49 Days till Halloween
by, 09-12-2013 at 07:45 PM (330 Views)
49 Days till Halloween
Onward through the Novelty folder. Yikes … Just did a little scan of my folders, and I’ve only listened to about one-third of them. Dang. To speed things up, I might actually skip tracks I’ve heard at least 3 times already. Except Monster Mash.
Goodman and Ramal - The Monster Album (1964) – This has some old favorites like “Monster Mash” and “Purple People Eater”, along with some modified pop songs like “Blood and Butter” and my favorite, “The Ghoul From Ipanema”. And some originals like “Frankenstein Meets the Beetles”. It isn’t bad … not laugh-out-loud funny stuff, but fun stuff.
Halloween Fright Nite (2007) – I can’t find much about this on the internets. Not sure where I got this. It appears to be from Wanda Records. It’s a very good collection of novelty songs – I’m familiar with most of them, but there are a few I haven’t – such as Sheb Wooley’s “Luke the Spook”, Spike Jones’ “Spooky Spooky Lend Me Your Tomb”, and Boots Walker’s “They’re Here”. I like Heywood Banks’ “Halloween” song. Nice to see that somebody’s still marketing this stuff.
Hans Conried and Alice Pearce - Monster Rally (1959) – Hard to believe, but this came out BEFORE Bobby Boris Pickett got the whole monster craze going. You should recognize Conried’s voice – he was the voice of Captain Hook in Disney’s “Peter Pan”, and Snidely on “Rocky and Bullwinkle”. Pearce was the Gladys the neighbor on television’s “Bewitched”. The music here can be described as “zany”. I like “Mostly Ghostly”, “The Thing”, and “The Invisible Man” the most. All the lyrics are pretty clever, except here’s “Purple People Eater” again – ugh.
Monster Christmas Mash (1974) – from Peter Pan Records - I knew I had another Monster Christmas record from way way back. Wow – this one is just not very good. I’m sure there’s a story I’m supposed to be following, but the whole thing is so inane. OK – this is awful.
Sheldon Allman - Folk Songs for the 21st Century (1960) – Now we’re talkin’. Allman was a singer/actor who was pretty active on TV in the 60’s and 70’s. According to Wikipedia, he also composed two musicals with Bobby Boris Pickett. (I did not know that – I’m gonna have to find out more about that.) This album has sci-fi themes, and the lyrics are very clever and witty. I love “Crawl Out Through the Fallout” and “Schizophrenic Baby” the most. This is a great album, but not quite as great as …
Sheldon Allman - Sing Along With Drac (1960) – I LOVE THIS ALBUM. Allman’s vampire voice is far too deep to resemble Lugosi, but he sounds terrific. Done as an old time nightclub show, it features Allman singing with piano and drums accompanying. The lyrics are really funny and often gruesome. “These Ghoulish Things Behind Me Were You” and “Children’s Day at the Morgue” are my favorite, but the whole thing is just classy and funny.
Spike Jones - A Spooktacular in Screaming Sound (1959) – Another spectacular novelty album. I love the whole thing, though “My Old Flame” is my favorite. Good use of stereo effects, too.
Zacherley - Dinner with Zach (1990) – Zacherley started as a local TV/radio host in Philadelphia and New York, though he’s famous beyond that now. Not sure of the date of this release … could it have been a re-release? These sure don’t sound like they were recorded in 1990. He’s 94 now… hang in there. His songs are pretty fun, he sings well, and his chuckle is iconic. Fun songs with clever lyrics. Love “Happy Halloween”, with one of the most blood-curdling screams ever in every chorus. Of course, “Coolest Little Monster” is great, too. And the title track is awesome. And “Igor”, which sounds just like the title track, is funny, too.
Zacherley - Spook Along With Zacherley (1960) – Lots of great songs on this one … several were on the album I just heard, which might have been sort of a “Greatest Hits” deal. There are only a couple of duds – “Ring-A-Ding Orangoutang” and “Transylvania P.T.A.”.
Zacherley - Zacherley's Monster Mash Party (1962) – Lots of repeats here from the 1960 album, too. Oh well. Hey, “Monster Mash”! Again … hang in there, Zacherley. “Scary Tales From Mother Goose” is cute. Zacherley has a real talent for poetry … especially limericks.
I should hit the “Kids” section … that’ll help.
Carol Darr and Mark Masuoka - Halloween Party Instructions & Story (1975) – Side A of this little record has instructions (from Mark, presumably) describing how to turn a room into a haunted house for you to tour your friends through. Good, old-school fun. It describes all the old tricks … the warm spaghetti, the jar full of grapes … fun stuff.
Classroom Materials Company – Halloween (2000) – A short collection of stories and poems read by famous people. Readers include Ruby Dee and Bob McFadden. There are two long stories … “Little Ghost Godfrey” and “Horace the Happy Ghost”. Clearly geared toward kids, it isn’t a bad listen – nothing scary.
Columbia Playtime Records - Spooky Music For Spooky Occasions (1950) – Talk about old-school. This is an mp3 made from an old record played at 78 RPM. Just a little organ playing a couple of scary songs – the second is reminiscent of “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. The first, you hear everywhere in scary music, but I don’t know its origin.
Count Chocula, Frankenberry & Boo Berry - Cereal Flexi (1979) – Sweet. (See what I did there?) The first track is “Monster Adventures in Outer Space” where they are saving the Teddy Bears on the planet Moxy? The second is “The Monsters Go Disco” – the narrator sounds a lot like Orson Welles. I think I remember seeing these as a kid, but I don’t remember listening to them. Pretty cute.
Erica Frost - I Can Read About Ghosts (1977) – From Troll Records. It has the “turn-the-page” beeps, so maybe it should be under books & records. Nice little story about a young ghost who isn’t very scary to the folks living in his castle, but manages to be scary when called upon.
Up to 36% done now. I still doubt I’ll be able to finish unless I start listening to this stuff as I go to sleep at night. But this “Kids” folder might go pretty fast. And 6% in one day is really good … but almost everything I listened to was mp3s of old albums that were rarely more than 30 minutes long – and some were MUCH shorter.