Hello all! Last August I had the following idea: “Let's all listen to Star Trek TOS episode scores on the anniversaries of the days they were recorded!” Over at Film Score Monthly I started a thread and I posted my comments on the 47th anniversary of each scoring session for season one. (I don't want to wait three years for 50.) http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=98235&forumID=1&archive=0 Well, here we are for Season Two. 47 years ago (yesterday) Alexander Courage recorded a new (and probably definitive) version of the series opening and closing credits. I prefer the Fred Steiner season one arrangement, but this is the one that everyone knows with the soprano vocals. He also recorded a handful of library cues. Wow are these a treasure. Several of them are used for some of the most memorable moments of Star Trek. I can’t hear “Sad and Thoughtful on Captain’s Theme” without hearing Kirk recite the Constitution. Captain Playoff #3 (Sad and Alone) is the big downer finish to Private Little War. I love Ship in Orbit (Big). I’m not a big fan of New Sexy Exotic just because it sounds so much like Vina’s theme from The Cage. Smooth Neutral is lovely. Fight on Captain’s theme is a lot like Kirk and Mitchell’s fight from Where No Man but with a little more oomph. Watch out for that fake Andorian, Captain! These tracks are wonderful and a real selling point for the 15 disc set. They would never have been a part of any “episode” soundtrack. Then there are Courage’s re-recordings of various first season cues. It’s interesting to hear Courage conducting Steiner. Charlie X: It’s a keeper! (Interesting that both Steiner and Courage re-recorded different parts of this score on different days for the second season.) Chime in everybody! It’s Season Two! I’ll be back on 6/21 for Gerald Fried’s Catspaw.