Well, it is if that's your livelihood. Fifty unsold copies sitting around is $1,000 you're not making. Two-hundred and you're down $4,000. Is that a bad thing? To me, it would be!
Perhaps. But this isn't perishable food they're selling. Some of these titles are available for less time than it takes for a loaf of bread to go stale on the shelf.
Well if someone misses it they can always buy it on HDTracks for download. The other Encore releases seem to show up there as well. Perhaps they are just re-issuing them to remaster them one last time to prepare them for perpetual digital sales.
"I'm not writing for films so much nowadays because I can't take instruction from people I know don't know what they're talking about. But if I was an up-and-coming composer, I would have to do just that or not work in films." -John Scott
True words. Lovely score, too. This man ought to have been in the A-league.
I just finally received this from Varese. I was totally unfamiliar with the score; it's lovely and was well worth picking up! The sound quality on the disk unfortunately leaves something to be desired. It sounds a pit pinched and I'm hearing clipping (I think that's the right term...) on high volume parts of some of the tracks. Anyone else a little underwhelmed with the sound quality here?
The sound does have what people around here term 'a hot mastering', which is something Varese do at times, but it doesn't detract from my listening pleasure too much. This was one of my original (and only) 3 LP's that I had by John Scott back in the day, together with Greystoke and King Kong Lives. I imagine there are composers who could live to be 100 and not write a theme as sumptuous and breathtaking as this one. And this is just one of many from Scott's filmography. The theme dominates the CD, heraldic and uplifting in Sam Wins The Race and gritty with an added rhythm section kick in Start Of The Search. It's a well paced album, with Scott re-arranging the tracks to avoid repetition of the suspense cues or the Main Theme quotes. It reminds me of Bill Conti at times, recalling his work on Gloria and Prayer For The Dying (Conti replaced Scott on that one). This scores' main theme is probably more famous from it's temp use during the final moments of Die Hard than it's use in this little seen film.
I still have the LP - a little edgy (that characteristic digital edginess of the '80s) but with a smooth sounding system it's not so much of a problem and "Sam Wins the Race" is always one of my favorite John Scott pieces!