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Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 Soundtrack

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Two CD set. Acclaimed Battlestar composer Bear McCreary pulls out all the musical stops with his sensational music score to the fourth and final season of the critically lauded Sci Fi Channel television series starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff. McCreary enriches and expands his glorious, one-of-a-kind mix of orchestra, vocals, Rock, World-Beats and synth. A sonic powerhouse that lives on beyond this beloved television show.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Gaeta's Lament (4:49)
  2. The Signal (5:09)
  3. Resurrection Hub (3:40)
  4. The Cult of Baltar (5:42)
  5. Farewell Apollo (2:55)
  6. Roslin Escapes (2:55)
  7. Among the Ruins (7:44)
  8. Laura Runs (2:21)
  9. Cally Descends (3:08)
  10. Funeral Pyre (3:57)
  11. Roslin and Adama Reunited (1:59)
  12. Gaeta's Lament - Instrumental (4:50)
  13. Elegy (2:55)
  14. The Alliance (2:30)
  15. Blood on the Scales (5:19)
  16. Grand Old Lady (0:51)
  17. Kara Remembers (3:28)
  18. Boomer Takes Hera (2:39)
  19. Dreilide Thrace Sonata No. 1 (5:35)
  20. Diaspora Oratorio (4:52)

Disc: 2

  1. Caprica City, Before the Fall (4:34)
  2. Laura's Baptism (2:40)
  3. Adama in the Memorial Hallway (2:11)
  4. The Line (3:57)
  5. Assault on the Colony (15:07)
  6. Baltar's Sermon (4:25)
  7. Kara's Coordinates (4:21)
  8. Earth (3:08)
  9. Goodbye Sam (2:11)
  10. The Heart of the Sun (3:20)
  11. Starbuck Disappears (2:09)
  12. So Much Life (5:01)
  13. An Easterly View (4:23)
  14. The Passage of Time (1:18)


Product Details

  • Composer: Bear McCreary
  • Audio CD (July 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • ASIN: B0028ERCMU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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That's right ladies and gents, you heard that right, Bear McCreary has done to television scores what John Williams did to feature film scores. This album rivals any of the Star Wars music and, I LOVE the Star Wars music. Anyone who buys this - whether you are a BSG diehard like myself or simply looking for a good CD - will NOT be disappointed. The opening selection for this album "Gaeta's Lament" was brilliant. It sets the tone for the rest of the album and, indeed, is the primary component to telling the grand final season of the greatest show of all time. I don't know what BSG would be without the music of Bear McCreary. I would probably still like it, but nowhere near as much. The thundering tribal drums, rolling percussions, beautiful violins - all of it - is just spectacular and adds to the suspense and wonder of the show. I have all of the BSG soundtracks, plus the new Caprica soundtrack (Galactica's prequel spinoff series premiering in January 2010 on SyFy Channel) and this is truly the height of Mr. McCreary's work. It incorporates all of the themes previously touched upon in the prior seasons while introducing new themes, and if you listen closely to the SECOND CD music from the series finale, "Daybreak", you can even hear cues from the aforementioned "Caprica" series.

Bear is truly a musical god and a great storyteller in his own right. Look out for "Kara Remembers" which is probably my favorite song on the first CD due to the fact that it is a piano rendition of "All Along the Watchtower" and it is simply beautiful. As stated above the second CD is all of the music from the finale with the epic fifteen minute musical romp "Assault on the Colony" which is quite possibly McCreary's best work (next to season two's "Prelude to War").
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After one listen I was left with one question Is this too good for TV? It could easily pass for a soundtrack for the big screen rivaling John Williams and Howard Shore. Instruments from China, Japan, India, Middle East, Western Europe make up very rich and diverse palette. Even if you have never seen the show, it is a terrific piece of music. Some highlights: a powerful vocal performance by Alessandro Juliani in "Gaeta's Lament", "The Cult of Baltar", "Kara Remembers", "Diaspora Oratorio", "Assault On The Colony" and "The Heart Of The Sun".
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or I just really need to take "Gaeta's Lament" off repeat, but the more is hear it the more I love it. I don't think ,as a whole, this fourth disc is really as good as Season 2, but not much can top "Prelude to War" for me. That said, this disc is packed with music that just makes me want to cry, and that's good. Any true fan of BSG should add this last season's discs to their collection.

