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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

CD REVIEW - Stargate - The Deluxe Edition

Stargate - The Deluxe Edition
Music by David Arnold
Varese Sarabande VSD 6743 (EU)
37 Tracks 72:55 mins

This newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the score that first made people sit up and take notice of David Arnold as a film composer to be reckoned with, adds some 8 minutes of music to the previous Milan CD release and a further 7 tracks.
All the favourite cues off the original album are of course here, conducted by Arnold's regular right-hand man Nicholas Dodd and featuring the Sinfonia of London and choir. The two themes that mostly do battle are the majestic main theme, which of course was later adapted for the long-running TV series, and the menacing choir-enhanced theme for Gaoald despot Ra.
The new tracks feature dissonant menace in "Wild Abduction;" dark expectancy in "Bomb Assembly;" brief darkness in "The Eye of Ra;" a powerful variation on the Ra theme in "Execution;" brief tragedy in "Against the Gods;" exciting action in "Transporter Horror" and a longer version of the scherzo on the main theme, first heard in "Mastadge Drag," in "Closing Titles (Intro)."
Only 8 more minutes of music might not seem much, but completists will no doubt want to get their hands on a copy and it's worth it if only for the great sound. And if you haven't got the original CD - why?!


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