John Williams - Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

 (Numbered Limited Edition Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)


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Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Hybrid Stereo SACD

Composed and conducted by John Williams

"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" is visionary director Steven Spielberg's now classic exhilarating 1977 science fiction film. The masterful score was composed, conducted and produced by John Williams. The soundtrack is a mixture of eerie suspense and tremendous emotive bombast, complete with hair-raising moments and the great big playful musical conversation between the mothership and the humans. Williams' "five-tone" motif for Close Encounters has become ingrained in popular culture (the five tones are used by scientists to communicate
with the visiting spaceship as a mathematical language as well as being incorporated into the film's signature theme).

The album was a critical and commercial success, peaking at No. 17 on the U.S. Billboard album chart and reaching No. 40 in the U.K. John Williams won two Grammy Awards for his score (Best Original Film Score and Best Instrumental Composition). A disco version of the five-note motif, though not part of the original score, is included on the disc as a bonus track making this SACD an essential acquisition for collectors and movie and music fans.

1. Main Title And Mountain Visions
2. Nocturnal Pursuit
3. The Abduction of Barry
4. I Can’t Believe It’s Real
5. Climbing Devil’s Tower
6. The Arrival of Sky Harbor
7. Night Seige
8. The Conversation
9. The Appearance Of The Visitors
10. Resolution and End Title

Bonus Track:
11. Theme From Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

Out of this world

posted on 12/19/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Clive
I took this disc to my local HiFi dealer to demo a pair of speakers. The bass extension during track 8 was amazing despite being played at high volume. People came into the shop from a market sall outside to ask about the recording and request replays..The bonus track on this disc provides a contrasting sound that I also found exciting.This recording is an amazing test disc for any system and it will also appeal to film buffs and audiophile lovers alike. Well done Audio Fidelity! I purchased the speakers.

Another Steve Hoffman master

posted on 11/29/2015
5 Stars
Reviewer: Cal
John Williams' movie soundtrack work is largely under appreciated by audiophiles perhaps because it is "just a film score". But it you watch Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, or Close Encounters and either pay close attention to the score OR omit it altogether then you will come to value William's brilliant work. This SACD version of Close Encounters deserves such recognition. The brass instruments are clean and specific across the sound stage. The quite passages are dark and riddled with tension.

But what brings this SACD version to the forefront of audiophile glory is that it was mastered by legend STEVE HOFFMAN at Stephen Marsh Mastering. Vinyl collectors know how prized Hoffman's master of Williams' Raiders of the Lost Ark on the DCC lable is. A M- copy can't be bought today for under $150.00. So, this SACD is a fitting nod to William's Close Encounters. Two legendary masters coming together a second time.

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