44 minutes or so of music.

Is it Goldsmith's Star Trek? No.

Is it Horner's Star Trek? Absolutely not.

Michael Giacchino writes mostly TV and video game scores (a fact I don't hold against him at all, he's a fantastic composer), and this is evident in "Star Trek". Was the opportunity to score an epic, more "film-appropriate" score squandered on J.J. Abrams best music buddy?

Maybe.

Giacchino is hit or miss for me. Some of his work is good, some of it not so much. (I wonder when everyone screams about the "Lost" scores. What's the appeal?) "Star Trek" is in the "good" category, even if "good" usually means "Most of the score is ok save for one or two tracks on EVERY Giacchino CD that are outstanding". Speed Racer had "Grand ol' Prix" and "Reboot". MI:3 had "Bridge Battle". "The Incredibles" had... well, ok, that whole album was great, but it's Pixar.

This CD is mostly "good", with a few "outstanding" tracks, specifically "Enterprising Young Men" and "Nero Death Experience". These two are perfect examples of what happens when Giacchino tries to stir up the listener and does it well. He manages to hit emotional cues and tense action themes and he carries it just long enough to be satisfying but not overwhelming. Other tracks on the CD stand out as well, and there's actually quite a wide variety of themes in this film, but this leads me to what everyone will be arguing about...

Whose Star Trek is this?

Is it Goldsmith?
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I've never been a big Star Trek fan, but wanted to go see the new movie because JJ Abrahms and Zach Quinto were involved in it. I really enjoyed the movie.

One of things that stood out for me was the soundtrack. By the time the movie was done I've made a mental note that I just *had* to get the soundtrack. And so I did. I have been listening to it almost every day since I got it. This is a piece of art on its own.
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How do you follow stellar giants such as Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alexander Courage, and yes even Leonard Rosenman and Cliff Eidelman in the "Star Trek" film score lexicon? Well, you really can't, but this is the situation that Michael Giacchino has inherited for his score for J.J. Abrams blockbuster film "Star Trek." The result is a more somber approach than expected (with perhaps some echoes of Eidelman's treatment for "Star Trek VI-The Undiscovered Country," and a hint of James Horner), but certainly not a bad effort at all, indeed, it all amounts to a fine soundtrack recording and a solid score for the screen. One suspects that the general complaint will be a missing fanfare opening in the style of the great Jerry Goldsmith, but this is a prequel...and big things have yet to happen. The main theme is solid and works as an emerging heroic theme for James Tiberius Kirk (and the Enterprise) and it appears in various forms throughout the essentially orchestral score including a surprisingly effective combination with the Alexander Courage theme at the very end. The antagonist, Nero, has a distinct motif reminiscent of the TV series, while Spock has a trademark motif as well. There is a good deal to like about what Giacchino has done here and he has left some musical development open, to be continued in a sequel? The best part of all is probably the "End Credits" which is a traditional overture beginning with that nice twist with Courage's theme (listen for a brief return to this at the very end) and continues with all of Giacchino's representative themes and motifs to a big conclusion...yes, big, now things have happened and, we suspect, more is to come. Nicely produced and packaged by Varese.
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The emotional, action-packed roller-coaster of a movie owes much of this to a stellar soundtrack. As a writer of science fiction, I seek music to write by, music without words that get in the way of my own words. This hit the spot.
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By Chris on February 1, 2016
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This is by far the best of the two star trek soundtracks. It always gives me goosebumps when I listen to it. I'm a total trekkie but I have NEVER bought a soundtrack before. I use to mess with my friend for listening to movie soundtracks like this. What can I say, the bug has bitten me and I'm hooked.
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Star Trek Into Darkness(2013) comes out soon. From 2002-2005, the Star Trek franchise was in the pits. For years, Paramount Pictures didn't want to talk about Star Trek. J.J. Abrams was given a green light to make a Star Trek prequel around 2007. It was going to be released during the Christmas of 2008, but it was pushed back to Spring 2009. Abrams hired Michael Giacchino to compose and conduct music for the film. The music is solid work considering that Giacchino had a limited time to get it finished. The music is epic, sweeping and energetic, but it sounds nothing like the music that Alexander Courage, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Dennis McCarthy and Ron Jones composed for Star Trek movies and TV shows. Giacchino adapts an energetic cover of Courage's Star Trek theme for the ending credits. We can hear Giacchino's Star Trek theme during the title and when James Kirk sees the Starship Enterprise in space. J.J. Abrams himself composed music for the trashy 1982 horror film Nightbeast. This CD is worth buying even though it only has about 40 minutes of music.
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