2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the iconic 1980's move "Ghostbusters" & its classic soundtrack.
This x10 trk, 120gm, LP Vinyl format is being reissued after a long time out of print & is limited to 1k units.
1. Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.)
2. Cleanin' Up The Town (The Bus Boys)
3. Savin' The Day (Alessi Brothers)
4. In The Name Of Love (Thompson Twins)
5. I Can Wait Forever (Air Supply)
6. Hot Night (Laura Branigan)
7. Magic (Mick Smiley)
8. Main Title Theme - Ghostbusters (Elmer Bernstein)
9. Dana's Theme (Elmer Bernstein)
10. Ghostbusters (Instrumental) (Ray Parker Jr.)
Vinyl LP £17.99 88843082871
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8/10 Kris Coleman 31st October 2014
First thing's first.'Ghosbusters' is my favourite film of all-time.I recall the comfort I used to get in the late eighties cosy-ing up under a duvet and watching it when I wasn't well and was off school,something that I still do to this day,although 'school' is now work and the 'wasn't well' bit is now a hangover.A completely unique "why didn't anybody think of this before?" story line coupled with an effortlessly brilliant performance from Bill Murray and high calibre turn-outs from the late Harold Ramis,Dan Ackroyd and Sigourney Weaver to boot!
So what of the soundtrack? Well we all know the main theme,perhaps too well,but let us blame not Ray Parker Jr for this and rather years of cliched halloweens,it's till a great tune after all.Track 2 on the lp is 'cleanin' up the town' by the Bus Boys who some of us will remember from other cult early 80's VHS's such as Eddie Murphy's 'Delirious' (what on earth is the drummer wearing in that?!!) It's an upbeat jazzy jig with narrative-friendly lyrics used in the movie to the compliment the distinctive sirens of the 'Ecto 1' as the boys head out on there first call.Next up is 'Savin' The Day' by the Alessi Brothers whom I had never heard of outside of this soundtrack but nevertheless provide one of the highlights of the movie and soundtrack with a motivational slice of contemporary synth-pop,a theme very much continued by The Thompson Twins' 'In The Name Of Love' as the the next track on the lp.To close side A is a song by Air Supply which only appears in the movie for about three seconds and sounds like a something Whitney Houston might have sung at the time.
Flip over to side two and kicking things off is 'Hot Night' by Laura Branigan,another distinctly 'of the time' piece of pop-rock.Sounds like something that James Ferraro might have sampled and smudged to nostalgic effect back in 2010.The second track on side two is for me the best on the whole soundtrack.It's 'Magic' by Mick Smiley and it has everything going for it.A sort of darker electro/synth-pop tune that is used in one of the iconic scenes of the film where everything is going a bit spooky and borderline serious,it is also a great stand-alone track which was to be sampled in heart-warming style in the early noughties by downtempo enthusiasts Bent.After that is the main theme and possibly the only part of the soundtrack chronology that I find slightly contestable,or maybe that's just because it sounds a bit naff after the wonderful 'Magic'.'Dana's Theme' harks back to the start of the film with and instrumental orchestral number which wouldn't sound out of place on Peter Broderick's 'Float'.The instrumental version of Ray Parker Jr's 'Ghostbusters' closes the lp adequately.
It's difficult to rate this soundtrack without bias given its precious place in my own personal history,infact I initially had it 9/10 but was forced to revise it when I considered other movie soundtracks which the Normans' have rated 8/10 in the past.
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