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Battlestar Galactica: Season One [Soundtrack]

Bear McCreary , Richard Gibbs , Brendan McCreary , Caitanya Riggan , Daniel McGrew , Ken Stacey , Lillis Ó Laoire , Melanie Henley Heyn , Michael Now , Raya Yarbrough Audio CD
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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 (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,313 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
See all 30 tracks on this disc

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.

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genre-rich Sci-fi score. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars To [almost] quote The Simpsons' Comic Book Guy: 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
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music indeed! June 25, 2005
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any BSG fan.
I have been a big fan of the music from the first time I heard it on the show. I am very pleased with the disc set.
Published 4 months ago by Z
4.0 out of 5 stars Is What It Is
This is Battledrama Galactica, not Battlestar Galactica, but the music is pretty good. This is an understandably dark and gloomy album, with many tunes I didn't recognize at all... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Brian J. Ruby
3.0 out of 5 stars The Prototype
The music of BSG started at minimalism and ended up at omniethnic rock opera. The first season soundtrack is more on the minimalism side, but the last few tracks include the only... Read more
Published 15 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars Bear McCreary does it again
I won't repeat too much of my other reviews of the BSG music except to reiterate its awesomeness. Bear McCreary is able to do something unique in doing so many types of music so... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Enjolras
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and primal sounding - one of the best original scores ever
One of the best original scores for TV or theatre ever written - fitting so well with the overall theme of the show and with a raw, native sound that is a pure joy to listen... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeff Cottingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Best score since Gladiator...
Zimmer fans will love this, whether or not you've seen the show. If you have, and it's been a while, it will bring you right back to another time and space. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Scott Boddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the feel of deep space and combat
This is an excellent soundtrack album from the first season, very enjoyable! The only downside is that the music is not durable, in that I did not keep listening to it long term,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by jsharbour
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a great cd
I love the cd and this completes my Battlestar Galactica collection.
The condition of the cd was great and the sound was great.
Published 21 months ago by John R. Foote Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Musician and Conductor - and a great way to start the...
Bear McCreary did an excellent job taking over for Richard Gibbs who scored the Miniseries. McCreary's take on the Battlestar Galactica Universe was rich and full of character. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Chad L. McLendon
5.0 out of 5 stars What
Amazon asked me to make this, but if you are a fan it wont matter it will not matter. If not well let's say this series explores the idea of faith in a different way...
Published on August 29, 2010 by Rowland Coad
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