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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Music by James Horner
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
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Price: $19.95
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Line: Retrograde
CD Release: July 2009
Catalog #: Retrograde
# of Discs: 1

I have been...and always shall be...YOUR DREAM SOUNDTRACK CD.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) is beloved as arguably the finest Star Trek feature film. Directed by Nicholas Meyer (Time After Time), the film features the death of Spock, one of William Shatner's finest performances as Kirk, and an iconic villain in Ricardo Montalban as Khan. After the special effects-laden Star Trek: The Motion Picture, it was Star Trek II that set the franchise back on its feet with a rich, weighty narrative of youth and age, life and death that continues to be the yardstick against which future films are measured—it is the quintessential example of mining the franchise for all the drama it possesses while staying true to its essential themes and characterizations. 
The film benefits enormously from a rich, sweeping symphonic score by a composer at the time virtually unknown, but who has since then become one of the giants of the field: James Horner. Then 28—with only a few films under his belt—Horner was personally selected by Meyer and his colleagues when the budget prohibited the hiring of a veteran like Jerry Goldsmith (who had done such a sensational score for the first film).
Working closely with Meyer, Horner crafted flowing, nautical-sounding melodies for Kirk and the Enterprise that recalled the spirit of Captain Horatio Hornblower, one of Gene Roddenberry's inspirations for the series. Horner contrasted sweeping, flowing themes for the heroes against shorter, warlike music for the archvillain Khan—creating dynamic and memorable battle music for the film's WWII submarine-style spaceship confrontations. But it was the film's core story of the friendship between Kirk and Spock—and the separation of that bond at the story's end—that received Horner's most heart-pulling and emotional scoring. 
Star Trek II was released on LP by Atlantic Records in a 45-minute program issued on CD by GNP/Crescendo (long out of print). Although the album program featured the score's highlights, fans have long clamored for a complete-score presentation—adding such important cues as the mind-control sequences involving Chekov and Capt. Terrell being possessed by alien eels, the revelation of the Genesis Cave, the final battle between the Enterprise and Reliant, and Spock's death and funeral ("Amazing Grace"). FSM delivers in cooperation with Rhino Entertainment (who administer the Atlantic Records catalog) and Paramount Pictures (owners of the Star Trek film franchise)—remastering the complete score from Dan Wallin's 1982 three-track film mixes, stored in the Paramount vaults in sterling sound quality. 
The 28-page CD booklet features commentary and track-by-track breakdowns including new and historical interview quotes by Horner, Meyer and others involved in the production—as well as our customary art direction by Joe Sikoryak featuring stills, rare artwork and behind-the-scenes photos. 
To borrow a quote from a completely different movie—American Beauty—here at FSM we feel about this CD like Kevin Spacey when asked about the hotrod in his driveway:  "It is the car I've always wanted and now it is mine."
Bless you, Scotty, go Sulu!
James Horner Scores on FSM
About the Composer

James Horner (b. 1953) is one of the most successful and in-demand composers of the modern era, capable of everything from traditional symphonic scores (Star Trek II, Aliens, Willow) to off-beat, ethnic and atmospheric approaches (Patriot Games, Sneakers)—often blending the two, as on the record-breaking and double-Oscar-winning Titanic. Classically trained, he originally intended to be a concert composer, before the realities of that field led to film assignments in the B-movie world of Roger Corman—and a rapid ascension through the Hollywood ranks. His credits read like a history of the modern-day blockbuster: 48 Hrs., Cocoon, An American Tail, Field of Dreams, Glory, Legends of the Fall, Apollo 13, The Mask of Zorro, The Perfect Storm, Troy and Avatar—to name but a few. IMDB

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Fantastic !!! I hope this will be available at Comic-Con !!!

About time !!!!

Finally the wait is over. Another score grail given to if they can release the complete score for Star Trek 3 another long over due Horner score to be presented in its entirity. I hope they will press more copies of Journey of Natty Gann as I missed out on getting that added to my collection.

Absolute stunning release ! 2009 is definitely James Horner year... Can't wait for AVATAR ! Thank you Mr Kendall. This is a dream came true, after all those years, James Horner joins the FSM Family: woohoo !

WOW!! Finally THE RIGHT STUFF is done justice with a complete score soundtrack CD and now one of my favorite scores EVER is released in it's entirety! It may have taken YEARS, but the wait is worth it! Just received THE RIGHT STUFF today and will eagerly await THE WRATH OF KHAN. I love the score for the first STAR TREK film (and it will always have a special place in my heart because I worked in the film as an Enterprise crewperson), but the best score by far is WOK. Also love the score for FIRST CONTACT, but so much of it is the piece when the Phoenix is going into warp the first time, that the CD released does not do it justice. I have heard that there IS a complete studio copy out there with a lot of the missing tracks, so hope that it will be offered in the near future!

