It’s a new year, and as we’ve been expecting for some time, La-La Land has just announced a new Star Trek: The Next Generation soundtrack collection going on sale January 12!

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La-La Land’s news release, announced on their Facebook page, reads as follows:

January 12, 2016 brings us our first release of 2016. (It will be the only title released in January).

La-La Land Records and CBS are kicking off the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek in style with:

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION VOLUME 2 – 3 DISC SET
Music by Dennis McCarthy, Jay Chattaway and Geoge Romanis
LLLCD 1377
Limited Edtition of 3000 Units
Retail Price: $34.98

The first 200 or so customers who purchase this cd directly from www.lalalandrecords.com will receive a signed copy autographed by composer Dennis McCarthy at no extra charge. Quantities are limited and you are not guranteed a signed edition.

This title goes on sale next Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 12 pm pst. www.lalalandrecords.com

Following up to their 2011 “Volume 1” TNG release, La-La Land has already provided a list of episodes to be represented in this new set:

DISC ONE: MUSIC BY DENNIS McCARTHY
1. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
Main Title (2nd Season)
Music by Alexander Courage and Jerry Goldsmith
Arr. Dennis McCarthy

2 – 6. THE LAST OUTPOST
7 – 10. HOME SOIL
11 – 12. PEN PALS
13 – 14. PEAK PERFORMANCE
15. FAMILY
16. THE WOUNDED
17 – 21. CAUSE AND EFFECT
22. SCHISMS
23. LESSONS

Disc One – Total Time: 77:19

DISC TWO: MUSIC BY JAY CHATTAWAY
1 – 2. IN THEORY
3. THE GAME
4 – 8. POWER PLAY
9. TRUE Q
10 – 11. CHAIN OF COMMAND, PARTS I & II
12. LESSONS
13. FRAME OF MIND
14 – 15. GAMBIT, PARTS I & II
16 – 17. EMERGENCE
18 – 19. PREEMPTIVE STRIKE
20. BONUS TRACK: GAMBIT, PART I

Disc Two – Total Time: 75:34

DISC THREE: UNFINISHED BUSINESS
1 – 6. TOO SHORT A SEASON
Music by George Romanis

7 – 10. HIDE AND Q – Music by Dennis McCarthy
11 – 14. CONSPIRACY – Music by Dennis McCarthy
15 – 17. THE SURVIVORS – Music by Dennis McCarthy
18. THE CHILD – Music by Dennis McCarthy
19. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
End Title (3rd Season, Short Version)
Music by Jerry Goldsmith, Arr. Dennis McCarthy

Disc Three – Total Time: 75:48

Total Time – All Discs: 3:48:41

There is no official page for this release at La-La Land’s main website at this time, but we’ll be sure to share a link for direct purchases as soon as it’s available.

  • Simon

    Excellent. Though I did expect a VOYAGER volume one.
    Also hoping for a DS9 Volume 2 as well!

    • grandadmiralbinks

      Me too! However, I doubt they will release a DS9 Vol. 2. They will probably do a Voyager collection and an Enterprise Vol. 2.

      • Why do you doubt there’d be a second DS9 release? Do you know something about sales that would suggest that would be unlikely?

        • grandadmiralbinks

          I know nothing about the sales, specifically, but let’s be honest. Unfortunately, DS9 is not among the most popular Star Trek series’ and I doubt something like an OST collection sold very well. It’s amazing, superior to TNG vol.1 in terms of music, but if even TNG vol.1 isn’t sold out (after 4 years…), then DS9 must be doing poorly. I have nothing to back that up, just the sad truth about DS9, the most underrated of the Treks.

          • Your point is generally true about popularity of the shows, but they followed up the DS9 set with an *Enterprise* collection – talk about diminishing popularity 😉 I don’t think we can assume anything in terms of sales. I think the soundtrack collector market is vastly different from the general television audience, and La-La Land’s continued Trek releases suggest that sales are at least good enough to continue mining the Trek library for unreleased music (I mean come on, we’re getting even more music from “The Child”!).

