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Crusade
(1999)
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Composed, Produced, and Performed by:
Evan H. Chen
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Sonic Images
(October 19th, 1999)
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Limited online release, initially only available through the record label's website.
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Buy it... only if you have absolutely come to terms with the spin-off show and know exactly what you're asking for.

Avoid it... if you're looking for anything remotely close to being an extension of Christopher Franke's better known and vastly superior sound for the rest of the "Babylon 5" franchise.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #616
WRITTEN 10/31/99, REVISED 4/29/08
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Babylon 5: Crusade: (Evan H. Chen) How quickly can a successful television show die? Just ask fans of "Babylon 5." No fan of the show, which ran for five full seasons on the TNT cable channel throughout the late 1990's, will testify that it was a masterpiece compared to feature film alternatives. But the strength of the show's legacy resides in an immensely loyal popularity amongst its fans, a loyalty that would be tested when producer J. Michael Straczynski began seeking new spin-off territory for the concept after its fifth season. One aspect of the sci-fi adventure show's success was the consistency of its synthetic music, provided through the run of "Babylon 5" by Christopher Franke. Undoubtedly, Franke's futuristic electronic style was a perfect fit for the series, and yet, for the 1999 spin-off series "Crusade," based on the same general universe, Straczynski decided to employ the talents of newcomer Evan H. Chen. The classically trained composer's first initiation into the "Babylon 5" universe was for that show's final film, "A Call to Arms," and, needless to say, longtime fans (and Chris Franke, for that matter) were shocked. Not only was Chen's music for that feature completely inappropriate, but it nearly ruined the spirit of the production. With such monumental changes occurring in the "Babylon 5" storyline at the time, including the final showdown between President Sheridan and the allies of the Shadows, the doomed fate of Earth, and the introduction of the 'Excalibur' starship, the score was extraordinarily underdeveloped. It was after this immense disappointment to fans of the show that Straczynski announced the even more surprising and disconcerting news that Chen would write all the music for the forthcoming "Crusade" spin-off, reportedly displacing Franke from the concept permanently. The producer's bold rationale was that "a new show must have a new and totally different sound." Expectedly, the mass of "Babylon 5" fans erupted with immediate disagreement, citing Chen's music as one of the reasons why the studio cancelled the doomed "Crusade" so swiftly.



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Evan H. Chen: Crusade
Michael Malloy - April 13, 2008, at 10:58 a.m.
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The worst soundtrack I have ever heard!!!!!!!
Sheridan - June 18, 2006, at 11:37 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 68:14
• 1. Main Title (1:30)
• 2. Hyperspace (5:46)
• 3. Future Pleasure (2:46)
• 4. Elizabeth (3:39)
• 5. Galen's Wrath (4:42)
• 6. Sorrow (6:57)
• 7. Shanghai Tan (2:58)
• 8. Patterns of Soul (6:41)
• 9. Alwyn's Story (6:13)
• 10. Mars Dome (5:03)
• 11. Battlestation (3:15)
• 12. Rainbow (2:22)
• 13. Visitors (6:24)
• 14. Invasion (5:37)
• 15. My Way (3:09)
• 16. End Credits (0:36)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes long comments from Chen and Straczynski, but curiously lacks credits. The comments from Straczynski are as follows:

    "When the time came to consider music for "Crusade," the easiest thing in the world to have done would be to call Christopher Franke, whose stellar work made sister-series "Babylon 5" something sonically magnificent. The dangerous thing is to reach out and try new things, to experiment. Chris is an artist, Chris understands: a new show must have a new and totally different sound.

    And for this new series, we wanted a very particular sound, something I hadn't heard before. We found that blend quite by accident, when Even Chen's first demo CD came in the door of Babylonian Productions. It blended Western sensibilities with Eastern scales, Chicago jazz with an industrial sound, even using Chinese musical scales to give otherwise ordinary music a suddenly different sound...laying in a high, reedy flute on top that, as Evan says, seems to go nowhere, then bringing up a hard rhythm underneath it.

    It was something I'd never heard before. Classically trained, a product of the best training in both the East and the West, Evan Chen created a sonic imprint unlike anything used on any previous science fiction TV series...and it's a mark of a true artist that this first soundtrack is being released by Chris Franke.

    They are brothers in art, and the only two musicians to work within the confines of the "Babylon 5" universe. Enjoy."
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