La-La Land to release 15-disc original series score set

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  1. RandyS

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    I agree completely. In fact that's one of the main reasons I'm looking forward to this set. Of course, I want to hear all of it, but I've always had a particular soft spot for season three's music.
     
  2. Christopher

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    I daresay most of TOS's composers who contributed to season 3 did their best work there, or at least my personal favorites: "Paradise Syndrome" for Fried, "Spock's Brain" for Steiner, "Spectre of the Gun" for Fielding, "The Empath" for Duning. The one exception is Courage; my favorite of his scores is "The Naked Time." But his two season 3 scores have some really good stuff in them. (I love the underscore to Scotty's defiant speech to the Romulans in "The Enterprise Incident." And there's a really great, poignant rendering of "Captain's Theme" at the end of one of the acts of "Plato's Stepchildren," when Kirk and Spock are being humiliated by the Platonians.)

    And yet we have never had a release of any of the original soundtrack recordings from the third season. We've had new versions of excerpts from a few -- "The Empath" from Sarabande/Steiner, "Spectre," "Paradise," and "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" from Label X/Bremner -- but nothing more. So the Season 3 set is maybe the grand prize of the whole collection.
     
  3. JimZipCode

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    That's a hard statement for me to accept, thinking about Friday's Child and Kaplan's recording of Enemy Within, along with Adonais and Catspaw and City and extra struff from Amok Time. A lot of people love Duning's Metamophosis, too. But you've made a good case.


    After our discussion about Paradise Syndrome last night, I re-listened to the Bremner suite of it. I forgot how good it was! I had come to be a little disappointed by the Bremner stuff, primarily because I considered the performance of Enemy Within to be inferior to Kaplan's performance. But the Paradise performance is quite good.

    It's interesting that Fried is playing the oboe at the upcoming event, because the oboe is featured at some moments in the Paradise score. I found myself wondering who played oboe during the recording. Did the studio orchestra have woodwinds, or did Fried play it himself?

    I've also wondered the same thing about the rolling piano in the Enemy Within score, whether it was Kaplan.

    We'll know soon! I think there will be info on the musician performers, in the box set. Very cool.
     
  4. Tallguy

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    I'm discovering that my musical knowledge of season 3 is lacking. That track from Elaan of Troyius, Battle Music blew me away.
     
  5. OneBuckFilms

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    That cue always stood out for me. Great score, one of my favorites.
     
  6. Christopher

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    I didn't mean to suggest that season 3 had the only good stuff. I just meant that not only does it have many of the best scores, but it's the least represented season in prior releases, with absolutely none of its original recordings ever having been released before. So collectively, as a full-season set, it's got more long-awaited, never-released content than either of the other season boxes, including my all-time favorite TOS scores. And that makes it stand out as a part I'll be particularly glad to have, though I'm certainly glad for the whole thing.

    In other words, the season 3 set is the one that has the highest proportion of "Oh my god I've been waiting all my life for this and I never thought I'd get it and here it is squeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!"



    If they were conducting their own scores, I doubt it, unless those bits were recorded separately.

    And the studio orchestra certainly did have woodwinds. One thing that strikes me about '50s/'60s TV/film music compared to more recent scores is that the bassoon seems to have fallen out of favor since then. A strong presence of bassoon and other winds is sort of a trademark that distinguishes older scores from more modern ones, at least to my ear (although Shirley Walker brought back a lot of vintage orchestration in Batman: TAS and The Flash).

    The preview image at TrekCore includes a glimpse at the orchestra list for "City on the Edge of Forever," and there are a few woodwind performers listed.
     
  7. JimZipCode

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    I hadn't seen that! Thanks for linking.

    That preview image contains a listing that includes Way To Eden. Far Out Jam! Headin' Out To Eden! And the instrumental tag over the death of Adam. The music editor put a little sting at the moment where the "dead" Adam twitches his finger, which is such an oddball decision that it seems like genius.

    I can't believe I'm excited about that. Part of it is just (finally!) having all the questions answered.
     
  8. gottacook

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    Well, in my case there's the added attraction that season 3 was the season I got to know first, as a preteen; I probably saw half the season first-run, definitely including "Spock's Brain" and "The Way to Eden." The effects and the music were both excellent, and I had no way of knowing (yet) that the stories were not what they could have been.

    Sometime I should post George Duning's gracious reply to my 1980 fan letter, if I can find it.
     
  9. Indysolo

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    Good news everyone!!!

    The CDs are in stock.

    Neil
     
  10. doubleohfive

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    I am so looking forward to Monday night!
     
  11. Indysolo

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    Please make sure all 15 CDs are in your box. :)

    Neil
     
  12. doubleohfive

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    Believe me, I am not going to let a year go by this time if they aren't! :lol:
     
  13. JimZipCode

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    Quandary! My wife asked, is there any way you can wait on that boxed set until Christmas?
     
