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Star Trek Beyond
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Composed and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Kryka

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 29th, 2016)

Varèse Sarabande
(December 12th, 2016)
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The initial Varèse album is a regular U.S. release. The 2016 Deluxe Edition album is limited to 5,000 copies and retailed at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $25.
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Buy it... if you have awaited Michael Giacchino's addition of the sadly missing romantic element into his "Star Trek" scores, joined in this third entry by a few nostalgic glances backward to the scores of Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner.

Avoid it... if you require strong new thematic identities in your "Star Trek" scores, the majority of new ideas by Giacchino for this score a mixture of elusive, unnecessary, derivative, and ineffective.
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WRITTEN 9/11/16, REVISED 3/18/17
Star Trek Beyond: (Michael Giacchino) Seemingly stuck perpetually in its past, the "Star Trek" universe of film and television strives to re-explore the characters and concepts of its perceived heyday. The rebooted film franchise continues its journey through a parallel universe with 2016's Star Trek Beyond, the thirteenth entry and a final farewell to the last vestiges of the actual "original" Enterprise crew. By the talent of director and producer J.J. Abrams, these rebooted "Star Trek" films have been a critical and popular success, though his ceding of the director's chair to action junkie Justin Lin for Star Trek Beyond, along with poor release timing, were likely causes for this third film in the Chris Pine generation of Captain Kirk to lose money worldwide. Borrowed plotline elements from the prior generations' films abound in Star Trek Beyond, which strands the Enterprise crew on a hostile planet after the destruction of their ship, all the while an unlikely, physically-altered villain launches an attack against the Federation. The deaths of actors Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin (there's sick irony in the idea that the navigator Chekov would be crushed by his own car due to a Jeep Grand Cherokee gearshift mishap, leading to an obligatory wrongful death lawsuit) put a particularly sour taste into the equation with Star Trek Beyond, though Nimoy and his original crewmates are afforded their proper remembrance. Perhaps the beauty of parallel universes can solve the Chekov problem as well in future films, though Abrams professed his inclination to kill off the character altogether. Expectedly returning to the franchise is composer Michael Giacchino, whose music for the prior two, rebooted "Star Trek" films was accomplished and acclaimed even if it was unnecessarily detached from the prior identities of the film franchise. The composer's approach to Star Trek Beyond isn't surprising on any level, the same core thematic elements and stylistic mannerisms from the prior two entries returning predictably.

Just as Jerry Goldsmith's musical style had become an integral aspect of the films by the phenomenal Battle of the Bassen Rift in Star Trek: Nemesis, Giacchino's own distinctive influence on the reboots has lended much-needed consistency to the overarching storyline. Although Giacchino hits all the properly sufficient notes in Star Trek Beyond, extending the musical universe into a few important new directions, the overall feeling of the score is surprisingly stagnant. There are no distinctly intriguing instrumental applications in this work, which is odd considering the composer's tendency to overthink orchestration potential. An extension of percussive brutality from Star Trek Into Darkness is the only really notable instrumental choice outside of an enhanced role for piano due to the greater romantic element in this plot. Otherwise, expect lamenting French horn solos and cooing choir to join staccato ensemble hits as the safely familiar stylistic identity for Giacchino here. In a technical sense, Star Trek Beyond isn't particularly interesting, the recording mix unfortunately still as dry as always for the composer. Where he earns his pay in this score (or doesn't, depending upon how you look at it), is how he applies his themes and various demeanors throughout the story, and on this front you encounter some fantastic successes and peculiar failures. The reprise of both Giacchino's primary theme for the new cast and his pounding fanfare for the concept are both liberally applied, often separately. The main theme's various adaptations, whether fragmentary or whole, are really a highlight in Star Trek Beyond, the idea reduced to elegant piano and woodwinds in "Thank Your Luck Star Date" and contorting to fit a variety of other needs in the work. Listeners will hear this theme's rousing statements in all the necessarily places, including the conclusion of the finale, "Par-tay for the Course," and in the usual format for the end credits. The singular staccato fanfare likewise has its moments of full enunciation, including the end of "A Lesson in Vulcan Mineralogy" and the obligatory suite destined for the end of the initial album release.

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2016 Regular Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 61:29
• 1. Logo and Prosper (1:47)
• 2. Thank Your Lucky Star Date (2:15)
• 3. Night on the Yorktown (5:36)
• 4. The Dance of the Nebula (2:22)
• 5. A Swarm Reception (2:30)
• 6. Hitting the Saucer a Little Hard (6:10)
• 7. Jaylah Damage (2:50)
• 8. In Artifacts as in Life (1:51)
• 9. Franklin, My Dear (2:50)
• 10. A Lesson in Vulcan Mineralogy (5:17)
• 11. Motorcycles of Relief (3:17)
• 12. Mocking Jaylah (3:26)
• 13. Crash Decisions (3:16)
• 14. Krall-y Krall-y Oxen Free (4:23)
• 15. Shutdown Happens (4:35)
• 16. Cater-Krall in Zero G (2:17)
• 17. Par-tay for the Course (2:46)
• 18. Star Trek Main Theme (3:45)
2016 Deluxe Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 126:00

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The insert of the regular 2016 album includes a list of performers but no extra information about the score or film. That of the Deluxe Edition album contains the same list of performers and a short note from the composer.
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