Why buy this when you could get the 'Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection (Seasons 1-3) Box Set' from amazon.com instead? Seriously, if you're a Star Trek fan you should at least consider this comprehensive set.
It's a limited edition of 6000 so take a look now.
The first thing that hits you when you play these discs is the quality. LaLaLand have done an fantastic job here and these recordings sound amazingly good. Most of my generation recall the music with fondness but in those early days we were all listening to these sounds through a little TV speaker. Even when Crescendo released a few choice soundtracks from the series they were good but not particularly overwhelming.
It's not only a testament to the skill and dedication of everyone at LaLaLand but also to the sound engineers who made these recordings in the first place. Their standard was clearly very high even though at the time this was just another show made on a tight budget.
This technical marvel of sound recording has been given new vitality and the effect is stunning. It was clearly a labor of love and all for a mere 6000 copies. As someone else has mentioned, that makes this release a potentially serious investment.
And it's so complete. All the tracks that were used in the show plus a whole load of other quality stuff too including a few sound FX. The sound of Captain Pike bumping the window of his prison cell in 'The Cage' is here and it's strange how such a little thing can transport the listener back to that amazing first episode. These recordings also deliver quite an emotional punch. Some of the very best and most moving cues have simply not been released before and the effect is sensational.
But in all the many hours included here I was particularly delighted to hear Fred Steiner's music for 'Charlie X' conducted by the man himself in August 1966. This score contains some of the very best Star Trek music ever produced and is truly evocatve. It brilliantly conjures up Robert Walker Jr's disturbing and deeply moving performance of the tragic Charlie Evans.
I was also pleased to hear the darkly impressive score for 'Spectre of the Gun'. Both relentless and poignant by turns, one of the finer achievements in the Star Trek TOS collection.
In fact there are so many wonderful moments here it's easy to just put on a disc, any disc, sit back and just let it flow.
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