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The World of Star Trek

The World of Star Trek This double CD contains the soundtracks of four of the early episodes of the original TV series. The first CD features the music scores of the two pilot episodes The Cage and Where No Man Has Gone Before, on the second, The Doomsday Machine and Amok Time.

There is no bonus material contained on these CDs.

Although the music is more than 30 years old, this double CD is still a very good choice, especially at its low price. If you loved TOS, you'll love this CD!

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Star Trek: The Motion Picture This double CD is not simply the soundtrack of the first Star Trek movie, but it's a special edition honoring the great works of Gene Roddenberry. The first CD contains the complete soundtrack of Star Trek: The Motion Picture including some tracks that have never been published before.

The second CD, Inside Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry, first published in 1976, had been unavailable for a long time. Many of the actors share their memories of the original Star Trek production and other interesting facts from their lives. This CD is a piece of history! Every Star Trek fan should have listened to it. It's a great chance to experience con appearances of Gene Roddenberry, Mark Lenard and DeForest Kelley talking, when they were still alive.

This double CD is well worth its high price. It's one of my favorite CDs and I've never regretted that I spent a lot of money for it.

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Well, this one is surely not one of the best Star Trek scores. I like the main title and some other tracks, but it's just not Star Trek like. It's a pity that one of the best movies has one of the worst soundtracks...

Compared to other soundtracks it is a very short one!

There are two bonus tracks performed by the Yellowjackets (perhaps you remember the jazz music when the Enterprise crew first walk through San Francisco and Kirk almost collided with a car), which are a highlight on the CD.

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier Like all soundtracks by Jerry Goldsmith, this one is an excellent one too. I really like the music in Star Trek V. There's an excellent MIDI file from this soundtrack in the download section!

It's just the opposite to Star Trek IV here: One of the worst Star Trek movies has one of the best soundtracks. Unfortunately, it's very short too; and especially as it's such an excellent score, it seems to be even shorter. But considering the relatively low price, it's a rather good choice.

There's one bonus track on the CD: The Moon's A Window To Heaven performed by Hiroshima. It's the song that Uhura sang to attract Sybok's guards in the desert.

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Well, it's not the best, nor the worst soundtrack. At least it's not so short as its two predecessors. The score is very dramatic and nothing you should be listening to while eating or studying... But I really like and recommend it.

What is very interesting about this score is the fact that the single tracks run fluently from one into another. I've only got the MC and often can't find out when one track ends and the next one starts, which makes it a running concerto.

There are no bonuses contained on the CD.

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Star Trek: Generations

Star Trek: Generations Whereas Dennis McCarthy created many excellent scores for the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, this soundtrack by him is rather average. As the price is a little bit higher than the price of older (and better) soundtracks, I'd not recommend to buy this one, unless you're a fan of McCarthy's music, or this is one of the few missing CDs in your libary.

The CD contains some excellent bonus materials: A collection of sound effects from the movie. They're at a very high quality, and it's fun using them for your Windows sound effects.

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Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: First Contact This CD is also a very good choice. As usual, Jerry Goldsmith made a brilliant score for the second movie with the Next Generation crew. The music is as dark as the topic of the film, the Borg. This CD is one of my favorites and worth the price, which is slightly above average.

The CD contains two bonus tracks: Steppenwolf's Magic Carpet Ride and Roy Orbison's Ooby Dooby. It also contains a data track with a Macromedia tour on board Enterprise E with Quick Time movies of interviews with Jonathan Frakes and Jerry and Joel Goldsmith. Both bonuses make the CD a much more interesting buy.

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Star Trek: Insurrection

Star Trek: Insurrection Like the soundtrack before, this one was also created by Jerry Goldsmith, the master of SciFi and especially Star Trek scores. This one's even better than its precedessor, but unforunately there are no bonuses, and it has the same old problem that it is too short.

Nevertheless, it's an excellent score, soft and emotional, like the movie; also one of my favorites.

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This One's From the Heart

This One's From the Heart My absolute favorite! See full review in the Vic Fontaine section.

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Star Trek: The Astral Symphony

Star Trek: The Astral Symphony This CD contains extracts from the scores of Star Trek I, II, III, IV and V. Well, that's all about it. No bonuses, no extras. If you don't want to buy all the single soundtracks, this could be your choice, but if you already own some of these, you don't need this CD any more.

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Star Trek: 30th Anniversary Special

Star Trek: 30th Anniversary Special This is a collection of scores from all four TV series. The CD contains the music from TOS's The Trouble With Tribbles, TNG's Heart Of Glory, DS9's The Visitor and Voyager's Heroes And Demons. There's one bonus track with an orchchestral version of the Ressikan flute music from The Inner Light and Lessons, as well as a data track with a really useless Macromedia tour.

Of the four scores, the one from The Visitor, is my favorite. I don't know if the memory of this episode makes the score so sad or if the episode is so sad because of this score... It is perhaps the most emotional score of all DS9 episodes.

This CD is also one of my favorites and worth its price.

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