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Battlestar Galactica: Season 4 [Soundtrack]

Various , Bear McCreary Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Gaeta's Lament (4:49)
2. The Signal (5:09)
3. Resurrection Hub (3:40)
4. The Cult of Baltar (5:42)
5. Farewell Apollo (2:55)
6. Roslin Escapes (2:55)
7. Among the Ruins (7:44)
8. Laura Runs (2:21)
9. Cally Descends (3:08)
10. Funeral Pyre (3:57)
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Disc: 2
1. Caprica City, Before the Fall (4:34)
2. Laura's Baptism (2:40)
3. Adama in the Memorial Hallway (2:11)
4. The Line (3:57)
5. Assault on the Colony (15:07)
6. Baltar's Sermon (4:25)
7. Kara's Coordinates (4:21)
8. Earth (3:08)
9. Goodbye Sam (2:11)
10. The Heart of the Sun (3:20)
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Two CD set. Acclaimed Battlestar composer Bear McCreary pulls out all the musical stops with his sensational music score to the fourth and final season of the critically lauded Sci Fi Channel television series starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff. McCreary enriches and expands his glorious, one-of-a-kind mix of orchestra, vocals, Rock, World-Beats and synth. A sonic powerhouse that lives on beyond this beloved television show.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Packaging May 9 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Product arrived in short time, good. Product case was taped and messy to remove. Glue of packaging was also stuck to product, and is proving difficult to remove and clean. As for the CD itself, good condition and plays without issue so far.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Season 2 was the best Nov. 6 2009
Format:Audio CD
Of the soundtracks this is probably third place. Season 2 was the best, season 1 was good. Season 3 and 4 were just OK.

Interestingly they're all missing Philip Glass's Metamorphosis which Star Buck was playing from her Dad's collection.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  62 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Level of John Williams' Star Wars Soundtracks July 29 2009
By AllTerroristsMustDie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
That's right ladies and gents, you heard that right, Bear McCreary has done to television scores what John Williams did to feature film scores. This album rivals any of the Star Wars music and, I LOVE the Star Wars music. Anyone who buys this - whether you are a BSG diehard like myself or simply looking for a good CD - will NOT be disappointed. The opening selection for this album "Gaeta's Lament" was brilliant. It sets the tone for the rest of the album and, indeed, is the primary component to telling the grand final season of the greatest show of all time. I don't know what BSG would be without the music of Bear McCreary. I would probably still like it, but nowhere near as much. The thundering tribal drums, rolling percussions, beautiful violins - all of it - is just spectacular and adds to the suspense and wonder of the show. I have all of the BSG soundtracks, plus the new Caprica soundtrack (Galactica's prequel spinoff series premiering in January 2010 on SyFy Channel) and this is truly the height of Mr. McCreary's work. It incorporates all of the themes previously touched upon in the prior seasons while introducing new themes, and if you listen closely to the SECOND CD music from the series finale, "Daybreak", you can even hear cues from the aforementioned "Caprica" series.

Bear is truly a musical god and a great storyteller in his own right. Look out for "Kara Remembers" which is probably my favorite song on the first CD due to the fact that it is a piano rendition of "All Along the Watchtower" and it is simply beautiful. As stated above the second CD is all of the music from the finale with the epic fifteen minute musical romp "Assault on the Colony" which is quite possibly McCreary's best work (next to season two's "Prelude to War"). I am so sad that this show has come to an end and we will no longer have new music from BSG to enjoy (save for the final BSG soundtrack which consists exclusively of music from the two DVD movies "Razor" and "The Plan" coming out later this year). However, we have Caprica to look forward to which is similar yet...wonderfully different. As the Hybrid in "Razor" told Major Shaw: "this is not an end, but a beginning!"

Some notable tracks include:
Gaeta's Lament
Resurrection Hub
The Cult of Baltar
Among the Ruins
Cally Descends
Kara Remembers
Dreilide Thrace Sonata No. 1
Diaspora Oratorio
The Line
Assault on the Colony
So Much Life
An Easterly View

SO SAY WE ALL!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too good for televsion???! July 29 2009
By D. Mcintyre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After one listen I was left with one question Is this too good for TV? It could easily pass for a soundtrack for the big screen rivaling John Williams and Howard Shore. Instruments from China, Japan, India, Middle East, Western Europe make up very rich and diverse palette. Even if you have never seen the show, it is a terrific piece of music. Some highlights: a powerful vocal performance by Alessandro Juliani in "Gaeta's Lament", "The Cult of Baltar", "Kara Remembers", "Diaspora Oratorio", "Assault On The Colony" and "The Heart Of The Sun".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking..... Aug. 6 2009
By C. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
or I just really need to take "Gaeta's Lament" off repeat, but the more is hear it the more I love it. I don't think ,as a whole, this fourth disc is really as good as Season 2, but not much can top "Prelude to War" for me. That said, this disc is packed with music that just makes me want to cry, and that's good. Any true fan of BSG should add this last season's discs to their collection.

