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Battlestar Galactica: The Plan / Razor

Album Summary

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica
Performers Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Having already assembled soundtrack albums for La-La Land Records for each of the four seasons of the 2000s cable TV version of the series Battlestar Galactica, score composer Bear McCreary wasn't quite done. In addition to the regular episodes, it seems, there were also two Battlestar Galactica "special events" (a term that, stripped of the marketing hype, means either "TV movie" or "straight to video"), "Razor," which ran on TV in November 2007, and "The Plan," a 2009 home video release. On this album, promised to be the final one in the Battlestar Galactica catalog, McCreary mixes up cues from these two spin-off films. It is apparent right from the beginning that his music for them is consistent with his approach to the series. On "Apocalypse (Theme from `The Plan')," he presents his combination of world music styles, particularly galloping taiko drums from Japan and heavy metal electric guitar riffs. It is, he writes in his liner notes, "The most important new piece written for" "The Plan," and it is typical of what follows. In addition to rock guitarists Steve Bartek, Ira Ingber, and Scot Ian, McCreary's most important musician is Chris Bleth, who provides the exotica, playing duduk, bansuri, and both concert and ethnic woodwinds. As he does, the music travels the globe from Africa to South America to Southeast Asia, always propelled by the thundering drum ensemble. Anyone who questions such musical choices as applied to science fiction stories simply hasn't been paying attention to this franchise. For fans (who can be heard cheering during the live version of "Apocalypse" that closes the disc), this album will bring the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack series to a satisfying conclusion. ~ William Ruhlmann



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>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: The Plan, film score
  • Performers: Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Steve Bartek; M.B. Gordy (Percussion); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Martin Pierre (Erhu); John Avila (Piano); Scott Ian (Piano); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Ira Ingber (Piano); Brendan McCreary (Piano); Raya Yarbrough (Voice); Paul Cartwright (Violin); Bear McCreary (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: Razor, film score
  • Performers: Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Paul Cartwright (Violin); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Steve Bartek; Scott Ian (Violin); Chris Bleth (Duduk); M.B. Gordy (Percussion); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Ira Ingber (Violin); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Bear McCreary (Piano); John Avila (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: The Plan, film score
  • Performers: Steve Bartek; Chris Bleth (Duduk); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Bear McCreary (Piano); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Scott Ian (Percussion); John Avila (Percussion); M.B. Gordy (Percussion); Ira Ingber (Percussion); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Paul Cartwright (Violin); Laura Griffiths (French Horn)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: Razor, film score
  • Performers: Paul Cartwright (Violin); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Steve Bartek; Bear McCreary (Piano); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Scott Ian (Piano); Martin Pierre (Erhu); M.B. Gordy (Percussion); John Avila (Piano); Ira Ingber (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: The Plan, film score
  • Performers: Chris Bleth (Bansuri); M.B. Gordy (Percussion); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Steve Bartek; Scott Ian (Piano); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Bear McCreary (Piano); Ira Ingber (Piano); John Avila (Piano); Paul Cartwright (Violin); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Laura Griffiths (French Horn)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: Razor, film score
  • Performers: Bear McCreary (Piano); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Scott Ian (Bansuri); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Steve Bartek; M.B. Gordy (Percussion); John Avila (Bansuri); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Paul Cartwright (Violin); Ira Ingber (Bansuri); Chris Bleth (Duduk)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: The Plan, film score
  • Performers: Bear McCreary (Piano); Ira Ingber (Percussion); Scott Ian (Percussion); M.B. Gordy (Percussion); John Avila (Percussion); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Paul Cartwright (Violin); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Steve Bartek; Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Bear McCreary (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: Razor, film score
  • Performers: John Avila (Harmonium); M.B. Gordy (Percussion); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Bear McCreary (Piano); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Steve Bartek; Paul Cartwright (Violin); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Ira Ingber (Harmonium); Scott Ian (Harmonium)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: The Plan, film score
  • Performers: Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Paul Cartwright (Violin); John Avila (Harmonium); Scott Ian (Harmonium); Steve Bartek; Chris Bleth (Duduk); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Bear McCreary (Piano); M.B. Gordy (Percussion); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Ira Ingber (Harmonium); Brendan McCreary (Harmonium); Raya Yarbrough (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: Razor, film score
  • Performers: Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Bear McCreary (Piano); Paul Cartwright (Violin); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Ira Ingber (Piano); Steve Bartek; Scott Ian (Piano); John Avila (Piano); M.B. Gordy (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: The Plan, film score
  • Performers: M.B. Gordy (Percussion); Scott Ian (Erhu); Ira Ingber (Erhu); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Steve Bartek; Bear McCreary (Piano); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Paul Cartwright (Violin); John Avila (Erhu); Martin Pierre (Erhu)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: Razor, film score
  • Performers: Bear McCreary (Piano); Scott Ian (Harmonium); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Steve Bartek; Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); M.B. Gordy (Percussion); Ira Ingber (Harmonium); John Avila (Harmonium); Martin Pierre (Erhu); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Paul Cartwright (Violin)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score

>McCreary, Bear : Battlestar Galactica :: The Plan, film score
  • Performers: Martin Pierre (Erhu); Laura Griffiths (French Horn); Brendan McCreary (Harmonium); Raya Yarbrough (Voice); Paul Cartwright (Violin); The Battlestar Orchestra (Harmonium); Ira Ingber (Harmonium); John Avila (Harmonium); Bear McCreary (Piano); Bear McCreary (Harmonium); Chris Bleth (Bansuri); Chris Bleth (Duduk); Steve Bartek; Scott Ian (Harmonium); M.B. Gordy (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Film Score
  • Studio/Live: Live