I was planning on organizing that closet when I got home, but fate had other plans and stuck me at Bellevue for a few extra hours. T'was a dedicated mux, which normally don't need repeater shelves, but the Ugnauts in Engineering decided to give this one a repeater shelf. I went to 37th Street to get cards, they didn't have any so I had to go all the way up to 56th Street (Bellevue is on 28th Street). It wasn't a particularly difficult job, just time-consuming and tedious. On the other hand, I will be paid handsomely for it, so I couldn't really object too much.
On the way back to the subway, however, I made one of those wonderful New York discoveries; a little Tex-Mex hole in the wall where the food was absolutely delicious. The guys that run it are clearly doing so because they love cooking. They gave me free food and everything.
Upon my arrival home, what should I find waiting for me but my copy of Ghostbusters, and I am now listening to Elmer Bernstein's brilliant score for the first time (well, legally, anyway)! I was expecting the album to sound better than those two crappy bootlegs I had (one sounded slightly better than the other), but the uneven sound quality of Stripes kept me from getting my hopes up to high about the audio on this disc, but I shouldn't have worried because it sounds great. A pretty dry recording, to be sure, but when it opens up, there's a lot of power there.
Varese Sarabande is closing the gap on the great Bernstein scores of the 80s what with this, Stripes and Spacehunter. I'm still waiting for a full Animal House and Airplane!, of course, but I'm happy to see that these scores are finally getting their due. Furthermore, it also fills a major hole in the orchestral onslaught of the 80s in general, although the CD book prattles off a list of other major scores of the era that remain unreleased, Bill Conti's The Karate Kid, Dave Grusin's The Goonies and probably the most popular unreleased score of the era, Alan Silvestri's splendid Back to the Future. Yes, I have bootlegs of all three of these, as well as Airplane!, but they feature inferior sound (particularly Back to the Future) and in the case of the first two are also woefully incomplete.
One thing though...
"It's 'Zuul.' Not 'Zool.'
Everybody knows that."
My first lazy night in a while...