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Music Composed by John Williams

La-La Land - Limited Edition of 5000 units


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In celebration of John Williams‘ 90th birthday and the 45th Anniversary of the classic film CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, La-La Land Records, Sony Music and Columbia Pictures present CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND: 45th ANNIVERSARY REMASTERED LIMITED EDITION, a special 2-CD reissue release featuring our restored and remastered presentation of Academy Award-Winning composer John Williams’ (JAWS, STAR WARS, SCHINDLER’S LIST) original motion picture score to the 1977 landmark feature film CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr. Maestro Williams’ score personifies this classic film’s boundless wonder – searching through, and communicating with, the deep expanses of space as it also explores the unknowable mysteries of the human soul.

This deluxe 2-CD edition, meticulously produced, mixed and mastered by Mike Matessino, in consultation with the composer and director, was inspired by the discovery that Williams had originally planned the soundtrack as a 75-minute double LP. Disc One of this presentation takes its lead from that initial intent, expanding and organizing the score as a grand symphony contained on a single disc. Disc Two offers an equally fresh experience of the score, comprised of discrete versions of cues, alternates and selections not heard on Disc One, plus many of the 1977 album tracks, as well as previously unreleased source music recorded for the film. Matessino’s exclusive liner notes explore this iconic, majestic score, while Jim Titus’ art design handsomely recalls all those joyous feelings generated by one of the greatest science fiction film experiences of all time. This is a limited edition release of 5000 units. 

NOTE: Aside from the “45th Anniversary” notation on the CD’s front cover, this re-issue utilizes the same master and overall content as our previous 40th Anniversary 2-CD release.

DISC ONE 78:42


1 Main Title and The Vision 1:29

2 Navy Planes 2:15

3 Lost Squadron 2:34

4 Trucking 2:09

5 Into the Tunnel and Chasing UFOs 3:56

6 Crescendo Summit 1:25

7 False Alarm and The Helicopter 4:20

8 Barry’s Kidnapping 6:22

9 Forming the Mountain 1:58

10 TV Reveals / Across Country 2:53

11 The Mountain 3:36

12 The Cover-up and Base Camp 3:56

13 The Escape 2:20

14 Climbing the Mountain 2:36

15 Outstretched Hands 2:50

16 The Light Show 3:47

17 Barnstorming 4:31

18 The Mothership 4:35

19 The Dialogue 4:28

20 The Returnees 3:58

21 The Appearance of the Visitors + 4:56

22 Contact 3:22

23 End Titles + 4:27

DISC TWO  74:26


1 Main Title 1:18

2 Roy’s First Encounter 2:44

3 Encounter at Crescendo Summit 1:25

4 Chasing UFOs 1:22

5 Watching the Skies 1:20

6 Vision Takes Shape :42

7 Another Vision :42

8 False Alarm 1:45

9 The Abduction of Barry 4:36

10 The Cover-up 2:31

11 TV Reveals 1:52

12 Roy and Jillian on the Road 1:20

13 I Can’t Believe It’s Real 3:25

14 Across the Fields 1:20

15 Stars and Trucks :49

16 Who Are You People? 1:38

17 The Escape (Alternate) 2:41

18 Climbing Devils Tower 2:11

19 Dark Side of the Moon 1:34

20 The Approach 4:32

21 Night Siege 6:27

22 The Conversation 2:23

23 Inside+ 2:34

24 Contact (Alternate) 2:51

25 Eleventh Commandment 2:00

26 TV Western 1:06

27 Lava Flow 1:47

28 The Five Tones  2:25

29 Advance Scout Greeting  2:58

30 The Dialogue (Early Version) 3:12

31 Resolution and End Title 6:55

Total 2-CD Time: 2:33:08

+ Contains “When You Wish Upon a Star” (interpolated), written by Ned Washington and

Leigh Harline, published by Bourne Co. (ASCAP). Used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

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