The 1998 re-issue contains over 37 minutes of previously unreleased music. The first 50,000 copies will feature chromium-printed packaging.
Original music composed by John Williams.
Reissue producer: Shawn Murphy.
Recorded at Warner Brothers Scoring Stage I, Burbank, California. Includes liner notes by Laurent Bouzereau.
Liner Note Author: Steven Spielberg .
Director: Steven Spielberg .
The Close Encounters score was a masterful 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. Although the soundtrack album was a shoddy affair -- poorly mixed and sequenced, and missing most of the conversations -- the music portions remain essential. ~ Steven McDonald