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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Jerry Goldsmith's iconic score revealed in all its glorious beauty June 16 2012
By Pater Ecstaticus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I must admit I am a big Star Trek fan, but this set is a revelation. It blows any bootleg or previous official release out of the water. Fans have been waiting for a release like this for many years, and it delivers! It is part of a steady stream of expanded editions of Star Trek film music soundtracks that have come out over the last few years, and which is still going on. The sound on this set, compared to any other release (the 1979 album on LP, later on CD, and the expanded 20th anniversary edition in 1999), is wonderful and reveals the depth of the scoring stage and all the finest (orchestral and musical) details (some of which I had never noticed). This score is remastered from the first-generation analogue recordings, but tape hiss is non-existent to negligible. All of the music 'unrolling' in in chronological order, combined with the enhanced sound, add to the whole listening experience. And the 40 page booklet tells you everything you want to know about the music and its genesis. All who love the music of Star Trek or the music of Jerry Goldsmith have surely heard about this release already before it came out and ordered it when it became available at La-La-Land Records. They blew through almost half the entire run (10.000 units) in a few days!

To quote the booklet, this set delivers a comprehensive presentation of the score along with unused early versions of several cues, the 1979 soundtrack LP album (along with the sonic and aesthetic standards of 1979), alternates, outtakes and historic scoring-stage excerpts. Disc 1 and part of disc 2 cover the film score. The rest of disc 2 is covered by 7 tracks of the unused early versions plus the 1979 album. Disc 3 covers alternates and additional music. The booklet is excellent and begins with an essay on the history of the creation of the music for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. It then moves on to describe, track by track, the cues on all the 3 discs. The total time of the 3 discs amounts to 3 hours, 41 minutes and 13 seconds.

Some interesting observations on this edition (with help from the booklet). The early version cues (disc 2, track 4-10) generally have more flourishes/ornamentations. The melody for the Enterprise is not clearly evident in the early version of the cue 'The Enterprise' (it is there, but only in 'embryonic' state, as it were), and Robert Wise and others didn't like the free flowing, 'aquatic' feel. Also, the early version doesn't yet have the bouncing Starfleet motive with which the cue as heard in the movie begins and ends, in quite different orchestrations. So Jerry Goldsmith went back and pulled the music into focus and came up with a clearer melody and quite different music cue altogether. The music for 'Spock's arrival' would be completely changed as well. The early version has music that is derived from the early version 'The Enterprise', not the exotic, 'alien' music as heard in 'Total Logic'. Interestingly, Jerry Goldsmith would bring this early version music back for the introduction of the Enterprise in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. (This for me only strengthens the link between the two scores, which I like equally well.) This whole expanded set is wonderful listening and it makes me personally understand the music better, as it makes me analyze and experience it more deeply on different levels, emotionally and intellectually. Though sometimes it is difficult to see (feel?) where logic ends and emotion begins ;)

