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Stargate SG-1
(1997)
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1997 Milan
2001 GNP Crescendo
Album 2 Cover Art
2017 Intrada
Album 3 Cover Art
Episodics Composed and Produced by:
Joel Goldsmith
Kevin Kiner
Richard Band
Dennis McCarthy

Original Themes by:
David Arnold
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Milan Entertainment
(November 25th, 1997)

GNP Crescendo Records
(August 28th, 2001)

Intrada Records
(June 26th, 2017)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1997 and 2001 albums are regular U.S. releases but have gone out of print and fetched collectors' prices. The 2017 Intrada album is limited to an unknown number of copies and retailed at soundtrack specialty outlets for an initial price of $22. It went out of print in September of 2020.
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Buy it... on the 2001 GNP Crescendo album if you desire a satisfyingly comprehensive selection of original music from the first season of the show.

Avoid it... on either the 1997 or 2017 albums, the former a repetitive rearrangement of material from David Arnold's original film score and the latter a sparsely rendered shell of what this concept's music once was.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #258
WRITTEN 12/26/97, REVISED 8/30/20
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Stargate SG-1: (Joel Goldsmith/Richard Band/Various) While visually entertaining, the 1994 science fiction film Stargate by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin had its fair share of negative attributes. The fact that several successful television spin-offs have resulted from that source material is, frankly, somewhat curious. The concept's core, an ancient Egyptian-inspired stargate that can be used as a portal to visit far away worlds, allowed for a wealth of scripting ease for the ten years of "Stargate SG-1" and the made-for-television movies and other series that spun off from it. One of the 1994 film's most redeeming elements, though, was its romantically epic score by newcomer David Arnold, who seized upon the opportunity to develop a mainstream career. It's easy to be skeptical whenever a television series follows a popular film, and especially when that film has a score that has risen to the status of "cult classic" in the years since its composer has become famous. Typical television scores, due to budgetary restrictions, usually offer a much poorer quality of performance when compared to the original, especially in the age prior to foolproof instrumental sampling. Such scores also, in many cases, fail to use the popular themes from the original film and often neglect to establish strong themes of their own. The producers of "Stargate SG-1" mandated that its composers not only make use of Arnold's themes for the film but do so liberally. Over the first two seasons of the show, this meant a significant amount of adaptation work by Joel Goldsmith and Richard Band, who frequently alternated duties. Over the years, Kevin Kiner and Dennis McCarthy joined as regular contributors. Several albums have been released with music from those first few years of the show, with a particular emphasis on the Goldsmith and Band compositions. When the first album of music from "Stargate SG-1" debuted in 1997, it surprised a number of the film score's enthusiasts not familiar with the television show. The integration of the original music by Goldsmith (son of the legendary Jerry Goldsmith) and that of Arnold was overwhelming in the pilot episode featured on that product. A second album of episodic "Stargate SG-1" music was released four years after the first, providing a comprehensive blanket of music from the show's musically successful first season. Many years passed before the next album for the series, released by Intrada Records in 2017 and featuring music from four episodes scored by Band in the first two seasons.


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Stargate SG-1 Music
Sheridan - April 20, 2006, at 10:14 a.m.
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Looking for the actual music score to SG-1
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Stargate SG-1 music
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Milan Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 50:13
• 1. Main Title (1:01)
• 2. Return to Active Duty/General Hammond (2:50)
• 3. The Bomb/Jack's Protest (3:07)
• 4. Jack's Story/Memory of a Son (1:38)
• 5. Egyptology/Sha're'/Aliens (8:10)
• 6. Apophis/The Ceremony/Escape (6:39)
• 7. Entering the Stargate (3:12)
• 8. Chosen for Life or Death (4:16)
• 9. Final Battle/Ultimate Victory (8:47)
• 10. Choosing a Queen/the Test (3:26)
• 11. End Title (0:58)
2001 GNP Crescendo Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:52
2017 Intrada Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 106:45

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert of the 1997 album includes no extra information about the score or show. By contrast, the 2001 and 2017 albums both contain details about each suite and the episodes for which they were written.
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