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Intrada’s two newest archival soundtrack releases take listeners from the deepest reaches of Arthurian legend to space (the final frontier).

First up, it’s an unlimited, expanded pressing of Cliff Eidelman’s score to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The sixth Trek film has several notable “lasts” to its credit: the last to feature the original series’ cast its entirety (1995’s Generations and the 2009 series reboot featured several of the major players), the second and last film in the series by Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer and the last Trek project series creator Gene Roddenberry saw to completion (he died days after viewing a pre-release assembly of the film).

The film presents an unthinkable event: the Klingon Empire, affected by a major ecological disaster, brokers an uneasy truce with the Federation. Kirk, Spock and the crew of the Enterprise discover a plot to unravel the secret peace talks, and race against time to stop the traitors. Eidelman’s dark, dramatic score marks one of the most interesting departures for the series, and this double-disc set presents both the complete original film score, with two alternate cues and two cues composed for the film’s theatrical trailers (Trek VI is the only film in the series to have music written exclusively for a trailer), as well as a remaster of the original soundtrack album.

But there’s more – an Arthurian adaptation with an interesting score history is also after the jump!

The poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the tale of a knight of King Arthur’s court and his fantastical adventures, has existed since at least the 14th century. Astoundingly, it was only in 1973 that an adaptation was made for the screen. Murray Head (yes, that Murray Head) starred as Sir Gawain and Stephen Weeks directed; Weeks would re-adapt the material 11 years later as Sword of the Valiant with Miles O’Keefe and Sean Connery as the title characters.

Composer Ron Goodwin (whose scores include Where Eagles Dare, Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy and Disney’s cult classic One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing) contributed a score that lived up to the adventurous and occasionally mystical tone of the film (a central motif includes four ominous notes for the Green Knight). What’s interesting, though, is that he would end up rescoring much of his own work in post-production, meaning almost two complete scores exist on this double-disc set, all remastered from the original source tapes.

Order your copies at the links below!

Cliff Eidelman, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – Music from the Motion Picture (Intrada MAF 7117, 2012 – original film released 1991)

Disc 1: Original score

  1. Overture
  2. The Incident
  3. Spacedock/Clear All Moorings
  4. Spock’s Wisdom
  5. Guess Who’s Coming
  6. Assassination
  7. Surrender for Peace
  8. The Death of Gorkon
  9. The Trial/Morally Unjust Evidence
  10. Sentencing
  11. Rura Penthe/First Sight of Rura Penthe
  12. Alien Fight
  13. First Evidence/The Search
  14. Escape from Rura Penthe
  15. The Mirror
  16. Revealed
  17. Mind Meld
  18. Dining on Ashes
  19. The Battle for Peace/The Final Chance for Peace/The Final Count
  20. The Undiscovered Country
  21. Sign Off
  22. Star Trek VI End Credits Suite
  23. Trailer (Take 10)
  24. Guess Who’s Coming (Alternate)
  25. Sign Off (Alternate)
  26. Trailer (Take 2)

Disc 2: Original soundtrack LP (released as MCA Records 10512, 1991)

  1. Overture
  2. An Incident
  3. Clear All Moorings
  4. Assassination
  5. Surrender for Peace
  6. Death of Gorkon
  7. Rura Penthe
  8. Revealed
  9. Escape from Rura Penthe
  10. Dining on Ashes
  11. The Battle for Peace
  12. Sign Off
  13. Star Trek VI Suite

Ron Goodwin, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Intrada Special Collection Vol. 196, 2012 – original film released 1973)

Disc 1

  1. Titles
  2. March of the Degenerated Knights
  3. Let the Game Begin
  4. Gawain’s Galop
  5. Green Light Flashes
  6. The Chalice
  7. The Black Knight
  8. The Ring
  9. Sweet Mother of God, What Have I Done
  10. The Crossbow
  11. The Cave
  12. Linet Awakens

Disc 2

  1. Oswald and Seneschal
  2. Staff Fight
  3. Fortinbras
  4. The Battlement
  5. Tower on Fire
  6. Bertilak’s Castle
  7. The Altar
  8. This Make Good Seeing
  9. The Battle
  10. Deal Me My Destiny
  11. Live On, Sir Gawain

Written by Mike Duquette

February 28, 2012 at 09:12

Posted in News, Reissues, Soundtracks

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