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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.")

Customer Reviews

A Frakking Masterpiece!

Bear McCreary's work on the Battlestar Galactica soundtracks is nothing less than perfect. Being the best show ever to be aired on television, it deserved a soundtrack that would do it justice. Bear McCreary's score for Season 2 goes above and beyond that expactation. The music literally fuels the raw emotion, excitement, drama, and suspense of the show perfectly. The use of harmonious strings and percussions, the haunting themes and the booming tribal drums all add up to a television score unlike any other. Tracks like Worthy of Survival, Prelude to War, Black Market, Something Dark Is Coming, and Allegro compliment the theme of the episodes, and the series as a whole wonderfully. If you're a fan of BSG, this soundtrack is a must have! Once you start listening, you won't want to stop!

It's about frak'in time!!!

Some of the best music ever, for one of (if not THE) best television shows to ever air! Bear's score across all the seasons has been a joy to listen to, and it's great to see it has finally arrived on iTunes!

Prelude to War

If you enjoy classical music, or film scores, or rousing music of any must at the very least buy this track. Now. Seriously, shut up and do it.


Born: February 1, 1979

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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 the recording of a new album of the music. After scoring a number of short films...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: Jun 20, 2006

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