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Various Ghouls "Spook Party" (Scar Stuff, 2000), Various Spooks "Ghoul-Arama" (Scar Stuff, 2001)

April 21st, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

What we have here are rips of some discs that I made about 5-6 years ago and gave away as free Halloween presents. As I’ve mentioned in the comments section before, both were heavily based on an annual Halloween radio show I used to do, and though I’d kinda intended on making them a yearly event I’ve never fully fleshed out any real followups.

So why am I sharing a pair of homemade music comps? Well even though song-wise there’s a bit of crossover with some of the other fine collections that have come along since then (& before), the main difference here is that in addition to programming a bunch of, you know, bitchin’ Halloween tunes, I was also trying to create a spooky “seamless whole”. What this means is that in addition to the music (for better or worse), I also stitched together a non-stop stream of effects, sound bites and audio samples that run over/ under/ alongside the songs, to kinda create my twisted ideal of an evocative “Halloween vibe” (vinyl pops & crackles included). Whether or not I succeeded is debatable, but I certainly did throw a lot of crap into the blender (and since sometimes there are at least 8 audio tracks playing at once it’s probably safe to say that my audio sensibilities are as cluttered as my visual ones). Prior to this post it had actually been a while since I’d last listened to these, but in checking them out again I think that despite the occasional clunker, I managed a few really cool segues here and there. There’s also some, *koff koff*, truly horrible audio quality on a few of the samples (plenty of this was sourced from crummy old VHS tapes & worse), but that just contributes to the intended low-budget feel, right? Oh and there’s a LOT of wind & rain. A LOT.

Now believe it or not, over the years at least 3 or 4 other folks have actually duped these off themselves (heh, after changing the credits on my covers to make it look like they’d personally cooked ‘em up) to sell on ebay and at horror cons. I guess they were successful (you don’t want to know how much I saw some copies going for) but hopefully this post will get ‘em back out there for free like they oughtta be. Hey, I’ve even included CD sized jpegs in the zip files so you can print out your own covers if you’re so inclined. Happy Halloween, pal!


Various Ghouls “Spook Party” (192 kbps)


Various Spooks “Ghoul-Arama” (192 kbps)

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  1. Dave
    April 21st, 2006 at 22:58 | #1

    Can’t wait to hear these. They kind of sound like a CD I just got called “Wolfman Jack’s Halloween Special – Scary Sounds.” The only thing with that is there is the sound of a heartbeat through the whole 40 minute plus CD. After about the 30th minute I had to turn it off. It was getting on my nerves. I think wind and rain will be much better. Plus this is music, and that was scary sounds so that was different too. Thanks again for another share.
    Dave

  2. Anonymous
    April 22nd, 2006 at 00:51 | #2

    This is, without a doubt, one of the greatest blogs ever created.

    I adore Halloween and I adore these records, and your comps appear to be very, very kickass too.

    Thanks so much!!

    Mike

  3. Anonymous
    April 22nd, 2006 at 01:32 | #3

    Are you serious? i LOVE this stuff! AWESOME job, and keep em coming. I too love this blog and check it daily for gems like these! Please don’t ever stop!!!!

  4. Anonymous
    April 22nd, 2006 at 01:45 | #4

    Holy crap, I expected them to be pretty good but these are really, really fantastic! I thought that some of the transitions on Ghoul-Arama were especially noteworthy, but there’s a lot of amazing stuff going on with both of them (excellent and eclectic song selection on both too). You did a great job of setting a perfect halloween mood here Jason.

    Thanks a lot for sharing them. Wow.

  5. Dr.Terror
    April 22nd, 2006 at 06:25 | #5

    Jason,

    Spook City USA!!!, Skeleton dance!!! What great f’n stuff!!

    You have good tastes my friend.

    Did you do the Spookshow art yourself or is it borrowed?? It looks like a mix, looks fantastic. My home haunt flyer is all borrowed. Very , very cool stuff.

    I could really use MP3s of the the songs from MCTPP.

    Graveyard Skeleton Dance, Boogie Woogie Man, and Haunted House.

    I can’t DVD rip. I’d love MP3’s of the Spookshow adds.

    Anyways, another fantastic share!!

    Dr. Terror

  6. Cav
    April 22nd, 2006 at 11:10 | #6

    Fantastic – Nothing to be ashamed of doing home made stuff. At the moment I’m putting together a tribute to the old ghost story LPs. Hopefully I’ll finish it soon – when my daughter gives me some time ;-)

  7. Ben T.
    April 22nd, 2006 at 13:08 | #7

    Fantastic! You, Sir, are a Role Model!

    I’ve been wanting to do something like this with my annual Halloween mixtapes now that I can do ‘em digitally and have the software to do overdubs. You’ve set the bar high!

