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Babylon 5: Messages from Earth
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Composed, Performed, and Produced by:
Christopher Franke

Performed by:
Berlin Symphony Film Orchestra

Conducted by:
Alan Franklin
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Sonic Images
(September 9th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Volume 2: Messages from Earth

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Buy it... if you're looking for your first taste of Christopher Franke's music from "Babylon 5," for this compilation has long been regarded as the best representation in existence.

Avoid it... only if you never intend, based on samples of Franke's consistent style for the concept that you've heard in various places, to ever explore this show's music.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,081
WRITTEN 7/7/99, REVISED 9/9/08
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Babylon 5: Volume 2: Messages from Earth: (Christopher Franke) A ground-breaking science fiction series on TNT in the late 1990's, the 5-year saga of "Babylon 5" made itself known worldwide through trademark innovations in special effects, make-up, and music. The unconventional music of "Babylon 5" worked so well in context because the show's production was also somewhat unconventional. Instead of building models for space sequences and contracting a full orchestra to perform for each episode, J. Michael Straczynski created a concept that became more of a political space fantasy than a typical, technically interpersonal sci-fi production. Tackling the duties of scoring "Babylon 5" was former Tangerine Dream member and Sonic Images Records founder Christopher Franke, whose electronically creative music for each and every episode (as well as the majority of television films) added another dimension of mystery, suspense, and excitement to the show, with an easily distinguishable character that separates "Babylon 5" from other sci-fi television entries of the era. In these regards, Franke's contribution was a perfect match for the style of special effects that may now look simplistic in retrospect, but were, at the very least, another extremely identifiable aspect of the show. On album, however, some of Franke's episodic scores for "Babylon 5" remain more enjoyable than others. The music, interestingly, sometimes lacks three-dimensional character when heard without those distinct visuals, a problem complicated by the fact that Franke's own label released so many of the episodic scores on albums that generally ranged from 25 to 36 minutes in length. These episodic CDs often cost the same as a full retail product featuring 75 minutes of orchestral soundtrack music, complicating their "hit and miss" tendencies. With this dilemma in mind, Sonic Images released two compilations between 1995 and 1997 that remained (even years later) the best representation of music from the production's run. The episodic scores were definitely products that required an appreciation of the individual episode represented, and thus appealed to a more narrow audience. If you're looking for just a taste of what the "Babylon 5" universe sounded like, then the second compilation, "Messages from Earth," is clearly the best starting point.

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Average: 3.62 Stars
***** 92 5 Stars
**** 57 4 Stars
*** 34 3 Stars
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* 33 1 Stars
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John Dunham - September 7, 2008, at 7:07 p.m.
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Excellent music
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How can you do this
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 58:00
• 1. Main Title, 1st Season (Extended) (3:17)
• 2. Messages from Earth (10:05)
• 3. Main Title, 2nd Season (1:30)
• 4. Z'Ha'Dum (12:20)
• 5. Main Title, 3rd Season (1:31)
• 6. Severed Dreams (15:37)
• 7. Main Title, 4th Season (1:29)
• 8. Voices of Authority (11:26)

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The insert contains extensive imagery from the show and notes about both Franke and the show. There's also a picture of Franke looking rather demonic.
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