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Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home

Track List:
  1. Main Title 2:39
  2. The Whaler 2:00
  3. Market Street* 4:39
  4. Crash-Whale Fugue 8:15
  5. Ballad of the Whale* 5:03
  6. Gillian Seeks Kirk 2:42
  7. Chekov's Run 1:19
  8. Time Travel 1:29
  9. Hospital Chase 1:13
  10. The Probe 1:17
  11. Home Again: End Credits 5:40

    * -Crappy 80s pop instrumentals

Total Time: (36:11)

Composed by:
Leonard Rosenman

Orchestrated by:
Ralph Ferraro

Conducted by:
Leonard Rosenman

Whoever doesn't like James Horner's tendancy for "self rip-offs" oughta get a load of Leonard Rosenman. This guy's just unbelievable. The biggest familiar sound is in the main title (which is rather enjoyable, actually), where he copies a section (almost direct cut-and-paste) from his main theme from the [much better] "Lord of the Rings" score. Most of this score is unoriginal. There are a couple of thematic cues, but the rest is just junk. Add to that the ridiculous pop tracks by the Yellow Jackets (which do nothing but interrupt the score), the fact that the movie cues are out of order, and the fact that there are only 26 minutes of score on the CD and it's just not worth it.

Other than the Main Title, end credits, and the two minute-long run/chase tracks (which amount to about 10 minutes of decent music), this CD sucks, and the ONLY reason I'd recommend it is if you're trying to complete your Star Trek soundtrack collection like me. If you really want the decent tracks, they're all on the "Astral Symphony" compilation CD which I'd greatly recommend over this. ...and, as Forrest Gump would say... "That's all I got to say about that."

Star Trek 4 is Copyright 1986 MCA Records. This review is written by and is the property of Isaac Engelhorn and does not reflect the opinions of Tripod.