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Close Encounters: The Essential John Williams Film Music Collection

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Silva's Close Encounters: The Essential John Williams Film Music Collection is a double disc collection containing 28 highlights from Williams' prolific film work, including excerpts from Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Schindler's List, JFK, Family Plot, Empire of the Sun, Superman, The Towering Inferno, Jaws, Born on the Fourth of July and Saving Private Ryan. These, however, are not the original versions from the film, which were conducted by Williams himself. These are versions performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic and either conducted by Paul Bateman or Nic Raine. For casual listeners, that may not matter, since these are fine, entertaining versions that are sequenced into a very listenable album. Collectors or discriminating listeners, however, may want to seek out a compilation that features Williams' original recorded versions.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 6:31
2 6:03
3
4:07 Amazon
4
3:00 Amazon
5 9:41
6 5:44 Amazon
7 3:53
8
7:25
9
2:41
10
5:00
11
5:30 Amazon
12 2:41
13 5:59
14
4:23 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
5:07
2
3:39
3 6:11
4 4:11
5
5:03
6
10:31
7
2:16
8 5:24
9 4:09
10 3:12
11
8:16
12 4:15
13 4:01
14 10:48
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