          • grandadmiralbinks

            I agree. The sole factor that they released an Enterprise collection, speaks for the will to put the amazing music from the Trek shows to CDs. In fact, if I may be so bold, it’s even possible that the DS9 set sold better than the TNG vol.1 set, because there are a lot of positive reviewes about that one, more so than for TNG vol.1. I hope more music from DS9 gets released. And I hope VOY gets at least a 4 disc set, because the music from VOY was amazing.
            And even more than that, I want DS9 on blu-ray.

          • Agreed on all counts. I wish they’d do a VOY release before any of the others because then at least we’d have all of the most crucial tracks like the “Scorpion” score before digging into obscure / not great episodes like “Too Short a Season”, but hopefully we can have it all. That said, I’m very glad to be getting “Lessons” on this release – I really hope the Inner Light theme played on piano is part of it!

          • Ric

            Since LESSONS is featured on the disc by Jay Chattaway, you can count on the Inner Light Theme, since it was composed by Jay, while the Rest is composed by Dennis McCarthy Looking foward for this one myself 🙂

          • grandadmiralbinks

            Yes, I can’t wait for a VOY collection. Just finished watching Voyager in early november and as I recall, the music was amazing. Actually, if I may be so bold, apart from Ron Jones and some early McCarthy, TNG has the most boring scores.

          • whbinder

            The piano/flute version of The Inner Light is on The TNG Vol. 4 release from Crecendo.

          • I have that version, but it’s not quite what I’m talking about – what I’m hoping we get is the piano / flute duet played by Picard and Darren in Lessons 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQvtNT7UrFo

          • But my approach to these soundtracks is much like my approach to the blu-rays – even though TNG S7 wasn’t my favorite, I bought it for the docs and to vote with my dollars in the hope that it might lead to DS9. Rob Burnett has indicated that sales weren’t enough for CBS to justify the cost of DS9 or VOY on blu, but I did my part at least.

          • Weyoun 5

            DS9 sold well until now (was on 2nd position in LLLs Sale-Charts in the year 2013). Vol. 2 is still an option, but maybe not this year. Voyager will be released in spring 2016.

  • Mat Rowe

    I have yet to find a release that contains the TNG Main Title from Season 1. Does this recording not exist or something?

    • GWB

      Is that not on the Encounter at Farpoint CD? Even if it’s not the one on the remastered/expanded edition from a couple years ago, though I’d be surprised if it wasn’t, I’m fairly sure it would’ve been on the first edition since it’s the only recording that would’ve existed when it was released in 87. (Plus the original/alternate version of course.)

      • Mat Rowe

        The original release seems to have the season 2 variant. Not sure why.

        As for the newly expanded version, you may be right. I had forgotten to look. Having looked now, although it says Season 1 I haven’t been able to find a preview of the track, so I still can’t know for certain. Anyone willing to upload a preview somewhere?

        • grandadmiralbinks

          The Main Title theme from season 1 is on the Encounter at Farpoint expanded OST from 2014.

          • Adam Clark

            No, it isn’t. The version of the season 1 main title on the 2014 Encounter CD is the modified version that combines the beginning of the actual, on-screen theme – during “Space, the final frontier” – and the end credit music for Encounter at Farpoint. Pull your CD out and listen, then compare it to any season one episode. The theme is different. The real season one theme has never, for some reason, been released commercially.

    • jerr

      what’s the difference between the two (season 1 vs 2) ?

      • Snap

        Denise Crosby and Gates McFadden were removed from the credits following the first season, which resulted in a slightly (roughly seven seconds) shorter theme from the second season onward.

        • Muzer

          Is that the difference between the ones that end:

          Doo-doo-doo-doo, DUN! Du-du-du-dun.

          …and

          Doo-doo-doo-doo, DOOOOO, doo-doo-doo, doo, doo, DUN! Du-du-du-dun.

          …(you know what I mean).

          • Snap

            The altered opening didn’t affect the end of the theme, but there are two main melodies in the theme; the first, which is the most recognizable and used as leitmotifs especially in the movies, and the second which is longer than the first.

