Soundtrack (Season 2)

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"Soundtrack (Season 2)"
An album of the Re-imagined series
Album No. 3
Composer(s) Bear McCreary
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Producer(s) {{{producer}}}
Label La-La Land Records
Tracks 23
Running Time 01:18:53
Discs 1
Released 2006-06-20
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For other Battlestar Galactica soundtracks, click here.
For a general article on the music in Battlestar Galactica, see Music of Battlestar Galactica (RDM).

Track Listing

  1. Colonial Anthem (4:02) from "Final Cut"
    • Contains "Theme from Battlestar Galactica" and "Exploration" by Stu Phillips and Glen A. Larson. Adapted and Arranged by Bear McCreary
  2. Baltar's Dream (2:45) from "Valley of Darkness"
  3. Escape (3:09) from "The Farm"
  4. A Promise to Return (3:03) from "The Farm"
    • Dedicated to the Recovery of Ludvig Girdland. Performed by Supernova String Quartet
  5. Allegro (4:59) from "Home, Part II"
    • The initial printing of the Season 2 soundtrack mistakenly attributed this track to "Home, Part I," but according to composer Bear McCreary's website this is incorrect and all subsequent printings will be corrected.
  6. Martial Law (1:51) from "Fragged"
  7. Standing in the Mud (1:45) from "Black Market"
  8. Pegasus (2:46) from "Pegasus"
  9. Lords of Kobol (2:50) from "Pegasus"
    • Featuring Raya Yarbrough, Vocals.
  10. Something Dark is Coming (8:51) from "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part I"
  11. Scar (2:26) from "Scar"
  12. Epiphanies (2:43) from "Epiphanies"
  13. Roslin and Adama (2:49) from "Resurrection Ship, Part I" and "Part II"
  14. Gina Escapes (2:00) from "Resurrection Ship, Part II"
  15. Dark Unions (2:53) from "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II"
  16. The Cylon Prisoner (3:51) from "Pegasus"
    • Featuring Bt4, Vocals
  17. Prelude to War (8:22) from "Pegasus," "Resurrection Ship, Part I," and "Part II"
  18. Reuniting the Fleet (2:45) from "Home, Part I" and "Home, Part II"
  19. Roslin Confesses (2:09) from "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II"
  20. One Year Later (1:43) from "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II"
  21. Worthy of Survival (3:35) from "Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II"
  22. Battlestar Galactica (0:45) Season 2 Main Title Music
    • Music by Richard Gibbs. Engineered and Mixed by Gordon Fordyce. Featuring Michael Now and Caitanya Riggan, Vocals
  23. Black Market (5:48) from "Black Market"
    • Featuring Steve Bartek, Guitar

Lyrics and Translations

Composer Bear McCreary has given his permission to Battlestar Wiki to post the lyrics and translations for the Battlestar Galactica soundtracks. From the booklet accompanying the CD, the lyrics and translations for the musical tracks in the Season 1 CD are:

Season 2 Main Title Music

During the first season, the UK airings of Battlestar Galactica used a different title music than the USA airings. Ron Moore and the production team always favored the UK music, but Scifi Channel executives thought it would not be popular and pressured the BSG production team to use a reworked version of the Season 1 musical track "Two Funerals" as the USA title music in Season 1. However, by Season 2 Moore was able to make his preferred "UK version" of the title music the track that aired in the USA broadcast. Many fans are divided over which they prefer.

According to Bear McCreary's official website, the lyrics to the Season 2 Title Music are actually the Gayatri Mantra (the most revered prayer mantra in Hinduism). From McCreary's official website:

Lyrics (Sanskrit, IAST transliteration): English translation (Gayatri Pariwar version):
Oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ

Tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
Bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt

Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life,

Remover of pain and sorrow,
The Bestower of happiness,
Oh! Creator of the Universe,
May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light,
May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction.

Lyrics (Represented in CD booklet with ITRANS transliteration)
Aum bhoor bhuwah swaha

Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasaya dheemahi
Dhiyo yo naha prachodayat

Lords of Kobol

The lyrics were posted on singer Raya Yarbrough's official website by Bear McCreary, but not included with the booklet accompanying the CD. The text is from Corporal Venner's prayer in "Scattered".

Lyrics (in Sinhala): English translation:
Dei Kobol una apita uthoukarana

Ukthea mavatha gaman kerimuta
Obe satharane mua osavathamanabanta
Api obata yagnya karama

Help us Lords of Kobol

Let us walk the path of righteousness
And lift our faces unto your goodness
We offer this prayer

Some official sources erroneously claim the lyrics to be in "Sengalese," a language which does not exist. In fact, it's Sinhalese.

Roslin and Adama

According to Bear McCreary's website, there is a version of "Roslin and Adama" which is performed with lyrics, which was not included in the series or on the CD, but which was performed live at the Season 2 soundtrack CD premiere party.

