Halloween a Go-Go

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After compiling a handful of volumes of garage rock nuggets for Wicked Cool Records' Coolest Songs in the World series, Little Steven Van Zandt gets into a seasonal mood with his disc, which features 15 songs suitable for Halloween listening. How Van Zandt was able to put together a collection of spooky tunes without a single song by the Cramps or the Misfits defies logic, and there are a few songs here that seem truly out of place. Van Zandt has finally included a cut by his boss Bruce Springsteen on one of his comps, but "Restless Nights" (an outtake from the sessions for The River) hardly sounds like prime spook house material, and as great a tune as Carl Perkins' "Put ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
After compiling a handful of volumes of garage rock nuggets for Wicked Cool Records' Coolest Songs in the World series, Little Steven Van Zandt gets into a seasonal mood with his disc, which features 15 songs suitable for Halloween listening. How Van Zandt was able to put together a collection of spooky tunes without a single song by the Cramps or the Misfits defies logic, and there are a few songs here that seem truly out of place. Van Zandt has finally included a cut by his boss Bruce Springsteen on one of his comps, but "Restless Nights" (an outtake from the sessions for The River) hardly sounds like prime spook house material, and as great a tune as Carl Perkins' "Put Your Cat Clothes On" is, it's way too upbeat for this company (unless you read it as an encouragement to put on your trick or treating costume). For the most part, though, Halloween a Go-Go spans genres and decades with style -- Howlin' Wolf truly lives up to his name on "Howlin' for My Darlin'," legendary horror host John Zacherley gets suitably crazy on the classic "Dinner with Drac," the Pretty Things deliver some primo psychedelia with the moody "Walking Through My Dreams," Roky Erickson sounds like he means just what he says when he sings "I Walked with a Zombie," the Minus Five bring out the rock on "Lies of the Living Dead," the Chesterfield Kings, the Fuzztones, and the Stems lead the charge for modern day garage monsters, and while Donovan might seem a bit lightweight for this crowd, "Season of the Witch" closes out the set with a truly fitting note of dread. Halloween a Go-Go is far from the definitive horror rock collection, but it's better than most compilations following this template, and there's a welcome stylistic variety that should appeal to the thinking ghoul's tastes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Wicked Cool Record
  • UPC: 856385001794
  • Catalog Number: 500179
  • Sales rank: 140,488

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Had Too Much Dream - The Electric Prunes (2:56)
  2. 2 Restless Nights - Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (3:41)
  3. 3 Running Through My Nightmares - Chesterfield Kings (3:57)
  4. 4 I'm the Wolfman - The Fuzztones (3:19)
  5. 5 Howlin' for My Darlin' - Howlin' Wolf (2:31)
  6. 6 Lies of the Living Dead - The Minus 5 (2:30)
  7. 7 I Walked with a Zombie - Roky Erickson & the Aliens (2:42)
  8. 8 Man with the X-Ray Eyes - Jarvis Humby (2:54)
  9. 9 I Am a Demon and I Love Rock N Roll - Sweatmaster (2:40)
  10. 10 Walking with a Ghost - Tegan and Sara (2:28)
  11. 11 She's a Monster - Stems (2:49)
  12. 12 Put Your Cat Clothes On - Carl Perkins (2:47)
  13. 13 Dinner with Drac, Pt. 1 - John Zacherle (2:54)
  14. 14 Walking Through My Dreams - The Pretty Things (3:34)
  15. 15 Season of the Witch - Donovan (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hubert Sumlin Guitar
Roky Erickson Vocals
Jerry Lee Lewis Piano
Shawn Phillips Sitar
Bruce Springsteen Guitar, Vocals
Clarence Clemons Background Vocals
Phil May Vocals
Duane Aslaksen Guitar
Andy Babiuk Bass
Roy Bittan Keyboards, Background Vocals
Steve Burgess Bass
Howlin' Wolf Vocals
Danny Federici Keyboards
Fuzzy Furioso Drums
Dave Heard Bass
Hosea Lee Kennard Piano
S.P. Leary Drums
Andre Lewis Keyboards
Abe Locke Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Perkins Bass
Greg Prevost Vocals
Rudi Protrudi Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Preston Ritter Drums
Garry Tallent Bass
Mark Tulin Bass, Keyboards
Steven Van Zandt Guitar, Vocals
Wally Allen Waller Bass, Vocals
Max Weinberg Drums
James Lowe Autoharp, Tambourine, Vocals
Bobby Ray Bass
Matt Sharp Keyboards
Phil Arriagada Guitar, Vocals
Chris Harlock Bass
Smokey Smothers Guitar
Dom Mariani Guitar, Vocals
Bill Miller Autoharp
Chris Carlson Bass
Ken Williams Guitar
Gary Chambers Drums
Tegan Quin Guitar, Vocals
Sara Quin Guitar, Vocals
Mike Boise Drums
Richard Lane Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer, Producer
Roky Erickson Composer
Bruce Springsteen Composer, Producer
Scott McCaughey Composer, Personnel
Phil May Composer
Andy Babiuk Composer, Producer
Peter Buck Personnel
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Stu Cook Producer
David Hassinger Producer
Bernie Lowe Producer
Mickie Most Producer
John Povey Composer
Greg Prevost Composer, Producer
Rudi Protrudi Producer
Bill Rieflin Personnel
Norman Smith Producer
Steven Van Zandt Producer
Wally Allen Waller Composer
Sam Phillips Producer
John Ramberg Personnel
David Carswell Producer
Martin Feveyear Engineer
Nancie Mantz Composer
Dom Mariani Composer
Annette Tucker Composer
John Collins Producer
Howard Redekopp Producer
Baker Knight Composer
Tegan Quin Composer
Sara Quin Composer
Sweatmaster Composer
Alex Saltz Mastering
Little Steven Executive Producer
Louis Arzonico Artwork
Chester Burnett Composer
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