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Final October Favorites

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 31, 2007 10:00pm | Post a Comment


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APPY    ALL    HALLOWS    EVE


OK, so the day has finally arrived...All Hallows Eve...Devils Night...So my final three suggestions for listening pleasures this wicked evening are here as well...

First, I'll break ranks and suggest a compact disc.  Not just a compact disc but a compact disc single, CD5, whatever...In 1997, the visionaries @ K-Tel came up with the idea to release a novelty single for the Halloween season by none other than Chubby Checker...Maybe they had seen his half-time extravaganza with the Rockettes back in '88 and, that being pretty scary, they thought he could pull of the Halloween thing. The tracks- Doin' The Zombie, House of Horror, The Twist, & Screams From Beyond rival the Fat Boys collaboration on the scare-o-meter (of course none of these tracks come close to the Fat Boys collaboration that the Beach Boys did, or worse yet Mike Love's "Rock n Roll Again" LP where he helps butcher some older songs...check out "Walk Away Renee" by the Association, Midi/Yamaha DX7 frights from hell...anyhow I digress)




Next is an album I've selected purely for the cover. Don Shirley's "Orpheus in the Underworld" on Cadence Records, 1956...


Considering how polite and restrained Don's piano work is, his painting on the cover is quite surprising. Very wicked indeed.  A beautiful shellac original, in the future I will do a bit on Cadence Records. The label history is quite interesting and earlier releases such as this gives other labels known for their lavish packaging, such as Liberty and Atlantic, a run for their money...




Finally, we have "Barbara, the Grey Witch"...

Released sometime in the very early 70's on LA label DEA, this release bears similarities to the Louise Huebner classic in that there are incantations over crazed music and much 'feminist' power type talk.  I'm hoping that the Producer, Ed Hansen, is the same fellow who Directed Eroticize (the full nude workout VHS classic featuring Kitten Navidad, Phil do you have a copy?). My copy of this double LP has an axe mark (a little accident a couple of years ago) that makes one side unplayable, so I'll be accepting gifts of both Barbara and the Chubby Checker CD (as I only have a burn of that release). You can see where the axe hit the record on the front cover, below her left arm...I've got to go now,  enjoy your Samhain, however you must...




Oct Favorites pt. 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 28, 2007 12:00pm | Post a Comment
 

The second installment in my October favorites series starts with an opera LP from Brazil, it's a single LP of excerpts from Johann Strauss' "O Morcego" or "Der Fledermaus" or "the Bat" if you must.  Issued on the Copacabana label, the sound quality is radio broadcast level and the performance by the Zurich Radio Orchestra is fine, but it's the cover art that makes this a Halloween treat. Cool record store sticker from the Loja Gomes store on Av. Afonso Pena. It appears that the store was once in the center of Belo Horizonte-a huge city about 300 miles above Rio...





Up next...a classic American mix



Folkways and Edgar Allen Poe...Folkways records released this version of the Pit & the Pendulum in 1967, the orator is David Kurlan.  I was abe to dig up a little about  his Broadway work, mostly roles in musicals. He also did a couple of other Folkways voice overs. His reading is straight forward and very effective, kind of like the polar opposite of the Lou Reeds double CD nightmare based on Edgar Allan Poe. The LP comes with a small pamphlet containing instructions for teachers as well a sheet of transparency images for the old mimeograph...





And finally, to round out your night of frights, "The Rite of Exorcism"...on the Crunch Records label.  We will have to forgive those at Crunch for their lack of artistry when it comes to their logo and label.  The design would better suit a community college athletic department, thus breaking the Lance Rock "sports and music NEVER mix" rule, with which I am in complete accord.  Anyhow, the LP starts off with some amazing Satan Fuzz Funk and jumps right into a poor fellows discovery of an Exorcism taking place in a church alongside a lonesome road that he has had the misfortune to be traveling down...some guys have all the luck...There's more musical interludes including a pious Our Father sung by Dorothy Lerner...the mastermind of said effort is the good Rev. Patrick J. Berkery, Ph. D.  AlI I could dig up on the guy was that he's still around in the Catholic Church and that he's quite a prolific writer. Unfortunately his writings seem to emphasize positivity, therefore denying us any follow ups in the exorcisim dept...