Full credits

Performance Credits

  • Ethnic Woodwinds - Chris Bleth
  • Uilleann Pipes and Irish Whistles - Eric Riger
  • Acoustic and Electric Violin - Paul Cartwright
  • Acoustic and Electric Guitars - Steve Bartek
  • Electric Bass - John Avila
  • Drum Kit - Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez
  • Percussion - M.B. Gordy
  • Pianos, Percussion and MIDI Programming - Bear McCreary
  • French Horns - Steve Durnan, Daniel Kelly
  • Trumpets - Wayne Bergeron, Larry Hall
  • Trombones - Alex Isles, Steve Holtman
  • Violin - Robert Anderson, Susan Chatman, Charlie Evert, Kirsten Fife, Juliann French, Larry Greenfield, Norm Hughes, Sharon Jackson, Peter Kent, Gina Kronstadt, Songa Lee-Kitto, Cameron Patrick, Vladamir Polimiditi, Kathleen Robertson, Julie Rodgers, Josefina Vergara, Erika Walczak, Francine Walsh, John Wittenberg, Shari Zippert
  • Viola - Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Biana Bandy, Karen Elane Bucanin, Lynn Grants, Scott Holsfield, Marium Mayer, Maria Newman, David Stenske, Maria Todd, Jessica VanVelzen
  • Violoncello - Peggy Baldwin, Giovanna Clayton, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, Vanessa Friebarin-Smith, Missy Hasin, Susie Katayama, Rudi Stein, Jacob Szekely
  • Contrabass - Norman Ludwin, Bart Samolis, Dave Stone

Supernova String Quartet

  • Violin - Ludvig Girdland
  • Violin - Robert Anderson
  • Viola - Muguel Atwood-Ferguson
  • Violoncello - Jacob Szekely


  • Featured Vocalists - Raya Yarbrough, Bt4
  • Additional Vocalists - Amy Keys, Doug Lacy, Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez, Bear McCreary

Production Credits

  • Executive Album Producers for La La Land Records - MV Gerhard and Matt Verboys
  • Album Produced by - Bear McCreary, Steve Kaplan and Ford A. Thaxton
  • Score Produced by - Bear McCreary and Steve Kaplan
  • Score Orchestrated and Conducted by - Bear McCreary
  • Score Orchestrated and Mixed by - Steve Kaplan
  • Music Editor - Michael Baber
  • Assistant Music Editor - David Bondelvitch
  • Digitally Edited and Mastered by - James Nelson at Digital Outland
  • Computer Guru - Mark Cooper
  • Contractors - M.B. Gordy and Peter Kent
  • Representation - Soundtrack Music Associates
  • Score Recorded at - Stage M at Paramount Studios and Eastwood Scoring Stage at Warner Bros.
  • CD Art Direction - Mark Banning
  • Sengalese Consultant - Nisha Rodrigo


On January 5, 2007 CKMS 100.3 FM Radio Waterloo voted the soundtrack Number 1 in Visions In Sound's best of 2006[1]. CKMS-FM is the community radio station at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. VISIONS IN SOUND is a unique radio program featuring the soundtracks from movies, television and video games.

On March 31, 2007 awarded the soundtrack as "Soundtrack of the Year" for 2006, in addition to awarding "Prelude to War" as the 2006 "Track of the Year".[2]

Vision in Sounds named it the number one soundtrack in 2006 [3]

On it is among the Top 5 television soundtracks of 2006.

Press Release

Reprinted with permission from CineMedia Productions.




(June 1, 2006- New York, NY) - Considered one of the top 10 shows currently on TV by Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and TV Guide, Battlestar Galactica is the #1 show on the Sci Fi Channel. On June 20, La-La Land Records will release the Battlestar Galactica: Season Two soundtrack, featuring more than 78 minutes of the best musical moments from the 2nd season of the Sci-Fi Channel's critically acclaimed, top-rated television series starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff.

Composer Bear McCreary builds on his impressive Season One accomplishments and once again delivers a sensational, emotionally rich score that ingeniously melds orchestra, vocals, percussion and synthesizer. The Season Two CD contains few tracks which are longer in length. Says McCreary, "The first one was a soundtrack. The second one is an album."

The Battlestar Galactica: Season Two soundtrack features performances by Supernova String Quartet (on "A Promise to Return" from "The Farm"), vocals by Raya Yarbrough (on "Lords of Kobol" from "Pegasus"), and vocals by Bt4 (on "The Cylon Prisoner" from "Pegasus"). Former Oingo-Boingo members Steve Bartek, John Avila and Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez play on the track from "Black Market". And the main title theme from Battlestar Galactica, composed by Richard Gibbs, is also on the soundtrack.

Fans of the Original Series will be excited to see that the theme from the original Battlestar Galactica series, composed by Stu Phillips, has been adapted and arranged by McCreary. The homage to the television show that inspired this new incarnation leads off the soundtrack.

Composer Bear McCreary is a classically trained composer with a degree in Composition and Recording Arts from the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music. He has composed score for over thirty independent films, including director Jon Chu's musical short When the Kids Are Away and the Discovery Channel miniseries The 5 Coolest Things. McCreary was among a handful of select protégés of late film music legend Elmer Bernstein (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN).

The third season of Battlestar Galactica will begin airing in October on the Sci Fi Channel. The Battlestar Galactica: Season Two soundtrack will be available in stores or from on June 20, 2006. The soundtrack from the Battlestar Galactica Miniseries and the Season One soundtrack are both available from La-La Land Records.

External Links


  1. Visions In Sound - The Best of 2006 (backup available on (in ). (January 5 2007). Retrieved on February 13 2007.
  2. Awards for 2006 (backup available on (in ). (31 march 2007). Retrieved on 21 April 2007.
  3. Bear McCreary - Press (backup available on (in ).