I love the score for the first STAR TREK film (and it will always have a special place in my heart because I worked in the film as an Enterprise crewperson), but the best score by far is WOK. [/endquote]

I envy you your experience on the first movie (are you in the Enterprise crowd scene, I presume?), but can't differ with you more strongly on your assessment of the two scores. The undeniable strengths of Horner's score aside (which I would posit lay mostly in his suspenseful scoring of the climactic sequences), it's not a patch on Goldsmith's magnificent, magisterial work on the first film. I find some of Horner's work on TREK II thin-sounding, his villainous Khan music tired and unimaginative, even at the time it came out, and the main theme, however nautical, more wan than stirring. I was glad when he moved away from the series after his second score.

At a concert I attended, Goldsmith confessed to not being able to relate to Star Trek. Well, you sure can't tell from the landmark score he wrote for what is admittedly an uneven film: from the captivating Klingon music, to the lovely space ballet music for the early Earth orbit sequences, to the mind-blowing Kubrickian odyssey music for Spock's space walk. I don't find Horner's score approaching that level, in any portion of his score.

That said, I still like Horner's score for what it is and am looking forward to ordering my copy. I would have done it immediately if this wasn't an unrestricted release!

Fantastic !!! I hope this will be available at Comic-Con !!!

About time !!!![/endquote]

Good question. I'll be there at Comic-Con preview night, with $20.00 burning a hole in my pocket.

Greg Espinoza

Look for the SAE table at booth #429 at COmic Con 2009 (not sure if we'll be up for preview night but definitely starting Thursday).


Look for the SAE table at booth #429 at COmic Con 2009 (not sure if we'll be up for preview night but definitely starting Thursday).


Yee Haw!! Cannot wait!!!! See ya on Saturday (^_^)


Might I ask where you got a complete soundtrack to THE RIGHT STUFF? I don't see that on this FSM site. Searching the internet, I can only legitimately find the old version combined with North and South, which I already have.

I just found out about this site. This ST:TWOK release looks nice, and I'm excited about getting a CD of THE TWILIGHT ZONE MOVIE. I still have my LP kicking around somewhere.


Shawn M.
Portland, OR

The Right Stuff

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Track List
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Leader (Conductor):
James Horner

Arnold Belnick, Dixie Blackstone, Rebecca Bunnell (Haslop Barr), Karen Collins Bussell, Norman Carr, Oscar Chausow, Bonnie J. Douglas (Shure), Ronald P. Folsom, David Frisina, James Getzoff, Harris Goldman, Clayton Haslop, Gwenn R. Heller (Jannelli), Reginald Hill, Nathan Kaproff, Brian Leonard, Mary Debra Lundquist, David Montagu, Irma W. Neumann, Krystyna M. Newman (Rhodes), Claudia C. Parducci, Connie Pressman (Meyer), Paul C. Shure, Jennifer Small, Joseph Stepansky, Polly Sweeney, Dorothy M. Wade (Sushel), Harold Wolf, Arthur A. Zadinsky, Shari Zippert (Freebairn-Smith)

Denyse N. Buffum, Alan B. DeVeritch, James F. Dunham, Pamela Goldsmith, Roland Kato, Myra Kestenbaum, Janet Lakatos, Linda S. Lipsett, Holly Barnes Morrison, Michael Nowak, Kazi H. Pitelka, Linn Subotnick, Raymond J. Tischer

Robert Lee "Bob" Adcock, Barry R. Gold, Paula Hochhalter, Barbara Jane Hunter (Badgley), Dennis Karmazyn, Armen Ksajikian, Robert Martin, Christina T. Soule, Kevan M. Torfeh

Arni Egilsson, John A. Hornschuch, Peter A. Mercurio, Bruce P. Morgenthaler, Buell Neidlinger, Susan A. Ranney, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Louise M. DiTullio (Dissman), Brice H. Martin, Sheridon W. Stokes

Barbara B. Northcutt, Kathleen T. Robinson

Roy A. D'Antonio, Dominick Fera, Gary G. Gray

Norman H. Herzberg, Patricia Kindel-Heimerl

French Horn:
James Atkinson, Vincent N. DeRosa, David A. Duke, Arthur Maebe, Jr., Richard E. Perissi, Henry Sigismonti

Robert Divall, Mario F. Guarneri, Malcolm Boyd McNab, Judd S. Miller, Roy L. Poper

Richard "Dick" Nash, Robert F. Sanders, Thomas Shepard, Lloyd E. Ulyate

John T. "Tommy" Johnson

Ralph E. Grierson, Chet Swiatkowski, Ian R. Underwood

Craig Huxley (Hundley)

Catherine Gotthoffer (Johnk), Dorothy S. Remsen

A. R. Clarke-Stewart, Kathleen Graham

Larry Bunker, Joe Porcaro, Emil Radocchia (Richards), Kenneth E. Watson

Orchestra Manager:
Carl Fortina

Music Consultant:
David L. Newman

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