John Williams

Close Encounters of the Third Kind [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

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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.

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