OH SWEET MOTHER OF BEETHOVEN GIVING MOZART A LAP DANCE! THE MUSIC GODS HAVE SMILED UPON US!
:: Ahem. ::
Okay, so maybe it’s not that big a deal, but if you’re a Trekkie and/or a fan of film and TV music, then this might well be the Holy Grail of television music.
The short version is that La-La Land Records, who’s been responsible for some of the better film and TV scores released in recent years–including a few top-shelf releases for various Star Trek films as well as their recent “Big Damned Box Set” of music from Ron Jones’ work for various latter-day Star Trek series–have announced what is perhaps their most ambitious project to date: Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection.
(And the blogger pauses a moment to collect himself.)
I’ve had various releases of music from assorted episodes for years, going back to vinyl for things like the scores from the two pilot episodes, “The Cage” and “Where No Man Has Gone Before.” I listen to that stuff constantly, particularly when I’m writing Star Trek and most definitely when I’m writing anything set during the era of the original series. To me, the music scored for the original show is at the top of the heap when it comes to using adjectives like “iconic” and “timeless.” People who don’t even like Star Trek recognize the theme, or at least those opening eight notes, and how many times has that fight music from “Amok Time” been used in some other film or TV show?
I’ve long hoped that someone would produce a definitive, archive-quality edition of all the music from the series, so I suppose it goes without saying that I’m getting this set. This will be a limited-edition release, and probably in the $150-$200+ range. La-La Land is currently trying to get an idea of the potential demand, so if you’re at all interested, then join the mailing list they’ve set up just for this box set: Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection Mailing List
(NOTE: Subscribing to the mailing list does not commit you to buying anything, nor is it acting as a pre-order guarantee. It’s an info portal, and a way for La-La Land to maybe gauge interest.)
Here’s La-La Land’s press release:
For Immediate Release
August 8, 2012
COMING SOON FROM LA-LA LAND RECORDS
STAR TREK®: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION
Burbank, CA — La-La Land Records proudly announces its forthcoming release of STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, a limited edition 15-CD box set, showcasing all episode scores as heard in all three original seasons of the landmark sci-fi television series STAR TREK (1966-1969). This special collection of ground-breaking, iconic music, from one of television’s most acclaimed and beloved series, has been newly remastered from studio elements and features hours of stellar material previously unreleased in any format.
Original series composers Alexander Courage, George Duning, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, Samuel Matlovsky, Joseph Mullendore and Fred Steiner are all represented in this deluxe collection, their historic work meticulously assembled, restored and remastered to ensure the finest presentation and sound quality possible. A 100-Page CD Booklet, featuring exclusive, in-depth liner notes from film music writer and STAR TREK historian Jeff Bond, complements this attractive set, which is housed in a hardcover slipcase.
The collection is expected to be released in late fall 2012. It will be a limited pressing, but the total number of units to be manufactured has yet to be determined. You can help the label decide how many units will ultimately be pressed by visiting http://www.lalalandrecords.com now and signing up for the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION MAILING LIST.
STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION is licensed by CBS Consumer Products and produced in cooperation with GNP Crescendo Records, the longtime home of pioneering classic STAR TREK television and film soundtracks. GNP Crescendo’s Neil Norman has allowed for episode scores previously and exclusively released by Crescendo to be newly expanded and remastered for this box set, in order to make the collection as comprehensive as possible.
This release marks the kind of authoritative collection of original Trek series music that fans have desired for decades. “For 45 years, those like me who love this music could only dream about having it all,” remarks album producer Lukas Kendall. “This is the major, historical piece of sci-fi music, television music and pop culture music that we have always wanted to release in a definitive form for the collector.”
“A majority of the music featured in this set has never been released,” adds Executive Album Producer and La-La Land Records President MV Gerhard. “Of that unreleased music, there is a fairly large percentage that no one has ever heard because it was written and recorded for the show, but never featured in the episodes.” Regarding some of these previously unreleased tracks, Album Music Editor Neil S. Bulk comments, “No original music from season three, apart from the main title, has ever been released. It’s really distinct and definitely STAR TREK… It’s what people have always wanted.”
“The original show was very theatrical,” says Trek historian and liner notes writer Jeff Bond. “So the music reflected that. It was huge and very expressive and thematic. And that makes it very exciting to listen to apart from the show.”
The original Trek series scores team with action, adventure and drama, but they are also infused with deep emotion and the greatness of the human spirit. Such characteristics have kept these richly orchestrated tracks vital and relevant decades beyond their original recording. “Trek was always about the human condition,” remarks Co-Executive Album Producer and La-La Land Records VP, Matt Verboys. “And the scores have that in it and I think that’s what has made both the show and its music timeless.”
For more about STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION, visit http://www.lalalandrecords.com now and join the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES SOUNDTRACK MAILING LIST to receive important forthcoming information and announcements regarding the release, such as the official release date, the number of units pressed, pricing and much more!
® & © 2012 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
So, yeah: I’m “+1,” here. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go wipe up my drool.