1978 Gene Page – Close Encounters

Close Encounters is the fourth album by Gene Page, released 1978.

Eugene Edgar “Gene” Page Jr. (September 13, 1939 – August 24, 1998) was an influential conductor, composer, arranger and record producer most active from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s.

Known for his unique craftsmanship, his extraordinary string arrangements, intricate horn patterns and musical arrangement style, his sound can be heard in the arrangements he did for Jefferson Starship, The Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Buffalo Springfield, Barbra Streisand, Donna Loren, Martha and the Vandellas, Cher, Barry White, The Love Unlimited Orchestra, Whitney Houston, George Benson, The Jackson Five, Roberta Flack, Elton John, José Feliciano, Leo Sayer, Seals & Croft, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Dobie Gray, Peabo Bryson, Lionel Richie, Jeffrey Osborne and Sheilah ‘Shea’ Chambers among many other notable acts in popular music.

In addition, he released 4 solo albums and scored various motion picture soundtracks that include Brewster McCloud and Fun with Dick and Jane. In 1972, Gene Page was hired to score the Blaxplotation film Blacula. The soundtrack to the film is now considered a cult classic and collector’s item to record enthusiasts.

Gene Page was one of the most prolific arrangers/conductors of popular music during his time and worked on more than 200 gold and platinum records.


1  Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (John Williams) 4:23
2  Theme From Star Trek (Alexander Courage) 3:23
3  CE3K (John Williams) 0:14
4  Moonglow And Love Theme (Goerge Duning, Eddie DeLange, Irving Mills, Will Hudson) 5:07
5  Dancin’ In The Sky (Gene Page) 4:44
6  I Feel Like I’ve Been Livin’ (On The Dark Side Of The Moon) (Ronald Baker) 4:46
7  Beyond The Hole In Space (Gene Page) 3:31
8  When You Wish Upon A Star (Leigh Harline, Ned Washington) 3:50
9  I Sho’ Like To Ride On Your Star (Gene Page, Lamont Dozier) 3:37
10  Saturn (Michael Sembello, Stevie Wonder) 4:48



BassWilton Felder
BassScott Edwards
DrumsEd Greene
GuitarTim May
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarWahWah Watson
KeyboardsGene Page
KeyboardsSylvester Rivers
PercussionGary Coleman
PercussionJack Ashford
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsJim Gilstrap
VocalsJohn Lehman
VocalsZebara Turnbugh

Other Musicians

1 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

VoiceMichael Phillips

2 Theme From Star Trek

SynthesizerMichael Boddicker

3 Moonglow And Love Theme

SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes

4 Dancin’ In The Sky

SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SaxErnie Watts

6 Beyond The Hole In Space

SynthesizerMichael Boddicker

8 I Sho’ Like To Ride On Your Star

SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes

9 Saturn

SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes

Liner Notes

Producer – Billy Page, Gene Page
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone
Engineer – Howard Steele (Tracks 1, 8)
Engineer – Sye Mitchell (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Engineer (Assistant) – Gabe Veltri (Tracks 1, 8)
Engineer (Assistant) – Chris McNary (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10)
Engineer (Remix, Assistant) – Jim Isaacson
Mastered By – Brian Gardner
Other (Management) – Greif/Garris
Other (Music Coordination) – Brendan Cahill
Other (Music Preparation) – George Annis
Other (Production Assistant) – Sara Page
Other (Production Coordination) – Olivia Page

Art Direction, Design – Ria Lewerke
Photography – Norman Seeff.

Remixed at Sunset Sound.
Mastered for Allen Zentz Mastering.