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Star Trek 2 - Ost Soundtrack, Import

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  • Audio CD (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Import
  • Label: Gnp/Crescendo
  • ASIN: B000001P0Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Fifteen years before the TITANIC score, a young James Horner produced one of the finest orchestral film scores ever recorded. Fitting seamlessly into director Nicholas Meyer's radical "Horatio Hornblower" re-invention of the ageing STAR TREK mythos, Horner's swashbuckling, romantic score announced his arrival as a major movie composer.
There are distinctly Russian influences in many of the melodies, not least the glorious main theme - but even better than the thematic arrangements are the tight and punchy action sequences, complimenting the choreographed special effects to produce some near-balletic cinematic sequences.
Much of Horner's later work (most noticeably ALIENS, COCOON, KRULL and ROCKETEER) is shamelessly lifted from this score, so there's plenty of familiarity here, even if you haven't seen THE WRATH OF KHAN. What you won't find are any of the more recent Horner signatures, like ethereal female vocals or celtic folk tunes. Oh, and Celine Dion is nowhere to be heard. Vintage Horner is so much better without them.
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I'm a massive fan of OSTs, and it was the soundtrack from this movie, Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, that got me into them. It made me realise the importance of the soundtrack in adding atmosphere to movies - often making the difference between a "good" and "brilliant" film.

I'm not reviewing the movie here, though I did love it and, like many, I feel it was the best of the Star Trek motion pictures. But what's relevant to this review is that the music was so well done, it captured the emotions of each scene perfectly: the pride while "Enterprise Clears Moorings", the almost cheeky brilliance of "Kirk's Explosive Reply", the excitement of "Battle In The Mutara Nebula", and the suspense of "Genesis Countdown"... which after hitting its peak, winds down of course toward an even more emotional scene. It's a truly epic soundtrack.

This drops a star only because I find it disappointingly short at a running time of just 45 minutes. A tough decision even so, because the music really is so good. I read that there's an extended version out there somewhere, and if so I reserve the full marks for that (I can't find it here on Amazon). But if you're OK with a shorter running time, this remains undoubtedly a 5-star soundtrack.
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This soundtrack saw the real blossoming of the great talent of James Horner, who died in a plane crash, yesterday. So many movies were enhanced by his music - and Wrath of Khan and Fields of Dreams are amongst my favourites. It's hard to remember a time when Horner's percussive effects and soaring strings didn't accompany big action or sci-fi movies, and sometimes he was in real danger of repeating the formula that he created for 'Wrath' and 'Aliens'. But he proved that - while happy to provide scores that covered similar ground - he was equally up to the job of fresh challenges. Listening again to 'Wrath of Khan', it's impossible to not see scenes and hear dialogue from the movie in your head, because his music was so strongly woven into the story and the characters he was portraying. Sad to say, his great humanity and drive will be absent from our cinemas from now on.
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I have been searching for this soundtrack for many years and there have been many times where it could have cost me £20 upwards but I held out in the hope of picking it up cheap one happy day, and Amazon downloads did me proud and offered it for just over £6 and sent it straight to my Kindle on the very night I found it for sale.

I watched the original series from the cradle, and I remember seeing TMP in 1979 when I was roughly 5 years old. And I have to say it made not a blind bit of sense, but Kirk and the crew were back! The comics were everywhere, the pop up book arrived, the cerial boxes had the give away cut out ships and was I proud of my new cut out Enterprise from a Weetabix pack! The film was a general disappointment and a flop, but it gave us some important foundations for a future of Trek that looked quite shaky after TMP bombed. It gave us a look Enterprise, possibly the best starship design in history, it reunited the original cast, it gave us the fans a new adventure that left us craving for more,

The sequel that followed was created at a fraction of the cost, filmed with TV studio equipment, had an umtried director and the musical score was also being created by a relatively unknown James Horner. It was a total turn around from TMP, an incredible success that saw the return of one of Kirks arch enemies from the first season of ST, Khan Noonian Singh, genetic super man and source of evil doings where ever he went. FX scenes were reused from TMP, the original filming prop was dug out for new shots and the all new USS Reliant made history as probably the most famous non Enterprise starship in Trek movie history.

The story was a simple tale of life and death, revenge, endings and new beginings, and wonderfully written and scripted.
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This soundtrack contains the best music of the Star Trek movies. The music of star trek is most remebered as Jerry Goldsmiths work however for the second movie James Horner did the honours. His mastery of the orchestra is unsurpassed and he sends a shiver up the spine of the audience during each piece of soundtrack. This soundtrack is a must buy for all Star Trek fans old and new, it has the ferocity of a borg attack and the mellowing quality of Risa.....
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