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Battlestar Galactica: Season One
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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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I've been listening to BSG soundtracks for years, and I don't go back to Season 1 much. It was great television, and it's nice to hear some of the early themes develop, but I don't find it nearly as entertaining as the next three seasons. Worth buying if you want to understand that development or if you just like the show.
"Wander My Friends" -- baleful, soulful piece. Time for tears.
"Battlestar Muzaktica" -- cheeky, smooth, unexpected. Time for laughter!
"The Dinner Party" -- classy, clean, sparse. Time for a little sherry.
"Battlestar Operatica" -- sneaky as a Cylon, hidden messages. Time for a chuckle.
"Passacaglia" -- Time for awe. Everyone else has mentioned this track and for good reason. It's the piece that, when heard on TV, I, and everyone else I hope, knew that we were in the presence of something quite different -- real epic television and a synching of creative vision that will continue to impress us every week.
Bear creates from the entire range of human experience. We could not have hoped for, or received, a better continuation of the unique sounds created for the pilot mini-series.
As exec producer David Eick says in the liner notes, the series was to change the face of science fiction. Bear's interpretative, evocative creations have changed the face of teevee scoring, and are a large part of why BG is the best fracking series on television today.
Long live the Bear.
I liked that there were no real bombastic score for the first season, as the first is just a continuation of the haunting pose set by the miniseries as humanity tries to out run the Cylons in their quest to rid the universe of humanity.
The Battlestar Galactica series set out to dramatically re-imagine not only the original series but the entire science fiction genre. The music of the series is a large part of its success, and I highly recommend this CD to people looking to relive the magic of the series.