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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Music by James Horner
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Price: $35.00
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Line: Retrograde
CD Release: May 2010
Catalog #: Retrograde
# of Discs: 2

When FSM released the long-awaited expanded edition of James Horner’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) in 2009, it didn’t take a Vulcan scientist to assume that the score’s companion piece, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), might also see the light of day. FSM delivers—thanks to the good graces of Paramount Pictures and Capitol Records.

James Horner’s Star Trek III continues his superlative work for the Final Frontier, with emotional developments of the B-theme (the “Enterprise theme”) and Spock’s theme from the earlier film, as well as exotic atmospheres for the all-important Vulcan mysticism that drives the story. The film’s villains, the Klingons, receive a new theme with exciting barbaric instrumentation. From the grand “space opera” setpieces (“Stealing the Enterprise,” “Bird of Prey Decloaks”) to intimate, spiritual moments (“The Mind-Meld,” “Returning to Vulcan”), Horner’s Star Trek III is one of the finest scores in the Star Trek canon.

The Star Trek III soundtrack has been available before but only in a 43-minute LP sequence. FSM’s 2CD set features two programs, both newly mastered from recording engineer Dan Wallin’s first-generation digital film mixes: Disc one features the complete score as intended for the film itself, including such long-desired cues as “Grissom Destroyed,” “A Fighting Chance to Live” (featuring the Enterprise’s self-destruct countdown and immolation in Genesis’s atmosphere) and “Genesis Destroyed.” In addition, previously unreleased film versions of cues such as “Klingons” and “Stealing the Enterprise” make their premiere, with differences that are subtle but noticeable to devoted fans. Disc two features a recreation (in better sound quality) of the familiar LP sequence—complete with Group 87’s pop version of “The Search for Spock.”

The 20-page booklet features liner notes by Jeff Bond and Lukas Kendall and colorful art direction by Joe Sikoryak. Climb the steps of Mount Seleya today!

James Horner Scores on FSM
About the Composer

James Horner (b. 1953) is one of the most successful and in-demand composers of the modern era, capable of everything from traditional symphonic scores (Star Trek II, Aliens, Willow) to off-beat, ethnic and atmospheric approaches (Patriot Games, Sneakers)—often blending the two, as on the record-breaking and double-Oscar-winning Titanic. Classically trained, he originally intended to be a concert composer, before the realities of that field led to film assignments in the B-movie world of Roger Corman—and a rapid ascension through the Hollywood ranks. His credits read like a history of the modern-day blockbuster: 48 Hrs., Cocoon, An American Tail, Field of Dreams, Glory, Legends of the Fall, Apollo 13, The Mask of Zorro, The Perfect Storm, Troy and Avatar—to name but a few. IMDB

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Film Score Monthly presents this expanded new release by James Horner

Thanks! I just ordered it.
But including the second disc is a waste, and inconsistent with the ST 2 release.


*wakes up*

*faints again*

I just finished cleaning my bathroom with a crapload of bleach. I think the fumes got to me because this CAN'T be happening!

T E R R I F I C release, wahoooooooooo !

I love when we get the best of both worlds (complete score & album version).

Thanks !


Look forward to the remastered soundtrack album.

Thanks! I just ordered it.
But including the second disc is a waste, and inconsistent with the ST 2 release.[/endquote]

Perhaps the license agreement with a different record company than II required it? Just a thought.

Thanks! I just ordered it.
But including the second disc is a waste, and inconsistent with the ST 2 release.[/endquote]

Perhaps the license agreement with a different record company than II required it? Just a thought.[/endquote]

Your thought has been noted.

Thanks! I just ordered it.
But including the second disc is a waste, and inconsistent with the ST 2 release.[/endquote]

Give the man the cigar..

The First Fanboy bitchng about this release within Three minutes of the first posting.

It's the best of both worlds, if you liked the album version, you get it.

If you want to the expanded score, you get that...

And you only have to pay an additional $5.00 for the 2nd CD...

Not a bad deal for those of us wanting this sort of release for the last 26 years....

Ford A. Thaxton

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
James Horner

Murray Adler, Israel Baker, Arnold Belnick, Dixie Blackstone, Stuart Canin, Norman Carr, Oscar Chausow, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), David Frisina, Marion Froehlich, James Getzoff, Harris Goldman, Joseph Goodman, Endre G. Granat, Edward P. Green, Clayton Haslop, Gwenn R. Heller (Jannelli), Reginald Hill, Anatol Kaminsky, Nathan Kaproff, Kathleen Lenski, Mary Debra Lundquist, Joy Lyle (Sharp), David Montagu, Irma W. Neumann, Claudia C. Parducci, Connie Pressman (Meyer), Sidney Sharp, Haim Shtrum, Ross C. Shub, Paul C. Shure, Jennifer Small, Marshall Sosson, Joseph Stepansky, Ilkka I. Talvi, Mari Tsumura (Botnick), David D. Turner, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Miwako Watanabe, Harold Wolf, Arthur A. Zadinsky

Denyse N. Buffum, Alan B. DeVeritch, James F. Dunham, Pamela Goldsmith, Peter Hatch, Roland Kato, Myra Kestenbaum, Janet Lakatos, Archie Levin, Linda S. Lipsett, Holly Barnes Morrison, Carole S. Mukogawa, Michael Nowak, David Schwartz, Barbara A. Simons (Transue), Joel Soultanian, Linn Subotnick, Milton Thomas, Barbara Thomason, Raymond J. Tischer, Kimberly Sue Wilkins (Pringle), Herschel P. Wise

Robert Lee "Bob" Adcock, Delores M. Bing, Ron Cooper, Douglas L. Davis, Marie Fera, Barry R. Gold, Todd L. Hemmenway, Paula Hochhalter, Barbara Jane Hunter (Badgley), Judith M. Johnson (Perett), Armen Ksajikian, Robert Martin, Michael Mathews, Rebecca Reese, Ronald J. Royer, Gloria Strassner

Timothy C. Barr, Drew D. Dembowski, Arni Egilsson, Scott Harper, Peter A. Mercurio, Bruce P. Morgenthaler, Buell Neidlinger, Susan A. Ranney, Robert King Stone

Miriam S. Clarke (Sosewitz), Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Arthur Hoberman, James M. Kanter, David J. Shostac, Sheridon W. Stokes

Barbara B. Northcutt, Kathleen T. Robinson

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Gary G. Gray, James M. Kanter, David Shifrin

Fowler A. Friedlander, Norman H. Herzberg, Patricia Kindel-Heimerl, Michael R. O'Donovan

French Horn:
William Alsup, Vincent N. DeRosa, David A. Duke, Arthur Maebe, Jr., Henry Sigismonti, James Thatcher, Richard J. Todd

Robert Divall, Mario F. Guarneri, Malcolm Boyd McNab, Paul Salvo, Graham Young

William Booth, Robert Marsteller, Richard "Dick" Nash, William Reichenbach, Robert F. Sanders, Lloyd E. Ulyate

John T. "Tommy" Johnson

Robert Marsteller

Electronic Valve Instrument:
Nyle A. Steiner

Zita Carno, Ralph E. Grierson, Randy M Kerber, Chet Swiatkowski, Ian R. Underwood

Craig Huxley (Hundley)

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Dorothy S. Remsen, Anne Stockton (Mason)

Kenneth E. Watson

Larry Bunker, Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Kenneth E. Watson, Robert J. Zimmitti

Larry Bunker, Gregory Goodall, Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Kenneth E. Watson, Robert J. Zimmitti, Mark Zimoski

Greig McRitchie

Orchestra Manager:
Carl Fortina

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