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The Ultimate Star Trek
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Conducted by:
Jerry Goldsmith
Cliff Eidelman
Fred Steiner
Frederic Talgorn

Produced by:
Robert Townson
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Varèse Sarabande
(November 7th, 2000)
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Buy it... only if you consider yourself a true fan of the "Star Trek" franchise, for this compilation is among the weakest of the plethora of similar products aimed at you.

Avoid it... if you expect the performances conducted by Cliff Eidelman and Frederic Talgorn to have the same authenticity as those by Jerry Goldsmith, which were already previously available on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,178
WRITTEN 12/11/00, REVISED 12/1/07
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The Ultimate Star Trek: (Compilation) In the late 1990's, it seemed as though there was a new collection of "Star Trek" themes produced for album once or twice every year, each one clamoring over another in order to feature the theme of the newest television or movie release. The pride of each release from 1999 to 2000 had been the inclusion of Star Trek: Insurrection, which featured, ironically, a theme that was one of the least interesting in recent "Star Trek" memory. Nevertheless, undaunted by redundancy, the Varèse Sarabande label jumped on the bandwagon in the autumn of 2000 to please those die-hard franchise fans who were grasping to the last, dying breaths of "Voyager" and wondering when or if there will be another television series and feature film. This compilation, titled "The Ultimate Star Trek," isn't much different from others in the genre; it takes performances of all the famous "Star Trek" themes by orchestras around the world (in other words: from the places where musician's fees aren't astronomical) and arranges them into a pleasant listening order. For this "ultimate" collection (which is a silly claim to make, if you think about the fact that there would certainly be another series and films from the famed Alpha Quadrant in the coming few years, reducing the validity of this product's claim), Varèse assembled performances conducted by their usual favorites, including some already existing in their library of released works. Jerry Goldsmith conducts the Royal Scottish Orchestra for a few of his own pieces, while Frederic Talgorn conducts the same group for two of the more recent entries. Fred Steiner works with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the selections from the "Original Series." Finally, Cliff Eidelman conducts his Seattle Symphony Orchestra for the majority of the motion picture themes, including his own.



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Total Time: 52:03
• 1. Star Trek: The Original Series: Main Theme (Alexander Courage) (1:24)
Fred Steiner/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

• 2. Star Trek: First Contact: End Credits (Jerry Goldsmith) (5:27)
Jerry Goldsmith/Royal Scottish National Orchestra

• 3. Star Trek: The Original Series: Suite from The Trouble With Tribbles (Jerry Fielding) (4:19)
Fred Steiner/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

• 4. Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The Enterprise (Jerry Goldsmith) (6:11)
Jerry Goldsmith/Royal Scottish National Orchestra

• 5. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: End Credits (James Horner) (6:07)
Cliff Eidleman/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

• 6. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: End Credits (Leonard Rosenman) (2:49)
Cliff Eidelman/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

• 7. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: End Credits (Jerry Goldsmith) (3:54)
Cliff Eidelman/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

• 8. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Sign Off/End Credits (Cliff Eidelman) (7:45)
Cliff Eidelman/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

• 9. Star Trek: Generations: Overture (Dennis McCarthy) (3:51)
Frederic Talgorn/Royal Scottish National Orchestra

• 10. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Main Titles (Dennis McCarthy) (2:17)
Cliff Eidelman/Seattle Symphony Orchestra

• 11. Star Trek: Voyager: Main Titles (Jerry Goldsmith) (2:12)
Jerry Goldsmith/Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra

• 12. Star Trek: Insurrection: End Credits (Jerry Goldsmith) (5:43)
Frederick Talgorn/Royal Scottish National Orchestra


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The insert includes a long note from Jeff Bond about the series of scores, as well as information about artist Bob Peak.
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