Star Trek Next Generation - Best Of Both Worlds I + II - Original TV Scores - Ron Jones / Jerry Goldsmith

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One of the undeniable highlights of televisionÕs Star Trek: The Next GenerationTM (1997Ð1994) was the two-part episode, ÒThe Best of Both WorldsÓ (the third-season cliffhanger and fourth-season opener). For composer Ron Jones, ÒThe Best of Both WorldsÓ marked the apex of his impact on the first four seasons of Star Trek: The Next GenerationÑa thrillingly dynamic symphonic score that fits the episodes like a glove. JonesÕs achievement was so popular that it became only the second Next Generation soundtrack album released at the time of production.
Although the complete score is infused with JonesÕs customary musical craft, the composerÕs chilling theme for the Borg, often voiced by eerie synthesized chorus, dominates ÒThe Best of Both Worlds.Ó It forms the basis for some of the scoreÕs exciting action-oriented material. In the episodesÕ quieter moments, JonesÕ scoring is subtle yet melodic, with colors and harmonies chosen to evoke emotion without overpowering the onscreen drama.
GNP CrescendoÕs 1991 soundtrack album from ÒThe Best of Both Worlds,Ó containing the major cues from both episodes, was enormously popular. This Expanded CollectorÕs Edition, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, features the complete scores, adding the shorter, transitional moments that contain at least one piece of important thematic material missing from the original album. The 16-page booklet contains notes on both production and music by Lukas Kendall and John TakisÑbased on interviews with Jones and other primary source material.
ÒThe Best of Both WorldsÓ is a testament to JonesÕs remarkable talent and creative imaginationÑand to the unconquerable human spirit that is the essence of Star Trek. The Expanded CollectorÕs Edition CD
Track Listing
1.Star Trek: The Next Generation Main Title 1:49
2.New Providence 1:22
3.Not Ready / Job grabber / Early Worm / No Doubt 2:08
4.Preparations / What Do You Want? / Fatigue / Hansen's Message 2:12
5.Borg Engaged 1:13
6.First Attach / Looks / Tell It Like It Is 5:28
7.Contemplations 0:52
8.Borg Take Picard / Death Is Irrelevant / His Place 4:52
9.Away Team Ready / On The Borg Ship / Nodes 5:19
10.Captain Borg 3:55

Part I Total Time:27:37
11.Energy Weapon Fails 3:16
12.Repairs / Humanity Taken 1:17
13.Contact Lost 0:39
14.Repairs Complete / Cemetery Of Dead Ships 2:06
15.Currents 0:56
16.Intervention 4:26
17.Sitting Ducks / Borg Reach Saturn 1:08
18.The Link 2:58
19.Sleep Command / Destruct Mode / Picard Is Back 6:24
20.Picard's Nightmare 1:04
Part II Total Time:
21.Star Trek: The Next Generation End Title (3rd Season, long version) 1:04