Within the same week, the musical world of Star Trek became a whole lot richer. Specialty labels Film Score Monthly and Varese Sarabande released two expanded and complete soundtracks: James Horner’s Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) and Michael Giacchino’s reboot Star Trek (2009).
Last summer, Film Score Monthly surprised the film score community by releasing the often-requested Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, a pivotal score in the Trek pantheon. This month, Film Score Monthly followed up the success of Kahn with the 2CD set of The Search for Spock. Every note of James Horner’s majestic space romp is included on the first disc while the additional CD features the original but remastered LP soundtrack sequence, including Group 87’s pop recreation of “The Search for Spock.” One can now hear James Horner’s further-developed Enterprise and Spock themes, plus previously unreleased versions of “Stealing the Enterprise” and “Klingons,” as well as Horner’s indelible action set pieces as they were meant to be heard.
The set comes packed with a 20-page booklet featuring in-depth liner notes by The Music of Star Trek: Profiles in Style author Jeff Bond and Film Score Monthly founder and producer Lukas Kendall. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is unlimited and available for $24.95 from Screen Archives Entertainment. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn is also available for $19.95 here.
Varese Sarabande answered the countless pleas from Star Trek and film score fans alike to release a better presentation of Michael Giacchino’s instant classic score to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek. The original album, just over a year old, did gangbusters in sales, ranking #1 for a week in iTunes downloads; however, neither the fans nor the composer were pleased with the presentation of the album. Union costs kept the original album short, omitting important musical sequences. Varese Sarabande’s executive producer for soundtracks, Robert Townson, released a 2CD, complete and limited edition of Giacchino’s pulse-pounding score as properly presented in the film. The 2CD set comes packaged in a Blu-Ray sized clamshell case with a 28-page booklet featuring liner notes by Starlog Magazine founder Kerry O’Quinn.
Star Trek is limited to 5,000 copies and as of this writing there are 2,500 copies left. To order, visit Varese Sarabande.