  14. Indysolo

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    Just say no.

    Neil
     
  15. RandyS

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    Does that mean we can preorder? I just want to clarify before I go batshit crazy here.

    Edit: Never mind. I just checked Intrada, Filmscore Monthly, Lala Land, and Amazon, and nobody has it listed, so I guess the answer is no.
     
  16. Indysolo

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    SEASON 3, DISC 2

    Elaan of Troyius
    Music Composed and Conducted by Fred Steiner
    Episode #57, Recorded 7/12/68
    Aired #68, 12/6/68

    1. Mission to Elas/Meet Kryton/Meet Elaan M11/M12/M13 2:24
    2. Elaan of Elas/Impulse Drive/Elaan Is Annoyed/Peevish Elaan/Thematic Bridge*/Elaan’s Interest M15/M16/M17/M21/M22/M23 2:40
    3. Mysterious Things/Klingon Warship/Elaan in Trouble M24/M25/M26 2:01
    4. Medical Man/Elaan Motif/Elaan Eats M27/M28/M29–30 1:00
    5. Elaan Angry/Enemy Warship/Bad Kryton M31/M32/M33 2:57
    6. More Trouble/Elaan’s Temper M34/M35 1:23
    7. Magic Tears/The Intruder/Kryton Vanishes M36–40/M41/M42 3:40
    8. Afterwards M43 1:26
    9. Realization/Battle Stations M44/M45 1:54
    10. Close Call M46 1:12
    11. Elaan Pleads M51 1:34
    12. Klingon Command M52 1:55
    13. Elaan’s Jewels/Confrontation M53/M54 1:54
    14. Battle Music M55–60 2:06
    15. Thematic Bridge*/Goodbye Elaan/Kirk in Command M61/M62/M63 2:28

    Total Time: 31:05

    Spock’s Brain
    Music Composed and Conducted by Fred Steiner
    Episode #61, Recorded 8/26/68
    Aired #56, 9/20/68

    16. Alien Ship/Meet Kara M11/M12 3:08
    17. Awakening/Poor Spock M13/M14 1:26
    18. No Mind/Tense Moment/Tracking the Alien/The Question M15/M16/M21/M22A/M22 1:10
    19. Icy Planet/Caveman/Caveman Fight M23/M24/25 2:56
    20. Caveman Run/Cave Music/Corpus Spock/Hello Luma/Kara Zaps Kirk M31/M32/M33/M34/M36 4:06
    21. Chicken Delight/Kirk Caught/The Answer/The Agonizer/Sulu’s Log M41/M42/M43/M44/M45 2:57
    22. Communicators/Scientific Fight M46/M47A 1:54
    23. Spock Walks/Agonizer #2/Spooky Spock M49–50+M50A/M51/M52 tk 3 3:54
    24. Magic Helmet/Kara’s Kaper M53/M54 1:50
    25. Kara Commands M55 0:51
    26. Kirk’s Dilemma/Magic Helmet #2/Operation Spock/Operation Montage/Spock Is O.K./Spock’s Fugue M56/M57–60/M61/M62/M63/M64 7:05

    Total Time: 31:45

    Fred Steiner Library Cues
    From “Elaan of Troyius”:

    27. Meet Elaan M13A 0:33
    28. Elaan in Trouble M26A 0:14
    29. Bad Kryton M33A/M33B 1:23
    30. Battle Stations M45A 1:01
    31. Goodbye Elaan M62A 0:15

    From “Spock’s Brain”:

    32. Meet Kara M12A 0:28
    33. Poor Spock M14A/M14B 0:21
    34. The Question M22A 0:38
    35. Kara Motif M26 0:09
    36. Corpus Spock M33A 0:33
    37. Hello Luma M34A/M34B 1:28
    38. Scientific Fight M47 0:32
    39. Overstings M48A 0:30
    40. Spooky Spock With Overstings M52 tk 3+M48A 1:13
    41. Brain Box M50A 0:09
    42. Spooky Spock M52 tk 4 1:11
    43. Kara’s Kaper M54A 0:28
    44. Kara Motif (Fred Steiner rehearsal and master) M26 0:56

    Total Time (27–44): 12:51

    Total Disc Time: 75:50
     
  17. Indysolo

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    Season 3, Disc 3

    The Enterprise Incident
    Music Composed and Conducted by Alexander Courage
    Episode #59, Recorded 8/5/68
    Aired #57, 9/27/68

