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ScoreKeeper Hails Arrival of Goldsmith's STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE 3-CD Soundtrack!! ...and There's a Party To Celebrate!

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here reeling from a heavy dose of end-of-the-week lethargy to deliver a bit of news that is sure to cure what ails you. The major soundtrack labels have been dutifully releasing masterful "definitive" edition soundtracks from the major STAR TREK feature films. While WRATH OF KHAN (1982), THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984), THE VOYAGE HOME (1986), THE FINAL FRONTIER (1989), THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY (1991), FIRST CONTACT (1996) and STAR TREK (2009), have all received the royal treatment (twice in the case of THE FINAL FRONTIER), many have wondered aloud, "What about THE MOTION PICTURE?"

STAR TREK fans rejoice! The holiest of grails is on its way at warp speed and should be arriving in a couple of weeks.

This 3-CD set presents the score for the 1979 theatrical release (filling disc 1 and part of disc 2) and also premieres the legendary early “rejected” cues that Goldsmith recorded prior to composing his famous main theme. The 1979 album program (much of which is performed and edited differently as compared to the film) completes disc 2, with disc 3 offering additional alternates (including those heard on the previous Sony expanded release) along with a wealth of bonus material. Among the highlights are a collection of early takes of the “Main Title” (including extensive stage chatter), isolated segments featuring Craig Huxley’s famous “blaster beam” and assorted synthesizer excerpts, the domestic CD debut of Bob James’ disco cover version of Goldsmith’s theme and Shaun Cassidy’s vocal version of the love theme, “A Star Beyond Time.”


Jerry Goldsmith's STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979) will be released as a 3CD limited edition set (10,000 units) by La-La Land Records on June 5th, 2012. To celebrate this momentous occasion, La-La Land Records is throwing a massive TMP party and everybody is invited!





Join us in celebrating the release of the all-new, deluxe 3-DISC LIMITED EDITION soundtrack release of Jerry Goldsmith’s STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE with a one-of-a-kind, multi-media event featuring:


CD SOUNDTRACK SIGNING (Get your copy of the soundtrack at the event, for a special price, before it’s official release on June 5th!)



Film music writer and author of “The Music of Star Trek” JEFF BOND hosts a live PANEL DISCUSSION/PRESENTATION event that examines one of legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith’s most iconic and esteemed works.

PANEL GUESTS SCHEDULED TO ATTEND: Original TMP soundtrack album and TMP re-issue soundtrack producer, and longtime Goldsmith recording engineer BRUCE BOTNICK, TMP synthesizer and beam performer CRAIG HUXLEY, TMP session violinist and renowned composer DAVID NEWMAN, TMP soundtrack re-issue producer and TMP “Director’s Edition” restoration supervisor MIKE MATESSINO, TMP director of cinematography RICHARD H. KLINE and other special guests TBA!

This first-ever live event to focus on Goldsmith’s masterful TMP score will feature exclusive video and audio clips, as well as a rare, live demonstration by CRAIG HUXLEY of his famed “BLASTER BEAM” instrument, used prominently in TMP’s score and sound design.

Get the soundtrack before its general release at the show!  STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (3-CD SET) SOUNDTRACK will be available for purchase at the event for the special price of $30 (cash only).  

Then get your CD signed by BRUCE BOTNICK and CRAIG HUXLEY at the event!

After the panel presentation and signing, stay for a SCREENING OF “STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE – THE DIRECTOR’S EDITION.” (DVD source)

ADVANCE EVENT TICKETS ARE $17.50 each and are available for purchase NOW at

TICKETS will also be available at the door for $20 each.

The soundtrack will be officially released at on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

If you're a STAR TREK fan within several thousand miles of Los Angeles, you may want to book your trip today. This will be awesome!




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  • May 17, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by xega


  • May 17, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Just may pick this up!

    by TheWrathOfSean

    Something really magical about this score. I love the sense of wonder Jerry Goldsmith always achieved.

