Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek III soundtrackI praise Horner for his Star Trek II soundtrack, but I have to take issue with how he managed to score the next movie. A lot of the music – indeed, starting with the opening titles – is simply lifted from Star Trek II. Now, to some degree, this is understandable, as Trek III picked up directly where its predecessor left off and quite a bit of continuity is to be expected, but there are places where you’d swear the film was being tracked with music from Star Trek II. There are exceptions to this rule – Horner created a different musical vision of the Klingons than Goldsmith’s popular theme, and there are some 3 out of 4interesting passages in the eight-and-a-half-minute “Stealing The Enterprise” cue. There’s another surprise in the form of a synth-pop rendition of the main theme, titled “The Search For Spock”, which is the first concession to a pop music audience that the Trek movie series made, but it wouldn’t be the last.

Order this CD

  1. Prologue and Main Title (6:27)
  2. Klingons (5:55)
  3. Stealing the Enterprise (8:33)
  4. The Mind Meld (2:30)
  5. Bird of Prey Decloaks (3:37)
  6. Returning to Vulcan (4:49)
  7. The Katra Ritual (4:29)
  8. End Title (6:12)
  9. The Search for Spock (3:43)

Released by: GNP Crescendo
Release date: 1984
Total running time: 46:15