Original ‘Close Encounters’ Album to be Released on SACD

On November 27, Audio Fidelity will release the original soundtrack album of Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Hybrid Super Audio CD, an HD audio format compatible with most CD players.

This limited, numbered edition of the original album of John Williams’ 1977 masterpiece has been remastered by Steve Hoffman, improving on the DVD-Audio edition released in 2004.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD can now be pre-ordered on Amazon.com.


Williams’ ‘Viola Concerto’ Premiere Recording Online

The first-ever recording of John Williams’ Viola Concerto, a piano reduction of the piece performed by violinist Victor de Almeida with Mitsuko Morikawa on piano, has been made available on YouTube.

The 26-minute concert piece is comprised of three movements: ‘Moderato’, ‘Presto Assai’ and ‘Boldly (A Piacere)’.

Originally composed for violinist Cathy Basrak, the orchestra version premiered on May 26, 2009 in Boston, with Williams conducting the BSO.

Sony Classical to Re-release Original Star Wars Soundtracks


StarWars.com has announced that the original soundtrack albums for the first six Star Wars films will be reissued by Sony Classical in three new editions: vinyl, CD and high-definition downloads, on January 8, 2016.

According to the Amazon.com track listings, the contents of each release will be as follows:

  • Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11-Vinyl Box Set)
    The Phantom Menace – Original 1999 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
    Attack of the Clones – Original 2002 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
    Revenge of the Sith – Original 2005 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
    Star Wars – Original 1977 2LP soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
    The Empire Strikes Back – Original 1980 2LP soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
    Return of the Jedi – Original 1983 1LP soundtrack album reissued on 1LP
    — Each of the six film soundtracks in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork.
    Audio was transferred from the original LP masters using the highest resolution (up to 192kHz/24bit) and pressed with heavy 180gram vinyl. The six soundtrack set (on 11 LPs) is presented in a black, soft-touch laminated slipcase with an embossed, hot silver foil Star Wars logo and includes a digital download card for one complete box set (all six soundtracks). – Amazon.com pre-order.
  • Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition (10 CDs + 1 DVD)
    The Phantom Menace – Original 1999 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
    Attack of the Clones – Original 2002 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
    Revenge of the Sith – Original 2005 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
    Star Wars – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
    The Empire Strikes Back – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
    Return of the Jedi – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
    Bonus CD featuring audio interviews with Harrison Ford and John Williams
    Star Wars: A Musical Journey – Re-release of the 2005 DVD highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films.
    — Released in mini-album jackets. Including a fold-out poster and three collectable stickers.
  • Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection - Same contents as The Ultimate Vinyl Collection, available for the first time as high-definition downloads (The original 2LP album of The Empire Strikes Back will be available digitally for the first time ever).



Filmharmonic Brass Plays the Music of John Williams (Kickstarter Project)

The Filmharmonic Brass, a group of seven of the top brass players from New York who exclusively perform and record film music, is running a Kickstarter campaign for their debut album ‘The Music of John Williams’, which is set to include all-new arrangements of music from Star WarsJawsE.T.Close Encounters of the Third KindIndiana Jones, and many more.

The ensemble is the brainchild of Dominic Derasse, who has been recorded on over 70 motion picture soundtracks including Mission to Mars, Batman Forever, Aladdin and Beauty & the Beast.

Visit their Kickstarter Campaign page for more details (Includes video presentation)

New ‘Lost in Space’ Box Set Including Previously Unreleased Williams Recording

LiS2015-1On October 6, La-La Land Records will release a limited edition 12-CD box set of music from the classic Lost in Space television series, including all John Williams’ scores from the series, among which the premiere release of Williams’ complete original recording of the score to the episode “The Reluctant Stowaway” as conducted and recorded by Williams himself.

‘E.T.’ Live at the Hollywood Bowl: Reviews and Videos

September 4, 5 & 6, 2015, Hollywood Bowl, CA
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by David Newman
Introduced by JOHN WILLIAMS


Film Music SocietyWilliams wrote a new first-act concert ending and an entr’acte for the post-intermission return to the film; the popular concert version of his “flying theme” was heard as a new piece for the end credits. E.T. packs an emotional wallop under any circumstances, but the unique combination of that film on the Bowl’s five huge screens and Williams’ landmark score, interpreted by one of the world’s great symphony orchestras, left thousands in tears and thousands more giving Newman and the Philharmonic extended standing ovations. - Full review

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Soundtrack to Be Released December 18

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UPDATE: StarWars.com press release

The soundtrack album for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released by Walt Disney Records on Friday, December 18 (same date as the film), according to a brief press release by the label. The album will be available in two versions: Standard CD jewel case with booklet and Deluxe limited edition card digipack with booklet. – Standard version now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.