Better late than never, eh?
Yeah, it only took 33 years and three tries, but on June 5th, Trekkies finally will have (one of) their prayers answered, when La La Land Records releases a mammoth, three-CD set comprising all of the music–including unused and mostly unreleased material–composed by the late, incomparable Jerry Goldsmith for 1979′s Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
Can I get an “Amen?”
I bought my first copy of the soundtrack in 1979, on vinyl (and, indeed, I still have it stored away somewhere, little insert poster and all). It was a very truncated release, owing mostly to the storage limitations of those old LPs. I eventually acquired cassette and CD versions (along with the other Trek films) as years passed. When a longer–but not complete–edition of the soundtrack was released in 1999 to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary, Kevin hooked me up with a copy. I’ll have to keep that one, it seems, as it also contains a CD version of 1976′s Inside Star Trek album. Say what you will about the film itself, but the music for ST:TMP remains among my favorites across the Trek spectrum. I can listen to it any time I’m writing, but particularly when I’m writing…you know…Trek.
News of this forthcoming release was broken yesterday by TrekMovie.com, which today was followed up with more info about the track listings as well as come behind the scenes video about the soundtrack’s remastering. Also, the original TrekMovie article offers info about a pretty cool-sounding “launch event” to be held in Hollywood on June 4th. For those of us who can’t make this little shin-dig, allow me to rub salt in that wound as I present the announced slate of activities:
- A landmark live panel discussion & presentation event, including exclusive video and audio clips, a live “Blaster Beam” demonstration and more!
- CD soundtrack signing (Get your copy of the soundtrack at the event, for a special price, before it’s official release on June 5th!)
- TMP props and costume display.
- A screening of Star Trek: The Motion Picture – The Director’s Edition (DVD source)
- Film music writer and author of The Music of Star Trek Jeff Bond hosts a 90 minute panel discussion/presentation event that examines one of legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith’s most iconic and esteemed works
With this new edition of the soundtrack, all six Star Trek films featuring the original cast now have complete soundtrack releases, along with those for Star Trek: First Contact and the 2009 Star Trek. All we need now is the three remaining Next Generation film scores, and we’ll be set.
Well, a complete, official release of all the music scored for the original Star Trek series wouldn’t go unnoticed or unappreciated, now that I think about it. And since I’m here, I’ll throw out a new call for a release of Oliver Nelson’s music for The Six Million Dollar Man. I mean, since we’re wish-listing here, and all that.
So, my fellow Trekkie music nerds: mark your calendars for June 5th!