            In the original version of the theme, the first melody plays twice with a slightly drawn out “finale” (they hold the note for just a beat longer – “da. da. DAH. da-da da” instead of “da. da. da. da-da-da da”) before leading into the second melody. The first melody then plays again with a bit of a flourish before going back to the second melody, the second half of which is when the camera passes over the Enterprise. The first melody plays for a final time, with the final few measures replaced with the ending. So, the general composition is: 1 1b 2 1c 2 1d.

            This video showing Encounter at Farpoint’s opening best illustrates it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCybPgkPQvo

            The second version is nearly identical, except the first melody at the beginning is truncated, with only the second part with the briefly drawn out “finale” being retained. The general composition for this theme is: 1b 2 1c 2 1d.

            In the original theme, the excised portion plays from roughly 41 seconds in to 50 seconds in, from the moment the Enterprise goes to warp and the main titles appear to the Enterprise warping past and Patrick Stewart’s name appearing.

            There is a variation in the first measure which does not occur in any subsequent playings of the first melody and “1c” listed above sounds like a mix of the beginning of “1b” and the ending of “1” with the orchestration to return to the start of the first melody replaced to lead into the second melody.

            The differences you mentioned about the endings are actually from two different versions of the theme. The first represents the opening theme while the second represents the closing theme. Those parts remained consistent through-out the series.

            On the subject of themes, it’s kinda interesting that Voyager is the only Star Trek show to date (I’m not including the animated series in this) to have the exact same theme from the first to last episode. All others have had some minor or, in the case of DS9 and Enterprise, not so minor alterations during their run.

          • Snap

            The altered opening didn’t affect the end of the theme, but there are two main melodies in the theme; the first, which is the most recognizable and used as leitmotifs especially in the movies, and the second which is longer than the first.

            In the original version of the theme, the first melody plays twice with a slightly drawn out “finale” (they hold the note for just a beat longer – “da. da. DAH. da-da da” instead of “da. da. da. da-da-da da”) before leading into the second melody. The first melody then plays again with a bit of a flourish before going to an extended version of the second melody, the second half of which is when the camera passes over the Enterprise. The first melody plays for a final time, with the final few measures replaced with the ending. So, the general composition is: 1 1b 2 1c 2b 1d.

            The second version is nearly identical, except the first melody at the beginning is truncated, with only the second part with the briefly drawn out “finale” being retained. The general composition for this theme is: 1b 2 1c 2b 1d.

            In the original theme, the excised portion plays from roughly 41 seconds in to 50 seconds in, from the moment the Enterprise goes to warp and the main titles appear to the Enterprise warping past and Patrick Stewart’s name appearing.

            There is a variation in the first measure which does not occur in any subsequent playings of the first melody and “1c” listed above sounds like a mix of the beginning of “1b” and the ending of “1” with the orchestration to return to the start of the first melody replaced to lead into the second melody.

            The differences you mentioned about the endings are actually from two different versions of the theme. The first represents the opening theme while the second represents the closing theme. Those parts remained consistent through-out the series.

            On the subject of themes, it’s kinda interesting that Voyager is the only Star Trek show to date (I’m not including the animated series in this) to have the exact same theme from the first to last episode. All others have had some minor or, in the case of DS9 and Enterprise, not so minor alterations during their run.

  • jackson roy kirk

    This is Great News! I believe I read last year that they were also going to release a VOYAGER Cd set and a Volume 2 ENTERPRISE set! There might also be a 4th set, I just can’t recall.

  • Fantastic! I’ve been waiting for the soundtrack to “Power Play”!

  • Shatner’s girdle

    I thought TNG volume 1 was a huge disappointment. Although I am a fan of Chattaway’s earlier TNG scores and love most of what he did on DS9 and Voyager, the music he composed for the later seasons of TNG was uninspired to say the least. Disc two is a coaster as far as I’m concerned.

    • grandadmiralbinks

      I agree. His DS9 scores are much better.