"The Walking Dead (Original Television Soundtrack)" by Bear McCreary on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The second those cascading strings hit in “Theme from the Walking Dead,” fans know what’s coming. The musical world of the show is treacherous, but also full of hope: the echoing glitches and rumbling pulses of “Negan” give a sense of the violence that lies in store, but the calming violins of “Sophia” remind us that there’s pathos and comfort to be found, even in the places that seem most hopeless.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second those cascading strings hit in “Theme from the Walking Dead,” fans know what’s coming. The musical world of the show is treacherous, but also full of hope: the echoing glitches and rumbling pulses of “Negan” give a sense of the violence that lies in store, but the calming violins of “Sophia” remind us that there’s pathos and comfort to be found, even in the places that seem most hopeless.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

13 Ratings

Beautiful Soundtrack for All WD Fans and Fans of Great Soundtracks

Garrett Rank,

Bear McCreary is a famed TV, film, and video game composer who has established his elegant yet bombastic and moving yet modern musical sound for listeners of his soundtracks. He hit the big time as a composer when he began scoring on the Walking Dead, and 8 seasons in he’s still going strong. His soundtrack credits, to name but a few (besides WD) are Black Sails, Outlander, Eureka, Battlestar Galactica (00’s), 10 Cloverfield Lane, Everly, and Constantine.

Premiering all his composed music for the WD series in one album, before Season 8 premieres the “All-Out War” storyline, fans young and older can finally enjoy the music that helped put Mr. McCreary on the musical map. With smaller releases for the WD show in 2012 and 2014 on digital and disc, respectively, six years into the show Bear McCreary finally delivers the WD musical goods all in one place.

It’s safe to say he just may join the A-grade echelon of soundtrack composers that are known as the forerunners of their craft as much as their music, so we’ll just have to wait and see. And listen and rock on, duh...!

OMG💀

Walkerbait71,

Finally! I’ve been waiting for this soundtrack for a very long time.

About Bear McCreary

Score composer Bear McCreary was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 17, 1979, the son of the writer Laura Kalpakian. He obtained degrees in composition and recording arts from the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and became a protégé of the film composer Elmer Bernstein, for whom he reconstructed and re-orchestrated the score for the 1963 film Kings of the Sun, resulting in a new recording of the music.

After scoring a number of short films in the late '90s and early 2000s, McCreary was hired to compose the music for a new version of the television series Battlestar Galactica, which premiered on the Sci Fi Channel in 2004. Soundtrack albums of his music were released in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009 by La-La Land Records, corresponding to the four seasons of the series. During that time, he also scored the straight-to-video film Rest Stop (released by PlanR) and its sequel, Rest Stop: Don't Look Back (released by La-La Land.), as well as another straight-to-video feature, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End (La-La Land). The label also issued his music for the Fox TV series Eureka and Sci Fi Channel's Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, both in 2008. His score for the pilot episode of the Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica was released in 2009, and he stayed on to write for the series' full one-season run.

That same year, he was tapped to score AMC's popular zombie drama series The Walking Dead, which premiered in October 2010. Over the next few years McCreary's talents becoming increasingly in demand as he took jobs scoring NBC's superhero drama The Cape (2011), the historical fantasy series Da Vinci's Demons (2013), and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013), just to name a few. In 2015, the first of his Billboard-charting soundtracks to the STARZ time-travel series Outlander was released by Relativity Records. The following year brought a string of film scores in the horror realm that included The Forest, The Boy, and 10 Cloverfield Lane. More genre-related scores followed in 2017, including soundtracks for the sci-fi black comedy Colossal and the slasher thriller Happy Death Day, as well as the J.D. Salinger biopic Rebel in the Rye. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • BORN
    Feb 17, 1979

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