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Sounds To Make You Shiver! "Sounds To Make You Shiver! Bloodcurdling! Terror! Horror!" (Pickwick, SPC-5101, 1974)

February 8th, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

One of the more common 1970’s Halloween sound effect records to still turn up, this has connections to some of the other Pickwick titles I’ve already posted. I’ve mentioned Wade Denning a few times, but Frank Daniel seemed to have been equally involved in making the world a better place through spooky records; he did the cool artwork for this title as well as for the back cover of Famous Ghost Stories, and both sides of Sounds of Terror, for which he also takes the sole writing credit. Thanks Frank!

Compared to those other two Pickwick titles, Sounds to Make you Shiver! seemed less intense to my ears as a kid (though there’s enough female moaning on here that I was commanded by a childhood friend’s parents to take it off when I brought it along for a sleepover party). In keeping with a somewhat standard format of the day, one side has a “story in sound” (“…designed primarily for general scaring”), while the other has many of the same sound effects banded out individually and touted in the liner notes as “ideal for background noises that will give extra authenticity to mystery play or skit. Just play the record on cue in the wings and the audience will shiver and love it”. While this sort of audio double-dipping smacks cynical grown-up me as a cost saver, I know that when I was a kid I really did love being able to easily queue up and play something along the lines of “Witch Laugh” or “Screams & Groans” while, you know, doing shit like phoning up people at random in the middle of the day. These days I’ve found that a lot of side one is still pretty good stuff to mix in as a layer of sound underneath spooky songs, just as long as you make sure to stay away from the dreaded “guy pretending to be a cat” section. Man, oh man.


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  1. Anonymous
    February 10th, 2006 at 19:39 | #1

    I had this as a kid and my friends and I would always use it as background music when we would make our own haunted houses.

    A few years ago, I found a mint copy in a Kansas City music store. It was a blast to listen to again!

    Every Halloween, I play it when the trick or treaters come by, the screams always freak the neighbors out.

  2. Anonymous
    May 2nd, 2006 at 15:28 | #2

    nice one.

    randomly heard ‘sounds to make you shiver’ at a mate’s house in copenhagen and thought it was one of the best things i’d ever heard. reckoned i was gonna have to scour the country for second-hand stores to find it so nice one for posting the mp3s and making my life a lot easier!!

    cheers,

    jc from uk

  3. Anonymous
    July 14th, 2006 at 16:27 | #3

    Thanks man for posting this I have been looking eveywhere for it on the net….many thanks!!

  4. HarveyMidnight
    August 26th, 2006 at 15:44 | #4

    Hey, if anbody’s interested, I used this album Sounds To Make You Shiver as a basis for a Halloween mix, which yoiu can grab, free for the takin’ from rapidshare, from my blog:

    http://harveysmidnighthour.blogspot.com/2006/08/bloodcurdling-stereo.html

    Many thanks to Jason for supplying nearly all of the sound effects I used.

  5. Erich Reinhardt
    September 9th, 2006 at 00:09 | #5

    You know, this album got me thinking…did Topstone ever use this record as a source for their “Horror Sounds of the Night” cassette? Because a lot of the sound effects taken from this album are featured on the tape. Particularly the witch laugh, the screams, the “guys pretending to be cats” bit, and possibly the banging shutters. Does anyone know anything about it? Anybody who worked at Topstone know the answer?

  6. Anonymous
    September 29th, 2006 at 02:18 | #6

    Wow I have this for sell on Ebay, check it out, item #200031288256. I love this record! Happy Halloween Everyone! ChevyLadyinFlorida

  7. Vinyl Mysteries
    October 18th, 2006 at 01:51 | #7

    Excellent site! I have this record as well :-)
    vinylmysteries.blogspot.com

  8. Jerry
    October 31st, 2006 at 23:27 | #8

    You may have just made my night here as I get ready for the trick or treaters. Thanks for sharing!!!

  9. JeffDmetalgod
    September 27th, 2007 at 16:21 | #9

    I’ve had a copy since I was 9 years old! still creeps me out whenever I listen to it!

  10. David W.
    October 9th, 2007 at 02:55 | #10

    I had the record as a kid too.

    If I remember correctly the “Dracula and his Victim” sounds a bit X-rated.

