Halloween's Gravest Hits

Halloween's Gravest Hits

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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 See more details below

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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."

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
5099930747326
catalogNumber:
07473

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Tracks

  1. Thunderstorm
  2. Monster Mash
  3. The Twilight Zone
  4. Spooky Movies
  5. Sqeaky Door Open & Close
  6. Dracula's Deuce
  7. The Munsters Theme
  8. Castin' My Spell
  9. Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 1
  10. Hearse with a Curse
  11. Werewolf
  12. Riboflavin-Flavored Non-Carbonated Polyunsaturated Blood
  13. Creaking Door
  14. The Lurch
  15. Fear [Main Title from "One Step Beyond")
  16. The Graveyard Shift
  17. Howling Winds
  18. The Stroke of Midnight
  19. Opening Castle Door
  20. Wrought Iron Gate Squeak & Close
  21. Stairs Creaking
  22. Squeak One
  23. Squeak Two
  24. Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 2
  25. Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 3
  26. Ghostly Sounds ,Pt. 4
  27. Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 5
  28. Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 6
  29. Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 7
  30. Ghostly Sounds, Pt. 8

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Halloween's Gravest Hits 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
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.