Ghostbusters – Original Soundtrack Album (Vinyl Japan, remastered vs CD vs 24/96)

One of the current question is: what is the best edition of an album, on vinyl, on digital, or both? Who never asks the question.

For example, we can have several hundred version for the same album, and it is impossible to describe all of them. In this article, we have chosen a few versions of this album to compare them. 

The idea is to test different editions of the same album in order to find the bests editions which, according to their characteristics (technical or non-technical), will be able to meet your expectations. Indeed, the criteria of choice can change from one person to another, that is why the best for one is not necessarily the best for another.

For this, we will rely on listening and measures that will highlight the characteristics of an album.

The device used for playing the vinyl is composed of a modified Pro-ject RPM 5.1 turntable with a  Acrylic platter and an external motor driven by a Pro-ject speed box controller.

The Moving Coil Cartridge is an Audio Technica AT33PTG2 connected to a Clone Pass XOno preamp (described in this blog) with bandwidth linearization of the cartridge.

You can also listen to some samples to do your own opinion. To facilitate comparaison during listening, the different samples of editions are adjusted at the same level.

The soundtrack of the famous movie Ghostbuster will be used to illustrate the first review of different editions for the same album.

 Vinyl And Digital Releases : Ghostbusters – Original Soundtrack Album

The soundtrack of the movie GhostBusters (SOS fantômes) was released in 1984. The music was composed by Elmer Bernstein and the famous main theme by Ray Parker Jr. The main theme performed by Ray Parker Jr. was released on August 11, 1984 and stayed for 3 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

The album includes the following tracks: 

Face A
1. Ghostbusters – Ray Parker Jr.
2. Cleanin’ Up the Town – The Bus Boys
3. Savin’ the Day – Alessi
4. In the Name of Love – Thompson Twins
5. I Can Wait Forever – Air Supply

Face B
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 Version) – Ray Parker Jr.


Review of the editions:

Ed1 : Vinyl from Japan ARISTA ref  25RS-232 (1984)

Ed2 : Vinyl  ARISTA ref : 88843082871 (remastered in 2014)

Ed3 : Hi-Res Digital files 24bits 96 kHz (remastered in 2014)

Ed4 : CD Arista Records : ref 258720 released in 1984

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