The amount of Star Trek music available on disc has at least doubled in the last year, so I thought now's as good a time as any to tackle all available Star Trek music in one thread. And I thought I'd start at the very beginning (I hear that's a very good place to start). . . So. Star Trek. The original series. I must say first that I've never really listened to TOS music much. I grew up with TNG, and my idea of Star Trek music was shaped by the film scores more than anything else. It wasn't until after I was well immersed in TNG that I began seeing episodes of TOS, and I found Courage's main "siren song" theme hilariously outdated -- more in its presentation than in the actual melody, but even so, I've never really learned to love that theme. And I never really came to love TOS as I did TNG and DS9, so I never really became familiar with its music within the show, but again, only with frequently tracked snippets such as the "Amok Time" fight that's been spoofed so many times in other shows and movies. So I'll be coming to the music of the original series with mostly fresh ears, not sure really what to expect of it. Without further ado: Star Trek, Volume One "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" composed by Alexander Courage [image=http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6053/6246142497_b84f217dd6_o.jpg] Here we have the original scores by Alexander Courage for Star Trek's two pilot episodes, both recorded in 1965, the second aired in 1966. The disc runs 35 tracks over 43 minutes, so mostly shorter pieces -- the better, I guess, to track into other episodes later. The original pilot, "The Cage", takes up 23 tracks and 29:20; the aired pilot, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", 12 tracks and 13:45 -- did it really have so little music? I'll try to check out the episode later. "The Cage" starts out with Courage's classic theme: the four-note "space" motif, followed by the eight-note Enterprise fanfare that would go on to be used in the films and TNG, followed by the bongo-licious main theme that I still can't take seriously. The rest of the score is surprisingly impressive: it's a nice blend of exotic instruments and sounds playing up the science fictional and hallucinatory aspects of the production -- the backbone of the score is an effective mysterious theme -- and approachable Hollywood-style music, and all in all it really works very well to my ears. Unfortunately, the pilot was rejected for the network for being "too cerebral" (IIRC) -- it was still too much science fiction and not enough Wagon Train to the stars. But they ordered another more westerney, adventure oriented pilot. Which brings us to "Where No Man Has Gone Before", which opens with an alternate main theme that didn't end up being used in the episode, but was tracked or adapted into later episodes. Although the episode was made to be more adventurous than the previous pilot, the music is more difficult -- darker, denser, starker. The new main theme is kind of a muscular western-ish theme, but the rest of the music, well, some of it makes me think of tense submarine pinging music, some of it really playing up the space setting. Overall, this score is much less enjoyable to me than "The Cage". Overall, this is not a disc I think I'll return to often. I quite enjoyed "The Cage", but not so much WNMHGB. That said, this is an important archival release containing the themes that would become the backbone of the Star Trek franchise, as well as some cues that would be used later in the series.