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 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

Ok everyone knows that I am a huge Trekkie and SciFi fan...but most people who know me well also know that I am equally a passionate Ghostbusters fan. That being said, and since I found myself watching the series on DVD (yes the entire series is availiable from Time Life) I was thinking about how cool it would be if one of the labels released the score by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy. I would be very excited!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 3:32 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I've always loved the music for The Real Ghostbusters. This and G.I. Joe are my most-wanted '80s cartoon soundtrack releases. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 30, 2012 - 3:54 PM   
 By:   thefirstxfilter   (Member)

Count on me for buy this score, if arrives smile I love every theme of the Real Ghostbusters score

 
 Posted:   Feb 3, 2012 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   Superman1701   (Member)

I hope one of the labels...perhaps LaLaLand can do this one? Most of the cues seem like they are a minute or so in length so they could fill a whole CD with just about everything from the show....and still have space left over. Even if it were limited to say 1300 copies, i know it would sell out fast as the Ghostbusters fan community (of which i am also a part of) would go nuts. Many fans have been asking for this for years...and theres even an online petition or two out there to try to get this out.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2015 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

Imagine if this was released as part of a Ghostbusters box? Extreme Ghostbusters would be a nice touch too.

The music for the series is my all time favorite Shuki Levy Score. A fan did manage to get an interview with Shuki Levy himself a few years back, I posted it in full below just for future FSM reference in case it is removed:





http://www.razyboard.com/system/morethread-rgb-soundtrack-petition-slimer-1556839-5036205-10.html

I have some great news!

For those of you that don't know, since the beginning of the year I have been trying to contact Shuki Levy in order to conduct an email interview with him. Shuki Levy was the one who composed the music for The Real Ghostbusters. His music was one of the major strengths of the show and was one of the things that made it so great.

Anyway, last week I sent another email to the webmaster at his website and today I received a response, and it's a positive one. The man himself has been nice enough to take the time to answer all of my questions.

Here's the full unedited interview:

Shuki Levy & The Real Ghostbusters

1. How did you get the job of creating the music for The Real Ghostbusters?
DIC sought my help as a composer. I had composed shows for them in the past and they enjoyed my music, so it seemed a natural fit.

2. Had you already seen the Ghostbusters film and what did you think of it?

I had scene the film prior to working on the series, and enjoyed it (like most of America).

3. The movie contains some great pop songs including Ray Parker Juniors popular theme tune and a terrific score by Elmer Bernstein. Were you at all influenced by the films music when composing the music for the show?

I tried to remain faithful to the feel of the original film score, but I made it my own by putting a younger spin on it.

4. Did DIC animation show you a promo, episodes of the show or any artwork before you began working on the music in order for you to gain an idea of what they wanted from you?

I was always given the script and shown the animation before I began composing… in other words, I composed to picture. The music organically evolved from what I saw happening in an episode.

5. Could you please explain the process you went through in order to create the music for the show?

I think that last question explained it. I will add that once the show had been running for a while, I put the music cues I’d created into a “bank” for the show. They were able to re-use certain cues in new scenes where appropriate, though I was still called upon to produce original music for most episodes.

6. Approximately how many pieces of music did you compose for the show?

A lot! I can’t even give you an approximate number, though, it was many years ago.

7. What type of equipment did you use to create the music for the show and which studio did you make the recordings at?

I did most of the music on a synthesizer keyboard at a small studio in Studio City, CA. I supplemented the music with live instruments, like electric guitar and vocals, from time to time.

8. Around how long were you working on the score music for The Real Ghostbusters?

6-7 weeks.

9. The end credits to the show list both you and your long time friend Haim Saban. What part did he play in the creation of the music?

Haim Saban was often co-credited as a composer on Saban projects. However, Haim never did any of the actual composing—he handled the business aspect of the music, and I handled the creative.

10. Are there any pieces of music which didn’t make it to the show?

Generally speaking, all of the music I composed made it onto the show. I can’t remember an instance where a piece was rejected.

