E.T. - 20th Anniversary Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
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|1. Main Titles|
|2. Far From Home / E.T. Alone|
|3. Bait For E.T.|
|4. Meeting E.T.|
|5. E.T.'s New Home|
|6. The Beginning Of A Friendship|
|8. I'm Keeping Him|
|9. E.T.'s Powers|
|10. E.T. And Elliot Get Drunk|
|12. At Home|
|13. The Magic Of Halloween|
|14. Sending The Signal|
|15. Searching For E.T.|
|16. Invading Elliot's House|
|17. E.T. Is Dying|
|18. Losing E.T.|
|19. E.T. Is Alive!|
|20. Escape / Chase / Saying Goodbye|
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While director Steven Spielberg has sometimes termed his blockbuster hit E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial a loose sequel to his similarly themed Close Encounters of the Third Kind, that notion only underscores the breadth of John Williams' talents as a composer and tempts the listener to consider this score a sort of second, more nakedly emotional movement to his Close Encounters music. As in his epic Star Wars work, the musical touchstone is early 20th-century Russian romanticism, a link that becomes even clearer with the restoration of three fragile, largely atmospheric cues ("Main Titles", "Meeting E.T." and "E.T.'s New Home"). While Williams has often suffered odd accusations of emotional manipulation--which is, after all, precisely the job of a film composer--his E.T. music is still some of his most compelling, recalling Herrmann's delicate, pastoral touch on The Magnificent Ambersons in its first half, then steadily ratcheting up the tension as the score's insistent brass motif intrudes ever more ominously. Two decades later, the 15-minute sweep of "Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye" remains one of Williams most powerful and memorable film music achievements. This edition also features an illustrated booklet with a new interview with the composer.--Jerry McCulley
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What is also hard to argue is the fact that soundtracks serve, in the end, the very utilitarian purpose of augmenting the images on the screen (although in the case of Williams' efforts, "augment" is too mild a word for what takes place in the souls of theatergoers upon having his music wash over them). For this reason, in the days of the 12" vinyl LP (which by the early 1980s held at best about 55 minutes) the composer selected those movements of his score which most represented the entire film thematically, and re-recorded them in suite form so as to make a more "listenable" overall package.
On the one hand, some may say that this was a cold commercial calculation which cherry-picked from an abundance of worthy material and shoe-horned what would fit into an allotted space. I would say that since John Williams himself wrote, arranged, conducted, and chose what material would appear on the LP, this is a farcical argument -- but I won't deny that it exists among purists who wish to hear the actual cues used IN the movie AS used in the movie.Read more ›
One of Williams all time best movie scores is this soundtrack from E.T. Unlike some of Williams work that is more memorable than the films they were written for, the music for E.T. is an integral part of the film. The movie and the music cannot be separated and if they were, both would lose something. One can't help but remembering scenes from the film when listening to the sounds here or at least be taken back to a time of youth and innocence in one's own life.
I love the music of John Williams and this is one of my favorite Williams albums. It's great to listen to on an evening with a full moon in the fall.
This compact disc release contains excerpts (such as the witty "Frogs" cue) that had not been available on previous CD or LP versions of the soundtrack. The same familiar cues that accompany E.T. and Elliott's flight across the face of the Moon, the climactic bike ride, and E.T.'s farewell all remain, only now they have been remastered for maximum audio and emotional impact.
Even if you've had old LP or CD recordings of the score, this new version, which now probably stands as the official COMPLETE version, as did the CLOSE ENCOUNTERS score, is worth getting for your collection. It is Williams, the greatest living composer of film music today, at his very frequent best. Grab it!
This edition of the soundtrack is nice in that it contains music not released on the original CD, but I have to say I like the original soundtrack release the best. Self-contained orchestral tracks like "Flying" from E.T. (which is unfortunately absent from this release, as is the beautiful "Over the Moon" track, although parts of it are heard in the End Credits), have all but disappeared from more modern movie soundtracks. It's unfortunate, because these concert arrangements are often better than the edited tracks used in the films. They serve to focus the musical themes, and give us fully-fleshed out orchestral works instead of just background music. What would we do without great tracks like "Luke and Leia," "The Forest Battle," "Parade of the Ewoks," "Yoda's Theme," "The Imperial March," or "Princess Leia's Theme" from the Star Wars films? Or tracks like "Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra," "Marian's Theme" and "Slave Children's Crusade" from the Indiana Jones films? Those soundtracks wouldn't be nearly as spectacular without them. Thankfully, John Williams still does this fairly often, with great compositions like "Duel of the Fates" and "Hedwig's Theme."
As a self-contained musical experience, I still think the original E.T. soundtrack is by far the best. But there is wonderful music on this CD that can't be found anywhere else. And the music is just so phenomenal that I couldn't give it anything but 5 stars. The "Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye" track (originally titled "Adventure on Earth" on the first soundtrack release) is the best 15 consecutive minutes of movie music ever written. It still gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it.
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John Williams' score for the re-release of Spielberg's classic is one of his best, and his most emotional. Read morePublished on June 1 2002 by Kristy M. Ross
E.T. is one of my all-time favorite movies ever and I think its the same for many others. But I believe we can all agree that it wouldn't be as powerful minus John Williams'... Read morePublished on May 11 2002 by Matthew Paul
I actually own a 1996 digitally remastered re-issue which has everything from the 20th anniversary edition but lacks Main titles/Meeting E.T./E.T. Read morePublished on April 23 2002
personally i think it is the best score of jonh williams.It is trully a magic soundtrack!!!Published on April 15 2002
I have always been in favor of expanded edition CDs, but there is something different about this expanded edition of "E.T.-The Extraterrestrial" on its 20th anniversary. Read morePublished on April 11 2002 by Luis M. Ramos
It's hard to believe that E.T. is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the initial theatrical release. It doesn't seem like it has been that long ago. Wow. Read morePublished on April 1 2002 by T. Lobascio
E.T. is a rare gem. And one of John Williams best masterpieces. This new edition of the sountrack is really good. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2002 by Michael McDaid
Besides being the film that Walt Disney would've made had he been alive, "E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial" is one of those genuine "great" films that works on all levels. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2002 by Reginald D. Garrard