Back in January of this year we let OSV readers know that La-La Land Records was taking fan requests for their most wanted unreleased or rare Star Trek music. The set was originally planned to be released as a 3 CD set in September to coincide with the 50th anniversary, but now just in time for the holiday season arrived as an incredible 4 disc set that went on sale Tuesday November 29, 2016.
La-La Land Records and CBS present, STAR TREK: 50th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION – MUSICAL RARITIES FROM ACROSS THE STAR TREK UNIVERSE, a sensational celebration of 50 years of Star Trek music in honor of the landmark series’ five-decade milestone. Travel at warp through Star Trek’s spellbinding musical history, with rare and exciting selections from the franchise’s varied television series, films, games, themed attractions and more!
DISC ONE features cues from the original, classic STAR TREK TV series (most of which were released on our TOS BOX SET, but have been sourced from newly discovered elements), as well the oft-requested STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE track “Inner Workings,” (featuring the wind machine more prominently) and STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN’s “End Titles,” (without the narration as heard on previous soundtrack releases.)
DISC TWO showcases the official world premiere release of music from STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES, the beloved 70’s Filmation TV series, as well as original STAR TREK-inspired compositions from Ron Jones, and STAR TREK BORG, a score by Dennis McCarthy from an interactive 1996 movie/computer game.
DISC THREE features previously unreleased scores from STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, including such episodes “Coming of Age,” “The Hunted,” “Tapestry” and more, as well as the series’ trailer music.
DISC FOUR contains more unreleased THE NEXT GENERATION, including “Deja Q,” “Elementary, Dear Data,” and others, as well as unreleased demo tracks from DEEP SPACE NINE, and VOYAGER, original score from the famed Las Vegas attraction, STAR TREK: THE EXPERIENCE, and still more!
Produced by Lukas Kendall and mastered by Doug Schwartz and James Nelson, this special collection contains a 48-page booklet with exclusive liner notes by writer Jeff Bond and stellar art design by Mark Banning. This treasure trove of musical gems from the most celebrated sci-fi television series of all time has a total running time of more than five full hours and is limited to 3000 units.
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I am simply overjoyed that some of my requests made the set, including my most wanted piece “La Paloma (traditional)” from the Star Trek: The next Generation episode “Deja Q”. The music from the video game Star Trek: Borg also get its first official release on this set, it had been previously been released by the composer on a promotional CD-R which is no longer available. You can purchase the set for $49.98 on La-La Land Records website.
Did you make any fan requests for this 50th Anniversary set?
If you’re a fan of older science fiction/adventure films such as E.T. and The Goonies with a horror twist of Stephen King thrown in and you’re not yet watching Netflix’s series Stranger Things, then you probably should be. The show focuses on a early ’80s era “mad science in suburbia gone wrong” theme that really drives home the nostalgia. I’m only two episodes in and I’m hooked with the suspense and questions that float around the small town it’s centered in.
One of the great things about the series is it’s original music. Each episode is peppered with classic tunes from the ’70s and ’80s that you’d typically hear in that decade. However the show’s score, purported to be composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the band S U R V I V E, drips of eerie synths and creepy vibes not unlike a John Carpenter score. The show’s opener alone has flavors of Halloween about it. Now, it sounds like those of us hooked on said music will be able to purchase it via soundtrack.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) July 27, 2016
Great news for series fans and those of us who love a good ’80s horror cinema score. We’ll keep you posted on when a release date is announced and where to find the Stranger Things soundtrack when it goes live.
What do you think of Stranger Things’ soundtrack? Does it fall in line with other scores of the era it represents? What are your favorite scores that you think helped inspire it? Let us know!
Ulysses 31 was a cartoon before my time. It aired in 1981 and combined space adventure with Ancient Greek Myth in the 31st Century. Most importantly though, it had an incredible soundtrack composed by Haim Saban, Shuki Levy, Denny Crockett and Ike Egan. The latest edition of the soundtrack is an incredible accomplishment. The producers located all of the original recording masters and had them mastered at Abbey Road Studios, London. Even cooler is the album has it’s own trailer.
The series was a huge hit in France, and the album opens with the French theme song. However at 119 tracks spread across two CDs, all of the English songs have been included as well. If you’re a fan of 80’s cartoon music this is must own. You can read the full track details on the video game music database, or in French at the producer’s website.
You can order the album directly from Amazon France for 25 Euro plus shipping.
Were you a fan of Ulysses 31 when it aired in North America?
Lakeshore Records has finally confirmed the official release date of the soundtrack to the phenomenal USA Network TV series Mr. Robot. The shows music was composed by Mac Quayle and features a unique use of electronic sounds to bring the score to life. For me personally I consider it to be the best electronic score produced for television since Joseph Trapanese’s work on Tron: Uprising. Lakeshore Records revealed the CD album designs this morning which is a clear nod to classic Atari game boxes.
