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Battlestar Galactica: Season One Soundtrack


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  • Performer: Bear McCreary, Richard Gibbs, Brendan McCreary, Caitanya Riggan, Daniel McGrew, et al.
  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • ASIN: B0009Q0F5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,327 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Main Title (US Version)
3. Helo Chase
4. The Olympic Carrier
5. Helo Rescued
6. A Good Lighter
7. The Thousandth Landing
8. Two Funerals
9. Starbuck Takes On All Eight
10. Forgiven
11. The Card Game
12. Starbuck On The Red Moon
13. Helo In the Warehouse
14. Baltar Speaks With Adama
15. Two Boomers
16. Battlestar Operatica
17. The Dinner Party
18. Battlestar Muzaktica
19. Baltar Panics
20. Boomer Flees
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Editorial Reviews

Wielding a full orchestra one minute, vocals and synths the next, then introducing sequences of world music that seem to transport you from Scotland to India and beyond, composer Bear McCreary obviously had a ball scoring this show. This 30-track CD of the best musical moments from season one features both the U.S. and UK main-title themes.

Customer Reviews

If you watched the first season and enjoyed it, you will enjoy this album.
Philip L. Welch
It brings together Eastern themes (like taiko drums -- one of the soundtrack's main instruments), Celtic influence, classical strings, and modern synth...even opera.
Kristina Hoffman
I applaud all those responsible for creating such a wonderful and darkly realistic sci-fi TV series as "Battlestar Galactica".
M. Hart

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Yen Nguyen on July 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Bear McCreary took over as the main composer for Battlestar Galactica after Richard Gibbs left to continue working on movie scores. With McCreary writing all of the main music for the first season, I found the music even more rich then that of the miniseries that preceded it. Not only is the soundtrack rich with low-synth percussion action tracks, but it also employs such genres as opera, muzak, and string orchestral to convey the feeling of a scene. The use of drums in this soundtrack trumps their use in the miniseries with even catchier drum rolls.

Most notably, the string orchestral pieces Passacaglia and the Shape of Things to Come are definitely the best pieces on this non-generic soundtrack. Even with an orchestra at his disposal, McCreary did not write any bombastic score and instead wrote beautiful soothing melodies that ironically contrast the scenes in which they are placed, making those sequences all the more memorable and enticing. Battlestar Galactica is successfully breaking free from the shackles of the modern sci-fi genre, and the music which strays so far from the orthodox helps it do so.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Hoffman on August 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Best. TV Soundtrack. Ever.

This comment only has one caveat, which is to remind everyone that the soundtrack for the tragically short-lived Firefly was never released. Had it been, it would have surely been in the running, if not tied for first place.

But, excluding that: this is the most diverse, most brilliant, most thrilling soundtrack I've listened to. It brings together Eastern themes (like taiko drums -- one of the soundtrack's main instruments), Celtic influence, classical strings, and modern synth...even opera.

Those of us who initially watched the first season during its run in the UK on SkyOne will recognize the last track as what I like to call the Real Theme. The one SciFi used during the first season was actually just a piece of score from the episode Act of Contrition, featured in the track 'Two Funerals'. The Real Theme is far superior, and luckily SciFi has chosen to use it for its second season.

Prologue is the little interlude used to set up the show's mytharc at the beginning of each episodes. "The Cylons were created by Man..." Honestly, this track gives me the shivers. It's exciting, it hints at the grandeur and the epic nature of the series -- it's just plain thrilling.

Then we have the Main Title, which I've spoken of. Lame. The end.

Helo's Chase is just another wonderful example of the melting pot of instruments and influences. Tibetan chanting, computerized synth-y noises, and the taiko drums.

The Olympic Carrier is another drum heavy piece, with a buzzing element which serves to perfectly, musically represent the Cylons. Mid-through the piece, an Arabian-styled woodwind breaks through.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Hart on September 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
When the Sci-Fi Channel first announced back in 2003 that it was producing a miniseries version of the original 1978 TV series "Battlestar Galactica", I had many doubts about how successful it would be. However, my doubts were quickly washed away as the miniseries proved to be compelling, engaging, extremely realistic, emotional and well acted. It also had superb special effects, but a sometimes overlooked aspect is a soundtrack, which in the case of the miniseries proved to be very powerful in setting its dark and tense tone with its haunting, tribal-like drums and other percussion instruments, as well as a very melancholy score with vocals. Under the superb direction of Michael Rymer, the men who composed this original emotionally charged soundtrack were Richard Gibbs, Bear McCreary and Kevin Kliesch (who was not credited).

Due to the huge success of the 2003 miniseries, the Sci-Fi Channel decided to produce a TV series based upon it. The first season of the new "Battlestar Galactica" TV series first aired in January, 2005 with 13 episodes and showed itself to be just as exciting and well made as the miniseries thanks in large part to the same casting as the miniseries and the continuation of the same haunting soundtrack under Bear McCreary. (Richard Gibbs composed music for the second and third episodes of the first season of "Battlestar Galactica", but moved on to continue composing music for films for both the big screen and made-for-TV.) Bear McCreary's continued musical compositions have been just as dark, haunting, tribal-like and emotionally powerful as the 2003 miniseries and has contributed directly to make this new, updated version of "Battlestar Galactica" one of the most talked about and successful sci-fi TV series in the past year.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Randal Shipway on June 25, 2005
Format: Audio CD
After enjoying the score for the Battlestar Galactica 2003 mini-series by Richard Gibbs (with Bear McCreary) I was keen to hear how they would continue with their brooding, minimalistic style in the series. Well, they stayed true to the same musical textures but built upon them with greater ethnic diversety and emotionally powerful score writing.

Most of this album from Series 1 is composed by Bear McCreary and he proves himself to be a truly gifted composer who is not limited to certain styles or genres but can draw upon cultral styles

from accross the globe. From Taiko drums to middle-eastern woodwinds and even Irish pipes mixed with strings, electronica and even opera we are treated to a musical canvas that is multi-textured and often wonderfully entertaining and interesting. From quiet, introspective cues with minimal orchestration to grand string orchestras soaring with true classical grandios! Bear McCreary has created a truly wonderful soundscape for one of the best sci-fi series to come out in many years! I look forward to hearing his music for series 2 with great anticipation!
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