- Audio CD (May 14 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Enhanced, Soundtrack
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B0000658PQ
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Star Trek: Enterprise Enhanced, Soundtrack
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Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek franchise now encompasses five television series, a cartoon show, 10 feature films, an IMAX presentation, and an interactive Las Vegas spectacular--not bad for a much-mocked '60s TV show its network discarded after barely three seasons. With Enterprise, the prequel that follows the first starship Enterprise on her original missions, composer and previous ST series vet Dennis McCarthy takes the saga's musical reins, instantly imbuing it with a familiar, if more dignified and restrained, sense of discovery and adventure with his pastoral "New Enterprise" and "New Horizons" themes. If his "Archer's Theme" briefly strays into overwrought rock heroics, the composer's edgy, rhythmic Klingon cues add a sense of almost palpable danger to the soundtrack. Tense, unusually brooding, and marvelously atmospheric, McCarthy's scoring here harks back to the best of Goldsmith's ST film work. "The Rescue" even recalls the powerfully dramatic brass writing of Herrmann in his prime. Another sure sign of the show's pop culture stature: it now has its own bona fide Diane Warren overwrought pop ballad theme, "Where My Heart Will Take Me" (in both its TV version and an extended album mix here) by Russell Watson. Expanded PC media features include a mock Enterprise computer interface containing a performance video of Watson's song and cast and character bios/profiles. --Jerry McCulley
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While I have no problem with the song, "Where My Heart Will Take Me" or the vocals by Russell Watson, the tune still seems out of place. Maybe it's me... but to call the series Star Trek Enterprise, and not hear strains of the original Alexander Courage fanfare seems odd. As far as DS9, even that show used it in the pilot and beyond, and at least Voyager used work by Trek veteran composer Jerry Goldsmith as its theme.
As for the orchestral score in the show's pilot, "Broken Bow", longtime Trek episodic composer Dennis McCarthy handled those chores. Like most of his work on Voyager, the music sounds fairly generic. I'm sure he was just following Berman's musical edict-no thematic motifs allowed. While some of the action cues are well orchestrated, it seems as though Mr. McCarthy is getting stiffled by the laws of the final frontier. Not even "Archer's Theme" is one that is all that memorable. "New Enterprise" just begs for the Courage fanfare.
The enhanced CD contains both the TV version and an extended album mix of "Where My Heart Will Take Me" as performed by Watson. There are 15 tracks with a total running time of 49:59. If you put the CD into your personal computer, you can access the following media: a mock Enterprise-NX 01 computer interface containing a performance video of Watson's song and cast and character bios/profiles.
The music is competant enough, but it's a shame, that there's nothing that really stands out here. Past Treks on CD make for better sense of franchise history
The historical context of Captain Archer (and his ensuing destiny) is the obvious message, but it doesn't hurt that we have a clear history of space exploration fanned out visually on the TV show's opening credits.
This rest of the music is simply great, I can think of many recent SF movies that could have used this dramatic mix of 'classical music / action-adventure'.
I've only watched the pilot episode twice, because I can visualize the entire story every time I listen to this CD. Which is often.
That said, I'm a big Trekkie. and one of the reasons is that the music is usually great. They take a lot of care with that. I've usually found little to complain about as to the music in any of the Star Treks. It's always distinctive and memorable, much better done than a lot of shows.
A lot of people hate Watson's singing of the Title theme; a case of "How DARE they have a vocal for the main title?". But if you stop the outraged act long enough to listen to the song, it perfectly fits the backstory of the series. If you really ARE a Trek fan, you know what that means, and can agree with me - unless you're too hidebound to be flexible. If you're NOT a Trekker (or Trekkie), then you shouldn't CARE that someone wrote and performed a vocal title theme for a Star Trek series. Just approach the song for what it is; a challenge flung in the faces of the entire Vulcan race, that no, they're not gonna hold you back any longer, you're going into deep space, you WILL crack the Warp 5 barrier, and you DO believe in yourself, whether the Vulcans are receptive to the idea of following one's emotional lead or not.
The entire song, and the series, are basically saying, "So there, Mr. Spock. I'M going to the stars anyway, whether you think I'm ready, or not."
By the way, I AM a long-time Trek fan, and I DO like the series, and the music.
John F. Kennedy, Neil Armstrong, and all the others so instrumental with getting us "out there" would be proud.
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