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Battlestar Galactica: Season Three [Original Television Soundtrack]


  • 1. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. A Distant Sadness from 'Occupation' - (From 'Occupation')
    2. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Precipice from 'Precipice' - (From 'Precipice')
    3. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Admiral and Commander from 'Exodus, Parts 1 and 2' - (From 'Exodus, Pts.1 And 2)
    4. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Storming New Caprica from 'Exodus, Parts 2' - (From 'Exodus, Pt.2')
    5. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Refugees Return from 'Exodus, Part 2' - (From 'Exodus, Pt.2')
    6. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Wayward Soldier from 'Hero' - (From 'Hero')
    7. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Violence and Variations from 'Unfinished Business' - (From 'Unfinished Business')
    8. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. The Dance from 'Unfinished Business' - (From 'Unfinished Business')
    9. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Adama Falls from 'Unfinished Business' - (From 'Unfinished Business')
    10. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Under the Wing from 'Maelstrom' - (From 'Maelstrom')
    11. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Battlestar Sonatica from 'Torn' - (From 'Torn')
    12. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Fight Night from 'Unfinished Business' - (From 'Unfinished Business')
    13. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Kat's Sacrifice from 'The Passage' - (From 'The Passage')
    14. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Someone to Trust from 'Taking A Break From All Your Worries' - (From 'Taking a Break From All Your Worries')
    15. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. The Temple of Five from 'The Eye of Jupiter' - (From 'The Eye Of Jupiter')
    16. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Dirty Hands from 'Dirty Hands' - (From 'Dirty Hands')
    17. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Gentle Execution from 'Exodus, Part 2' - (From 'Exodus, Pt.2')
    18. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Mandala in the Clouds from 'Maelstrom' - (From 'Maelstrom')
    19. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Deathbed and Maelstrom from 'Maelstrom' - (From 'Maelstrom')
    20. Battlestar Galactica, television series score (2004- ): Season Three. Heeding the Call from 'Crossroads, Part 2' - (From 'Crossroads Pt.2')
    21. All Along the Watchtower - (From 'Crossroads Pt.2')
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1062

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Kaplan; Bear McCreary; Steve Kaplan; Bear McCreary
    EngineerSteve Kaplan

    Composer: Bear McCreary.
    Personnel: Bear McCreary (accordion, piano, harmonium); Steve Bartek (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Paul Cartwright (violin, electric violin); John Wittenberg, Cameron Patrick, Jessica van Velzen, Shari Zippert, Erika Walczak, Sharon Jackson , Christine E. Frank, Laura McLean, Adriana Zoppo, Gina Kronstadt, Norm Hughes, Juliann French, Francine Walsh, Kirstin Fife, Peter Kent, Margaret Wooten, Armen Garabedian, Josephina Vergara, Susan Chatman (violin); Martin J. St. Pierre (erhu); Caroline Buckman, Carole Castillo, Lynn Grants, Scott Hosfeld, Maria Newman, David Stenske, Briana Bandy (viola); Maurice Grants, Rudy Stein, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Jacob Szekely, Peggy Baldwin (cello); Eric Rigler (Uilleann pipe); Laura Griffiths (French horn); Bart Samolis (double bass); John Avila (electric bass); Nate Wood (drums); M.B. Gordy III (percussion).
    Additional personnel: Raya Yarbrough, Bt4 (vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Steve Kaplan.
    Liner Note Author: Bear McCreary.
    Recording information: Warner Bros. Eastwood Scoring Stage, CA.
    Arranger: Bear McCreary.
    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. ~ William Ruhlmann

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