Lakeshore Records will release a two-volume soundtrack for the Golden Globe® and Peabody Award-winning USA Network series Mr. Robot, digitally on June 3, and on CD June 24. A special LP package will be released later this year. The albums feature original music by series EMMY®-nominated composer Mac Quayle (“The People v. O.J. Simpson”, “American Horror Story”, “Scream Queens”). The second season of MR. ROBOT premieres on USA Network Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c.
You can preview the first track from the soundtrack in the Youtube video below:
You can pre-order the albums on Amazon. Did you watch Mr. Robot? What did you think of the music in the series?
If you’re in the USA and also a fan of Film and Television soundtracks Barnes and Noble is blowing out over 50 titles at 75% Off for $4.49 each with some titles as low at $1.74. All of these release are from Varese Sarabande Records who is one of the best Record Labels in the soundtrack business today.
The titles available include: Pain & Gain, Monte Carlo, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Sanctum, The First Grader, The Smurfs 2, White House Down, Microcosmos, Green Zone, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, The A-Team, Another Year, The Last Legion, Winged Migration, The Cabin In The Woods, Himalaya: Rearing Of A Chief, True Blood Season 2, I Am Legend, Beatles To Bond And Bach, The Princess Of Montpensier, The Family Way, 24: Seasons 4 & 5, The Idolmaker, One Track Heart, Ender’s Game, Lost Season 1, Nanny McPhee, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Ghost Rider, Hancock, Prime, The Pacific Flow To Abbey Road, Super 8, The Borgias, The Thing (2011), Changeling, A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas, Jig, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Rise Of The Guardians, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Brake, The Apparition, Duplicity, Skyline and Scream 4.
You can check out the sale at this link here. Are you going to pick up any of these deals?
In honor of the release of the new film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, La-La Land Records is having a sale on some of the best Batman and Superman soundtracks ever released in the form of: Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Superman Returns. On March 29, 2016, La-La Land Records also released the soundtrack to the animated film Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman. Details of the sale are below.
The superhero titans’ big-screen fight has spilled over into La-La Land with pummeling sale prices on these BATMAN and SUPERMAN titles! BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOL. 1 (2-CD SET) and SUPERMAN RETURNS (2-CD SET) are only $20 each! BATMAN THE ANIMATED SERIES VOL 2 (4-CD SET), VOL 3 (4-CD SET) and SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES (4-CD SET) are only $40 each! Sale runs through 4/11.
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If you’re a fan of Batman or Superman music – you might want to check out this sale on La-La Land Records web site! During Wondercon this past weekend La-La Land Records also announced that a 4th volume of Batman: The Animated Series including something called The Arkham Archives will be released this summer.
“Lets Kick Shell!” is an officially licensed album by “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. The band is comprised of Long Island natives (Chris Wall, David Kaplan, Brandon Dove & Dan Gluszak) who came together to pay tribute to their favorite songs from the NYC sewers which otherwise were never commercially released. You can preview the 5 track album below.
I have listened to the album and it’s a perfect tribute to the 1987 cartoon series. The opening theme cover captures the essence of the original with the performers even replicating the the four ninja turtle’s dialogue clips. It’s a wonderful release and I think a welcome one for Ninja Turtle fans who have never seen an official release of any of the cartoon series or video game music in the past, it has Turtle Power. You can purchase a digital copy of the album on bandcamp now for $4.99. If you want to grab the LP release it is available for $10.87 at the Enjoy The Ride Records Web Store. And it looks like they are selling fast, at the time of writing this post both the Splinter and Shredder LPs were already sold out.
Are you a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles video games and animated series?
La La Land Records who have in the past release several video game soundtracks on CD, and a large volume of Star Trek music is putting out even more for Star Trek’s 50th anniversary this year. This month saw the release of their second volume of music from Star Trek: The Next Generation, later this year they expect to release a 4CD set featuring the music from Star Trek: Voyager, and second volumes for both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise.
What’s more exciting for music fans is that La La Land Records is taking requests for a 50th Anniversary album spanning the entire 50 years of Star Trek! They are looking for fan request of their favorite musical moments form the series that have not been released before. Startreksoundtracks.com has the definitive list of what Star Trek music has already been released in the past, so if you want to see if the music from your favorite episode is available it is a great place to start. There has also been several Star Trek video game soundtracks that have never been released on CD including Star Trek: Online by composed by Kevin Manthei
We have a “50th Anniversary” Star Trek collection that we’re going to do a little differently…because we’re TAKING REQUESTS! This 50th Anniversary album (# of discs TBD) will have music from across the 50 years of the Star Trek franchise—including previously unreleased cues from TNG, DS9, VOY (beyond the upcoming album) and ENT. This is not to say there may not be future volumes for DS9, ENT and the other shows, but for now, we are concentrating on this 50th Anniversary collection to present as much previously unreleased music as we can. So…if you have favorite scores and/or cues… be as specific as you want from the episodes—give me Netflix timecode from the episodes and I will make sure to try to include the correct piece!”
Lukas Kendall on working on the set with La La Land Records
The place to get your requests in in the Film Score Monthly Message Board. It is free to register, and when submitting requests wait about 30 seconds for it to post because the message board does lag slightly.
