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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
(1989)
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1989 Epic/CBS
2010 La-La Land
Album 2 Cover Art
2012 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Arthur Morton
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Epic Records/CBS
(June 27th, 1989)

La-La Land Records
(November 30th, 2010)

Intrada Records
(May 14th, 2012)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1989 Epic album was a regular U.S. release. It was reissued in 2008 and was still in print at the time of La-La Land Records' expanded edition in 2010. The latter album was limited to 5,000 copies and was initially made available for $30 from soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold out within months, prompting Intrada Records to re-issue the same presentation in unlimited quantities for $25 in 2012.
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Buy it... on the 2010 La-La Land or 2012 Intrada albums if you're interested in hearing a superior presentation of one of Jerry Goldsmith's most vibrant, thematically diverse, and arguably forgotten "Star Trek" scores.

Avoid it... on any of the albums if you want to hear the replacement music for the brainwashing sequences in the film or if you expect Goldsmith's material for those scenes and concepts to match the strength of the remainder of this otherwise entertaining entry.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #147
WRITTEN 8/29/97, REVISED 5/20/12
Goldsmith
Goldsmith
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: (Jerry Goldsmith) Several factors conspired against the fifth installment of the famed "Star Trek" film franchise and put an increasing amount of pressure on Paramount to produce a winner with which to send off the original crew in the sixth film. Without a doubt, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home was the smash hit of the franchise at the time (and still is to this day), earning hundreds of millions of dollars for Paramount and causing a Trek-related blip on the radar of the Academy Awards. Three years later, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier would cause that momentum to come to a crashing halt, partly due to extremely tough competition from other films in the summer of 1989 and partially due to its own miserable failings. With the Writer's Guild on strike, Industrial Light and Magic unable to provide the special effects, and William Shatner serving as director, the resulting film is a monumental embarrassment to a series that only a vastly superior Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country could salvage a few years later. The film even featured the most humiliating scene ever put into a Trek feature, with Uhura attempting to perform a sultry song and dance matched on album to a wretched, hapless, and tired 1980's rock style. The plot of the film represented the concept's rather lame early attempt to address the search for God (an element better explored in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"), and Spock's half brother brainwashes enough people to commandeer the Enterprise, send the ship to the center of the galaxy, discover an entity that actually turns out to be more of a nasty beast than a deity, and ultimately rely upon a pesky Klingon bird-of-prey to save Captain Kirk. Unfortunately, none of that was handled convincingly, the effects disappointing due to tight budgets and the excitement level restrained by copious amounts of fruitless conversation. One thing Paramount got right with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was the return of composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose theme for the "Star Trek" universe had earned him an Academy Award nomination in 1979 and acclaim in 1987 for the resurrection of the television show. Leonard Rosenman's score for the previous film, though nominated for an Oscar, had deviated badly from the sound that Goldsmith and James Horner had used to define the "Star Trek" universe, and for film music collectors, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier at least served the basic purpose of reintroducing Goldsmith to the franchise with surprising success.



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3,153 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.75 Stars
***** 972 5 Stars
**** 1,072 4 Stars
*** 656 3 Stars
** 272 2 Stars
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Listening to the full score now!
Ben - December 4, 2010, at 1:43 p.m.
1 comment  (1420 views)
Full Score   Expand >>
Ben - August 3, 2010, at 2:50 p.m.
2 comments  (1629 views)
Newest: August 5, 2010, at 9:07 p.m. by
Travis K
By far...
SolarisLem - October 30, 2007, at 10:35 a.m.
1 comment  (2087 views)
Full of exciting action and suspenseful and menacing tracks
Sheridan - August 28, 2006, at 6:36 a.m.
1 comment  (2635 views)
Chronological Order
Jay Harrison - July 12, 2006, at 5:06 a.m.
1 comment  (2302 views)
Correct order   Expand >>
Damian - June 6, 2006, at 3:48 p.m.
2 comments  (3035 views)
Newest: July 12, 2006, at 5:02 a.m. by
Jay Harrison
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1989 Epic Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 42:25
• 1. The Mountain (3:53)
• 2. The Barrier (2:53)
• 3. Without Help (4:21)
• 4. A Busy Man (4:42)
• 5. Open the Gates (3:02)
• 6. An Angry God (6:58)
• 7. Let's Get Out of Here (5:15)
• 8. Free Minds (3:19)
• 9. Life is a Dream (3:59)
• 10. The Moon's a Window to Heaven* (4:00)
* performed and arranged by Hiroshima
(track times not listed on packaging)
2010 LLL and 2012 Intrada Albums Tracks   ▼Total Time: 131:51

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of 1989 Epic album includes no extra information about the score or film. The 2010 La-La Land and 2012 Intrada albums' inserts include identical, extensive notation about both, though they differ in artwork.
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