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The Ultimate Star Trek Soundtrack

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Like its various galaxy-hopping protagonists, Star Trek has undergone a remarkable journey in its 30-year history, rising from canceled 1960s television ratings casualty to become one of the most successful and long-running franchises in history. A key to its success--and crucial human dimensions--has been the symphonic music of some of Hollywood's brightest film-scoring talents. Using Alexander Courage's venerable original theme as a starting point, those musicians (represented here by Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Leonard Rosenman, Jerry Fielding, Cliff Edelman, and Dennis McCarthy) have performed the musical equivalent of alchemy, both keeping a tradition alive and imbuing the films and television series with an ever-expanding vocabulary of wonder and emotional resonance. This CD captures the prime of that musical essence, from Courage's original theme, through Fielding's humorous Tribble-hunt, to the new thematic dimensions of Goldsmith and McCarthy. And fear not, Next Generation fans, the title's absence here does not equate to a musical shortcoming. Its theme is represented by Goldsmith's work on the first film adaptation, whence it came. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 7, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B00004ZEJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Too Cold in Madison VINE VOICE on September 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yes, this is not for collectors of Star Trek music, as all of this is available on more extensive albums. However, if you have no Star Trek CDs and just want the themes and most recognizable music on one CD, this one is perfect for you.
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I've been a hardcore fan of Trek for a while, but sadly, this is the only album of Trek I have. This album is for you people that are in my shoes. If I never get another Trek album again, I'm very satisfied with this.

On this record, you get the best of the movie scores. When you put this into your CD player, you will automatically remember these tunes. Not only are the movie tracks here, but all of the themes (besides Enterprise) are here. Which is a sweet addition.

True, these tracks can be found on the other soundtracks, but if you want the best of those soundtracks, you've found it in here. And like I said, if you don't have any other Trek album and your looking for one, this is the best to get.
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Most diehard Trek fans would already have these themes, but it is useful having them all on one disc. There was an earlier collection of Star Trek movie themes released a few years ago, titled 'The Astral Symphony', but this new disc is, of course, more up-to-date.
The stand-outs are the TOS theme (for nostalgia's sake, at least), Goldsmith's wonderful ST:TMP theme (which became the TNG theme), and James Horner's music for ST:TWOK. Strangely, there is nothing from The Search For Spock, but that is probably because that theme was very similar to Horner's ST:TWOK score.
And I just gotta say, no matter how many times I hear it...I still find it hard to listen to Leonard Rosenman's theme for The Voyage Home...
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Varese Sarabande presents all newly recorded music in spectacular digital sound and features Glasgow's Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and America's Seattle Symphony Orchestra, performances conducted by Jerry Goldsmith, Cliff Eidelman, Fred Steiner and Frederic Talgorn. It's an international, all-star tribute to Gene Roddenberry's classic science fiction masterpiece - "The Ultimate STAR TREK".
One of the most successful franchises in both film and television history continues to renew and reinvent itself to this day. The world of STAR TREK has been through 35 years of metamorphoses. We've seen generations come and go...Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy...Captain Picard, Ryker and Data...Commander Sisko and Captain Janeway. We've seen the Enterprise, Deep Space Nine and the Voyager...the Klingons the Romulans, the Cardassians and the Borg...they are all here, on this the "ULTIMATE" of scores!
Jerry Goldsmith has been the musical captain of the STAR TREK universe for some twenty years now..."STAR TREK:THE MOTION PICTURE", "THE FINAL FRONTIER", "FIRST CONTACT", "INSURRECTION" and "VOYAGER" all represent Goldsmith at his best, he's a living icon. Next, James Horner's famous theme from "THE WRATH OF KHAN" is here...No STAR TREK compilation could be complete without the famous theme from the classic original television series by Alexander Courage.
Varese Sarabande's release, just in time for the celebration for the completion of Paramount's issue of all nine STAR TREK motion pictures on DVD and its continue series of STAR TREK television episode DVD's, as we look back to the STAR TREK lore...
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This CD was a good idea, poorly executed. The problem is the performances themselves. We have the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Seattle Symphony, all with varying results. Particularly rough in this recording is the Scottish orchestra, whose principal trombone player sounds like he's out to draw blood, though the Seattle and Royal performances are also lackluster. There is a much better compilation by the City of Prague Philharmonic with Nic Raine conducting. Spare yourself this mess and go for the best.
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By A Customer on December 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Kudos to the record label and the person who thought up this great idea. I love the idea of having every bit of the various Star Trek worlds on one disc. Even if I wasn't a Trek Geek, I would probably check this CD out because Star Trek the movies and TV shows uses such great composers and orchestras that it puts other series to shame. I hope Varese digs up more stuff for an Ultimate Star Trek Volume 2!
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If you're looking for a sampler/introduction to this type of music I guess this will fit the bill. It's a collection of theme songs from most of the pre-Abrams incarnations of Star Trek. However, it goes no deeper than that, and these are not the versions that were in the movies/tv shows, they are new performances by various orchestras. For a fan, the exact performances and mixes are rather memorable, and in several cases I think these recordings lack the energy of the originals.

So again, if you just want a sampler, you can get this for cheap, but I think it is quite worthwhile to seek out the full soundtrack albums and listen to the music in context, as originally heard.
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I bought this album via iTunes primarily because it has the overtures for the post-numbered Star Trek movies (First Contact in particular). The selection of songs is good, which is what saves my review rating.

Sadly, the recordings are not good, and most of my negative reviewing lands firmly on the lead trumpet, who plays with poor tone control throughout the entire album. Noticeable flubbed notes in particular are on trumpet melodies in Star Trek IV, Star Trek VI, and Deep Space Nine, where the trumpet audibly cracks and falls off the note. The rest of the time, the trumpet blatts most notes, just off key or just off pace. For Star Trek, in which the trumpet carries a lot of melody (think about it for a moment - how many times is the famous eleven note opening riff played in some variation in a Trek soundtrack? And almost all times, the trumpet is responsible for playing it). Very surprising for what supposedly is a professional level recording. It comes off more like my high school band concerts, sadly.

Save your money and get the originals.
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