  • May 17, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    One of the greatest film scores of all time

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Glad to see it getting the definitive treatment!

  • May 17, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Can someone explain to me why these are limited edition? I guess so they can jack the price up on an already-niche item? What about digital download?

  • May 17, 2012, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Wrath of Khan's the best movie and best soundtrack imo


    Can't beat some good old fashioned Horner Danger Motif... In other news, has anyone seen Nick Stahl?

  • May 17, 2012, 2:54 p.m. CST

    damn! and i thought the 2-discer was good..

    by Robert Evans

  • May 17, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Limited edition has to do with the licensing fees

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Which is why usually way back when you never got definitive soundtrack releases because the musicians fees made it cost prohibitive. Or I don't know, something to that effect. If they print up 3,000 or 1,000 I think the fees are a lot less, plus soundtrack physical disc collecting has become a small niche market, especially for older scores. Intrada does it right now though. Most of their new stuff is unlimited, at least for a time.

  • May 17, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Horner's Trek II

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Yeah it's good, but when it comes to the danger motif, I dug it more in his scores for Aliens and Willow.

  • May 17, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Donna Summers RIP

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Had a song on the John Barry The Deep (1977) soundtrack in addition to all the disco stuff she did.

  • May 17, 2012, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Star Trek III is my favorite movie soundtrack

    by Pete Michaelson

    followed in a close second by TMP. Search for Spock's music is so moody and awesome though.

  • May 17, 2012, 3:02 p.m. CST

    i'd be happy with expanded INSURRECTION and NEMESIS

    by Robert Evans

    Goldsmith is Goldsmith and more is always better.

  • May 17, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Sweet!! It's about favorite score ever...

    by Fred Garvin

  • May 17, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    James Horner: Anvil Clanger

    by ObiBen

    Gets tired after the 11th movie with the same cue, right between the pseudo celtic passage when you think Céline Dion will spring into wailing and the part with the pseudo african tribal supposedly rousing hymn when you think Céline Dion will spring into wailing.

  • Copy from the best! Melissa

  • May 17, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    If this was an SACD I'd be impressed. Or vinyl.

    by Raptor Jesus

    CD is an obsolete format both technically and business wise. It's hard to get excited about another cd.

  • May 17, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    AWESOME! Just grabbed two tickets!

    by Pixelsmack

    Definitely buying the CD there, of course.

  • May 17, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    I'll be picking this up as soon as I recover my jaw from the floor

    by YackBacker


  • May 17, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    what's up yack?!

    by Robert Evans

  • May 17, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    One of the few good things about the movie.

    by shutupfanboy

    The other being the refitted Enterprise and McCoy's "Thing" speech. The rest is just money shots of the Enterprise and characters that worked better in TNG. How we got a respectable movie series from these snoozefest I will never know. I literally feel asleep last time, I saw this film.

  • May 17, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST

    amazing score

    by JamesT

    Great movie as well.

  • May 17, 2012, 3:42 p.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Are those weird, depressing versions of the TOS theme going to be on this cut?

  • May 17, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Best score ever. Just wish...

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    ...they had had the foresight to do the Robert Wise cut in HD so it could be mastered to blue ray. What a horrific oversight. It's the definitive version of this sadly overlooked film. Goldsmith's themes here are legend.

  • May 17, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Fuck yeah!

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 17, 2012, 4:54 p.m. CST

    This is how it's done Giacchino.

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • This film, yeah, it's got issues all over the place, but over the years I have gotten to appreciate it for the good in it. One of those things is this score. Goldsmith freaking nailed it. If the pacing and if the plot had more thrills embedded in it, say, oh maybe an actual battle between the Enterprise and a Klingon ship... SOMEthing, ANYthing. Instead we got what seemed like hours of floating through a cloud, complete with everyone standing in place in awe. I know the film had lots of unfortunate obstacles to overcome, I've read all about it, but man, what a MISFIRE. But again, the soundtrack is PHENOMENAL. And I have ALIEN to appreciate thanks to this man also. R.I.P., Mister Goldsmith. You were a true master.

