Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Released:  1977
Label:  Arista Records









Front cover:  This was bought sealed a matter of days ago it appears to have been sealed since then.  This is not a good thing when it came to the cover.  Also not good was the large corner they took out of the package on the top-left to denote a cut-out.  It let oxygen into the left-most part of the jacket and it did strange things to the coloring that had to be fixed through cloning.  

Gatefold:  No way to separate but removing the fold creases wasn’t really that hard.  The cut-out gash that’s right in the middle of the spaceship?  Much harder.  All done through cloning.  There were also parts of the gatefold where the left side was actually sticking to the right side.  Once carefully opened, it took time to clone out the rips created from opening it.  

Back cover:  The back presented challenges too.  The gash is right near “John Williams” name on the upper-right.  Had to clone out the gash and then steal an “s” from elsewhere to make it look good.  

Special complimentary single:  This has likely never even been touched.  As you can see, the label itself is actually detaching from the styrene 33rpm single.  It actually looks far worse in person but I cloned out what I could.  

Labels:  Thankfully, the labels were much simpler to do.  All I had to do was replace the blue in the “Arista” name.

Promo sticker:  This is in good shape except the white letters have gone yellow.  I didn’t do much to fix it because I think it looks good this way.