Friday, April 27, 2012

Getting Ready for Walpurgis Night

For me, the concept of Walpurgis Night is simply a good excuse to listen to scary music.  Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnacht) is a traditional spring festival on 30 April or 1 May in large parts of Central and Northern Europe. It is often celebrated with dancing and with bonfires. It is exactly six months from All Hallows' Eve.

This is a re-post (necessary due to posting issues) of my 2010 compilation.

These are the cuts:

1 -   CBS Specials Intro       Morton Stevens

2 -   The Thing   Curtis and The Creepers

3 -   Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off of Me  Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys

4 -   Let Sleeping Monsters Sleep     John Wayne Shot Me

5 -   Voo Doo Juice The Ghouls

6 -   The Haunted House       Sam the Sham

7 - Slide Her Under the Door Moses Longpiece

8 - The Green Monster The Alberto Combo

9 - Haunted Haze Chris Kevin

10 - Jole Blon's Ghost Wayne Raney

11 - The Skeleton Dance Carl Stalling

12 - Mr. Ghost Goes To Town Zeke Manners & His Swing Billies

13 - Pet Sematary The Ramones

14 - Sambra Macabre Harry Breue

15 - Grave Robber at Large Creature Feature

16 - Do the Zombie The Symbols

17 - Haunted House Creed Taylor Orchestra

18 - Laurie Dickey Lee

19 - Rockin' Bones Ronnie Dawson

20 - Man Eating Plant Creepy Clyde

21 - Morgus the Magnificent Dr John

22 - Alfred Hitchcock Presents Ralph Marterie and His Marlboro Men

23 - Graveyard Blues Earl Fuller’s Rector Novelty Orchestra

24 - Ghost Train The Corillions

25 -  Ghosts from Boot Hill Hellbender

26 - The Ghost George Formby

27 - Skeleton Jangle Original Dixieland Five

28 - Scary Skeleton Sue Schnitzer

29 - Bogey Wail Jack Hylton

And here is the link:  MA-24 - Walpurgis Night Spooks

See you in a few days with more spookery.

Monday, April 23, 2012

MA-52 - Adventures of Superman - original MUTEL catalog recordings

Most of you will remember my tale of ordering a couple of audio cassettes in the early 1990s from a now-defunct company called Vintage Soundtrak after reading an article about them in STARLOG magazine.

The article told the strange and sordid story of how music used in the Adventures of Superman and other syndicated TV shows of the 1950s came to be. It was a story of commercial repression and international subterfuge, with payoffs and assumed identities.

One of my first themes compilations was MA-03 - Adventures of Superman - Original MUTEL Soundtrack Recordings. This disc is an expansion, rerecorded versions of all of that disc's material plus another twelve or so selections.

As you already know, the Varese Sarabande label released a disc of Adventures of Superman music about ten years ago. My earlier release was music not heard on that commercial release.

But now I am including ALL the music purchased long ago and embodied on those two cassettes.

This orgy of sharing was spurred by the kind and insightful comments of an anonymous correspondent, who told me that not only were some of the Varese Sarabande selections EDITED to sound more like their Superman presentation, but also that my "version" of identical material sounded of a better quality than the commercial disc! What a compliment.

Also, one of the cues on my disc was in fact two cues that needed to be separated, and one or two cues were misnamed. This has all been corrected now.

Here are the tracks:

01. Mysterioso (2:13)

02. Wax Museum (1:32)

03. Build to Sting (0:18)

04. Frantic Rhythm (1:53)

05. Violin Scream (1:19)

06. The Getaway (0:57)

07. Fight (3:13)

08. Jump the Fence! (1:19)

09. Queasy (1:34)

10. Deserted Village (1:33)

11. Rip Through Fear (1:03)

12. Face at the Window (1:44)

13. Eerie Oboe (1:22)

14. Flute to Finale (0:53)

15. Night of Terror (2:29)

16. Sad Romance (1:20)

17. Monkey Mystery (1:18)

18. Airport (0:37)

19. Slow Carousel (0:46)

20. Radio Waltz (1:43)

21. Tango (2:09)

22. Silsby Pastorale (1:43)

23. Life and Death (2:28)

24. Romantic Interlude (1:54)

25. Blue Melody (1:41)

26. World of Tomorrow (3:10)

27. Menace (1:34)

28. City Desk (1:21)

29. Sword of Damocles (2:56)

30. Cat Burglar (1:28)

31. Atlantic Rollers (2:09)

32. Solemn Moment (1:31)

33. Sea Power (1:35)

34. Scotland Yard (2:59)

35. Prelude to Crime (0:24)

36. Crime Doesn't Pay (2:47)

37. Changing Moods I (3:01)

38. Changing Moods II (2:48)

39. Humorous In & Out (0:34)

40. Chameleon Moods (2:40)

41. Free for All (1:35)

42. Hope Abandoned (2:47)

43. Arctic Wastes (2:25)

New Link as of August 2013:

I hope you too can thrill along with me, reliving times of childhood adventure. And thanks again to the correspondent for all his help and insight.

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