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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Soundtrack, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered

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  • Conductor: John Williams
  • Composer: John Williams
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Collector's Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00000636B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,046 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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With its vast, star-filled skies and pervading sense of imminence, Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) still ranks as one of the director's finest achievements. Longtime Spielberg advocates will remember this enchanting story about a series of UFO appearances that climaxes with a confrontation between man and an alien species. John Williams's music score, in tandem with his work on George Lucas's Star Wars, singlehandedly revived popular interest in symphonic film music in the 1970s. Released concurrently with Spielberg's 1998 "Collector's Edition" edit, this expanded, 77-minute release (from a brand new 20-bit digital master) offers 35 minutes of previously unreleased material, including cues not used in the film. In Close Encounters, Williams discarded the leitmotif approach of Star Wars in favour of a developmental score progressing from pure atonality to a breathtakingly romantic conclusion. In between, the composer offers a myriad of textures, motifs and themes that illuminate Spielberg's visionary magic and childlike spirit. Whether it be several moments of orchestral turbulence, a sprightly eight-note "travel" motif, or the haunting secondary themes, Williams's tone poem is both mysterious and inspiring. When the aliens and mankind finally converge, the composer allows the disparate cultures to communicate through the universal language of music, resulting in one of the most famous instances of "overlapping dialogue" in film history. Spielberg structured the final act of the film to fit the composer's score, a rare case where the editing was dictated by the music. Williams's dramatic submersion is so complete that the finished score stands on its own as a substantial, self-contained symphonic work, one of the finest written in the 1970s. --Kevin Mulhall


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