  • May 17, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    The Pinnacle

    by Badger23

    Goldsmith's Star Trek TMP score stands alone in the art-form. The titan is getting the release it deserves.

  • May 17, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    "THE" Greatest Movie Score of all time

    by picardsucks

    Not even a debate

  • May 17, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Wow, this is a must. WTG, La-La Land.

    by justmyluck

  • May 17, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    great score...too bad the movie was shitty

    by Jack Desmondi

  • May 17, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST

    The BLASTER BEAM is the new THEREMIN!!!

    by Mike B

    Anyone who is a fan of music scores, particularly of the Atomic era of sci-fi knows of Bernard Herrman's unorthodox use of the THEREMIN in "THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL". It's eerie, vocal-like tones were thrilling and original in it's time, and has since been repeatly copied until it became exclusively associated with that genre. I also think that fans of film score can just as easily recognize the striking, metallic, echoing thunder of the BLASTER BEAM and instantly recall scenes from the early STAR TREK movies. I would love to not only see the demonstration of this remarkable musical instrument, but would love to see more music written for it. It makes a powerful musical statement just as the THEREMIN of the 50's did.

  • May 17, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    by Mike B

    Agreed. Really wish Robert Wise's Director's Cut was released on BLU RAY.

  • May 17, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Actually one of the better Star Trek movies

    by GeorgieBoy

    Because it makes you think. There are character arcs and it explores themes of humanity. Seriously, these are concepts that make for great movies. Not this "Jar Jar Trek" nonsense. (Kirk with a swollen tongue? Beer factory engineering? Black holes that are time portals? Furless animals on an ice planet?)

  • May 17, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Excellent score. Good movie too(director's edition)

    by GeneralKael

    I actually didn't mind the original movie all that much, although there were some annoyances. The main annoyances were removed from the director's cut. Oh, and if you want to see something surreal - John Williams conducts Jerry Goldsmith:

  • May 18, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    I don't understand who would be signing the soundtrack though?

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Big Jare is long gone, as is Robert Wise.

  • That's not a slight on Goldsmith's TMP though, Trek just happens to be brimmng with incredible music. 26 year old Cliff Eidelman's underrated contribution to the franchise just has a dark grandeur and wistful meloncholy to it that I really respond to. Almost like one might imagine an Elliot Goldenthal installment might have sounded like.

  • May 18, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    My brother like to refer to the first film as "The Motionless Picture"

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    to which I extend my middle finger. TMP is a beautiful film.

  • May 18, 2012, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Day 1 purchase...

    by digginjim

    .. and I even like the movie. Its the only only Star Trek film that comes close to 'hard' sci-fi that is actually about concepts beyond human understanding rather than 'pew pew' phaser fights and all the other shit that was in JJ Trek.... some of the best TNG sort of got this, but its been a long time since we've had a good sci-fi film. The Trek franchise is pretty much dead - certainly Roddenberrys version. Prometheus can't come soon enough.

  • May 18, 2012, 6:56 a.m. CST

    First Contact was the best score

    by BoyNamedSue

    It was so good I snuck a tape recorder into my second viewing at the theater (this was before YouTube....and the powers that be waited more than a month after the film's premiere to release the soundtrack).

  • May 18, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Craig Huxley also acted in The Original Series

    by Nem_Wan

    As child actor Craig Hundley, he was Peter Kirk in "Operation: Annihilate!" and Tommy Starnes in "And the Children Shall Lead".

  • May 18, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    This came out of nowhere. What a month!

    by Henri Pouper

    Star Trek: TMP score re-release (far and away the best ST score and one of the greatest movie scores ever written)... excellent Avengers movie... a shitty season of The Office mercifully comes to an end... Game of Thrones TV show better than the books... Barack Obama's own people publicly turning against him... life is good as fuck.