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Thursday, August 31, 2006

CD REVIEW - Farscape Classics Volume Two

Farscape Classics Volume Two
Music by Guy Gross
La-La Land Records LLLCD 1046 (U.S.)
26 Tracks 74:21 mins

I am probably not the best person to review this disc as a) I didn't like the show and stopped viewing early on in its First Season and b) on the whole I don't like synth scores, which these largely are. In fact, from what I've heard, courtesy of La-La Land Records' previous releases of music from the show, I preferred original composers' SubVision's take on the music. Their main theme still finds a place on this disc and is among the best music here presented, wonderfully propulsive, with fascinating vocals. Gross was asked to come up with a new theme for the Third Season, based on the original, and it's a poor imitation.
There are very few highlights on this lengthy disc, which features the scores from the Second Season closer Die Me Dichotomy and the second part of the Third Season closer Into the Lion's Den - most of the music is of the atmospheric and downright boring variety, with just a few propulsive moments. Best tracks are, from the former, "Aeryn's Farewell," a beautiful soprano-voiced requiem, which has apparently become one of the most requested favourites among fans of the show; and from the latter, Gross' arrangement of "Johnny Comes Marching home" in the track "Back at the Ranch;" and the lengthy track "The Last Stand," which features some powerful choral work.
The colourful accompanying booklet features extensive notes by Randall D. Larson, with comments from the composer throughout.


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