    1. Main Title* (soprano version, monaural; arr. Courage, cond. Hatch) 1:01
    2. Aberrated Captain* M11 3:04
    3. Surrounded/Temper, Temper M12/M13 1:14
    4. Unfair Exchange M14–20+M14–20B 1:04
    5. Vulcanian Cahoots M21 3:34
    6. Hemmed In*/Vulcanization M22/M31 0:48
    7. Konked Kirk M32 3:42
    8. Vulcanized M33 1:13
    9. Kirk Rekirked M41 1:21
    10. Back From Dead/Commandeered M42/M43–50 6:31
    11. Back to Business M51 2:13
    12. Stolen Device M52 2:51
    13. Reworked*/Deposition/Sweaty Scotty M53/M54/M55–60 1:50
    14. Free Enterprise* M61 6:19
    15. Ear Bob* M62 0:36

    Total Time: 37:56

    *Contains “Theme From Star Trek (TV Series)” by Alexander Courage and Gene Roddenberry

    Plato’s Stepchildren
    Music Composed and Conducted by Alexander Courage
    Episode #67, Recorded 10/25/68
    Aired #65, 11/22/68

    16. Giant Dwarf* M11 0:45
    17. Meet the Folks/Soaring Syringe M12/M13 1:09
    18. Episode Titles M14 0:45
    19. Delirium Parmen’s* M15–20 2:34
    20. Reluctant Guests/Psychokinetic Effect M21/M21A 0:30
    21. The Frog (Alexander’s Song) (vocal: Michael Dunn) M22A 0:27
    22. Slap Unhappy M23 0:41
    23. Cut Off/I Hear You Calling M24/M25+M25A 0:45
    24. Psychokinetic Shenanigans/Stopped Cold M26/M31 1:17
    25. Groveling Kirk M32+M32A 2:46
    26. Dancing Spock M33 3:49
    27. Spock Brought/New Talent M41/M51 0:54
    28. The Aristocrats/Flung About M52/M53 1:24
    29. Maiden-Wine† (vocal: Leonard Nimoy) M54A 1:18
    30. Orgy Porgy M55–60 5:58
    31. Brain Bout M61 1:51
    32. The Little Visitor M62 0:38

    Total Time: 28:06

    *Contains “Theme From Star Trek (TV Series)” by Alexander Courage and Gene Roddenberry
    †Composed by Leonard Nimoy, Published by Adajul Music (BMI)

    Whom Gods Destroy
    Music Composed and Conducted by Alexander Courage
    Episode #71, Recorded 10/25/68 (With “Plato’s Stepchildren”)
    Aired #69, 1/3/69

    33. Arab Hootch Dance (Hootchie Kootchie) LM133 1:44

    The Way to Eden

    Songs by Arthur Heinemann, Charles Napier and Craig Robertson
    Music Director: Wilbur Hatch
    Episode #75, Recorded 11/20/68
    Aired #75, 2/21/69

    34. Beam-In Sweetener M6 0:04
    35. Looking for a New Land (vocal: Charles Napier) MV1 1:31
    36. Like Hail (vocal: Napier) MV3 0:13
    37. Hey, Out There! (vocals: Charles Napier and Deborah Downey) MV2 2:48
    38. Far Out Jam (William Pitman) M8/MV5A 1:14
    39. Headin’ Out to Eden (vocal: Napier) MV4 1:04
    40. Headin’ Out to Eden (instrumental tags) M7A tk 2, 1 0:24
    41. End Title* (soprano version, monaural; arr. Courage, cond. Hatch) 0:43

    Total Time: 8:15

    Total Disc Time: 76:21
     
  18. Christopher

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    I can't wait to hear Disc 2. "Spock's Brain" is Steiner's most brilliant, lush, passionate score, as if he were trying to compensate for the flaws of the episode. Possibly my favorite cue in all of TOS is the one when McCoy uses the Great Teacher -- which I guess would have to be "Magic Helmet #2."

    Oh, and you even have "Maiden Wine!" Nimoy gets another royalty. And I take it that "The Frog" is written by Courage, since there's no other credit or "Traditional" notation?

    Nothing on these two discs has been officially released in any version; however, some of the "Way to Eden" songs are heard on the infamous 1975 Trek Bloopers bootleg album from "Blue Pear Records." I don't recall which songs are included, but one of the track titles mentions "Hey, Out There." The album was compiled from discarded on-set audio recordings, so the songs are from filming sessions where the performers were singing along with the playback of the pre-recorded songs in order to get lip-sync. So the audio isn't very good there.
     
  19. TREK_GOD_1

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    That episode's Meet Kara is one of my favorite cues from the entire series; it was used again in "Requiem for Methuselah" after Spock destroys the robot which threatened Kirk. Lovely music.
     
  20. OneBuckFilms

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    Not long now. The producers already have their copies, per their facebook postings.

    And on Monday night, the fun begins. :)