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|Tom Recchion||Art Direction, Drawing|
Posted October 1, 2010
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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.