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Ghost
(1990)
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1990 Varèse
1995 Milan
Album 2 Cover Art
Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
Maurice Jarre

Song Performed by:
The Righteous Brothers
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(July 24th, 1990)

Milan Records
(October 24th, 1995)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Both albums were regular U.S. releases, though the 1990 Varèse Sarabande album is out of print.
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Nominated for an Academy Award.




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Buy it... if you would be satisfied with eight minutes of "Unchained Melody" (vocal and instrumental) and four minutes of a classic Maurice Jarre theme.

Avoid it... if you desire extended performances of either of those themes or want a compilation of songs from the Righteous Brothers era.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #365
WRITTEN 4/24/03, REVISED 3/26/09
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Ghost: (Maurice Jarre) It's hard to associate anything related to the movie Ghost without thinking of Demi Moore, sexually suggestive pottery, or the song "Unchained Melody." Moore and the controversial pottery aside, the tale of promised love and protection became a hit in 1990 partly because of the prominent use of "Unchained Melody" during several scenes in the film. As a story, Ghost is not the typical romantic comedy, hindered by death, melancholy, and remorse. And yet, the mysticism of Sam and Molly's love story was partly elevated to the level of cult status by the film's music. The score rises from the depths of Maurice Jarre's long and storied career, and many casual fans will be able to recognize Jarre's own theme for the film along with the major song adaptation. Some people forget that "Unchained Melody" was written for the film Unchained by composer Alex North, and the offshoot of that original instrumental writing was the Righteous Brothers performance that became famous for decades to follow. The use of the Righteous Brothers song in the film, while definitely the reason why masses of the world's population rushed to the stores for many years to buy the album, is even overshadowed by North's own instrumental version of the "Unchained Melody" theme, which is more true to the original spirit of the composition and appears in the film as well. Film score collectors can make fun of pottery all they want, but nothing will cause Jarre's effort to stand at the same level as the song. That said, Jarre's score is an interesting study in and of itself, combining an early North-like orchestral simplicity of lofty string theme with an often curious and disjointed effort to fill in the remainder of the underscore with electronics. The resulting combination is one that fans found displeasing to an extent on album, causing Ghost to become one of the easiest used-CD bin finds in the history of soundtracks (and a price of $1 for new copies in the 2000's). Aside from saying that North's instrumental version of the "Unchained Melody" song is equal to the vocal performance, there isn't much that can be said about the song that isn't already widely known.

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Average: 3.34 Stars
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plz any who feel my feelings
moon - June 19, 2004, at 7:57 p.m.
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The last great theme of Jarre's career? Hardly.
Christian Kühn - April 28, 2003, at 5:39 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1990 Varèse Sarabande Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 38:37
• 1. Unchained Melody - performed by Righteous Brothers (3:39)
• 2. Ghost (7:24)
• 3. Sam (5:33)
• 4. Ditto (3:19)
• 5. Carl (4:06)
• 6. Molly (6:17)
• 7. Unchained Melody - instrumental version composed by Alex North and Hy Zaret) (4:00)
• 8. End Credits (4:16)
1995 Milan Records Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:44

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The 1990 Varèse Sarabande insert includes no extra information about the score or film, though the 1995 Milan version includes liner notes by Daniel Schweiger. All tracks on the 1995 album were digitally remastered.
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