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Battlestar Galactica: Season Two [Sci Fi Channel Series]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There have been various versions of the television series Battlestar Galactica -- the original network series that ran on ABC from 1978 to 1980, a mini-series in 2003, and a new cable series on the Sci Fi Channel beginning in 2004 -- and, confusingly, they have all used the same title, without any distinguishing addition such as "The New Generation" to help out viewers. And they have all produced soundtrack albums, which can make things even more confusing. This album chronicles the second season of the Sci Fi Channel series, which ran from 2005 to 2006. Like the first season, it featured music composed by Bear McCreary. As a writer of background music for a science ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There have been various versions of the television series Battlestar Galactica -- the original network series that ran on ABC from 1978 to 1980, a mini-series in 2003, and a new cable series on the Sci Fi Channel beginning in 2004 -- and, confusingly, they have all used the same title, without any distinguishing addition such as "The New Generation" to help out viewers. And they have all produced soundtrack albums, which can make things even more confusing. This album chronicles the second season of the Sci Fi Channel series, which ran from 2005 to 2006. Like the first season, it featured music composed by Bear McCreary. As a writer of background music for a science fiction project, McCreary has displayed two unusual characteristics. First, he has not restricted himself to symphonic or synthesized orchestral sounds to evoke the outer space setting. His approach is much more eclectic, and much more concerned with ethnic and world styles, which would seem a bit, well, earthbound, but appears to work for the series. Second, he is a big aficionado of drums: big, thundering drums. Both of these characteristics were on display in the soundtrack album for the first season of the Sci Fi Channel series, released in 2005, and they are both on display on this sequel, if not quite as much. True, McCreary turns to his big drums, for example, in "Scar" and at the end of the lengthy "Prelude to War," and his eclecticism comes out in, for example, the Scottish feel of "Reuniting the Fleet" and the heavy metal-crossed-with-Indian styles of the closing track, "Black Market." But he seems to have had more time and more money to work with the second time around, and he seems to have used it to bring in more traditional, string-filled orchestra sections to go with his mix-and-match music. The result is an album that is a showcase for a composer with quite varied skills. Fans of the original series may be pleased to hear that McCreary also feels confident enough to slip in a bit of Stu Phillips and Glen A. Larson's music from the original series in the opening track, "Colonial Anthem."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • UPC: 826924104927
  • Catalog Number: 1049
  • Sales rank: 18,855

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Season Two: Colonial Anthem ("Theme from Battlestar Galactica") from "F (4:03)
  2. 2 Season Two: Baltar's Dream from "Valley of Darkness" [From Valley of Da (2:46)
  3. 3 Season Two: Escape from the Farm from "The Farm" (3:12)
  4. 4 Season Two: A Promise to Return from "The Farm" (3:05)
  5. 5 Season Two: Allegro from "Home", Part One (5:02)
  6. 6 Season Two: Martial Law from "Fragged" (1:53)
  7. 7 Season Two: Standing in the Mud from "Black Market" (1:48)
  8. 8 Season Two: Pegasus from "Pegasus" (2:48)
  9. 9 Season Two: Lords of Kobol from "Pegasus" (2:52)
  10. 10 Season Two: Something Dark is Coming from "Lay Down Your Burdens", Part (8:54)
  11. 11 Season Two: Scar from "Scar" (2:28)
  12. 12 Season Two: Epiphanies from "Epiphanies" (2:45)
  13. 13 Season Two: Roslin and Adama from "Resurrection Ship", Parts One and Tw (2:52)
  14. 14 Season Two: Gina Escapes from "Resurrection Ship", Part Two [From Resur (2:02)
  15. 15 Season Two: Dark Unions from "Lay Down Your Burdens", Part Two [From La (2:56)
  16. 16 Season Two: The Cylon Prisoner from "Pegasus" (3:51)
  17. 17 Season Two: Prelude to War from "Pegasus" and "Resurrection Ship", Part (8:25)
  18. 18 Season Two: Reuniting the Fleet from "Home", Parts One and Two [From Ho (2:50)
  19. 19 Season Two: Roslin Confesses from "Lay Down Your Burdens", Part Two [Fr (2:07)
  20. 20 Season Two: One Year Later from "Lay Down Your Burdens", Part Two [From (1:45)
  21. 21 Season Two: Worthy of Survival from "Lay Down Your Burdens", Part Two [ (3:39)
  22. 22 Main Title (0:47)
  23. 23 Season Two: Black Market from "Black Market" (5:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bear McCreary Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Conductor
John Avila Electric Bass
Steve Bartek Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Cartwright Violin, Electric Violin
Steve Durnin French Horn
Kirstin Fife Violin
Juliann French Violin
Melissa "Missy" Hasin Cello
Peter Kent Violin
Maria Newman Viola
Michael Now Vocals
Bart Samolis Double Bass
David Stenske Viola
Josefina Vergara Violin
Francine Walsh Violin
John Wittenberg Violin
Shari Zippert Violin
Eric Rigler uillean pipes, Irish Whistle
Dave Stone Double Bass
Susan Chatman Violin
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Daniel Kelley French Horn
Suzie Katayama Cello
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Norm Hughes Violin
Peggy Baldwin Cello
Norman Ludwin Double Bass
Rudy Stein Cello
Chris Bleth Wind Instruments
Alexander Isles Trombone
Daniel Kelly French Horn
Lynn Grants Viola
Cameron Patrick Violin
Kathleen Robertson Violin
Robert Anderson Violin
Larry Hall Trumpet
Ludvig Girdland Violin
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Viola
Marda Todd Viola
Sharon Jackson Violin
Briana Bandy Viola
Rudolph Stein Cello
Scott Hosfeld Viola
Jessica van Velzen Viola
Supernova String Quartet String Quartet
Jacob Szekely Cello
Charlie Evert Violin
Vladimir Polimikiti Violin
Caitanya Riggs Vocals
Marium Mayer Viola
Kirsten Fife Violin
David Stone Double Bass
Larry Greenfield Violin
Raya Yrbrough Vocals
Julie Rodgers Violin
Steven Holtman Trombone
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick Cello
Alex Isles Trombone
Songa Lee-Kitto Violin
Bt4 Vocals
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Erika Walczak Violin
Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez Drums
M.B. Gordy Percussion
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Mark Banning Art Direction
Gordon Fordyce Engineer
Richard Gibbs Composer
Steve Kaplan Producer, Score Producer, Audio Production, Engineering
Ford A. Thaxton Producer
Stu Phillips & the Hollyridge Strings Composer
James Nelson Digital Editing, Mastering
Glen A. Larson Composer
Michael V. Gerhard Executive Producer
Matt Verboys Executive Producer
Stu Phillips Composer
Bear McCreary Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Adaptation, Score Producer, Audio Production, MIDI Programming
Ronald D. Moore Liner Notes, Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First rate TV music

    Bear McCreary has done for Battlestar Galactica what John Williams did for Star Wars. This music from the 2nd season is some of the best music from a TV series ever. Give this CD a spin, you won't be disappointed.

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