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Old March 7 2013, 10:34 PM   #261
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Re: La-La Land Records to release 4-disc DS9 soundtrack set!

Has anyone mentioned this typo? Track 24 on Disc 1, the penultimate track with the wedding music from "You Are Cordially Invited," has its running time listed as 0:56 (the same as Track 25, the end title music), but it's actually more like 4:23. Unfortunately I don't have a light-colored Sharpie that I can use to write in a correction in the booklet.

Anyway, I finally got around to finishing Disc 1, and some parts were more interesting than others. I'm glad "Sisko Sails" from "In the Hands of the Prophets" is on there; I've always remembered that as one of the more impressive musical moments in the series. After that, though, the next really impressive bits are in the latter half of the disc, notably "Explorers" and "The Visitor" -- two times that McCarthy was allowed to use actual leitmotifs in a Trek episode. He's always done good melodies, which makes it a shame that he was allowed to do so few.

The electric guitar in "Charge!" is kind of interesting, but other than the instrumentation it's pretty much a routine McCarthy action cue. I'm a lot more impressed by the "Die With Honor" cue in "Once More Unto the Breach." Just when I was getting tired of all McC's action cues having basically the same rhythm, here came one with a distinctly different one, slower and more somber, and it was quite interesting. I also liked the unusual percussion rhythms in the Klingon-wedding cue -- I think it's the first time McCarthy's music has ever reminded me of Fred Steiner's (particularly his Ruk music and his Morg cue from "Spock's Brain").
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