10/14/10

Vinyl Dynamite #27: Sounds of Terror (1974)

Monster Mash, Sounds of Terror 1974

I'm not sure exactly who Wade Denning was, but he did several great Halloween records back in the 1970s.  He had an excellent range of voices, and he really appealed to children in those days.  According to IMDb he was also a jingle maker (he created the Maxwell House jingle) and some compositions for long forgotten TV shows.

Interestingly, he turns up again on Rob Zombie's Halloween (2007) soundtrack.  Perhaps, Rob, like a lot of us 70s kids got one of Wade's horror LPs from JC Penny and was glued to the miniature turntable for weeks on end, memorizing its every word.

Monster Mash Sounds of Terror! (1974) has some awesome sounding titles: "Curse of the Zombies", "Buried Alive", "Frankenstein Returns" and "Death Struggle of the Prehistoric Monsters."  What child could resist? The Exorcism track is a bit extreme for young'uns I think - it sounds too much like the real deal. Disturbing.

You can download the entire album, or just listen to this track, "The Nightmare of Lost Souls".

11 comments:

  1. Holy !!! I OWNED THIS RECORD when I was 12 years old and my dad threw it out when he heard the Exorcist piece, I just remember some guy saying over and over "The power of Christ compels you..." I can't wait to download & listen to this again!!

    FYI, I was born on Halloween so I am compelled to like this cheesy spook-crap...

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  2. So, glad to bring back the memories, doug. Thanks so much for the positive words.

    And, yes, the Exorcist part is insanely dark and out of place on this record.

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  3. Sweet! I loved that record and still own it. Now I wish I still had a turntable to listen to it on.

    In addition to the Exorcism track I would add that the Buried Alive track is pretty disturbingly realistic. I recall having nightmares from that one.

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  4. Actually, I'm not sure the Exorcist piece is that much darker than the rest. I had the record in the 70's, and recall being disappointed in it, thinking it was a combination of a second-rate cover of Bobby "Boris" Pickett's Monster Mash and a bunch of second-rate imitations of Disney's Thrilling, Chilling Sounds of the Haunted House.

    But wow, listening to it now, there are several grisly bits on it. The frantic stabbing sounds on the Jack the Ripper track, the ecstatic moaning and slurping on the Dracula track, the frantic screams on Burned at the Stake... As a kid, it all seemed a bit more abstract. Now I'm really picturing that stuff.

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  5. This was the album you go if you could not afford the Disney "Tales from the Haunted House."

    Oddly, this is the one I played more often at parties as I got older.

    Thanks for the respark.

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  6. Damn dude...you did it again. I think my dad still has this at home. This album terrified me when I was young. My brother would play it to scare the hell out of me. The back of the album was hella scary. Their was this werewolf thing, but it took me years to realize that that was what it was. It scared me...this is awesome. Now if you could find this Amazing Spiderman album where J,Jonah being attacked by wolfmen on the cover. Keep em coming.

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  7. The link isn't working :( i wanted to download it for a Halloween party i'm having for my nieces. Any way you can get it to work?

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  8. Yes, please Re-Upload or provide a newer link. I, too had this as a child and remember being scared listening to the Buried ALive track...lol. Memories, I tell ya! Please re-UpLoad.

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  9. I still have most of my childhood albums, but this is one I wish I still had. I played it way too often when I was a kid... well into the summer months. My older sister got sick of hearing it, so she broke it. She got away with it, telling our dad that it was satanic. I think it had something to do with that whole exorcism bit. Good times! Thanks for sharing this. If you can fix the link, I'd love to hear the entire album for memory's sake.

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  10. Scared the hell outta me. Still does, actually.

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  11. Still have the album... Terrified me as a kid back in the 70's and think we will break it out this year for our Trick or Treat and Kid haunted house.

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