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Battlestar Galactica [Soundtrack]

Stu Phillips Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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1. Prologue/Main Title
2. Battlestar Galactica Theme
3. The Destruction Of Peace
4. Fighter Launch/Mysterious Derelict/Zac In Trouble
5. Adama's Theme/The Residue Of War
6. Sex At Last/Cassiopea & Starbuck
7. Cylon Freighter/The Trap
8. Cylon Attack/The End Of Atlantia
9. Symptoms/Boxey's Problems/Serena's Illness
10. Suffering
11. Red Nova
12. More Than A Father/And The People Rejoiced
13. Ready Room/Scramble To Safety/Imperious Leader
14. Escape From The Ovion Mines
15. Dash To The Elevator
16. Red & Blue/Destruction Of Carillon
17. Exodus One/End Credits

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3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good -- but a bit different Dec 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have mixed feelings about this re-performed version of the original theme music from Battlestar Galactica. I consider myself a diehard fan of both the original shows and also a fan of Stu Phillips in general. Here's my thoughts on this CD.
I guess I was most dissapointed by the title track (the main theme). I found it to be a slightly higher tempo than the original performance and a bit 'tinny' sounding. The rushed feeling bugged me right from the start. The missing bottom end also got me down. Well this was a rough start since I'm at the beginning of the CD. However, it gets better. I found myself really enjoying the fidelity and instrument range on the 4th track (fighter launch/zac in trouble). Definitely liked the expanded orchestra.
The overall sound quality is pretty good, so people who are in to hi-fi will not be dissapointed. Personally I found many of the tracks on the treble-ish side of things. I felt like it was lacking in the bottom end, but tweaking the settings on my stereo helped. And the increased instrument range was definitely cool.
My big gripe was I didn't like the re-performance of the Galactica theme. To me it was the most important part and while it was pretty decent, I felt it lacking the feeling of the original. For that, I am giving the CD three stars. my recommendation? I if you can, buy the orignal 4 cd release as well. Maybe Stu will have another opportunity to re-perform it again.
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If you saw the show, you know the music and you'll automatically buy this CD as memorabilia. Stu Phillips tries to elevate his TV music to the level of a John Williams movie score by using the Scottish National Orchestra. It almost works, but not quite. These are epic-scale, grandiose performances, but they reveal the limitations of the original score, which is really meant for the small screen. Most of the memorable themes are short motifs, such as "Red and Blue," a jaunty short scale representing speeding Colonial Vipers crossing their paths in space, or the crushing "Imperious Leader" theme which rips off John Williams' Death Star motif with pounding timpanis. "Sex at Last" is a great title for the love music for Starbuck and Cassiopea, but the music is anything but torrid--it's gentle, restrained, and fairy-tale like. Of course, the main theme and end credits are glorious and benefit from the mighty horns of the SNO, but it makes me want to hear a more developed theme, because Phillips had the makings of a great symphonic concert piece. The "Theme to Battlestar Galatica" is structured in classical 3-part sonata-form: opening horn fanfare, middle formal statement with horn and strings, and resolution. It has the potential to outdo Star Wars. Maybe something to shoot for if and when the new movie comes out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic score in a grand tradition Nov. 5 2000
Format:Audio CD
The merits of the 70's TV series "Battlestar Galactica" have been debated by science fiction fans for over 20 years. But one issue that is beyond debate is the excellence of Stu Phillips' stirring score for the series' movie-length premiere episode. This is music in the great tradition of the space saga and its cinematic precursors.
The score has been newly recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Stu Phillips himself. This new recording pulses with energy and emotion. The mysterious prologue, the powerful main theme, the tender love theme for Cassiopea and Starbuck--each track is wonderfully realized.
Whatever flaws it had, "Battlestar Galactica" was a saga with both an epic vision and a tender heart. Stu Phillips' score expertly captures these twin aspects of the saga. This disc is an essential addition to any good collection of science fiction and fantasy film music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Galactica Strikes Back!!! July 29 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a new recording of the original music that Stu Phillips re-recorded with the Royal Scottish Phil., and what power and grace. The opener is AUESOME and even though I've been a long time Star Wars fan, I must say that without any hesitation that this recording blasts "The Phantom Menace" to dust!!! There are a couple of sections where the music is alittle different but the sound quality is excellent I get goose bumps on my arms and back. I only hope that this re-recording is any indication of the Battlestar Galactic movie that is being worked out by Richard Hatch, and if your reading this Richard "make sure that you employ Stu (Phillips) once again for the blast down the viper tunnel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dec 29 1999
Format:Audio CD
I don't own this new CD version, but I owned the LP as a kid, and I have to say that as much as I love what John Williams did in the Star Wars movies and Indiana Jones and Superman, etc., that this still outdoes them all. I've been reacquanting myself with the Galactica series, and though many can argue that some of the stories don't hold up over the years or that the sets are sometimes cheesy, no one can put down this music. It is fantastic. One of the things that made Galactica so great 20 years ago, though I don't think that aspect is appreciated as much as it should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Dec 1 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is the music I've been waiting for! I'm especially thrilled that Stu Phillips was able to come back and conduct his own work -- these pieces are his babies, after all.
The only thing lacking on this CD is that little piece of intro music you heard at the beginning of every episode over the opening credits: the one where they run through the cast of supporting characters, writer for the episode, director, etc. But even without that piece, this is still a great CD, a must-have not only for BSG fans, but for fans of orchestral science-fiction themes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the original
It may not be the original soundtrack (it's a studio track, having been done by the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999) but unlike the original soundtrack music which I have... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2002 by Strephon Alkhalikoi
5.0 out of 5 stars great music almost as good as john willaims
great music i love this soundtrack. i mean the show was short lived but i mean the music is great and the show was great and i dont know why it got canceled oh well thats a subject... Read more
Published on July 17 2000 by billy bob
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 20 years ago and I still love it now!
I just bought the CD of the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack. I love it! I agree with a previous reviewer that there are a few differences between this one and the LP I still... Read more
Published on April 5 2000 by Gary Kaetzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatly Revived
While keeping the spirit of the original, Stu Phillips has indeed improved the performance. All of us who enjoyed this classic science-fiction TV series are bound to love this... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 1999 by J. T. King
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad the soundtrack is back!
This is a great sounding soundtrack. I remember owning the old LP of this soundtrack. I loved the show, and the music is simply incredible and powerful. Read more
Published on July 31 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite returns, even better.
I put this disc on a little boombox and the poor thing rattled all over the place when the french horns entered. Read more
Published on July 7 1999
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