Star Trek The Motion Picture – 2 x CD Expanded 25th Anniversary – Jerry Goldsmith
This much-anticipated, expanded release of Jerry Goldsmith’s classic score for Robert Wise’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) was certainly worth the wait. Featuring eight previously unreleased tracks, the disc offers 65 minutes of score excerpts presented in chronological order. Perhaps his most famous effort, Star Trek is as close to a continuous music drama as Goldsmith has ever come. From the haunting overture (“Ilia’s Theme”) to the inspiring finale (“A Good Start”), the composer surpasses himself with each successive movement. Goldsmith introduces his famous signature theme (“Main Title”) before entering a nightmarish domain with the antiphonal “Klingon Battle”. The cine-music narrative continues with a primitive depiction of Spock’s home planet (“Total Logic”) and an airy portrait of a space station (“Floating Office”). The defining moment of the score is “The Enterprise”, in which Kirk’s reunion with his starship is depicted by a six-minute, all-encompassing ballet treatment of the main theme. Other highlights include the mysterious, exotic explorations through Vejur (“The Cloud”, “The Force Field”) and the final joining of Decker and Ilia (“The Meld”). A second disc of interviews between Gene Roddenberry and original cast members is included, but Jerry Goldsmith is the star of this show.