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I can't believe the other review on here gave this album only three stars!! This album is a classic that I grew up on. It is truly great. From the title track to great tracks from the Thompson Twins and Laura Brannigan this is truly a fantastic addition to the eighties lexicon.
What some people forget is that Ghostbusters truly was one of those moments of the eighties that those of us who grew up on the movies of that era remember as defining a whole style of music and soundtrack. The title track itself has become so overplayed I don't think I know anyone who doesn't think it is a classic. I think one only has to look at its use in commercials those days, from 118 188 to car adverts, its tune is unmissable. The cool thing about this album is that is not only contains the original Ray Parker Jr track, but an instrumental version as well!
This is the soundtrack album to the highly successful Ghostbusters movie from 1984 which contains the following songs. (I have also listed the bonus tracks available on other releases of the album, also certain Amazon listings give incorrect artist details so I have cleared up the confusion here. The IMDB.com soundtrack listing does not list either of the Elmer Bernstein tracks).
01 - Ray Parker Jr - Ghostbusters (4:07)
This song was a huge hit spending time at #1 in the US and reaching #2 in the UK, Ray Parker Jr was eventually sued by Huey Lewis for plagiarism of his song "I want a new drug" which was the musical basis for this tune. Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac was also approached to write a theme song for Ghostbusters but turned the offer down.
02 - Bus Boys - Cleanin' Up The Town (3:00).
Used behind the Ghostbusters 1st journey to their 1st proper bust (the "We got one" scene), most people don't actually realise the track wasn't just an intrumental as its only the instrumental piano hook that was used in the movie. Certain listings attribute this track to Kevin O'Neal.
03 - Alessi - Savin' The Day (3:24)
Used behind the Ghostbusters big entrance to Spook Central, this is another one that most people don't realise isn't an instrumental as the only section used was the electro style middle section. A song very much of its time written to appeal to the electro & breakdance markets. Certain listings attribute this track to Bobby Alessi.
04 - The Thompson Twins - In The Name Of Love (3:20)
Used very briefly in a scene with Ray & Winston in Ecto 1. This had already been a hit 2 years earlier and also featured on the soundtrack of Valley Girl. It was also the title of The Thompson Twins 1st album to be released in the US. Certain listings attribute this track to Tom Bailey (who is the lead singer and main writer for The Thompson Twins).
05 - Air Supply - I Can Wait Forever (5:10)
Very much of the time, a lot like "Glory Of Love" by Peter Cetera or "Your the inspiration" by Chicago (co-written by Peter Cetera funnily enough), a great soft rock ballad of the time. Certain listings attribute this track to Graham Russell.
06 - Laura Branigan - Hot Night (3:22)
Brannigan was probably better known for "Self Control" or "Gloria" but this great song (with an excellent guitar break) deserves to be better known. Certain listings attribute this track to Diane Warren who co-wrote the track with Steve Angelica (referred to as "The Doctor" on the IMDB.com listing).
07 - Mick Smiley - Magic (4:22)
A very Genesis style keyboard backed track, I think this was used behind scenes after all the ghosts are released and just before Louis Tully & Dana are gotten by the dogs over images of the New York skyline.
08 - Elmer Bernstein - Main Title Theme (3:01)
Possibly one of my favourite tracks on the soundtrack, a great upbeat piano backed brass track that is played behind Venkman dancing around the fountain after meeting Dana from rehearsal (right before he says the line "I love this town", fairly near the start). It's very reminiscent of tracks from musicals like Chicago or Cabaret and is probably one of Elmer Bernsteins best pieces of work only equalled by "Joining The Army" from another Bill Murray movie - Stripes.
09 - Elmer Bernstein - Dana's Theme (3:33)
If you own the standard version of the album this is the final track, another nice calm Bernstein penned piece featuring a very quiet orchestra. This may be the piece her orchestra are practicing near the start of the movie.
10 - Ray Parker Jr - Ghostbusters (Instrumental Version) (4:49)
A bonus track if you own one of the longer versions of the album, just a slighter longer instrumental only version of the Ray Parker Jr song. This was included in some versions of the release as a standard track.
11 - The Trammps - Disco Inferno (Bonus Track) (10:58)
Another bonus track if you own one of the longer versions of this, and the longest track on the album. This one seems to go on forever.
12 - Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters (12 inch Single Remix) (Bonus Track) (6:04)
Another bonus track giving you the 12 inch remix of the Ray Parker Jr track.
The only real minus against this album is you might be hard to pushed to recognise the full versions of these tracks from the snippets you hear of them as featured in the movie as quite a lot of them are used as intrumental backing behind various scenes.
(this review also appears on Ciao)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Ghostbusters - Parker, Ray Jr.
2 Cleanin' Up The Town - Bus Boys
3 Savin' The Day - Alessi
4 In The Name Of Love - Thompson Twins
5 I Can Wait Forever - Air Supply
6 Hot Night - Branigan, Laura
7 Magic - Smiley, Mick
8 Ghostbusters - Bernstein, Elmer
9 Dana's Theme - Bernstein, Elme