Note: I didn't have any problems ripping the music to my computer.
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I wondered after listening to the second season soundtrack and several magnificent tracks from the third season if Bear could possibly better his previous works. He did. When I saw the Fourth Season of BSG I didn't pick up on all the music. It was much like watching Star Wars in that one doesn't separate the music from the images initially. The music is as much the show as the characters are. That being said Bear McCreary has composed some of the most moving tracks I have ever heard. Most evoke emotions as well as those works from Williams, Horner and Zimmer. His music takes you on an emotional roller coaster of fear, hope, despair, pain, triumph, reflection, etc. Some personal standouts I particulary love:

Please excuse my poor descriptions for I lack a proper knowledge of musical terms.

1. Track 1 Disc 2: "Caprica City, Before The Fall". This one almost pulled tears from me at times. (There is a seven note theme that is the centerpiece of this track played on a duduk)It perfectly evokes hope and foreboding. A fitting harbinger of things to come in the "Daybreak" episodes. It is easily my favorite track of the two discs. It is serious and solemn and underscores the tone of the series final episode. Bear uses leitmotif as well as John Williams through much of his work blending two other themes including the ominous 10 note theme from " All Along The Watchtowers". This piece evoked fear and hope. Fear in that this is the end, but hope that the characters will preservere till the end. A magnificent piece that captivates me like no other!!!

2. Track 20 Disc 1: "Diaspora Oratorio". A triumph.

3. Track 11 Disc 1: "Roslin and Adama Reunited"

4. Track 9 Disc 2: "Goodbye Sam"

5. Track 10 Disc 2: "Heart Of The Sun"

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Battlestar Galactica has since come and gone from the airwaves, with the occasional exception of the TV movies that they're planning - the upcoming one is entitled The Plan, due out sometime this year - but the ending season's soundtrack has just been released, ending what is a fine tradition of outstanding scoring for the series.

Battlestar Galactica has always had a soundtrack that's stood out, and each of the five soundtracks released for the Miniseries and resulting four seasons have been outstanding, different and beautiful. Composer Bear McCreary has utilized a number of different instruments and influences, from classical to Indian throughout the series, and this season is no exception, and is possibly the best score of the entire series.

Gatea's song from early on in the season is the opening track, and is a beautiful and haunting song, and helps to set the tone for the rest of the score. The sound for the entire season is one that is largely based off of the previous themes, matured and evolved from their starting points. This doesn't mean that the entire soundtrack is a rehash of what we've already heard. There's a greater urgency with some of these songs as the action in the series ramps up, especially evident with the track The Signal, and Roslin Escapes, while new themes, such as from the excellent Resurrection Hub, which is easily one of the best tracks on the score.

Season 4 was one of the seasons where the show began to end the story, wrapping up storylines and building to the conclusion. As a result, much of these two discs feel far less like a television soundtrack and far more like a movie soundtrack. The themes are greater, more sweeping and make their presence felt, which is highly appropriate for the last moments.
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Will this album be epic?
Several of the tracks I heard throughout the season were simply epic, so I think this one will live up to the last two certainly, just listen to the music at the end of the mid-season cliffhanger. I am surprised it's a two-disk set, but I could see the songs from the last episode taking up a... Read More
Jun 1, 2009 by Jack Lancel |  See all 13 posts
release date 7/21 or 7/28?
It's the 28th. It was moved.

Although I hope it is shipped a little early.
Jul 18, 2009 by Scott Black |  See all 3 posts
Available as download?
Hey, I confess I am a pretty Hard Core BSG 2003 fan. And yes, I was conflicted about the ending of the show, but for a TV Show that had finite episodes, it was still a pretty good ending.

I'm not a squishy type all the time, but Bear McCreary's music is incredible. I'm secure enough in my... Read More
Jul 27, 2009 by Norman L. Lee |  See all 9 posts
Prologue to 'No Exit'?
Bear McCreary is planning to release a CD with unreleased material and cues from BSG soundtrack next year.
He said on his blog that the new prologue will be part of it.
Aug 4, 2009 by Sebdevienne |  See all 2 posts
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