This box set presents a comprehensive collection of Ron Jones’s music from Star Trek: The Next Generation, composed for 42 episodes during the show’s first four seasons (1987–1991). The complete scores (in stereo) to 40 of these episodes appear on discs 1–12, followed by bonus tracks from the two-part “The Best of Both Worlds” (most of which is already available on CD from GNP/Crescendo). Disc 13 features alternate and outtake cues, and disc 14 presents Jones’s scores to the Interplay computer games Starfleet Academy (1997) and Starfleet Command (1999). The first-season score “Heart of Glory,” 15 minutes of which was included on GNP/Crescendo’s The Best of Star Trek: 30th Anniversary Special (GNPD 8053), is included on disc 3 in complete form.
This release represents one of the largest single collections of a film composer’s work, and a groundbreaking achievement in the history of Star Trek. Fans who know Jones’s music—and it was hard to watch Star Trek: The Next Generation without appreciating his efforts—will be champing at the bit to hear these gems at long last.
For the uninitiated: Ron Jones may not be a familiar name like John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith or Bernard Herrmann, but he poured his heart and soul into The Next Generation in the best tradition of those giants. He labored to come up with just the right melody and orchestration for each episode. Listen to the sound clips and read the program commentary on this Web site and you will discover an artist who believes in the power of music and in forging new ground in the best tradition of Star Trek. FSM would not be releasing 14 discs of his music if we did not believe this was some of the greatest—and most overlooked—scoring not only for television or Star Trek, but for film in general.
The episode scores are newly remastered from the first-generation two-track stereo mixes archived by CBS (on ½″ tape, with program on channels 1 and 2, channel 3 blank and a synch-tone on channel 4). The score for “The Price” (episode #156) could not be located on ½″ tape, so we used Ron Jones’s personal ¼″ stereo tape instead. Some fourth-season scores and the two computer games are mastered from Jones’s first-generation stereo DATs.