February 26th will see a special release from soundtrack label GNP Crescendo in the form of an expanded edition of Dennis McCarthy’s TNG Season 1 scores from “Encounter at Farpoint” and “The Arsenal of Freedom.”

The first soundtrack for the Next Generation pilot episode was released all the way back in 1988, limited to only fifteen tracks from the first episode of the series.

GNP Crescendo’s press release reads as follows:

Fans of Star Trek TM were thrilled in 1987 to welcome the launch of a new series expanding the Trek universe: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Soon after, GNP/Crescendo Records was equally excited to release Dennis McCarthy’s score for the opening two-hour pilot episode, “Encounter at Farpoint.”

Now, GNP/Crescendo is releasing an Expanded Collector’s Edition of that same pioneering score, including even more of McCarthy’s dramatic music, newly mixed and mastered from the original multi-track elements under the supervision of the composer.

McCarthy—who has written more music for the franchise than any other composer—wrote over 40 minutes of brash and colorful music for “Encounter at Farpoint,” establishing the bright, dynamic style he would maintain throughout the show’s first season. He made frequent use of Alexander Courage’s iconic Star Trek fanfare, as well as a new, heroic theme for the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard. Typical of early Next Generation scores, the music manifests a post-Star Wars sound, symphonic and often reflective of the hammering rhythms and surging chords of Holst’s “Mars, the Bringer of War” from The Planets in its treatment of action and space battles.

As a bonus, this new CD also includes the world premiere release of McCarthy’s score to “The Arsenal of Freedom,” an action-packed episode from late in the first season. The CD concludes with several bonus and alternate cues from “Encounter at Farpoint”—including McCarthy’s unused main title theme (which was replaced with Jerry Goldsmith’s theme from Star Trek: The Motion Picture for the series).

This latest release in GNP/Crescendo’s continuing commitment to preserving the musical legacy of Star Trek includes a 16-page booklet with informative notes by Jeff Bond, author of The Music of Star Trek—incorporating comments from the composer.

We’ve got an look at the track listing for the album. Those tracks listed in bold were not included on (or were expanded from) the original release:

1. ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Main Title – 1st Season (1:45)

“Encounter at Farpoint”
2. Stardate (1:42)
3. Troi Senses / First Freeze (2:15)
4. Stalled / Picard’s Plan / First Chase (4:48)
5. Detaching / Saucer Separation (2:38)
6. Shaken / Court Time / Freeze Out / Fair Trial / Out of Order (2:57)
7. There Goes Da Judge / U.S.S. Hood / Magic Apples / Magic Apples (alternate) / Dialog-osity / Shopping Twitch (2:25)
8. Hovering / On Manual (3:19)
9. First Look / Admiral (1:04)
10. Orbiting / Personal Log (0:53)
11. Old Lovers (1:14)
12. Sensing / Tasty / The Woods (1:39)
13. Splashing / Planet Surface / Underground / Caverns (2:25)
14. Memories / Unknown (2:27)
15. Scanned / Big Guns / Typical (2:42)
16. Inside / Q Returns (2:35)
17. Revealed / Reaching Out (4:11)
18. Departure (1:09)

“The Arsenal of Freedom”
19. Minos / Promo (2:18)
20. Surface Jaunt / Image / Encased (4:05)
21. Circling / Beaming / Second Wave / Shields Up (2:00)
22. Cloaking / Tossed / Near Miss (4:17)
23. Hit or Miss / Global / Separation / Sales Pitch / Bad News (4:33)
24. Earned the Right / Ralph Williams (5:02)
25. ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ End Title – 1st Season, Long Version (1:02)

“Encounter at Farpoint” Bonus Tracks
26. Picard’s Theme (0:22)
27. MFX53 – Synth Drone (0:24)
28. M15 – Unused Sting / M16 – Unused Source (0:16)
29. M25A / M25B / M25B-2 – Unused Source (0:48)
30. M52A / M52B – Unused Stings (0:21)
31. ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ Main Title – 1st Season (1:44)

Pre-order the “Farpoint” / “Arsenal” Soundtrack today!


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  • archer9234

    I’m glade more stuff from McCarthy is coming out.

  • Matthias Currat

    I would luv to hear Track 5. for free please. ^^ It sounds like an expanded theme for TNG! 🙂

    • Ric

      Track 5: “saucer seperation” has already been released on the original Album.
      It is the original version Composed by McCarthy without the Goldsmith Theme. I guess the TNG theme was tracked for this sequence, because the original version had not the punch, that was needed.

      • Matthias Currat

        Awww, okay then I’ll just stick with the original album. 🙂

        • David F

          You may want to think about that, as the previously unreleased score to The Arsenal of Freedom is also on this album and is arguably one of McCarthy’s very best scores to date.

          • Matthias Currat

            Oh, wowies, I didn’t know that, thankies for the info, David. 🙂

  • Jonathan Benefiel

    yay gonna preorder ^_^ And you forgot Nemesis just got the expanded treatment in your list. I hope La La Land does another boxed set. They should release a box set for each season like they did for the original series.

  • Wes

    There is an alternate theme for TNG, been shown on YouTube plenty of times… It was included in the original soundtrack (the one that sounds like a Superman theme), will that be included?

    • Darkthunder

      This one?

      Honestly, I did not like it (if it’s the official “alternate”). Doesn’t sound “Trek” enough.

      • MattR

        Sounds like “Galaxy Quest” or “Superman”. Not bad, but not right for Trek.

      • Daniel Ireland

        Definitely has a Superman sound to it and I agree; not very Star Trek.

  • Quinn

    Admittedly, I have not done a comparison myself, so I’ll ask: How much crossover between this, and the original soundtrack + the TNG Vol 1 collection? I don’t want to double up, even though it’s great music.

    • Jonathan Benefiel

      Whatever they bolded was not on the original release or was expanded on. The la la land TNG Vol 1 collection doesn’t have anything from either episode. There have also been several other TNG soundtracks over the years released from GNP, as well as FSM releasing all of Ron Jones’s stuff, none of which have included soundtracks from those episodes, except of course main themes.