Note: I didn't have any problems ripping the music to my computer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply magnificent. Feb. 10 2010
By rodney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I wondered after listening to the second season soundtrack and several magnificent tracks from the third season if Bear could possibly better his previous works. He did. When I saw the Fourth Season of BSG I didn't pick up on all the music. It was much like watching Star Wars in that one doesn't separate the music from the images initially. The music is as much the show as the characters are. That being said Bear McCreary has composed some of the most moving tracks I have ever heard. Most evoke emotions as well as those works from Williams, Horner and Zimmer. His music takes you on an emotional roller coaster of fear, hope, despair, pain, triumph, reflection, etc. Some personal standouts I particulary love:

Please excuse my poor descriptions for I lack a proper knowledge of musical terms.

1. Track 1 Disc 2: "Caprica City, Before The Fall". This one almost pulled tears from me at times. (There is a seven note theme that is the centerpiece of this track played on a duduk)It perfectly evokes hope and foreboding. A fitting harbinger of things to come in the "Daybreak" episodes. It is easily my favorite track of the two discs. It is serious and solemn and underscores the tone of the series final episode. Bear uses leitmotif as well as John Williams through much of his work blending two other themes including the ominous 10 note theme from " All Along The Watchtowers". This piece evoked fear and hope. Fear in that this is the end, but hope that the characters will preservere till the end. A magnificent piece that captivates me like no other!!!

2. Track 20 Disc 1: "Diaspora Oratorio". A triumph.

3. Track 11 Disc 1: "Roslin and Adama Reunited"

4. Track 9 Disc 2: "Goodbye Sam"

5. Track 10 Disc 2: "Heart Of The Sun"

6. Track 13 Disc 2: "An Easterly View"

As incomparable as the series is, it's still hard to believe some of these tracks were written for a television series. Fittingly enough though, they were written for Battlestar Galactica.

Bravo and encore!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting sendoff to the series Aug. 5 2009
By Andrew Liptak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Battlestar Galactica has since come and gone from the airwaves, with the occasional exception of the TV movies that they're planning - the upcoming one is entitled The Plan, due out sometime this year - but the ending season's soundtrack has just been released, ending what is a fine tradition of outstanding scoring for the series.

Battlestar Galactica has always had a soundtrack that's stood out, and each of the five soundtracks released for the Miniseries and resulting four seasons have been outstanding, different and beautiful. Composer Bear McCreary has utilized a number of different instruments and influences, from classical to Indian throughout the series, and this season is no exception, and is possibly the best score of the entire series.

Gatea's song from early on in the season is the opening track, and is a beautiful and haunting song, and helps to set the tone for the rest of the score. The sound for the entire season is one that is largely based off of the previous themes, matured and evolved from their starting points. This doesn't mean that the entire soundtrack is a rehash of what we've already heard. There's a greater urgency with some of these songs as the action in the series ramps up, especially evident with the track The Signal, and Roslin Escapes, while new themes, such as from the excellent Resurrection Hub, which is easily one of the best tracks on the score.

Season 4 was one of the seasons where the show began to end the story, wrapping up storylines and building to the conclusion. As a result, much of these two discs feel far less like a television soundtrack and far more like a movie soundtrack. The themes are greater, more sweeping and make their presence felt, which is highly appropriate for the last moments. Case in point would be Farewell Apollo early on in the list, but this really kicks in for the finale moments of the show.

This starts with Diaspora Oratorio, the track that came over when the fleet came across the First Earth for the mid-season finale, which would have worked easily as an end for the show. By far, this is my absolute favorite track for the entire series. It is epic, beautiful and sweeping, and far out of character for the show, which helps to set it apart. From there, the last eigh tracks cover the final moments of the show, and put together a somber, epic and wonderful sendoff to the show. Earth, Goodbye Sam, Heart of the Sun, Starbuck Disappears, So Much Life, An Easterly View and The Passage of Time all allow for a proper sendoff to all the characters, with hints of some of the original themes throughout, but often with a far more etherial sound to them that transends much of what we've heard before.

This soundtrack stands far apart from most other ones that I've heard. It's beautiful, simply elegant, and a proper sendoff to the series. I'll be very sad that this is the last soundtrack, and undoubtably, it will be known as McCreary's finest works. There was a lot of original, creative energy here over the course of the series, and I have no idea when we'll see something like this again.
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