I’ve been reading Isaac Asimov’s FOUNDATION trilogy lately with the few STAR TREK scores I own as my musical background. One that is missing is Film Score Monthly’s recent release of the complete, expanded edition of James Horner‘s score for STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN.

I plan on reviewing the CD next week. That is, if I get my copy by then. This release has caused a big order baglog at Screen Archives Entertainment (the exclusive online retailers of the CD), and not just from film score fans. Their booth at last week’s Comic-Con in San Diego apparently went over very well. Good for Lukas, Craig, and everyone involved with this release!

But before I can write the review, I need to see the movie, which I haven’t seen since it’s release in 1982. I never owned the old truncated LP of the score and have only heard the music that one time in the theater. So I’ll be watching the film this weekend (when it arrives from Netflix) in anticipation of my CD hopefully arriving next week.

Until then, may the force be… Oops, my bad.

Do you think KHAN has the ability to bring about some new film music converts?


    1. Odd, isn’t it? I have no explanation for that time period other than the lure of alcohol. The 80s…who knew?

  1. I understand you’re not a big Horner fan, Jim. No matter. I have a real cynical like/hate relationship with the guy myself, so no judgment here.

    But this truly is a great score, and easily one of his best. Despite his unabashed, incessant borrowing from classical pieces (and himself), there’s no denying the sheer energy, passion, and melodic wonder in his music – especially from the 80’s.

    I’m waiting to “earn” another CD from FSM so that I can get this one for free. But I’m really looking forward to it.

    1. I am too actually. And I’m looking forward to getting my geek on this weekend watching the movie. With all this sci-fi in the house, I feel like I’m 12 all over again, sans zits.

  2. Jim I have had the Atlantic Lp since the first week of the film’s release. I’m not a big Horner fan either. But this is a good score that really works . FTI the soundtrack Lp for Star Trek 3 also by Horner is a Capital 3 sided Lp with side 4 blank.

    1. A 3-sided LP with a blank side 4?! Very bizarre. And we wonder why the music business is going to the dogs. For weird business decisions like that!

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