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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles [Original Television Soundtrack] [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As of December 2008, the science fiction Terminator franchise had spawned three films The Terminator [1984], Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991], Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003], with a fourth, Terminator Salvation, in the post-production stage and another two on the drawing board. And a network television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, was in its second season. This soundtrack album for the TV show mostly covers the first season, the exception being the leadoff track, a hard rock arrangement of the old folk-blues song by the Reverend Gary Davis, "Samson and Delilah" aka "If I Had My Way", sung by Shirley Manson of Garbage, who also has an ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
As of December 2008, the science fiction Terminator franchise had spawned three films The Terminator [1984], Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991], Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003], with a fourth, Terminator Salvation, in the post-production stage and another two on the drawing board. And a network television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, was in its second season. This soundtrack album for the TV show mostly covers the first season, the exception being the leadoff track, a hard rock arrangement of the old folk-blues song by the Reverend Gary Davis, "Samson and Delilah" aka "If I Had My Way", sung by Shirley Manson of Garbage, who also has an acting part on the program. The song was heard at the start of the second season. Otherwise, composer Bear McCreary of The Sci Fi Channel's version of Battlestar Galactica wrote most of the music. Although he pledges fidelity to the synthesizer-dominated work of Brad Fiedel on the first two Terminator films and even uses a smidgen of the original theme in his "Opening Title," McCreary actually has a very different conception for the series, combining lots of wistful music played by a small string section with lots of pounding percussion. He notes that he and an assistant spent the summer of 2007 recording a library of percussion samples "oil cans, chains, aluminum sheets...", and the result gives him industrial noises that would seem like sound effects if they weren't so rhythmic. There are occasional respites from the strings-and-percussion cues, notably "Atomic Al's Merry Melody," which sounds like music for a cartoon and was used to follow the actions of a squirrel. But for the most part, the two basic sound groups prevail, evoking, as McCreary notes, both the human and robotic elements of the Terminator story line.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: La-La Land Records
  • UPC: 826924108123
  • Catalog Number: 1081
  • Sales rank: 75,791

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bear McCreary Primary Artist
John Avila Bass, Electric Bass
Steve Bartek Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Paul Cartwright Violin
Ira Ingber Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Shirley Manson Vocals, Track Performer
John Yoakum Woodwind
Chris Bleth Woodwind
Nate Wood Drums
Benedikt Brydern Violin
Robert Anderson Baritone Violin
Captain Ahab Track Performer
Anna Stafford Violin
Martin J. St. Pierre Violin
Jacob Szekely Cello
Martin St. Pierre Violin
BrEndAn's Band Band
Erica Walzak Violin
M.B. Gordy Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Mark Banning Art Direction
Rev. Gary Davis Composer
Brad Fiedel Composer
Shirley Manson Liner Notes
Michael Beach Scoring Assistant
Steve Kaplan Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Ford A. Thaxton Producer, Audio Production
James Nelson Digital Editing, Mastering
Keith Zajic Business Consultant
Michael V. Gerhard Producer, Audio Production
Matt Verboys Producer, Audio Production
James Nelson Remastering
Bear McCreary Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, MIDI Programming
Josh Friedman Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Thomas Dekker Liner Notes
Brendan McCreary Composer, Scoring Assistant
Brandon Roberts Orchestration
Jonathan Ortega Scoring Assistant
John Wirth Executive Producer
James Middleton Executive Producer
Dirk Hebert Business Consultant
John Wirth Audio Production
James Middleton Audio Production
Jonathan Snipes Sequencers
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Another Great Piece by Bear McCreary

    Bear McCreary is an excellent composer, and has created another wonderful work here. He blends his style of music with the Terminator music to create something amazing and truly unique. If you enjoy instrumental music, other Terminator soundtracks, or the Battlestar Galactica soundtracks you will love this cd. It is a must have for fans of soundtracks.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fabulous Soundtrack!

    Shirley Manson's version of Samson & Delilah is awesome but Bear McCreary's soundtrack is one of my favorite things about the show. His combination of crashing bass & percussion and haunting strings makes me want to listen to this CD over and over again. Love this one!

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