I put in a few requests myself including the music of Q’s Mariachi Band from Star Trek: The Next Generation Episode “Deju Q”.
Are you a Star Trek fan, and is there any Star Trek music that you would like to see on La La Land Records upcoming 50th Anniversary Album?
Colosseum Music Entertainment is based in Germany, and has been selling soundtrack CDs for years. As of December 31, 2015 they will no longer be selling CDs and they have over 700 Soundtracks from many films and television series priced at 4.99 EURO (About $5.50USD). Shipping is free to German residents for orders over 25 EURO.
For USA and Canadian buyers, shipping for the first 7 CDs works is around 12.50 EURO. Once you get up to 8CDs the shipping cost doubles. There are many great soundtracks still available including some that are out of print. For myself I ordered a few including: Michael Kamen’s score to The Iron Giant, and Kung Fu Hustle by Raymond Wong and a few CDs with the music from the Lost TV series by Michael Giacchino.
Snag yourself a deal at Colosseum Music Entertainment before the end of the year! Did you find any good deals?
You may have already seen the reveal of Cartoon Network and Turbo Button’s VR action game, Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games, but did you hear it? Like a good VR camera system that doesn’t nauseate everyone who sees it, music is one of those under-appreciated elements of game design. For Magic Man’s Head Games award-winning composer, Erik Desiderio (SMS Racing, This Means War!), was given free reign to take the franchise in new directions. That’s resulted in a quirky and organic theme song with players on banjo, horns, fretless electric bass, harmonica, accordion, and more. Oh, and there’s lots of whistling.
“I was a huge fan of the show before being contacted about this project,” notes composer Erik Desiderio. “I especially enjoyed the first episode with Magic Man, who acts as the primary antagonist for this game. The playful nature of the Adventure Time universe afforded me the opportunity to work with some of my frequent collaborators and incorporate lots of fun instruments. Somehow, though, despite their various talents, everyone insisted that they be able to whistle on the soundtrack. I had no choice but to comply and join in myself!”
The results can be seen and heard above in a new music video featuring the theme song to the game. The video is a live action mosaic of the performers alongside footage from the game which is available for free on the Samsung Gear VR store. The game itself takes inspiration from classic 3D platformers like Banjo-Kazooie with Jake even riding in Finn’s backpack. The player observes the action through the VR headset from a third-person perspective where Jake’s stretchy limbs help ease some of the jerky, nauseating camera movements that VR users frequently run into.
Check it out!
It’s not often that soundtrack labels have sales, but La La Land Records for one week only is offering a buy two, get one free sale on all of their titles. La La Land Records has produced some excellent video game soundtracks which include: Flower, God of War: Ascension, Lair, Sorcery, Star Hawk, Socom 3/Socom Combined Assault, and Socom 4. As well as a ton of great Film and Television music.
ONE WEEK ONLY!: BUY TWO GET ONE FREE SPECTACULAR!
STARTS 9/8 at 12noon (PST). For every two CD TITLES you purchase online at lalalandrecords.com, get another CD TITLE of your choice absolutely FREE! We won’t even charge you additional shipping for the free CD title! Your free CD TITLE must be equal to, or less than, the price of the lowest cost CD TITLE you purchased. For instance, if you purchased one CD title that was $24.98 and another that was $15.98, the free CD title you choose must be priced on our site as $15.98 or LESS. This offer is good thru 9/14 and applies only to CD titles that are currently in stock.
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If you’re not familiar with Kevin Manthei, you have probably heard his music at some point in a video game, television series, or movie trailer.
I recently revisited some Kevin Manthei’s music, specifically the soundtrack he composed for the animated series Invader Zim. This was not a coincidence, Invader Zim has recently returned in comic book form and with it all my great memories of the show and its excellent music. Kevin Manthei has also worked on DC animated features Batman Gotham Knight, Justice League: New Frontier and has written the music for the highly entertaining Ultimate Spiderman TV series. But he actually began his composing career in the gaming industry composing the music for titles including Panzer General II, Vampire: The Masquerade, Twisted Metal Black, Starcraft: Ghost and Star Trek Online.
In the process of looking back at Invader Zim‘s music I discovered that Kevin Manthei also recently founded a music library company called Barn Fire Music. The company is described as a boutique production music library providing music in any style to film and television production companies, television networks, game developers and anybody else who needs it.
The music Library itself is huge, boasting over 1900 tracks spread across just over 200 unique albums. Kevin Manthei has contributed over 800 tracks himself, but has collected music from various composers to build the library’s content, which you can sample above. What I appreciated was that the library even had an album titled “8-Bit Adventures,” offering 11 tracks of chip tune goodness. I am still exploring a lot of the albums in the library and so far really enjoy “Apocalyptic Trailers vol.2“, “Heroic Legends” and “Galactic Adventures Vol.1“.
They are always on the lookout for talented composers as well, so if you’re looking to have your music heard check them out. And, if you’re looking for music for your next project, you might find what you need in Barn Fire Music’s Library. Take some time to explore and let me know what you think!