Halloween's Gravest Hits

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This isn't the end-all and be-all of Halloween-themed albums, but it is kind of charming, mainly for the way it mixes squeaky doors, thunderstorms, howling wind,and other creepy and ghostly sound effects between the musical tracks,and then closes out with several cuts of sinister sound effects. Song-wise, the most intriguing are a pair of sides by the Ghouls, "Dracula's Deuce" and "The Graveyard Shift," which are essentially the same song, although the former is an example of that rare sub-sub-genre of hot rod-horror-surf songs, of which, believe it or not, there are dozens of, most of them hailing from the early '60s. Other than that, this is the perfect set for a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This isn't the end-all and be-all of Halloween-themed albums, but it is kind of charming, mainly for the way it mixes squeaky doors, thunderstorms, howling wind,and other creepy and ghostly sound effects between the musical tracks,and then closes out with several cuts of sinister sound effects. Song-wise, the most intriguing are a pair of sides by the Ghouls, "Dracula's Deuce" and "The Graveyard Shift," which are essentially the same song, although the former is an example of that rare sub-sub-genre of hot rod-horror-surf songs, of which, believe it or not, there are dozens of, most of them hailing from the early '60s. Other than that, this is the perfect set for a Halloween party, but it's really more about creaking doors than it is "The Monster Mash."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099930747326
  • Catalog Number: 07473
  • Sales rank: 165,616

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thunderstorm (0:34)
  2. 2 Monster Mash - Don Hinson & the Rigamorticians (3:15)
  3. 3 The Twilight Zone - The Ventures (2:36)
  4. 4 Spooky Movies - Gary S. "Flip" Paxton (2:20)
  5. 5 Sqeaky Door Open & Close (0:15)
  6. 6 Dracula's Deuce - The Ghouls (2:03)
  7. 7 The Munsters Theme - Jack Marshall (2:13)
  8. 8 Castin' My Spell - Johnny Otis (2:10)
  9. 9 Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 1 (0:14)
  10. 10 Hearse with a Curse - Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos (2:30)
  11. 11 Werewolf - The Frantics (2:03)
  12. 12 Riboflavin-Flavored Non-Carbonated Polyunsaturated Blood - Don Hinson & the Rigamorticians (2:38)
  13. 13 Creaking Door (0:13)
  14. 14 The Lurch - Ted Cassidy (2:09)
  15. 15 Fear [Main Title from "One Step Beyond") - The Ventures (2:24)
  16. 16 The Graveyard Shift - The Ghouls (2:27)
  17. 17 Howling Winds (0:51)
  18. 18 The Stroke of Midnight (1:25)
  19. 19 Opening Castle Door (0:35)
  20. 20 Wrought Iron Gate Squeak & Close (0:08)
  21. 21 Stairs Creaking (0:56)
  22. 22 Squeak One (0:14)
  23. 23 Squeak Two (0:12)
  24. 24 Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 2 (0:34)
  25. 25 Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 3 (0:47)
  26. 26 Ghostly Sounds ,Pt. 4 (0:10)
  27. 27 Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 5 (0:07)
  28. 28 Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 6 (0:05)
  29. 29 Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 7 (0:07)
  30. 30 Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 8 (0:09)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Jack Marshall Composer
Leonard Capizzi Composer
Tom Recchion Art Direction, Drawing
David McEowen Mastering
Tom Wadsworth Composer
V. Mutulo Composer
R. Klimes Composer
M. Manning Composer
G. Usher Composer
G. Hodge Composer
B. Mosher Composer
Gary Paxton Composer
B. Pickett Composer
R. Christian Composer
R. Johnson Composer
S. Stone Composer
E. Johnson Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    From The Vaults Of Capitol Records...Or Should That Be Crypt?

    With Halloween quickly approaching, there are some very good CDs you can still get to get you into the mood. But if you don't like your Halloween "too gothicky", this CD is a can't miss. "Halloween's Gravest Hits" is a mostly surf rock collection of Halloween songs with lots of unnecessary sound effects. Still, you can't argue with a CD that has Ted Cassidy doing (what else?) "The Lurch" or Don Hinson and The Rigormorticians singing about "Ribloflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsurated Blood". No, I'm not making that up.

    Also highly recommended is "Halloween Hootenanny", which is pretty much the same only it has more alternative-rock songs. We can probably do without the Rob Zombie stuff but The Swinging Neckbreaker's "No Costume No Candy" is one of those great, lost garage rock songs just waiting to be heard. There's even more of that on "Halloween A Go-Go", assembled by Little Steven Van Zandt and his Underground Garage. This CD has a sprinkling of brilliant psychedelic (such as The Chesterfield Kings' "Running Through My Nightmares") as well as gutsy blues (in the form of Howlin' Wolf's "Howlin' For My Darlin'") concluding it with Donovan's dream-folk classic, "Season Of The Witch". With music like this good, you might be tempted to chuck your Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper albums in favor of this stuff.

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