STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SOUNDTRACK-WHERE TO BUY IT!

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Have you heard? It’s been released. Star Trek: Discovery soundtrack. The hit series has released a track of songs from the first season including the theme song. This digital album is great to hear and you should. Where to buy it? There are places you can hear it for free and places you can buy it on mp3. The choice is yours.

RELEASE DATE: December 15, 2017

COMPOSER: Jeff Russo

TOTAL LENGTH: 52:47

LABEL: Lakeshore Records

SEASON: 1 Chapter 1

COPYRIGHT: (c) 2017 Lakeshore Records

FREE LISTENING: Spotify

BUY IT: Amazon

STAR TREK DISCOVERY SOUNDTRACK

The Star Trek universe unveiled the new Star Trek series Discovery in September. Discovery’s soundtrack was released December 15, 2017. It’s composer is Jeff Russo. Lakeshore Records is the label for the soundtrack. Fifty two minutes long roughly, this soundtrack is a 21-track digital album. You can buy it on Amazon or listen to it for free on Spotify. The sign up there is also free and only takes a few minutes. This album covers the first half of Discovery’s first season labeled Chapter 1which had nine episodes. When will Chapter 2 of the digital album be dropped to the public? Try some time in 2018. However a vinyl album will be released with both Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of the first season.
A 64 piece orchestra was used for th pilot alone. No less than 51 piece orchestra was used for each of the other 9 episodes. Wind instruments to cellos to violins to upright bass is heard in this soundtrack of the latest Star Trek.

THE PLAYLIST

The Star Trek: Discovery soundtrack contains 21 songs in its playlist. Almost an hour’s worth of listening.  It begins with the main title track.  These are the songs listed in order.

  1. Main Title     1:33
  2. We Come In Peace     1:22
  3. First Officer’s Log     1:09
  4. I’ll Go     7:59
  5. The Day Is Saved     3:10
  6. The Torchbearer     1:56
  7. PTSD     2:36
  8. Persistence     1:04
  9. Stranded     4:12
  10. What Did You Mean By That?     1:05
  11. I Can’t Dance     1:53
  12. Captain Mudd     2:46
  13. Stella     2:05
  14. Facing Off     4:50
  15. Undetermined     1:51
  16. Watch The Stars Fall     1:59
  17. Weakened Shields     4:20
  18. What’s Happening?     1:00
  19. Personal Log     1:38
  20. The Charge Of Mutiny   2:08
  21. Main Title (Extended)     2:10

MEET THE COMPOSER

Star Trek has never had one composer writing each and every piece of its scores until now. Star Trek: Discovery has enlisted the help of one person to write every score to each of its episodes. His name. Jeff Russo.
Ever heard of Jeff Russo? The name may sound familiar. The name may sound less familiar than the rock band he co-founded by the name of “Tonic.” Their hit song was “If You Could Only See” written by the other co-founder of the alternative rock group, Emerson Hart and was released in 1996. It was about an older woman Emerson wanted to marry and a phone call from his mother. One of disapproval about his relationship. His band actually earned 2 Grammy nominations.

Jeff Russo was born August 31, 1969, and is a songwriter and composer. He plays the guitar and the drums very well. Writing music for film and TV and even video games, there is not much Russo cannot do when it comes to music. His scores include “Fargo” for which he garnered an ASCAP award in 2015. “Fargo” is a crime drama where each season there is a different story and a different set of characters. This is also called an anthology. Some actors are famed like Billy Bob Thorton and Ted Danson. The TV series is based off the movie by the Joel and Ethan Coen in 1996.
His other works include “What About Brian,” a television show about a man who has yet to marry and is the last of his friends to do so. This show was co-produced by Bad Robot Productions, J.J. Abrams company who produced  Star Trek’s movie reboots of the Original Series. Quite a coincidence.

“The Night Of” is another interesting work of Russo’s. In this miniseries, a man wakes up to a date from last night that has been stabbed to death.
Other works include “Hostages” and “Talk To Me” and numerous other projects.
So, when the team of Star Trek: Discovery asked him to compose music for their new series on CBS All Access, he was ‘over the moon’ to coin a phrase. He understands Star Trek’s vision of space exploration and the connectivity of all species in the universe even though we may be at odds from time to time. Like the Federation and the Klingons on Star Trek: Discovery. To express this universal theme, Russo applied “common tone.” You may remember it from music class. Common tone is a note or chord shared by two or more chords in a chord progression. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan is his favorite score from the franchise. Its composer-James Horner.

But, Russo, being the only composer for Star Trek: Discovery, had to write 30-40 minutes worth of music per episode. He composed themes for the characters Michael Burnham and the Klingons and thereby taking a cinematic approach to the series. Alex Kurtman, one of Star Trek: Discovery’s producers, has been the go-to guy when it comes to the decisions on the direction of the music. He and Russo stay in close contact and discuss the musical themes for each and every episode.

