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Music of Cosmos: Selections from the Score of the Television Series "Cosmos" by Carl Sagan Original recording remastered, Soundtrack, Collector's Edition


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  • Audio CD (October 8, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack, Collector's Edition
  • Label: Cosmos Studios / BMG
  • ASIN: B00006HCVP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Heaven & Hell, Part 1 - Vangelis
2. Symphony No.11 In G Minor, Op.103 'The Year 1905' - Shostakovich
3. Alpha - Vangelis
4. (Depicting) Cranes In Their Nest - Yamaguchi
5. Clarinet Concerto In A Major, K.622 - Mozart
6. Pachelbel: The Pachelbel Canon - Galway
7. Metamorhposis - Boydstun
8. The Sea Named 'Solaris' - Bach
9. Partita For Violin Solo No.3 In E - Bach
10. The Four Seasons: Spring - Vivaldi
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pulstar - Vangelis
2. 'Vishnu' Symphony No.19, Op.217 - Hovhaness
3. Melancholy Blues - Bloom
4. Aquarius - MacDermot
5. Beaubourg, Part 2 - Vangelis
6. The Planets - Mars - Holst
7. Alien Images 1 - Boydstun
8. Fly...Night Bird - Roussel
9. Entends-Tu Les Chiens Aboyer? - Vangelis
10. The Rite Of Spring - Stravinsky
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By wadrad on July 20, 2004
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Won't be adding much that hasn't already been said, but my purpose is to add weight to previous inputs. I, like some might be doing right now, mulled over buying this set about a year ago, but hesitated because of the reviews. Well, I bought and, like others, was simultaneously frustrated and pleased with the end result.

AWESOME selection of music on this 2-disc set that has an audio fidelity sorely lacking on the older releases. For the music selection and sound quality it would be an easy 5-star rating...BUT I only gave it 3 because of those irritating segues/transitions between tracks (yes, they do frequently cover up the intros and outros of the songs, AND they're too loud, spoiling what should have been a smooth flow from piece to piece), the replacement of some previous versions of the same songs, and the inclusion of the "Age of Aquarius" tune. Though I was never nuts about a couple of the "world tunes" on the old mix, they are WAY more tolerable than the "Aquarius" tune. And my last minor gripe is with some of the extended/full versions of the songs, the compilation as a whole doesn't flow quite as nicely (ignoring the irritating segues) as the old one.

That being said, I'll probably end up burning a compilation of the same songs with the segues removed and the order or music restored to what I'm used to.

Is it worth buying? Yeah, I'd say so. It's just a shame it's not as outstanding a compilation as it could have been.

Would LOVE to know what the record company was thinking when they made the decision to leave the noisy transitions. Can't imagine someone sitting down to demo the final mix through some high-end system and speakers, and going "Yeah!! That gurgling noise MAKES this disc!! Hey...can we make it louder?"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2003
This album is a must for anyone who loved watching the Cosmos series on TV. There is no doubt that the music was an integral part of the viewing experience and the combination of Carl's voice, the visual effects and the music has to make it one of the most stunning series of all time. This album features virtually all of the music from the series and has been greatly expanded from the original release. The music has been digitally remastered and to hear it rendered in CD quality sound makes it a truly awesome listening experience. Just crank up the volume and be surrounded by spectacular Cosmos music!! Prior to purchasing the set, I had read some of the other comments posted here about the sounds in between the tracks. For me, I do not find them bothersome at all. In fact, I find that as I'm listening to the CD, they actually make me conjure up images of some of the scenes from the actual TV series. I think that the idea was innovative and since they were part of the original album, it is right that they be featured on the re-release. In short, this CD is a credit to the producers and is a must for anyone who appreciates Classical and New Age music and the Cosmos series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Marchand on April 7, 2005
I am astounded that everyone who disliked the track segues on this release apparently didn't read the any of the liner notes or apparently watch the COSMOS TV series itself. Like the TV series, this soundtrack musically covers the origins of the Universe, the development of stars, planets, life, evolution, civilization, scientific discoveries and meditations on humanity's fate and place in the universe. A quick glance at the back cover and liner notes clearly illustrate this.

Perfectionists are advised that if they really want the actual soundtrack music to the series, simply purchase the DVD box set. There is a music only track on each DVD for each program. As broadcast, most of the pieces were multiply re-arranged, cut, trimmed and even made into different versions, so you'll not hear exactly what was broadcast even with an original recording. Besides, many pieces were omitted from the CD due to copyright, time constraints, etc.

That having been said, the Age of Aquarius cut is awful, regardless of whether it was in the TV show or not. Omitting Beethoven for that? Ugh. That alone makes me give it a 4/5.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John K. Bailey on July 13, 2007
Unfortunately, this 2-CD set appears to be unavailable now. But if you can find it, don't hesitate to purchase it. If you loved the 80s TV series, this captures many of the musical moments that made the series so unique.

As many reviewers have mentioned - yes, Age of Aquarius does not fit in well; the segues between selections range from being odd to downright annoying; and yes there is much more music represented here than on the original LP, including the Vangelis track that he composed for the second Special Edition of Cosmos that aired as a mini-series several years after the original series aired.

One thing that reviewers so far have overlooked is that one track from the original LP somehow did not make it onto this 2CD set - Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu's short track "Inside the Heart of the Universe". A brief and somewhat odd piece of music, it still has a mystical beauty to it. It also gave me reason to know Takemitsu's name when I was six or seven years old, growing up watching the Cosmos series and enjoying the original LP. I grew up to be a professional musician, and tried to find out just where this track came from. It took a lot of research, but I found that it was from a soundtrack called Legacy For the Future. It was released on LP in the early 1970s, and was only briefly released on CD by Deutsche Grammophon in 1996 and I was lucky to find a copy (the whole CD is wonderful!). Anyway, this probably more info than most readers care for, but for any who remember this cool piece of music and lament that it did not make it to this 2CD set - you aren't the only ones who noticed this!

There is a CD release of the original LP tracks - right now there appear to be several copies available from Marketplace sellers.
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