Positive response to a slew of titles so far this year has created a rewarding platform from which we'll be soon celebrating 30 years of making music. There's a lot going on, too. Look forward soon to great premieres from that priceless "Golden Age" as well as goodies of a more recent vintage.
In the erratum department, our current release of Judge Dredd qualifies for correction. Upon making all the requisite clearances for rights to include the "trailer" cue, the recording we ended up with for insertion at the close of CD 1 turned out not to be the soundtrack version but that which Joel McNeely prepared for Varese Sarabande way back when. We've held back on selling further copies while correcting the mistake. I contacted VP Robert Townson at Varese and his empathy and graciousness was much appreciated. Bob and I have a nice relationship that goes back to our origins, with him guiding our sales into Canada and us sitting in my living room listening to music together and sharing all manner of dreams. We continue to write each other about our comings and goings, to wit, his latest being a whirlwind trip to Poland in just a matter of days for no less than four concerts, then a quick return here for yet another performance in June. I remain grateful to him in many ways.
In the bizarre department, one of our upcoming Universal/UMG titles has been announced - prematurely - by, quite literally, a thief. Upon our licensing and having manufactured the title, it appears someone on the "inside" gained access to our product before it was delivered to us and attempted to sell copies via eBay on his/her own. Skimming off the top, as they say. All parties involved are working now to handle the affair. Obviously this person is in need of disciplinary action, i.e., being fired from whatever position they hold... and keelhauled.
It all makes for a week that feels just plain weird. I'm okay if we don't have another one like it for awhile. In any case, pretend next week's announcement of Jaws 3-D comes as a total surprise to you. At least its companion release should be ... knock on wood.