    It’s funny to hear The Ventures’ The Fourth Dimension with the SFX dubbed over it, since The music layer is virtually identical to The Frantics’ No Werewolf, and , if you were to dub the werewolf snarls and growls onto it, you’d have The Frantics’ Werewolf

  8. Dave
    April 22nd, 2006 at 19:08 | #8

    Dr. Terror – I can DVD rip the sound off from DVDs. I have a program that I can capture video and sound from a file already online (such as a mvoie trailer), but it won’t capture the video like it’s supposed to. The company I bought it from couldn’t even figure out what was wrong. So they gave me a full refund, and let me keep the software. Anyway – if you can mail me the DVD you speak of I can rip the sound off from it, and then mail the DVD back to you. Just an idea.

    Dave

  9. Hellsbane
    April 23rd, 2006 at 15:33 | #9

    A bit off-topic, but I have a question.

    Does anyone know where I can download a good freeware/shareware program that allows me to edit mp3 files? Specifically, I’m talking about cutting, pasting and converting to wav.

  10. Jason
    April 23rd, 2006 at 17:50 | #10

    Wow, thanks a lot everyone; all of that is just great to hear. Though I wince at a few of the levels (& sound quality) they actually DID come out pretty cool I guess.

    For whatever it’s worth these were all made using Cubase on my old Mac setup when I was running OS 9, and part of the reason I didn’t create a followup the next year was that I’d switched over to OSX & didn’t have a decent sound editor yet. They got me a cool gig for Rue Morgue magazine as well, and I made them a similar comp that never came out (too bad, as there was a lot of cool stuff on it).

    None of the sound bite type files here were from DVDs, and very few of the songs were from CDs either. Most were either VHS or LP (back when the Something Weird Spookshow ads were only found on the “It’s Intermission Time” tapes).

    The cover art is indeed a mix of borrowed/ altered/ original art. I was trying to make a visual as busy as the audio, and was (of course) going for that everything-in-sight style of exploitation advertising that I love so much. Transition/ sound overlay wise I think my fave part is either the “Fourth Dimension”/ Night of the Living Dead radio guy/ “Ghoul’s Night Out” one (which was based on a live mix I did on the radio show that came out cool enough to mimic here), or the “Famous Monsters Speak” Gabriel Dell Dracula bit that goes into Roky singing the acoustic version of “Night of the Vampire”. But I dunno anymore — any of the ones that lift off the Pickwick “Sounds of Terror!” LP work for me just fine too.

    Freeware/ shareware wise I dunno Hellsbane — I’m guessing that you’re on a PC since you said “wav” & not “aiff”, so I’m going to have to bow out on that one. On my G5 I pretty much use a combo of Live/ Peak/ CD Spin Doctor & iTunes.

  11. Anonymous
    April 23rd, 2006 at 18:01 | #11

    “Transition/ sound overlay wise I think my fave part is either the ‘Fourth Dimension’/ Night of the Living Dead radio guy/ ‘Ghoul’s Night Out’ one (which was based on a live mix I did on the radio show that came out cool enough to mimic here), or the ‘Famous Monsters Speak’ Gabriel Dell Dracula bit that goes into Roky singing the acoustic version of ‘Night of the Vampire’.”

    They’re GRRRRRRREAT! as a certain spokes-tiger used to say.
    Overall you improved the source material; I prefer some of your mixes to some of the originals. Your juxtapositions are very clever. The sound mixes complement the fun cover art of blended found material.

    Why aren’t you more famous? I can’t figure that out.

    Max the drunken severed head

  12. Anonymous
    April 23rd, 2006 at 20:17 | #12

    you are a beautiful person.

  13. monsterman1970
    April 25th, 2006 at 01:59 | #13

    Wow,all the albums that i’ve spent countless hours looking for in one place, I could kiss you. Thank you so much man!

  14. Bleeding Skull
    April 25th, 2006 at 14:07 | #14

    Completely fantastic. Thank you for sharing these comps, especially considering all the hard work that went into them.

  15. Anonymous
    April 25th, 2006 at 17:39 | #15

    I wasn’t expecting these mixes to be this good. I’m terribly impressed – makes me want to try it myself (on the PC, Audacity isn’t a bad FREE tool to use for this sort of thing).

    I, too, must say thanks for all these terrific old albums.

  16. Paul Gaita
    April 25th, 2006 at 20:51 | #16

    Thanks so much for posting these tunes. Cover art is just stunning too!

  17. Anonymous
    April 25th, 2006 at 21:56 | #17

    Halloweentown in Burbank, California was selling these discs for $18.00 a pop back in the Fall of 2004. I walked in, heard this rock ‘n’ roll, asked the guy behind the counter what it was playing and he pointed to these CDs that he said that “a friend of his” made… the very ones that you a posting here for free! Thank you!