    Thank for posting this

  11. Christopher
    November 14th, 2007 at 17:57 | #11

    Oh man! Best Halloween record ever! Boy does this bring back memories. Still have the original vinyl but no way to play it. Thanks so much!

  12. HarveyMidnight
    February 27th, 2008 at 01:15 | #12

    Hiya again….

    Got somethin’ here. The ‘Sounds To Make You Shiver “bonus disk”!’

    Thanks to Scarstuff, I have so many of these old effects records…. I would occasionally find an effect that’s mixed into that the big ‘night in a haunted house’ side but is NOT included with the effects on side B — where is SHOULD be. So, I put together a little bonus mix of my own, that goes hand in hand with Sounds To Make You Shiver. I just checked, the share is still active: here’s a link to the page on my blog.

    http://harveysmidnighthour.blogspot.com/2007/10/time-to-make-you-shiver-some-more.html

    Hope ya like…

  13. Erich Reinhardt
    April 4th, 2008 at 22:16 | #13

    I just discovered a subliminal message on the “Night In A Haunted House” track. If you listen very closely at around eleven minutes in, you can hear a female voice screaming, “OH! COME BACK! I’M ONLY SIXTEEN!”

    I guess the mixing engineer must have added that in just before the lacquer masters were cut. Just thought I’d share a little warning here if you plan to play this album on Halloween.

  14. HarveyMidnight
    April 6th, 2008 at 08:50 | #14

    Hmm.. not so sure. Sounds to me more like she’s saying “Oh, drat… I wasn’t done eating that!” Kinda works because there’s a glass breaking sound just before she says it — as if somebody dropped the plate out of her hands.

    But you never know, with all that wind covering up the line…

    I forget exactly when, but at some point in the same track, you can hear the ‘screaming woman’ start giggling at something the ‘happy haunting host’ just said…

  15. Skullptor
    August 24th, 2008 at 23:50 | #15

    Yea, cool! I have 3 copies of this record! Thats how much I like it. I have such fond memories of halloween and one time in particular when my cousin (who had this record when we were kids) packed his whole stereo (speakers and all) up onto the roof one halloween night so we could play STMYS loud enough to let the entire neighborhood hear it! After one full playing of both sides, someone had called the cops on us and they drove by and yell at us to “shut it off,your scaring the kids!” I thought that was the point?!? Anyway, we had such fun that night and the “kids” (neighborhood trick-or-treaters) all seemed to love it too. I think it was just the adults that were getting scared lol.

  16. HauntedSummitview.com
    October 18th, 2008 at 04:45 | #16

    This was and still is the ultimate Halloween sound effect record from my childhood! We haunted our breezeway back in the early 1980’s and played this record. I wore it out. We still use portions of it during our haunts. Thanks for all the info!

  17. David O’Connor
    October 25th, 2008 at 20:23 | #17

    One of the best Halloween cuts EVER! Chains, screams, moaning, scary birds and bats and bone crunching madness!!

  18. Anonymous
    October 30th, 2008 at 23:10 | #18

    I have found another webpage with the link to this: sounds and all. Funny thing, it has no TIME listed on the vinyl "A night in a haunted house" takes up a full side of a record. When I played the track online/ipod, it lasts for 15 minutes? The whole side of the record? Maybe the poster edited it before putting it up. Also Erich Reinhardt said… "If you listen very closely at around eleven minutes in, you can hear a female voice screaming, "OH! COME BACK! I'M ONLY SIXTEEN!" & HarveyMidnight said… "Hmm.. not so sure. Sounds to me more like she's saying "Oh, drat… I wasn't done eating that!" Kinda works because there's a glass breaking sound just before she says it — as if somebody dropped the plate out of her hands. But you never know, with all that wind covering up the line… I forget exactly when, but at some point in the same track, you can hear the 'screaming woman' start giggling at something the 'happy haunting host' just said…" well, I played it, and that does happen around the 10-11 min mark. I cant really make out what is being said. THE ONLY THING I REMEMBER FROM CHILDHOOD is the voice stating "…dont turn around, there may be something behind you." & "SCAT YOU CATS! SCAT!" but towards the end, the 'narriators' voice can be heard in the chains sound, but it so buried in reverb you cant make out the statement. The whole side of the vinyl record is only 15 minutes??? That is what it says in my ipod.

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