Some thoughts on the music in general. The music for 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' to my mind completely fits the images on screen as envisioned by Robert Wise and all of the people who created the style, art and special effects of this movie (with the Director's Edition as a benchmark). There are, I learned as I listened to the music and the commentaries, mainly three kinds of music in this score.
First of all, and most original to my taste, there is the music that underscores (the threat of) V'ger and its inner workings. These are mysterious, eerie and dark soundscapes, with organ-like pedal-notes to give size and weight to the enormity of V'ger (and the V'ger cloud), and with lots of electronic sounds to underscore the strangeness and the 'barren and cold', machine-like but unimaginably vast intelect of V'ger. The most recognizable symbol for V'ger is of course the so called 'blaster beam'; a truly marvelous invention that truly hammers down the power and agressiveness of V'ger.
Secondly, there is the music for Spock, who in this movie is on a quest for total logic, but is deviated from it by the haunting 'call' of V'ger, causing him to join the Enterprise, so as to be able to seek out V'ger for himself to go try and find his answers there. Spock's music is often closely entwined with the music for V'ger, necessarily, as these two characters are in mind-contact the whole of the time. But generally, Spock's music is a characterization of the strangeness of his planet, his culture and his way of life and the search for total logic. We hear a lot of (rumbling) percussion (soft ceremonial drums) in this 'Spock music', used to accentuate the otherworldly character of his culture and ways of life. The music for Spock and the music for V'ger are coming to a complete meld in the magnificent 'Spock Walk'. But this cold music is also there to accentuate Spock's search for (the still unanswered question of) meaning and fulfillment, which he will ultimately find in (re)joining the all too human and emotional crew of the Enterprise. Like V'ger, Spock has evolved beyond logic and knowledge and found true meaning.
Thirdly, there is the music that introduces to us our great 'heroine', USS Enterprise, (cue 'The Enterprise') built up around the 'Main Title', slowly growing from sweetly romantic to bold and sweeping when she finaly floats into view for Kirk and us to behold in full glory. As the Enterprise 'and all that go with her' can be seen as being one and the same, the 'Main Theme' (in combination with the bouncing Starfleet motive) also stands for the spirit of Star Trek: 'To boldly go where no man has gone before'.
The bold and inspiring music of 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' enhances the whole experience of watching the movie enormously. But surely this is a music soundtrack of the very highest invention and artistry that can easily be listened to on its own.

Anyway, this magnificent set reveals Jerry Goldsmith's music for Star Trek: The Motion Picture in all its glory and richness. Highly, highly recommended.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Forget all other releases of this magnificent music score June 16 2012
By Lou B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
by the irreplaceable Jerry Goldsmith because this lavish 3-disc set release by La La
Land Records is definitely the definitive representation of a Goldsmith masterwork.
Like FSM's 5-disc BEN-HUR or Varese's massive SPARTACUS box set this release contains every single note that Jerry Goldsmith composed for this picture---in my opinion one of the best Trek films----along with the excellent ghostwriting assistance of Fred Steiner, a fine composer who scored some of the original series episodes. The remastered sound quality by Bruce Botnick is mind blowing and every nuance of the composer's intentions are clearly made evident. Its like really hearing this great score for the first time. Like a fine wine I spread out my lsitening of the discs for three days so I could savor every cue---except the Shaun Cassidy vocala, one of the worst songs I ever heard with the dumbest lyrics ever given to a great melody.
There are many who claim this score to have been the late composer's masterpiece, but as for me I'll say its definitely the greatest music score ever written for a science fiction film. Goldsmith himself could never quite match it with his other four scores for the Trek franchise, nor I doubt was he trying to but this is the greatest Star Trek film score ever written (and I have heard them all). That it didn't win the Oscar it so richly deserved is yet another reason I refuse to watch the Academy Awards anymore.
Scoring this film right after ALIEN one cannot helped but be amazed at this composer's staggering versatility. That the film's director was the great Robert Wise---for whom the composer wrote another masterpiece THE SAND PEBBLES---was a great asset for Goldsmith as this director was very well aware of the importance of
the function of music in film. That these two artists didn't make more films together is a damned shame.
The music on disc one and part of the second comprise of the score as it was actually heard in the film back in 1979 with the remastered sound is alone worth the price tag of this set and is, to date, the most lavish restoration of a Jerry
Goldsmith score and I hope more will appear in the future. The orchestration and tempi of many of the cues are different from the soundtrack album (on the remainder
of disc 2) which was released at the time of the film. The sound will really blow you away and if you have one of the earlier releases give them away because if you can obtain this set you can pretty much close the chapter on this score.
Disc 2 also contains the legendary early versions of the score the composer wrote
before he came up with the famous theme we all know and love so well. The most prominent of these is "The Enterprise" which, upon first hearing, made Wise believe he was hearing the music for sailing ships as it was a very nautical piece in tone.
The other cues aren't quite so startling but infinitely worthy of performance in the
concert hall.
To sum it all up, this is the greatest release of a Goldsmith score to date and may not be bettered but I sure hope some label----Intrada perhaps---will definitely
give it a try. Now we can only wait for the complete score albums of his last two Star Trek scores: Insurrection and Nemesis. Until then, enjoy this lavish treatment of a film music masterpiece!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Release Fans Have Been Clamoring For Sept. 15 2012
By Davidp. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Other reviewers have gone into great detail about the contents of this set, so I won't bother. Let me just say up front, it's worth every penny of of it's original La La Land retail price ( which was quite reasonable for a set of this magnitude ). I will add a couple of clarifications.

