Earlier this week fans from all over (including one who flew from Atlanta just for the event) made their way to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood to be among the first to grab the massive 15 disc soundtrack to Star Trek the original series (available now via LaLa Land Records), which contains every note ever recorded for the classic sci-fi series. Hosted by Geek magazine editor Jeff Bond, Trekkers were tempted to join the festivities with the promise of seeing classic episodes "Amok Time" and "Mirror, Mirror" on the big screen, but what they got was so much more. The lobby was filled with props and costumes from the screened episodes and tribbles were found nestled in every corner. But the highlight of the evening was a Q&A and live performance by the man who wrote much of the music that's appeared in many Star Trek episodes.
Gerald Fried performs 8 songs from 3 Star Trek episodes (video not ours. the picture isn’t great, but the sound is fine.)
Among so many other classic compositions for film and television, Gerald Fried wrote the music for the epic battle scene between Kirk and Spock in “Amok Time”, which has been used and re-used in countless movies and tv series. Check out how the homages stack up against the original…
The original scene from Star Trek – “Amok Time” (composed by Gerald Fried)
Even if for those who are not big Star Trek fans, that music defines Trek as much as its theme song in the minds of people from around the world.
Here’s a peek at the evening in pictures, including the costumes, Gerald Fried, and, of course, the Tribbles…