Wow! Screen Archives had the biggest two days in their history on Monday and Tuesday (in terms of number of orders, not total dollar amount; Superman was a much higher priced release) thanks to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. And I told them: enjoy it because this kind of thing may never happen again...or at least, will happen only rarely. Star Trek II is one of those scores that has reached far and wide to people who don't buy soundtracks, or buy only the occasional soundtrack...it's arguably the best Trek movie and one of Horner's greatest works and had a formative influence on many of us. Give the people what they want and they will come out for it—us included. It really is my "dream project" and I couldn't be more thrilled.
We have tried to piggy-back on the CD's excitement with a "welcome message" at SAE and a $5 discount offer on orders of $50 or more For us, this is a rare chance to find out how much we can grow our business—and that's good for all of us, because the bigger the we get and more successful we are, the more we can finance those weird, oddball releases that only appeal to a few passionate nuts, I mean fans. And remember, I am the head nut because I pick 'em. No CD has stiffed for us as badly as Maurice Jarre: Concert Works—which I doubt will ever recoup—but it made Maurice very happy in the last six weeks of his life (as he told Jacques Hiver, our French producer). And I would not trade that for anything. By the way, check out the Lawrence of Arabia-sounding "Night Watch" track.
Star Trek II is also a happy moment where everything worked for us...we got the CD done in time for Comic Con (barely!) thanks to the cooperation of Rhino and Paramount and all our collaborators...we had wonderful, enthusiastic support from Ain't It Cool News and Trekmovie.com who have broken the news to their sizable audiences...and at SAE our webmasters fixed up the plumbing so our sites would not crash. I seem to be in the bad habit of mixing up quotes from different movies and TV shows but all I can say is: "I love it when a plan comes together."
And it continues: Thursday morning I drive down the 5 freeway to the San Diego Comic Con where Screen Archives will be at booth #429. I will be there Thursday afternoon, at the Battlestar Galactica/Bear McCreary concert Thursday night courtesy our friends at La La Land Records, and at the con all day Friday—driving home Friday night. I know we talked about doing an FSM get-together at the convention and it is the one thing that has fallen a little bit by the wayside as we were focused on Star Trek. If you want to participate in such a thing come by the table; chances are I won't be there, so Ed does not put me to work, but we can make plans either to convene at the booth at a particular time or get drinks or a bite somewhere else (maybe Friday evening?).
Incidentally, I have received more than a few suggestions to release Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. Really, you don't say? I don't want to say anything that will cause me to get more emails in the months and possibly years ahead asking about the progress of such an endeavor. Let me just say that I am well aware of the demand for a complete-score Star Trek III but it's not something that follows naturally from Star Trek II, given that the LP rights are controlled by a different company (EMI, not Atlantic Records) and it's a little bit like starting from scratch. I'll make you this deal: I will try, but please leave me alone while I do. Thanks! (By the way: look for a behind-the-scenes article on the Star Trek II CD at trekmovie.com in the days ahead; I did an email interview with John Tenuto who has been a terrific help for the Trek II CD and its promotion.)
Finally...it is hard to believe it's been five years since we lost Jerry Goldsmith (and in rapid order after that, David Raksin and Elmer Bernstein; what a summer). I remember it well because it was right before Comic Con 2004 and the shock of living in a world without Jerry Goldsmith was something Richard Kraft (Jerry's longtime agent), Jeff Bond and I digested along with dinner that first night in San Diego. And I think a few others joined us but I forget. I do not deliberately schedule CD releases to anniversary deaths because I think it is ghoulish but it just so happened that Cain's Hundred has come out almost to the day of the five-year-mark for Jerry. And it's super-obscure Jerry but oh so good and amazing what he did for just about everything he touched in his amazing life.
More later, always. Thanks all!