  18. Dave
    April 25th, 2006 at 22:53 | #18

    Wow that sucks someone making money off your hard efforts. Sounds like you could have rached up Jason…lol.

  19. Jason
    April 25th, 2006 at 23:37 | #19

    Hah! Instead I’ve spent tons of money over the years burning copies & sending them off for free to folks I figured would enjoy ‘em; my “business model” is clearly pretty jacked up.

    It’s all fine with me honestly — hopefully everyone can just hear em for free now, like a cool & spooky radio show/ mix tape that’ll turn you on to a few good songs & bands (and of course any copies I can help sell of the Shaggs oeuvre makes it ALL WORTH IT. Heh.)

    By the way, thanks again for all the compliments from everyone on this post; I really wasn’t expecting it. I’ll get back to more regular posts soon as well. I’ve been swamped with other work this week so there’s been a little slowdown, but I believe that it’s just a speed bump.

  20. Anonymous
    April 28th, 2006 at 00:19 | #20

    Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus of approval. These are amazing, and really well put together – great sense of humour in your choices and placement. Really inspiring stuff!

    Monster Man

  21. Anonymous
    May 2nd, 2006 at 01:22 | #21
  22. Patrick
    July 20th, 2006 at 21:56 | #22

    This is brilliant stuff! I love old Halloween music and sounds, it’s so great that someone puts them out here on the web and shares it with the world! Thank you very much for sharing it with us! Keep up the great job!!!

  23. six_feetdown
    July 27th, 2006 at 13:39 | #23

    Love them both and thank you. im down in australia and we don’t get stuff like this down here. Can’t wait if you bring out the other comps. Gives you four thumbs

  24. Adam
    October 13th, 2006 at 14:33 | #24

    Fantastic. These are incredible. I have really been enjoying this blog. So much great stuff. Thank you!

  25. musicgnome
    October 16th, 2006 at 14:28 | #25

    These absolutely rule.

    I make Halloween Mixes every year and these make that a moot point.

    For past entries, look for October Entries…

    http://www.artofthemix.org/aotmcommunity/profile.asp?intmemberid=17834

  26. Trevor Pitt
    October 18th, 2006 at 01:28 | #26

    Jason, your Halloween “Mix tapes” are awesome! I’ve done a few myself, but never to the level that you’ve achieved. This stuff is fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Slobodan Burgher
    October 25th, 2006 at 10:01 | #27

    Just simply F.A.B! Thank you so much!

  28. UniversalHorror
    October 10th, 2007 at 12:42 | #28

    Agreed….I downloaded both of these and they’re terrif! Love the way Jason used the old ad mats for these movie “horror-thons” for the covers!

  29. premierludwig
    October 10th, 2007 at 19:44 | #29

    I’ve just downloaded Spooky Party, I’m three songs into listening to it and it’s FANTASTIC!

    I work at an old cotton mill in the middle of a woodland in England and we’re having a meeting on Monday to arrange a Halloween party there… I think we shall have to listen to this while we’re having the meeting!

    Thank-you.

  30. Rotten
    October 23rd, 2007 at 00:35 | #30

    To those of you who are having a hard time with finding a good DVD audio ripper, I’ve found one called Xilisoft v.2.0 on an online download site and got it for free, granted since it’s the free version you can only download 5 minutes or so of audio at a time, but it certainly serves it’s purpse for getting shorter sound clips from horror movies (something I do regularly), So hope that helps.

  31. RO††EN
    October 23rd, 2007 at 05:46 | #31

    I usually dont leave comments on blogs, but holy shit dude, this is great shit for all us fiends and ghouls out there. Fangs and Stay Scared!

  32. Jeffrey
    January 12th, 2008 at 13:58 | #32

    I am absolutely in awe of the heart and dedication you put into these! I’m not a horror or Halloween aficionado – I found your site by accident – but this is wonderful stuff. THANK YOU and keep up the good work.

  33. Anonymous
    March 11th, 2008 at 16:31 | #33

    You guys are great! Some the best stuff out there. Thanks for keeping this blog going!

  34. Anonymous
    March 27th, 2008 at 15:35 | #34

    Ghoul-a-rama is excellent! I’m downloading spook-party now. These are great, I especially love the samples you used in the beginning of “I was a teenage werewolf”. Thanks for sharing!

  35. batgirly
    August 7th, 2008 at 22:59 | #35

    You are the man!

  36. Anonymous
    September 29th, 2008 at 06:34 | #36

    I just listened to this again tonight — great stuff!

    Great blog, too. Keep up the goul… er, GOOD work!

  37. Anonymous
    October 23rd, 2008 at 14:40 | #37

    Awesome….it made the best day of the year even better for me….here are some cool tv commercials and sounds from all the old haunted house rides in New Jersey…

    http://www.darkinthepark.com/

  38. July 1st, 2009 at 01:20 | #38

    You’re my hero.

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