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Battlestar Galactica: Season Two Soundtrack

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This is the original soundtrack from the second season of the Sci-Fi Channel's critically acclaimed, top rated television series. Composer Bear McCreary builds on his impressive Season One accomplishments and once again delivers a sensational and emotionally rich score.

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In its own way, this soundtrack to the cult SciFi Channel series embodies all the trends of film and, to a certain extent, TV-scoring circa 2006. Alien universes and mysterious plots are suggested by exotic instruments like gamelans and taikos; an otherwordly woman comes in at regular intervals to vocalize esoterically ("Lords of Kobol"); and thundering percussions suggest action ("Scar"). It's as if cult band Dead Can Dance were on the required listening list for American screen composers ("Gina Escapes"). Composer Bear McCreary pulls off the mix better than some of his contemporaries because, this being TV, he probably doesn't have the budget of a big Hollywood composer and so he can't rely on a ginormous orchestra to do the work for him (i.e., he can't just pile on dozens of violins to suggest mood). Look for ex-Oingo Boingo member Steve Bartek (who's orchestrated many of Danny Hellman's finest scores) on guest guitar on the final track, "Black Market." --Elisabeth Vincentelli

1. Colonial Anthem ('Theme From Battlestar Galactica')
2. Baltar's Dream
3. Escape from the Farm (3:09)
4. A Promise To Return
5. Allegro
6. Martial Law
7. Standing In The Mud
8. Pegasus
9. Lords Of Kobol
10. Something Dark Is Coming
11. Scar
12. Epiphanies
13. Roslin And Adama
14. Gina Escapes
15. Dark Unions
16. The Cylon Prisioner
17. Prelude To War
18. Reuniting The Fleet
19. Roslin Confesses
20. One Year Later
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Product Details

  • Composer: Bear McCreary
  • Audio CD (June 20, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • ASIN: B000FCUYKO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Mierzwa on July 31, 2006
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About the Composer:

Bear McCreary took over as the composer for the hot new science fiction series Battlestar Gallactica when the series went it normal production in 2004. McCreary expanded upon some of the original mini-series (2003) composer Richard Gibbs's themes, but quickly developed a style of his own characterized by a mix of tribal beats, ethereal vocals, and electronics. His season 1 Battlestar Galactica soundtrack was very well received, and has been considered an instrumental part of the success of the series. McCreary is comfortable writing and making use of traditional orchestra ensembles, string quartets, electronic compositions, rock flavored guitar, and more traditional folk arrangements. I'd describe his style as actually being similar to European "fusion" music, which mixes electronics with a variety of music styles from around the globe.

About the Soundtrack:

This disk is packed with over an hour of some of my favorite musical tracks from BSG season 2. Though the series itself reused some of the music originally scored for season 1, with only a few exceptions this soundtrack actually focuses on highlighting the new music introduced in season 2. In season 1, McCreary established a few theme songs that we incorporate with specific characters and those themes are worked into new pieces for season 2. Starbuck's theme is masterfully mixed into "Escape from the Farm" and Baltar's theme is integral to "Baltar's Dream" (the track ties into "The Shape of Things to Come" from the season 1 disk). Aside from those two tracks and Richard Gibbs main title sequence (sort of a must for a television soundtrack disk), the rest of the material is not available on the previous disk.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gorkon on June 22, 2006
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Absolutely one of the best soundtrack CDs ever put together. I loved the season 1 CD and this one is even better! All the music is outstanding but my favorite two are "Something Dark is Coming" and "Prelude to War". These tracks alone are worth the price. As an FYI, if you are looking for the piano piece from "Valley of Darkness" you will find it on the Philip Glass Solo Piano album. The song is called Metamorphosis Five.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Felix Schütz on June 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is it. If you enjoyed McCrearys Score for Season 1, then this is definitely your next must-buy.

McCreary is doing the impossible: he goes much further, beyond what he has created in Season 1 OST. This is especially for those who know the first soundtrack cd and are begging for more. There you got it. It does not repeat those drum-action-cues, does not drift away into those arabian-exotic-strings. It's fresh and it's new. There are some tunes on this cd that you would never have expected. Probably McCreary's best decision: Track 10 "Something Dark Is Coming" in its own full greatfull length of nearly nine minutes. This is a huge statement. How long has it been since you heard a track on a soundtrack album which has exactly the length it is needed to have? There you go. It's all here.

If you love the show, this is clearly a must-buy. If you like unusual, almost exotical music for movies and television, this is must-buy. If you have a good sense for music that does not sound like anything you have ever heard in this constelletion before, it is a freakin' must-buy.

Dear Bear McCreary, I am proud of you. You did everything I could hope for. This CD is almost near perfection. It is exactly what a Season 2 Score for a show like Battlestar Calactica is supposed to be. You did great. Thank you for this.

To all those of you who have been reading this: Don't hesitate. Buy it! Give the show and Mr McCreary a good chance of continuing their work.

Cheers,

Felix

By the way: Please forgive the language. I am German, so this is all improvised.

Greetings!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Grimes on June 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Battlestar Galactica Season 2 Original Soundtrack

Being a fan of the show I had no reservations about purchasing this soundtrack the moment I could. I am so pleased I have it today. My review below contains connections to episodes, but hopefully no serious spoilers. I will say nothing about the Season Finale cliff-hanger. (Except that it was absolutely perfect for the show) Track 1, "Colonial Anthem", as arranged by Bear McCreary is powerful and holds true to the stylings of Stu Phillips but in a modern Galactica setting.

Track 4, "A Promise to Return", is an emotional piece with the violin being played exceptionally by Ludvig Girdland. Girdland was hit by a drunk driver shortly after this piece was recorded, and is still in a coma. "Allegro" is best described as "Passacaglia" from season 1 with a more serious and desperate tone than its predecessor. It is a wonderfully orchestrated piece that can calm any ones nerves and brings emotional music to a new level.

One of my personal favorites is the short track "Martial Law". Watching the episode "Fragged" and hearing this brought goose bumps to my skin. It fits so perfectly within the episode, and the story arch presented at the beginning of the second season that I wish Mr. McCreary had expanded it from the 1:51 that it is into something about 4 minutes long. "Pegasus" and "Lords of Kobol" are the opening songs for Season Two's mid-season cliffhanger. Both make you feel as happy and elated as the characters feel when they are happened upon by a strong allied ship. "Pegasus" has a whimsical feel to it, giving the listener the dream like state that is referred to within the episode. `It's like a dream.' "Lords of Kobol" features vocals by Raya Yarbrough and could easily be turned into a dance track at a night club.
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Starbuck's song in apartment
I was hoping to find it too. According to Wikipedia, this is one of the few tracks that was NOT scored for the show. They say it is "Metamorphosis One" by Phillip Glass and is on his 1989 album "Solo Piano."
Apr 19, 2008 by Lawdog67 |  See all 7 posts
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In October the season three soundtrack will be released. The composer Bear McCreary said that this disc will have his version of "All Along The Watchtower" on it.
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Amazing CD
Wow, you're right! When I watch the show, I'm aware of the soundscape being an integral and distinctive part of the experience. But it was only listening to the samples here that I realized both the quality/depth of the music itself, and the huge range of styles and instruments. Wow! Thanks for... Read More
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