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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(1977)
Album Cover Art
1986 Arista
1989 RCA
Gerhardt
Album 2 Cover Art
1990 Varèse
Sarabande
Album 3 Cover Art
1997 Lacombe
bootleg
Album 4 Cover Art
1998 Arista
Album 5 Cover Art
2017 La-La Land
Album 6 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Herbert Spencer
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Arista Records
(1986)

RCA Victor (Gerhardt)
(1989)

Varèse Sarabande
(1990)

Lacombe (Bootleg)
(1997)

Arista Records
(April 28th, 1998)

La-La Land Records
(November 28th, 2017)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The original 1986 Arista and 1990 Varèse Sarabande albums are both out of print and difficult to obtain, however they are virtually identical in content. The only difference is that the Varèse album includes the horrible disco version of the theme. (It appears at the end and makes up the entire total-time difference between the two).

The 1989 RCA Gerhardt album was long available used for about $5 to $7. The 1997 Lacombe release with very poor sound quality was a bootleg despite the fact that it claimed to be promotional. The 1998 Arista release with 20-bit digital mastering was called a "Collector's Edition." The first 50,000 copies feature chromium-printed packaging with the insert notes glued to the back of the front cover. That album is now also out of print and fetched as much as $50.

The 2017 La-La Land set is limited to 5,000 copies and available initially for $30 through soundtrack specialty outlets.
Awards
AWARDS
Winner of a Grammy Award. Nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden Globe.
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