This is, quite simply, the best movie soundtrack ever. I never get tired of listening to it. It's John Williams at his absolute best, which is really saying a lot.
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.