As another reviewer stated, it has become somewhat commonplace now for soundtracks to be 'double-dipped'. In other words, a standard soundrack album is prepared for the initial release of a film or television show. If the sales of that album and/or the popularity of the film justify the expense, sometimes a second, more comprehensive release will be prepared ( this is not counting the soundtracks for movies geared towards fans of movies like the "Twilight" series, which often have nearly simultaneous releases of an album containing compilations of comtemporary music and a separate album of the actual film score ). Back in 1979 when the soundtrack album for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" was released this was not the case. Usually you got one soundtrack release and that was it. Even blockbuster double album soundtracks like those by John Williams for "Star Wars" and "Superman" were incomplete due to the time limitations of vinyl albums, and the composers would often combine cues from unrelated sections of a film to lengthen tracks into what was felt to be a better home listening experience for the consumer. While this practice was probably fine for the casual listener, it was frustrating for purists who wanted the music to sound exactly as it did the theatre. Nowadays, thanks to niche labels like La La Land, Intrada, and others, many overlooked classic soundtracks ( many of which never even had a soundtrack album initially ) are being lovingly restored and brought into the hands of enthusiasts, who want every note presented the way it was originally recorded.

While "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" has had two previous releases ( 1979, and a expanded CD version in 1999 ) this 3 CD set is the one to get. While the 1999 20th Anniversary edition was welcome, in that it provided several previously unreleased pieces of music, almost every track was an alternate recording than the takes actually used in the film. This set provides the entire score as actually heard in the movie plus all of those alternate cues used in the 1999 CD release...and so much more. So while this may be a triple dip, it's worth the extra scoop.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Difinitive Release of the ST: TMP Score Jan. 6 2013
By Matthew Atanian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'Tis true that this is a score that has been released multiple times in the past. There was the original LP, which contained a decent if far from complete (and mis-ordered) selection of music from the film. Then in 1999 it was first released on CD, expanded to fill out a full disc. (There was a second disc with that release, but it was not a disc of music, rather a disc of Roddenberry speaking. Not a bad disc, but not part of the soundtrack to this film.) Finally, now, we get a MORE then complete release of the excellent soundtrack to this classic film. And with this release coming over a decade after the previous one, it hardly feels like some dastardly cash grab.

This three disc set has pretty much all of the music you could expect from Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The complete score itself. A remastered presentation of the music as presented on the original LP. (Some of the tracks on that LP were different arangements then those in the film itself.) Early or alternate takes of other music. A few very 70's fluff pieces not from the film itself but using the themes written for it. I don't think there is another piece of music they could have included!

If you are a fan of classic Star Trek, or a fan of Jerry Goldsmith, or especially a fan of both, it should be a no brainer to pick this release up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My favorite Goldsmith score and one my top ten of all time. Dec 9 2012
By J. D. Heise - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have loved this score ever since I first saw the film in 1979, and my love and admiration for it deepens as the years go by. Now to have this much extra material (although I could have done without Bob James and especially Sean Cassidy's contributions, but I can always skip them) is truly wonderful, especially track 17 on disc 3, which consists of attempts to record the main title-hearing the banter between the musicians, Goldsmith and the engineering booth puts you right there while this towering score is coming to life. The accompanying booklet gives great behind-the-scenes info, and I am greatly tempted to pull out my DVD and watch the film again right now. Worth every penny!

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