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E.T. - 20th Anniversary Original recording remastered, Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (March 26 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Soundtrack
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000639AI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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
7. Toys
8. I'm Keeping Him
9. E.T.'s Powers
10. E.T. And Elliot Get Drunk
11. Frogs
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
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Product Description

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: The 20th Anniversary Edition


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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Format: Audio CD
It's hard to argue against those who would lobby to hear every film cue that John Williams has ever written, as each is a masterwork -- be it a miniature gem or a lengthy, multi-thematic suite -- which deserves to be appreciated. It's also hard to believe that a fair-to-middling jazz pianist who cut a couple of very forgettable recordings for EmArcy during the late 1950s under his full name of "John Towner Williams" would one day come to be regarded as the greatest film composer of the latter half of the 20th century (and my personal favorite of them all), churning out memorable themes like a gumball machine over a ten year period, while lesser composers would starve themselves for just one such idea during a lifetime.
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.
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Has there ever been a more thrilling and uplifting soundtrack? This is in my opinion John William's finest score ever. Everyone around the world knows the music. Its all here, the highlights being tracks 10, 17 and 18. The "Flying Theme" is featured prominently in track 10. Track 18 is the "End Credits" which is one of the finest closing themes Johnny has ever written...how many times have I tried to play that piano solo myself! Track 17 "Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye" is my personal favourite. All the themes are here as E.T. and Elliott escape in the van, are chased by the authorities, and then finally bid each other farewell in the forest. The orchestrations are phenomenal and the energy of the music never subsides. The last section of this track is my favourite part of the whole CD. Sweet melodious music as E.T. says goodbye, building to a climax as E.T.'s finger glows. A brief brass fanfare then the entire orchestra swells up to perform the most uplifting finale ever heard as everyone watches the spaceship soar into the heavens - I believe it is the greatest closing music to a film in history.
I can't stop listening to it. Thanks Mr Williams.
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Whether you love or hate John Williams, you have to admit that he is probably the most successful film composer in movie history. I cannot recall any movie scores before the Williams era (beginning in 1975 with JAWS), that became infused in the popular paradigm. For instance, every time somebody talks about sharks, the theme from JAWS is bound to be playing in people's minds.
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.
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John Williams has created literally dozens of great movie scores in his time, but few have been as emotionally amazing as the one he composed for Steven Spielberg's 1982 sci-fi/fantasy masterpiece E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL. The score has been expanded for the film's twentieth anniversary release this year, and the results do not fail to satisfy.
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!
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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.
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