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1993 Edel
1996 Promo Set
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1999 Varèse
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2003 Geffen
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2011 Intrada
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2011 Intrada
(Volume 2)
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2012 Intrada
(Volume 3)
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2012 Intrada
(Volume 4)
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Composed and Conducted by:
Stu Phillips

Theme Co-Composed by:
Glen A. Larson

1996 Album Produced by:
Stu Phillips
Ford A. Thaxton

1999 Album Produced by:
Robert Townson

Originally Performed by:
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

1999 Re-Recording Performed by:

2011/2012 Album Series Co-Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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Edel (Germany)


Varèse Sarabande
(June 29th, 1999)

Geffen Records
(November 18th, 2003)

Intrada Records
(Volume 1)
(February 7th, 2011)

Intrada Records
(Volume 2)
(August 22nd, 2011)

Intrada Records
(Volume 3)
(September 3rd, 2012)

Intrada Records
(Volume 4)
(November 13th, 2012)
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The 1993 Edel album was only available as an import from Germany and is very difficult to find. The limited 1996 4-CD promotional release was only available through soundtrack specialty outlets, initially selling for about $75. Its price escalated significantly as collectors snatched them up, but eventually decreased to $50 about ten years after it debuted.

The 1999 Varèse Sarabande re-recording is a regular U.S. release. The 25th anniversary remastered album is also a regular U.S. release. Both of these latter albums remained in print for many years.

The 2011 Intrada Volume 1 album is limited to 3,000 copies available initially through soundtrack specialty outlets for a price of $20. The Volume 2 Intrada product was limited to 1,500 copies at a price point of $20 and sold out within a few weeks. The third and fourth Intrada installments, initially available for $25 each in 2012, were technically unlimited in quantity but only available as demand warranted new copies to be produced.
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Buy it... on the 1999 re-recording released by Varèse Sarabande if you only casually seek the highlights of the 1978 pilot episode, conducted by the composer himself and featuring vibrant sound quality.

Avoid it... on the 2011/2012 Intrada series or 1996 4-CD promotional set unless you truly consider yourself a devoted fan of the original show and its music, because these presentations can be both redundant and overwhelming when considered in sum.
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WRITTEN 9/10/99, REVISED 11/18/12
Battlestar Galactica: (Stu Phillips) Until the concept was resurrected on television with resounding success in the 2000's, the original version of "Battlestar Galactica" was somewhat forgotten by the mainstream public. Still, it remained enough of a cult favorite that its second life has proven much more successful than the first. Coming at a time when epic science fiction with blazing new special effects was experiencing its renaissance in the late 1970's, the short-lived original series employed the efforts of many who had worked on Star Wars and other feats of technical wizardry at the time. The plot of "Battlestar Galactica" featured a compelling balance between personal character drama and good old-fashioned space battles. Like most products of its era, however, it has suffered through time given the saturation of 1970's style in its costumes, hair styles, and other renderings. The safe choice to score the concept's pilot and abbreviated series was composer Stu Phillips, who was already a veteran of producing scores both large and small for other television shows and films at the time. When the concept was adapted into a weekly series shortly before its debut, Phillips was forced to work a nearly impossible schedule to meet studio demands, though he proudly hit his deadlines. Even though the original series and the secondary "Galactica 1980" follow-up were considered costly failures by the studios and therefore suffered extremely short lifespans, the large mass of music composed by Phillips for these series continues to be enormously popular beyond even the loyal "Cult Galactica" followers that helped bring the series back 25 years later. Because of the show's historical timing, it was assumed that a sci-fi television epic would not be complete without an orchestral score to accompany it (no small feat, since orchestral scores for television series were already scarce by that time). In a way, Phillips' music achieved that which the show's budget could not in other production elements: the awe of space. By compensating for some of the shortcomings of the cheesier sets, costumes, and special effects, the heroic and occasionally melodramatic score provided the necessary element of fantastic, space-journeying marvel. A larger-than-life attitude and enthusiastic sense of optimism contributed to the show's attempts at sincerity as well.

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Average: 3.44 Stars
***** 208 5 Stars
**** 194 4 Stars
*** 179 3 Stars
** 106 2 Stars
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"David Bowie sing me A, love child song"!!
Keeble Walker - October 14, 2004, at 9:13 a.m.
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Anyone know about the new series soundtrack?
Arvin Nathanael Chandra - March 30, 2004, at 8:30 a.m.
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Jesus Christ preached Galactica with Jehvoah   Expand >>
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Audio Samples   ▼
1993 Edel Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 39:29
• 1. Main Title: Theme from Battlestar Galactica (1:28)
• 2. Destruction of Peace (4:01)
• 3. Fighter Launch (2:49)
• 4. Adama's Theme (2:54)
• 5. Exploration/Theme from Battlestar Galactica (3:24)
• 6. The Cyclon Base Ship (Imperious Leader) (1:14)
• 7. Cassiopia and Starbuck (1:42)
• 8. The Cylon Trap (1:42)
• 9. Boxey's Problem - Serena's Illness (3:51)
• 10. The Red Nova (3:00)
• 11. Suffering (2:22)
• 12. The Casino on Carillon (1:52)
• 13. "It's Love, Love, Love"* (4:10)
• 14. Escape from the Ovion Mines (2:41)
• 15. Dash to the Elevator (1:13)
• 16. "Let's Go Home" - End Title (1:06)
* composed by John Tartaglia, Sue Collins, and Glen A. Larson; performed by The Space Angels
1996 Promotional Set Tracks   ▼Total Time: 256:07
1999 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 48:31
2003 Geffen Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:59
2011 Intrada Volume 1 Tracks   ▼Total Time: 76:06
2011 Intrada Volume 2 Tracks   ▼Total Time: 97:30
2012 Intrada Volume 3 Tracks   ▼Total Time: 130:53
2012 Intrada Volume 4 Tracks   ▼Total Time: 117:18

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With the exception of the 1993 Edel album, all of the releases include an excellent variety of insert notes about the show and its music, as well as numerous photos from the production and recording stages.
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