With each successive release, Bear McCreary manages to produce more and more complete soundtracks that not only tell the story of the series but can literally put you "In the moment."
The Season 3 disk is the best yet. There is almost NOTHING to skip here. Everything weaves together to tell the complete story of Season 3 and really places you back into the series with a vengeance. Bear has really come a long way with the soundtracks he is producing for the television series. Almost every track has a distinct feeling and ambience that calls into memory the exact moments in the series that they accompanied.
The whole experience kicks off with a bang as "A Distant Sadness" begins with the faint hints of what awaits us at the end of the series and the ushers in the desperation that filled the first two episodes of the third season and builds into "Precipice."
"Admiral and Commander" ushers in the first really familiar theme in this soundtrack, bringing back what has become Adama's theme from Seasons 1 and 2, and acts as a calm before the storm that is to come in "Storming New Caprica."
I defy ANYONE who has seen Exodus Part 2 to listen to this track without being immediately transported back the the phenomenal Episode and the single best Sci-If battle sequence every televised. This almost 8 minute long track that accompanied the battle sequence was/is simply perfect. Listening to it on this CD really does tell the story almost as well as the visuals did on the show. The soundtrack is worth it for this track alone.
Of course, season three takes a bit of a nose dive after Exodus, but the soundtrack really doesn't as it really just kind of skips things until the episodes "Hero" and "Unfinished Business." This is where things get interesting. "The Dance" is an odd track for this series as it's actually fun and upbeat.
The other highlights of this soundtrack also seem to mirror the highlights of the series as well, with notable stand out tracks being the returns of the Adama/Roslyn theme in "Adama Falls," the eerie "Battlestar Sonatica," the tragic "Kat's Sacrifice," the touching "Someone to Trust" and the mystery of Kara's fate in "Mandala in the Clouds" and "Deathbed and Maelstrom."
But the real jewels here are the final two tracks, "Heeding the Call" and "All Along the Watchtower," which usher in the final act of the series yet to come in season 4. "Heeding the Call" was a great touch in "Crossroads part 2" and builds slowly as four of the five final Cylons are revealed to the viewer and is a wonderful lead-in to the controversial inclusion of the Battlestar version of "All Along the Watchtower."
"All Along the Watchtower" is really a very beautiful bridge between our world and that of the series as it takes something very familiar to us and transforms it seamlessly into something that we can really feel would be very familiar to the characters of the series. It's not really a cover as much as it is a re-imagining of the song in much the same way that the modern series is a re-imagining of the original. And let's face it, this track is probably the reason you're looking at this product anyway. Rest assured that this disk is so much more than just "All Along the Watchtower."
I cannot recommend it enough...