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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
Peter Bernstein
David Spear

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony

2006 Varèse Album Produced by:
Robert Townson
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(October 25th, 1990)


(February 28th, 2006)

Varèse Sarabande
(March 16th, 2006)
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The song compilations are regular U.S. releases, with several various re-pressings of the original Arista album containing the same music with slightly different cover art. The 'Lincoln' bootleg was widely traded on the secondary market, but holds no value after the 2006 release of the complete score by Varèse Sarabande in their Club series. 3,000 copies of the $20 Club CD were manufactured, and are available only through soundtrack specialty outlets.
The song "Ghostbusters" won a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. The score was nominated for a Grammy Award
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Buy it... on the Varèse Sarabande Club CD only if you're an Elmer Bernstein collector, a devoted fan of the film, or a worshipper of Gozer the Gozerian.

Avoid it... on the score-only albums if you're among most mainstream listeners who want only the songs (in which case the 2006 Arista re-release is for you).
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WRITTEN 3/31/06, REVISED 4/1/06
Ghostbusters: (Elmer Bernstein) Among the triumphs of director Ivan Reitman is the undeniably funny Ghostbusters, arguably the best that Harold Ramis and SNL alums Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray ever put to screen. From its unforgettable logo to its title song by Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters would outrun Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom at the box office in 1984, reaching earnings of over $200 million after initial studio panic over its bloated $32 million budget. For fans of paranormal comedies, Ghostbusters can't go wrong, with a plotline of 1980's New York serving as a focal point for the return of supernatural demons from another dimension. The city relies on a group of nerdy pseudo-scientists to save them from their chosen destruction at the hands of Zuul, Gozer the Gozerian, and, of course, the giant Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (though the suggestion of J. Edgar Hoover as the form of the destructor must have been awfully tempting, too). Everyone wanted a piece of the Ghostbusters pie, and aside from the sequel a few years later (still successful, but not astronomically so), the rights, the logo, and the title song were all embroiled in legal wrangling for a decade after the initial film's release. One aspect of the film that slipped by quietly without much notice was its underscore, and Reitman didn't have to call to a parallel dimension to find a composer. The comedy master of the early 1980's, Elmer Bernstein had already collaborated with Reitman half a dozen times, and he was assigned to Ghostbusters before any of the actors had been signed. Given his effectiveness in similar projects of the era and genre, the choice was never questioned, but as was an emerging case with many films of the 1980's, portions of the score were dumped in favor of pop songs. Ghostbusters went from being a score-only affair in Bernstein's original assignment to a film famous for its chart-topping songs and subsequent song album. With an Academy Award nomination for the title song and gold status for the pop album, Bernstein's score faded away into obscurity.

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1990 Arista Tracks   ▼Total Time: 37:38
• 1. Ghostbusters - performed by Ray Parker Jr. (4:03)
• 2. Cleanin' Up the Town - performed by The Bus Boys (2:58)
• 3. Savin' the Day - performed by Alessi Brothers (3:21)
• 4. In the Name of Love - performed by The Thompson Twins (3:18)
• 5. I Can Wait Forever - performed by Air Supply (5:07)
• 6. Hot Night - performed by Laura Branigan (3:18)
• 7. Magic - performed by Mick Smiley (4:18)
• 8. Main Title Theme from "Ghostbusters"* (2:58)
• 9. Dana's Theme* (3:30)
• 10. Ghostbusters (Instrumental Version) - performed by Ray Parker Jr. (4:47)
* score track by Elmer Bernstein
1998 'Lincoln' Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 59:46
2006 Arista/Legacy Tracks   ▼Total Time: 55:04
2006 Varèse Sarabande Tracks   ▼Total Time: 68:55

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The 2006 albums both include expanded information. The Arista/Legacy song compilation album features poor packaging, with the liner notes arranged backwards on adjacent pages and containing several uncharacteristic errors (maybe they were typos) by veteran soundtrack writer Didier C. Deutsch. No information about the score exists in those notes, either. The Varèse Sarabande album contains the usual high-quality level of information about both the film and score, including excerpts from interviews with Bernstein himself.
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I decided many years ago that if Gozer the Traveler were to come from the fourth dimension and ask me to choose the form of The Destructor, I'd go with a giant Slor or a large and moving Torg, just out of mere curiosity.
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