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seaQuest DSV
(1993)
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1995 Varèse
2020 Varèse
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Composed, Conducted, and Co-Produced by:

Co-Produced by:
Philip Neel

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Bennett
Don Nemitz
Don Davis
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(February 14th, 1995)

Varèse Sarabande
(Deluxe Edition)
(June 12th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1995 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release but became difficult to find within a few years. The 2020 Varèse "Deluxe Edition" is limited to 1,500 copies and available initially for $25 through soundtrack specialty outlets. The 2020 album was also made available digitally for $15.
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AWARDS
Winner of an Emmy Award and nominated for three other Emmy Awards.
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Buy it... if you desire a campy, low-budget preview of the ambitious action rhythms and thematic progressions of John Debney's classic score to the 1995 epic, Cutthroat Island.

Avoid it... on the available albums if you are a devoted "seaQuest DSV" enthusiast seeking an all-encompassing selection of the best music from throughout the series, the 2020 product alluring in its scope but containing only Debney's work.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #908
WRITTEN 7/28/99, REVISED 4/16/21
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Debney
seaQuest DSV: (John Debney) With multiple "Star Trek" series under production and receiving a loyal following, Universal and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment decided to launch their own futuristic science fiction series in 1993. The premise of "seaQuest DSV" was that man would be colonizing the seas in the next century and that a military force would need to exist underwater to police these new civilizations. So instead of a starship crew at the center of the drama, seaQuest DSV gave genre enthusiasts one for a glorified submarine instead, and the producers and writers of the show took the opportunity to throw some environmental messages to audiences along the way. Unfortunately for Universal, audiences weren't as intrigued by underwater adventures as much as they were about outer space ones, and in the show's final attempts at survival, its scripts began to turn to the more militaristic, alien and outer space route. The decision by NBC to shift the focus of narrative, as well as the location of production to Florida from California, caused a significant portion of the cast to demand out, and the third season of the show was so reviled that NBC pulled the plug partway through. What started as a promising Spielberg concept became an embarrassing disaster. During its run from 1993 to 1996, the series' 59 episodes failed to earn much attention from the Emmy Awards outside of its musical scores, which represented four of the show's five nominations. The rotating composers for the series featured veterans of the "Star Trek" shows, including names like John Debney and Don Davis that would go on to brighter futures in mainstream feature films. The title sequences and feature-length pilot episode were scored by Debney, whose title recording for "seaQuest DSV" triumphed over Mark Snow's theme for "The X-Files" for the "Main Title Theme Music" Emmy award in 1994. Subsequently, Don Davis was nominated two consecutive years for his scores for individual episodes of the show, winning the "Dramatic Underscore" Emmy in 1995 for the episode "Daggers." Regular "seaQuest DSV" composer Russ Landau would receive the final nomination for the show in 1996 for his score for the episode "Brave New World." In sum, these scores generated some of the finer fantasy material to come from television during this era, Debney's contribution excelling in particular.


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A score full of interesting and unusual orchestral solutions
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1995 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 29:50
To Be or Not To Be (Pilot)
  • 1. Main Title (1:03)
  • 2. Preparing for Battle (2:50)
  • 3. Bridger's Dream (0:51)
  • 4. Uncharted Waters (2:04)
  • 5. First Engagement (3:17)
  • 6. Darwin Speaks (0:58)
  • 7. Dangerous Adversary (1:32)
  • 8. To Adventures Bold (1:29)
Season One: Knight of Shadows
  • 9. Waltz With the Dead (2:45)
  • 10. The Forgiving/Resurrection (4:50)

Season One: Such Great Patience
  • 11. The Discovery (2:12)
  • 12. Lucas Meets the Alien (2:30)
  • 13. Solemn Oath (2:25)

  • 14. End Credits (0:37)
2020 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 132:24

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The insert of the 1995 Varèse album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2020 product contains extensive details about both.
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