I found this in a local thrift store for only a buck and couldn’t pass it up. Although I do listen to vinyl records and often convert them to mp3s so I can listen to them in the car, I have to admit I bought this one at least as much for the artwork as I did for the record itself. I love the detail of the spaceship and of the lights below of the landing strip.
If there’s one thing that attracted aliens in the 1970s, it was air brushing.
Despite what they showed in the movie, there is no landing strip at the top of Devil’s Tower. Trust me. I checked.
Back in the 70’s and early 80’s I had a big fascination with UFOs. A lot of us did for good reason. UFOs were all around us, in the news, in magazines, on tv shows and of course at the movies. Close Encounters of the Third Kind hit the big screen and a new generation of UFOlogists were born. Recently on a flea market trip I spotted several unopened packs of CEOT3K collector cards and could not resist picking up a few. The cards made their way into my Christmas stocking and I acted very surprised on Christmas morning. So if you ever wondered what 30 something year old gum looks like, behold!
This alternative film poster was given a wonderful Psychedelic, Prog, Folk, Glam, Funk, Retro-istic Futuristic treatment by Gary Andrew Clarke. It, like many high quality retro images, can be found the Retroist Image Pool on Flickr.