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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (James Horner)
Better than Wrath of Khan

Nick Wilder
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andyf
Better than Wrath of Khan   Friday, July 11, 2003 (8:42 a.m.) 

I believe that this score is very good. Even better than everyone's precious Star Trek II. I like the second score too, but this score just has a certain majestic beauty when performed in the film anyway. The reason the soundtrack isn't as good is because of that stupid 80's pop track at the end. Had that been replaced with a track containing the Genesis Planet's theme, the album would seem much more complete. I think that all of the first three star trek scores deserve a re-release in which ALL of the music is on the album, not half, not a third, ALL! There is so much music in the film that isn't on the album it's rediculous! Where's the music that comes right before Bird of Prey Decloaks? That track had some excellent synthesizers in it. Anyway, a new re-release would be greatly appreciated. Then, II and III can have it out and we'll see which one is better. . . Even though TMP beats both of them.

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andyf
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Nick Wilder
Re: Better than Wrath of Khan   Saturday, July 12, 2003 (12:58 p.m.) 

> I believe that this score is very good. Even better than everyone's
> precious Star Trek II. I like the second score too, but this score just
> has a certain majestic beauty when performed in the film anyway. The
> reason the soundtrack isn't as good is because of that stupid 80's pop
> track at the end. Had that been replaced with a track containing the
> Genesis Planet's theme, the album would seem much more complete. I think
> that all of the first three star trek scores deserve a re-release in which
> ALL of the music is on the album, not half, not a third, ALL! There is so
> much music in the film that isn't on the album it's rediculous! Where's
> the music that comes right before Bird of Prey Decloaks? That track had
> some excellent synthesizers in it. Anyway, a new re-release would be
> greatly appreciated. Then, II and III can have it out and we'll see which
> one is better. . . Even though TMP beats both of them.

I can't go all the way and agree this score is better than TWOK, but the album release omits some great music and overall the score is simply underrated. "Stealing the Enterprise" is by far the most exciting and one of the more complex pieces of music ever to be found in a Trek film. The triumphant nautical sounding reprise of Alexander Courage's theme as the ship escapes into warp is stunning. The score could hang its hat on that bit of music alone, but the rest of it uniformaly excellent. I wish they had included the music for the destruction of the Enterprise and Escape from Genesis, brief but outstanding cues. Khan still gets my preference for the shear novelty of Horner's music, but Spock is still an excellent Trek score and one of Horner's best.

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