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Star Trek: First Contact (soundtrack)

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Composer(s): Jerry Goldsmith
Additional Music by: Joel Goldsmith
Orchestrator(s): Jeff Atmajian, Alexander Courage & Arthur Morton
Label: GNP Crescendo Records
Released: 11 December 1996
Length: 73:19

The Star Trek: First Contact soundtrack is composed of Jerry Goldsmith's original score for Star Trek: First Contact. It includes additional music by Joel Goldsmith, Roy Orbison and Steppenwolf.


Jerry Goldsmith's third contribution to the Star Trek film series (his first of three in the TNG era) began with director Jonathan Frakes' request for a darker theme for his directorial debut. Goldsmith's return was popular among Trek music aficionados following the generally lukewarm response to Dennis McCarthy's handling of Star Trek Generations.

A culmination of his work for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Goldsmith incorporated established themes and introduced new ones in First Contact. Returning were the Klingon theme – this time underscoring Worf's actions in the film – originating from The Motion Picture and used heavily in The Final Frontier, and the popular "A Busy Man" theme from The Final Frontier – here littered throughout the film, most notably just after the opening Star Trek fanfare. Also reprised (of course) is Goldsmith's highly memorable Enterprise theme from The Motion Picture, heard at the film's finale. New to the mix are themes for the Borg and their Queen, the USS Enterprise-E, and a stirring, but subdued, overarching theme (heard in the opening titles) that made the score a highly sought after item, despite its release nearly a month after that of the film.

With Jerry Goldsmith's schedule crowded, the veteran recruited his son, Joel Goldsmith, to aid in the composition of First Contact. Notable is the younger Goldsmith's contribution of electronically synthesized instrumentation, used alongside clanging, metallic percussion to represent the Borg and their cybernetic nature. The score is marked by the clearly intentional contrasting of harsh electronic (or metallic) sounds and traditional (if sometimes distant) orchestrations. The "A Busy Man" theme again resurfaced in both Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek Nemesis, though its inclusion in the former is fleeting.

A stark departure for Star Trek soundtracks (as heard in the film and on album) is the inclusion of "pop" music; Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" is often revered as a classic 1960s rock 'n' roll song, while Orbison's "Ooby Dooby" is a little more dubious – even criticized by the film's writers, Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, in a DVD commentary.

Track listing

The commercial soundtrack release of Star Trek: First Contact contained a sampling of the music used in the film. Below is a list of the tracks made widely available.

# Title/Runtime
1 Main Titles/Locutus ‡ † (4:17)
2 Red Alert (2:13)
3 Temporal Wake (2:07)
4 Welcome Aboard (2:40)
5 Fully Functional (3:18)
6 Retreat ‡ (3:59)
7 Evacuate (2:19)
8 39.1 Degrees Celsius ‡ (2:44)
9 The Dish (7:05)
10 First Contact (5:52)
11 End Credits † (5:24)
12 "Magic Carpet Ride" (Performed by Steppenwolf; 4:25)
13 "Ooby Dooby" (Performed by Roy Orbison; 2:22)
Total 73:19
Contains music composed by Joel Goldsmith
Contains TOS theme composed by Alexander Courage


In the late 1990s a bootleg version of Goldsmith's score came into circulation. Available on the secondary market, the bootleg contains a number of tracks left off the original release, including music heard during the entire climax of the film. Alternate takes are also available on some versions of the bootleg album, including material cut from the final film.

It should be noted that no proceeds from the sale of bootlegs go to Goldsmith, nor anyone involved in the production of the original score, or motion picture.
# Title/Runtime
1 Main Title † (2:55)
2 Locutus ‡ (1:31)
3 The Enterprise-E (0:28)
4 Battle Watch (aka Starfleet Engages the Borg) (1:13)
5 Red Alert (2:15)
6 Temporal Wake (2:08)
7 April 5th, 2063 (1:46)
8 The Phoenix (aka Greetings) ‡ (1:05)
9 First Sign of Borg (0:26)
10 39.1 Degrees Celsius ‡ (4:46)
11 Approaching Engineering ‡ (1:52)
12 Retreat ‡ (4:00)
13 The Borg Queen (aka Data Awakens) (1:33)
14 Assimilation ‡ (1:01)
15 Welcome Aboard (2:41)
16 The Gift of Flesh (1:03)
17 Definitely Not Swedish (1:26)
18 Watch Your Caboose, Dix (1:34)
19 Fully Functional (3:20)
20 The Dish (7:14)
21 Bridge Argument (1:56)
22 A Quest for Vengeance (2:41)
23 Evacuate (2:22)
24 The Escape Pods (2:52)
25 All the Time (1:06)
26 Flight of the Phoenix (aka The Starship Chase) ‡ (2:59)
27 Resistance is Futile ‡ (1:46)
28 Victory Over the Borg (aka The Future Restored) ‡ (1:36)
29 First Contact (6:02)
30 End Credits † (5:27)
Total 117:32
Contains music composed by Joel Goldsmith
Contains TOS theme composed by Alexander Courage

Alternate version

# Title/Runtime
1 Main Title † (2:55)
2 Locutus ‡ (1:29)
3 Red Alert (2:13)
4 Battle Watch (1:11)
5 Shields Down (1:45)
6 How Many Ships (0:27)
7 Temporal Wake (2:06)
8 Search for the Borg (1:50)
9 Welcome Aboard (2:40)
10 Fully Functional (3:19)
11 No Success (1:31)
12 Retreat ‡ (4:00)
13 Evacuate (2:20)
14 First Contact (6:00)
15 Stimulation
16 Borg Montage (1:18)
17 39.1 Degrees Celsius ‡ (4:45)
18 The Dish
19 Not Again (2:40)
20 The Phoenix ‡ (1:07)
21 New Orders
22 Objection Noted
23 Smorgas-Borg (1:25)
24 They're Here
25 Getting Ready
26 Flight of the Phoenix ‡ (6:22)
27 All the Time ‡ (1:03)
28 End Credits † (5:25)
29 Main Title #2 † (2:54)
30 End Credits #2 † (5:26)
Total 1:21:16
Contains music composed by Joel Goldsmith
Contains TOS theme composed by Alexander Courage

Track order in the film

Track names in Italic are from extended album.

  1. Main Title (Main Title/Locutus, original album)
  2. Locutus
  3. How Many Ships
  4. Battle Watch
  5. Red Alert
  6. Temporal Wake
  7. Shields Down
  8. The Phoenix
  9. The're Here
  10. 39.1 Degrees Celsius
  11. Search for the Borg
  12. Retreat
  13. Welcome Aboard
  14. No Success
  15. Smorgas-Borg
  16. Fully Functional
  17. Stimulation
  18. Getting Ready
  19. The Dish
  20. Borg Montage
  21. Objection Noted
  22. Not Again
  23. Evacuate
  24. New Orders
  25. All the Time
  26. Flight of the Phoenix
  27. First Contact
  28. End Credits

See also

Previous soundtrack release:
Star Trek Generations
Star Trek Movie Soundtrack
Star Trek: First Contact
Next soundtrack release:
Star Trek: Insurrection

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