Battlestar Galactica: Season Three [Original Television Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Starting in 2004, composer Bear McCreary broke the mold with his background music for the Sci Fi cable-TV channel's series Battlestar Galactica not to be confused with the original series of the same name that ran on network television from 1978 to 1980, or the 2003 mini-series also called Battlestar Galactica. For McCreary, space was not to be the musical setting for sweeping symphonic themes, as it had been for his many predecessors. McCreary's space music was akin to world music, full of various contemporary ethnic styles and, more than anything else, drums. That's the sound heard especially on the soundtrack album for the first season and, to a lesser extent, the ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Starting in 2004, composer Bear McCreary broke the mold with his background music for the Sci Fi cable-TV channel's series Battlestar Galactica not to be confused with the original series of the same name that ran on network television from 1978 to 1980, or the 2003 mini-series also called Battlestar Galactica. For McCreary, space was not to be the musical setting for sweeping symphonic themes, as it had been for his many predecessors. McCreary's space music was akin to world music, full of various contemporary ethnic styles and, more than anything else, drums. That's the sound heard especially on the soundtrack album for the first season and, to a lesser extent, the second season's CD as well. This time around, however, McCreary clearly states in his liner notes that he was making a virtue of necessity; if he didn't write symphonic pieces, it was because the producers "didn't want an orchestral score cluttering up their series," and, presumably, because they didn't want to pay the freight: "My approach bordering on minimalism, I set out scoring the first season with a small ensemble of ethnic percussion and woodwinds." Everything is different now. This third-season soundtrack credits 46 string players, along with nine other musicians. McCreary still loves drums, and he has a noticeable affinity for Indian music that is apparent immediately in the leadoff track, "A Distant Sadness" which also features Raya Yarbrough singing lyrics in Armenian, as well as a taste for Celtic sounds that leads him to use uilleann pipes on several cues. But for the first time, music from the TV series takes a more conventional orchestral approach, and McCreary even plays a solo piano piece, "Battlestar Sonatica." Executive producer Ronald D. Moore contributes an extensive justification in his liner notes for the use of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" with a sort of hard rock/Indian arrangement and vocals by BT4, a selection apparently not in keeping with the show's science-fiction setting. But it's hard to see why anyone would object; suspended disbelief has been a part of a musical appreciation of the series from the start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • UPC: 826924106228
  • Catalog Number: 1062
  • Sales rank: 24,676

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bear McCreary Primary Artist, Piano, Accordion, Conductor, Harmonium
John Avila Electric Bass
Steve Bartek Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Cartwright Violin, Electric Violin
Carole Castillo Viola
Kirstin Fife Violin
Juliann French Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Maurice Grants Cello
Peter Kent Violin
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Maria Newman Viola
Vladimir Polimatidi Violin
Bart Samolis Double Bass
David Stenske Viola
Josefina Vergara Violin
Francine Walsh Violin
John Wittenberg Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Shari Zippert Violin
Eric Rigler uillean pipes
Susan Chatman Violin
Norm Hughes Violin
Peggy Baldwin Cello
Adriana Zoppo Violin
Rudy Stein Cello
Chris Bleth Wind Instruments
Nate Wood Drums
Lynn Grants Viola
Cameron Patrick Violin
Kathleen Robertson Violin
Christine E. Frank Violin
Sharon Jackson Violin
Briana Bandy Viola
Caroline Buckman Viola
Scott Hosfeld Viola
Jessica van Velzen Violin
Martin J. St. Pierre Erhu
Laura McLean Violin
Raya Yarbrough Vocals
Jacob Szekely Cello
Karen Elane Viola
Laura Griffiths French Horn
Jodie Bevers Violin
Martin St. Pierre Erhu
Robbie Anderson Violin
David Morrisey Cello
Marium Mayer Viola
Kirsten Fife Violin
Christine Frank Violin
Larry Greenfield Violin
Raya Yrbrough Vocals
Julie Rodgers Violin
Sara O'Brian Cello
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Rudi Stein Cello
Gena Kronstadt Violin
Todd Marda Viola
Bt4 Vocals
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Erika Walczak Violin
Bt4 Vocals
M.B. Gordy Percussion
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer, Text
Mark Banning Art Direction
Steve Kaplan Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
James Nelson Digital Editing
Michael V. Gerhard Executive Producer
Matt Verboys Executive Producer
Bear McCreary Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Brendan McCreary Scoring Assistant
Ronald D. Moore Liner Notes
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