WHAT IS THE RECORD LABEL?

The digital album was released under Lakeshore Records. It is allied with Lakeshore Entertainment which is a film production company. Both have headquarters in California. Before Star Trek: Discovery, it released works like Napolean Dynamite. Its founder was Skip Williamson. But he established it as WILLS Records in the 1990s. Then it merged with Lakeshore Entertainment. The rest is history.

MY OPINION OF THE PIECE

The Star Trek: Discovery soundtrack has 21 songs listed. The first song is the Main theme. Motifs from Star Trek: The Original Series can be heard throughout this song. I loved the nuances. Nice rhythms. My favorite song in the list is “We Come In Peace.” There is a feeling of strength in this piece like advancing troops on a terrain. This song injected an impression of sorrow to the warrior theme to me.

My favorite is “The Day Is Saved” and “Torchbearer” as a standout with its laboring melody. This work was full of effort and tribulation to me. That’s the air I got from it. Klingon indeed. “Persistence is another good song from the soundtrack. It revisits motifs from the “Main Theme” that are easily identifiable to any ear.

WRAP UP….

So, the Star Trek: Discovery Soundtrack has been released on December 15, 2017 with more releases set. In 2018 a vinyl soundtrack will be released with the entire Season 1 Chapter 1 and 2 on it. The second digital album is set to release in 2018 as well with Chapter 2 of the first season on it.

You can listen for free on Spotify or buy it on Amazon. Your choice.

 

20 thoughts on “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SOUNDTRACK-WHERE TO BUY IT!”

  1. Wow, I knew there were people who followed Star Trek but I did not know it even went to the soundtrack. I tell you this stuff is going to be worth money to our great grandkids.

  2. Wow, what an in-depth review of the soundtrack! I actually enjoy Star Trek more than Star Wars for some reason, although I’m not a huge fan of either. I look forward to spending some more time on the site to educate myself on the show!

    Also, I know you mention free listening and paid listening to purchase the tracks or entire soundtrack, but I didn’t see any links to click on for the Amazon copy. Was I missing it somewhere?

    Thanks!

  3. Great review! I like both Star Trek and Star Wars and if we are talking about scores Star Trek did not always standout (Star Trek: Enterprise). Maybe it was because of what you mentioned: “Star Trek has never had one composer writing each and every piece of its scores until now”. And that obviously makes a difference. Now I’m interested in listening to the soundtrack. Hope it has the same impact as the previous Star Trek series (TNG, DS9, Voyager)

  4. This is awesome, Tricia. I was actually too young to see Star Trek when it originally aired but back in the 1970s it was on every day after school. And I never missed it. I wonder if you can still buy new copies of the old soundtracks?

  5. Good review 0n Star Trek, haven’t thought of it in a while. I used to like the old Star Trek shows and liked them. kind of drifted away from the newer ones, I like your review on it well done.

  6. Thank you for this insightful review, I enjoyed reading it and learned a lot. I did not actually know that they released Discovery soundtrack and now I look forward to hearing that album, thank you.

  7. Great post!

    The music of Star Trek is iconic, and for good reason. So many talented people have worked on the movies and tv series and I have found myself humming the tunes for various of the tv shows while driving around or working (Wrath of the Khan being my favorite Star Trek movie).

    I have not seen the new show, but I do know that they “stole” one of the characters from the Walking Dead to play lead, so I do hope for much success for this series because I enjoyed Sonequa Martin-Greens performance as a zombie slayer. Of course, my favorite is the original series with The Next Generation being my next favorite.

    I have listened to some snippets of the soundtrack and I like what I heard so far!

    1. Thank you, Irma. Such an insightful comment. Yes the Star Trek universe did steal Sonequa Martin-Green from the Walking Dead. I heard her character’s death was epic and original. I also enjoy the original series and the next generation. I must admit Discovery is growing on me. Tune into the show if you want. It’s on CBS All Access. Thanks!

  8. I’ve never heard of this before. Thanks for informing through this great post. It is interesting to see a comprehensive review of it as well. “Meet the composer” is something that I see most interesting.

    1. Thanks. It excites me when I can look into the Star Trek world and find new facts about some of the people creating the music, cinematography or anything else.

  9. This brings back memories! when I was a kid i would watch Star Trek with my dad 🙂
    I’m glad i came across your post, I will go back and listen to the soundtracks.
    Thanks for this post!

  10. Thank you for your great review, Tricia!
    I enjoyed the read and the music, too. Jeff Russo is a really great composer.
    Thanks again,
    Vesna

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