While composer Bear McCreary‘s latest blog entry is almost entirely about his insanely odd cover version of Bob Dylan‘s All Along the Watchtower — which was featured in Battlestar Galactica‘s season finale episodes Crossroads, Part I & II — if you scroll alllllllllll the way down in the last paragraph, you’ll see him mention that the Season 3 soundtrack could see a mid-August release to coincide with that season’s DVD.
He also talks about how he’ll score the Battlestar Galactica special extended episode planned for later this year. (It was recently announced that the 2-hour episode, which will air first on the SciFi Channel and immediately thereafter be released on DVD, will feature the entire cast, but might not be related to the current storyline.)
But I was actually reading McCreary’s entry to try and understand why the hell they picked All Along the Watchtower as the backdrop and apparent impetus for the season-ending *Revelation* (I’ll keep the spoilers out of this one).
McCreary went into details about his conversation with BSG executive producer Ronald D. Moore regarding the song’s eclectic arrangement:
The idea was not that Bob Dylan necessarily exists in the characters’ universe, but that an artist on one of the colonies may have recorded a song with the exact same melody and lyrics. Perhaps this unknown performer and Dylan pulled inspiration from a common, ethereal source…
Moore told him to “make no musical references to any Earthly versions, Hendrix, Dylan, or any others.” And that the arrangement needed to sound “like a pop song that belonged in the Galactica universe, not our own.”
But other than finding out that Steve Bartek and John Avila, both members of 80s techno-pop legend Oingo Boingo, played on the track (Frakin’ Swweeet!), and that he had a harmonium imported from Delhi for the track — which he confirms will be on the BSG Season 3 soundtrack due out in August — I’m no closer to the why that I crave so badly.