11. Did you get any feedback from DIC animation while you were working on the music and what were they like to work with overall?

Animation was usually done by the time I was brought in to score an episode, so I didn’t have to work directly with the animators.

12. Did you ever watch the cartoon and what did you think of it?

I really enjoyed working on The Real Ghostbusters. The movie Ghostbusters was such a fun concept, so it was great to be a part of the animated version.

13. Saban owns a publishing catalogue of music from many shows. Does Saban also own the music which you created for The Real Ghostbusters? If not, who owns it and do you have any of the recordings in your possession?

I am not sure who currently owns the publishing for The Real Ghostbusters. Unfortunately, I don’t have music from every show in my archives… I have composed so much music over the years, it would be impossible to keep the score for every show I ever did. If I do run across any recordings from The Real Ghostbusters, I’ll be sure to pass them along to my webmaster to post on my site.

14. The score music which you recorded for The Real Ghostbusters is very much sought after by the fans and we all feel that it is a great shame that it has never been made available.

An online petition has been created asking for its release at the link below:

http://www.petitiononline.com/rgbmusic/petition.html

Will it ever be released on CD or available via download, perhaps on iTunes?

Unfortunately I do not own the rights to the music. The production company who currently owns the show would also own the right to release it.

15. I don’t know if you are aware but Time Life have officially announced that they are currently producing the complete collection of The Real Ghostbusters on DVD which will also contain a wealth of bonus material.

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Real-G … rmed/10021

It would be great if the music which you composed could make it to the DVD as part of this bonus material giving users the option to listen to each of the pieces in their entirety. Is there any way that your music could be released to Time Life so that they can use it as bonus material for the DVD?

Again, I do not own the rights to the music, so I have no say in whether or not it will be released on the DVD.

16. What is your overriding memory of scoring the music for The Real Ghostbusters and how do you feel about the music you created?

Every show I’ve composed holds a special place in my heart. I had fun working on The Real Ghostbusters.

17. What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently composing a musical called “Imagine This,” which will open in London’s West End at the New London Theatre on November 19. The website is www.imaginethisthemusical.com, if you’re interested in reading more about it. I also just directed a new family film called “Aussie and Ted.”

On behalf of the entire Ghostbusters fan community I thank you very much for taking part in this interview. I wish you every success in your current projects and the very best of luck for the future.

Thank you, I appreciate your interest in my music.

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2015 - 9:09 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

MV, I'm not sure if this was on your list of titles you wished you could put out one day or not?

 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2015 - 10:07 AM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

I myself am in the middle of the Time-Life boxset. I used to watch it all the time, but it seems it was mostly the syndicated episodes that were broadcast over here in the UK.

I'm now into the latter half of the series and the main thing I'm noticing is that the show is a lot more kiddie-like in its tone and Dave Coulier suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. It was a massive mistake to lose Lorenzo Music as Venkman and J. Michael Straczynski as showrunner.

But yeah, love the score. I have the cues that were ripped from music/fx tracks in this set but they're far from ideal. I'm sure someone said at one point that the masters are lost,

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 18, 2015 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I myself am in the middle of the Time-Life boxset. I used to watch it all the time, but it seems it was mostly the syndicated episodes that were broadcast over here in the UK.

I'm now into the latter half of the series and the main thing I'm noticing is that the show is a lot more kiddie-like in its tone and Dave Coulier suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. It was a massive mistake to lose Lorenzo Music as Venkman and J. Michael Straczynski as showrunner.

But yeah, love the score. I have the cues that were ripped from music/fx tracks in this set but they're far from ideal. I'm sure someone said at one point that the masters are lost,


Agreed on all of your points. Dave Coulier didn't fit Peter. And Slimer was best when he provides occasional comedic relief and not become the show's lead in the later seasons lol. The early seasons are the best and the score would make for a great release. My favorite episode of the whole series is Venkman's Ghosts repellers, I loved it any time they'd travel to another dimension and that had some great mystery cues. big grin

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2016 - 1:09 PM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

If you don't own this yet - its getting re-released for just $30!

https://www.amazon.com/Real-Ghostbusters-01-02-Set/dp/B01EPYJXL8/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1465589259&sr=8-12&keywords=real+ghostbusters

I'm guessing it's only The Real Ghostbusters only. None of the Slimer eps are on this one.



