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World premiere release of complete Stu Phillips soundtrack from 3-hour pilot episode of costly, spectacular Universal sci-fi series starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch. Complete 1/2" multi-track stereo session masters survive in perfect condition in vaults at NBC Universal, including all format music (main titles, bumpers). This first volume in ambitious CD series focuses on entire pilot score, includes both original opening sequence plus post-production edited version as well as composer's lively disco source cues heard during Carillon sequence, also presented in stereo. ("Love, Love, Love" vocal was not written by Phillips and was recorded elsewhere. It is not included here due to contractual reasons.) Phillip's prepared a 40-minute LP in 1978 using meld of soundtrack performances by full Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, made at 20th Century-Fox Studios Scoring Stage, plus re-recorded cues by same players at later sessions.) Intrada CD presents every cue from LAPO recording sessions, premieres wealth of previously unreleased stereo music. For some episodes of single-season show, Universal commissioned new scores, recorded at Universal Scoring Stage with orchestras ranging from roughly 20-40 players, while other episodes simply tracked existing material. Multi-track stereo session masters were retained for many newly-scored episodes with other episodes stored in pristine condition on 1/4" mono formats only. Future volumes of this exciting Intrada series will cover remaining episodes from stereo session elements when they were made plus mono session masters when those were the only recordings prepared. (TV series, of course, was produced and broadcast only in mono back in 1978-79.) Stu Phillips supervised new digital mixes at Universal and editing sessions at Intrada, producing this definitive CD presentation of his landmark and justifiably famous score. Stu Phillips conducts Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. First volume in series, released as part of Intrada Special Collection and limited to 3000 copies!
THE ALBUM 01. Theme From 'Battlestar Galactica' (3:36) 02. Exploration (3:36) 03. Launch (1:11) 04. Cylon Freighter (5:52) 05. End Of The Atlantia (2:06) 06. Imperious Leader (1:16) 07. Destruction Of Peace (3:37) 08. My God! (0:07) 09. Residue Of War (4:00) 10. Exodus One (1:35) 11. Boxey And Serena (2:59) 12. Cylon Base Ship (1:20) 13. Extermination (1:33) 14. Suffering (1:55) 15. Cassopeia And Starbuck (1:03) 16. Conspiracy Of Silence (0:16) 17. Boxey's Problem (1:25) 18. Uri - The Politician (0:31) 19. The Death Of Baltar (0:07) 20. Follow Me (0:11) 21. Senseless Killing (2:56) 22. Sex At Last (2:10) 23. The Ready Room (1:25) 24. Mines- Red Nova (2:35)
25. Arrival On Carillon (0:43) 26. Dark Shadows (1:32) 27. Outer Space Disco (2:35) 28. Captured (0:55) 29. Ovion Lyre (0:44) 30. Adama's Narrative (1:05) 31. Galactic Rock (2:51) 32. Elevator Trouble (1:07) 33. Contempt (1:00) 34. Missed Her Level (0:18) 35. Cubit Shuffle (3:34) 36. Escape From The Ovion Mines (3:49) 37. Dash To The Elevator (1:07) 38. Scramble To Safety (1:13) 39. Red And Blue - Purple And Orange (2:41) 40. 'Let's Go Home' (1:09) Total Album Time: 72:09
The Extras 41. Exploration [TV Edit With Theme] (3:35) 42. Battlestar Galactica Bumper (0:10) Total Extras Time: 3:48
Tech Talk From The Producer…
It was a television first. Upon completion of post-production chores on the three-hour pilot episode of Battlestar Galactica for Universal, Stu Phillips was given the luxury of recording his epic score with the full resources of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. He was up for the challenge and created not only a dynamic soundtrack but also one of television’s all-time most memorable themes.
The massive pilot score was recorded at Twentieth Century Fox Studio’s scoring stage 1, with Phillips conducting the orchestra and engineer John Neal in the booth. Numerous takes of the format music (main theme, end credits, bumper cues) were also recorded at these sessions for use throughout the entire series. Subsequent episode scores were then recorded at Universal’s own scoring stage with an orchestra ranging from 30 to 40 players. Phillips still conducted but engineering duties were passed on to Mickey Crofford.
The generous music budget for the pilot included money allowing Phillips the opportunity to prepare an exciting 40-minute soundtrack album for the MCA label, albeit most of the selected cues were specially recorded in separate sessions exclusively held for the record itself.
For this world premiere presentation of the complete soundtrack, featuring all of the music recorded by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for the pilot, Intrada was given access to the ½” three-track stereo scoring session masters vaulted at Universal in mint condition. Also included in this CD are several disco source cues composed by Phillips for the pilot’s Carillon sequences. These electronic cues were recorded directly onto 35mm magnetic film by an array of keyboards and later transferred to ½” three-track stereo tape, also vaulted in mint condition. (Not included is the “Love, Love, Love” vocal as it was not written by Phillips and was instead recorded by other artists in a totally separate session for the album and show.) The sequence of the album follows that of the picture with the exception of track 9 (“Residue Of War”) in which the composer preferred to also include a later cue (sub-titled “Adama - A Chance To Live”) in this position for musical cohesion mirroring his own concert performances of the music.
For the opening musical sequence, Phillips scored a three and a half-minute cue which he entitled “Exploration,” launching with a dramatic fortissimo idea and developing a pair of motifs before introducing the familiar main theme near the end. After recording it, the producer’s elected to bring the main theme into the sequence earlier than as scored. As such, a special take of the theme was edited into the first portion of the “Exploration.” This segment was then segued back into the “Exploration” cue, now with several bars deleted and others reprised, finally leading back into the main theme near the end. This new post-production version of the sequence clocked in at same the length of the original version and was now married to the pilot. For our CD, we have included both versions. The original sequence as recorded by Phillips appears as track 2 of “the album” while the post-production edit including the special version of the main theme as used in the show appears as the first of two “extras” at the end of the CD.
As the series was produced for television broadcast in mono, most of the subsequent episodes were retained in mono only on 35mm film or ¼” 15 ips full-track tape. Many of the episodes tracked music from other episodes and required only a minimal amount of new material. Though most of these episode scores were retained only in mono formats, happily some of those requiring all-new scores were recorded and vaulted in ½” three-track stereo tape format. Future volumes of music from this classic series will be presented from the stereo elements where available and mono masters will be utilized when stereo formats do not exist.
Explore now our first volume of music from Battlestar Galactica and enjoy the complete score from “Saga Of A Star World”, the three-hour series pilot, presented here complete and in dynamic stereo sound!
Composed and Conducted by Stu Phillips.
Performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recorded on June 19 - 22, 1978 at Twentieth Century Fox Studios, Scoring Stage 1, Los Angeles, Californi.
VIOLIN Jeanne Aiken
VIOLA Irita Assayas
CELLO Don Cole
BASS David Breidenthal
Richard Kelley Jr.
FLUTE Anne Diener Giles
ENGLISH HORN/OBOE Robert Cowart