Austin-based Mondo has released a double-LP version of James Horner’s brilliant score to “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” This expanded edition soundtrack features audio never before released on vinyl. The 180-gram set on “Mutara Nebula-colored” vinyl features original sleeve artwork by Matt Taylor and exclusive liner notes by Devin Faraci, and it has been remastered for vinyl by engineer/noise genius James Plotkin.
Horner was all of 28 years old when he began working on the score, his first major work. It’s a genuinely brilliant piece of music, deployed cannily by director Nicholas Meyer. The passages that overlay the slow-moving battle between Enterprise and Reliant are especially impressive — sequences that could have been too meditative by half are instead thrilling and tense