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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: The Collector's Edition Soundtrack Soundtrack


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listen  1. Opening: Let There Be LightJohn Williams;Original Soundtrack0:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Navy PlanesJohn Williams;Original Soundtrack 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lost SquadronJohn Williams;Original Soundtrack 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Roy's First EncounterJohn Williams;Original Soundtrack 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Encounter At Crescendo SummitOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Chasing UFOsJohn Williams;Original Soundtrack 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. False AlarmOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 1:42$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Barry's KidnappingOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 6:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Cover-UpOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Stars And TrucksOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Forming The MountainOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. TV RevealsOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Roy And Gillian On The RoadJohn Williams;Original Soundtrack 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. The MountainOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Who Are You People?Original Soundtrack;John Williams 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. The EscapeOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. The Escape (Alternate Cue)Original Soundtrack;John Williams 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. TruckingOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Climbing The MountainOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Outstretch HandsOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. LightshowOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. BarnstormingOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. The MothershipOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 4:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Wild SignalsOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. The ReturneesOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. The Visitors/Bye/End Titles: The Special EditionOriginal Soundtrack;John Williams12:32Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 28, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: November 16, 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Columbia Pictures
  • ASIN: B00000636B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Steven Spielberg's extraterrestrial-themed follow-up to the Jaws phenomena cemented his reputation as a cinematic wunderkind capable of shameless emotional manipulation and continued blockbuster ticket sales. But Close Encounters (whose soundtrack is now gratifyingly back in print on Arista) also displayed Spielberg's wise confidence in at least one of his collaborators.

Composer John Williams, fresh from the Wagnerian success of Star Wars, was allowed the unusual luxury of composing much of the Close Encounters score before principal photography began. Thus Spielberg was able (as had Sergio Leone with Morricone's Once Upon a Time in the West) to stage much of his action to the Williams music playing on the set in a rare way. The entire special-effects finale was in fact edited to match the composer's rhythms.

For his part, Williams composed arguably his most ambitious and accomplished score. Balancing his more obvious sentimental skills with refreshingly bracing doses of atonality (and just a nod to the modern Ligetti pieces Stanley Kubrick had wedded so well to 2001: A Space Odyssey). Williams produced a mature work that holds up remarkably well 20 years on; a true classic. --Jerry McCulley


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The soundtrack is a definate MUST for music lover of all kinds!
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And while it generally follows events in the movie, there are detours along the way that are a pleasant surprise.
Thomas Glebe
I think this is the best soundtrack John Williams has ever done!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Glebe on August 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Though I have many complaints and quibbles with the various "versions" of the Close Encounters of the Third Kind movie, this is wonderfully conceived and put together and there's no need for any other soundtrack versions at least of CE3K.
A lot of soundtrack releases based upon motion pictures often get it wrong. There are always considerations of what music from the film to keep in or out. This is not such a problem with movies that have a dozen or more "pop hits" in them, or classic musicals and broadway type stuff. But in a soundtrack like Close Encounters, there is only the music in the film (all versions) from which to draw material. It is a pleasure to announce that almost ALL of John William's BEST work ever, in my humble opinion, is ON THIS ONE CD. But wait, there's more!
Unlike previous treatments of the music in Close Encounters (from vinyl to 8 track to cassette to CD), not only is there a ton more music here than previously released, but it is arranged in an amazing manner. Though there are many individual tracks, almost all of it proceeds in a symphonic whole. And while it generally follows events in the movie, there are detours along the way that are a pleasant surprise. It is great on repeat or random mode.
John Williams is a composer of many fine movie scores, but is especially associated with Star Wars. Rightfully so, as his work for those films is great. But back in 1977, he not only did the soundtrack to Star Wars, but Close Encounters as well. While even casual music fans know many themes from Star Wars, the five note sequence in CE3K is about all that's memorable for most folks. But dive into the wonder and magic and power of the music on this CD, and hear what you might've missed from the film.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
Format: Audio CD
No two scores could be as different as John William's efforts for "Star Wars" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." While "Star Wars" revels in Big Tunes stylistically (and gleefully) "appropriated" from Strauss, Elgar and Korngold, "Close Encounters" voyages to the other end of the sonic universe: dark, fragmented polytonal/ microtonal murmurings more reminiscent of Penderecki or Lutoslawski. And for a director as addicted to sentimental overkill as Spielberg, William's often brooding sonic textures lend a note of menace that skillfully counterbalnces the movie's ocassional whimsy. And when lightness is called for, William's famous five-note "Mother ship" theme comes to the fore, skillfully integrated with references to "When You Wish upon a Star." It's a thoroughgoing treat to see this score not only properly remastered for CD but sporting lots of new music and notes. Too much film music wears thin after repeated listening, but "Close Encounters"'s often dense and mysterious scoring stands up to multiple listenings. Considering the hatchet job usually done to recorded film scores, it's always a pleasure to see a great work get the respect it deserves.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Cutro on April 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
John Williams is no stranger when it comes to writing knockout themes for the cinema. This soundtrack though, doesn't quite lay out a huge main theme like some of his other scores do. Not to say that there isn't one because there is a main theme present. The theme itself is a 5 note motif that Williams finally came up with after literally hundreds of different options. The beginning of the soundtrack is mainly filler music that is atmospheric in nature. "Navy Planes" contains standard Williams action music. Some military-esque marches are found in "The Cover Up", "Stars and Trucks", and "Who Are You People?" Hints of the 5 note main theme are found in "Encounter at Crescendo Summit" and "Barry's Kidnapping". "Wild Signals" is an interesting cue with the aliens and humans playing the 5 note theme to each other faster and faster. However, the best track is the last one, as the main theme is given in full force in gigantic proportions with full orchestra and choir. Bits and pieces of "When You Wish Upon A Star" are featured in the last track as well. If you are expecting Williams' usual bombast and fanfarish sounds, you may be disappointed with this one, as it is much different and more atmospheric than most of his others. Still a good score, though.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reginald D. Garrard VINE VOICE on January 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
While most remember the five-note "communication" melody that is heard in the exchange between the alien craft and earth scientists, I recall fondly the interpolated "When You Wish Upon a Star" featured in the closing credits. This is a fitting tribute by Williams and Spielberg to "Uncle Walt" who for so many years transported us to other worlds, fantasy and real life.
"Close Encounters" remains one of Williams' most passionate works. It, along with "E.T." will go down in movie history as unsurpassed in its depth and orchestral wizardry.
This re-mastered version of the soundtrack is an essential for any fan of the composer, as well as those that appreciate the work of a capable and gifted musician.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KELLY SIMMONS on December 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack to my favorite movie. All the familiar themes and cues are intact, and in the correct order as heard in the film.
For those that know and enjoy the movie after all these years will find new life in the soundtrack with the extra tracks not used in the film, or found on earlier versions of the film music.
It only made me appreciate the movie more, and all will rejoice in the attention and effort put into this soundtrack. Of course, I can't help but look behind me in my truck when the scarier tracks play, but isn't that the essence of what a soundtrack is supposed to accomplish? Evoke the emotions you felt when watching the film. It was a dream realized when this soundtrack was re-released. Superior.
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