2. Living in the Age of Airplanes
4. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Why Star Trek III and not II, you may wonder, with II being many people’s favorite? Well, I never really liked the main theme from II, for one thing. I always thought it sounded uninspired an forced. I remember being very disappointed with it, after having been spoiled at that point with all the great Williams themes from the first two Star Wars films, as well as Goldsmith’s wonderful Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Of course, Horner’s ST II theme IS used quite a bit in III also, but III has a lot of other material that I think surpasses a lot of what II has to offer: The Klingon action material, and the music for Spock and Vulcan, particularly the Katra Ritual sequence.
Interesting that you have KRULL as no. 1. I’ve had the 2CD forever, but except a track or two, it’s never done anything for me (it’s exasperating; and too much ‘horror’ material). But I’ve recently re-programmed the tracks into the old Southern Cross programme (the short, original one), and have high hopes that this new presentation will lead to a new appreciation of this score.
You’re right, Thor – the KRULL 2CD IS a bit too much to get through in one sitting. I don’t think I’ve ever done that myself! But in appropriate doses, I really enjoy the wonderful energy and vigour in Horner’s writing here. And he was barely 30 at the time!