And still hoping the soundtrack will come out someday!

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2016 - 1:19 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

It's not the complete series, it's only about 50 random episodes, but they ARE from the first two, good, seasons.

I'm still going through the Time-Life set. It's quite rough going from season 4 onwards and they replaced Levi's music with something much more generically cartoony.

 
 Posted:   Jun 10, 2016 - 1:54 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Amnongst the changes made was a switch in composers.


There's actually two good videos on the good and then the bad later episodes:

The Good Episodes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z5Oc76joxo

The Bad Episodes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW51PDa_puE


"The Real Ghostbusters" scores on CD would be something I would certainly buy. He-Man didn't do anything for me, neither did "Inspect Gadget", but this did.

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2016 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)



I would love to stumble across this one day, even though it's only songs from the series.

Last sold for $100USD - incredible.

http://www.valueyourmusic.com/items/231917885697-real-ghostbusters-tv-show-soundtrack-cassette-polydor-rare-only-one-on-ebay

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2016 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

And you can listen to the whole thing here in case anyone is curious:
http://www.theraffon.net/~spookcentral/rgb_soundtrack.htm

I know it's been up for a while, just was surprised to see a copy of this sell only a couple of months ago.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2017 - 11:11 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

Just wanted to light a couple candles for this one, after hearing the results of the Star Trek the Animated Series score.

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2017 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

And in case the monkeys at LLL are reading:

 
 Posted:   Jan 18, 2017 - 2:03 PM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

Did someone say REAL GHOSTBUSTERS score?



 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2017 - 6:24 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

The Real Ghostbusters turns 31 today. If you missed out on this, you can read a fan interview with composer Shuki Levy from several years ago here:
http://www.razyboard.com/system/morethread-rgb-soundtrack-petition-slimer-1556839-5036205-10.html

DHXMedia in Canada currently owns the rights to the series music. I spoke with them on the phone last year and they said that the use of Ray Parker Junior's music in some of the series makes it difficult to release. I spoke with Linda Noelle Bush who handles all of their music exploitation rights.

Regardless of if we'll ever see a release of this great score there's a fan playlist on YouTube.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAEDE01F8010FEFB0

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2017 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Timothy J. Phlaps   (Member)

DHXMedia in Canada currently owns the rights to the series music. I spoke with them on the phone last year and they said that the use of Ray Parker Junior's music in some of the series makes it difficult to release. I spoke with Linda Noelle Bush who handles all of their music exploitation rights.

So the tapes exist and are in a known location? That's a big step up from all the negative news we keep hearing...

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2017 - 10:41 AM   
 By:   ryanpaquet   (Member)

DHXMedia in Canada currently owns the rights to the series music. I spoke with them on the phone last year and they said that the use of Ray Parker Junior's music in some of the series makes it difficult to release. I spoke with Linda Noelle Bush who handles all of their music exploitation rights.

So the tapes exist and are in a known location? That's a big step up from all the negative news we keep hearing...


I never got confirmation of tapes - just that the exploitation rights are complicated. You can always call and ask.

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2017 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   litefoot   (Member)

DHXMedia in Canada currently owns the rights to the series music. I spoke with them on the phone last year and they said that the use of Ray Parker Junior's music in some of the series makes it difficult to release. I spoke with Linda Noelle Bush who handles all of their music exploitation rights.

So the tapes exist and are in a known location? That's a big step up from all the negative news we keep hearing...


I never got confirmation of tapes - just that the exploitation rights are complicated. You can always call and ask.


Hope springs eternal.

 
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