Editor's note: photos courtesy of Forbidden Crypt since mine came with only the activities sleeve. Good enough for me! Creepy noises, screams, creaky houses and a witchy woman announcer. That's Halloween. BOOO!
Editor's note: I'd never heard of the author before I dug this out of a thrift store box but apparently he's rather reknown for his children's poetry. I posted the music/video on YouTube and of all the stuff I've put up this is the most watched. Also, don't worry about side two as it's the same thing but with instructions for turning the book pages.
Editor's note: although these are the least "scary" stories of the Troll Record series that I have, they are still greatly entertaining and well-narrated. With all of the goof-ball stuff out these days it's no wonder that kids have been rendered basically brain-dead intellectually, though technically advanced. Everything has to be kewl and nothing cerebral gets by without a gimmick attached to it. Oh well, my daughter will probably shun these records when she's old enough to make up her own mind.
Editor's note: I'll be facetious here: the only thing scarier than this record is...ummm, well...the surface marks on the disc! I thought for sure that this sand-blasted marvel would skip all over the place but so far so good with just popping. I don't know what it is about the cheaply made discs but they seem less apt to skip than the top brands which skip if even a small scuff appears on the vinyl. Be sure to listen to the man-made cat and ghost sounds! TERRIBOOOO!
Editor's note: these aren't exactly SCARY scary stories but they are pretty enjoyable semi-not-really-scary stories. I guess if you're 6 then they might be scary. Luckily we're all old dudes listening to kiddie records and acting all brave and bad ass or we'd be pissing ourselves.
Editor's note: Ms. Lamb's rendition of the Doors' classic "Riders on the Storm" isn't bad at all but many of the other tracks sound a bit dated in the 80s synth craze vein. As somebody wrote on the back cover "needs new mix". Specifically mix out the heavy synths, hand claps and unnecessary baggage and these songs would be much better.
Editor's note: within poetry circles Rod McKuen is considered a poetaster and a joke. Outside of poetry circles nobody really cares about poetry so I wouldn't take it very hard, Rod. That didn't sound right. Well, forget that, but listen...McKuen is a pretty good songwriter even if most of these songs do harken back to a bygone era.
Editor's note: Don Francisco is the man! This record is a heavy folk sound comprised of Jesus ballads and sentiments. Some of it actually sounds like it is straight from the good book if not paraphrased from certain passages but the rest is clearly self-penned and quite good musically even if heavily laden with a religious message. Another win for the Xian Folk revolution.
City Talkin' - The Freeze Band Banana King - The Clones I Found Love in Front of My Face - Beggs 'N Aitken Seacloud - Mark Murdock & Matt Niskern On My Mind - Tom Previte & Keny Francis Fly Me Back to Tucson - Lightnin' Stock
Editor's note: oh man, the Banana King song by The Clones steals the show here. I'm surprised that nobody else has heard this tune and gone ape over it like I have. Maybe because it's not as good as I think it is. No wonder I'm prone to not listen when you people talk!
Editor's note: I don't know what it is about these guitar hi-fi records but they do sing for themselves. Maybe it's the old classic redone with a different medium that gives it the extra ummph. Either way it's a masculine and melodic triumph through strum-n-pluck geee-tar.
Editor's note: a few years back when I cleaned out my record collection this was one of the casualties and for some reason -- as average as this record was/is -- I had to find it again. When I finally found it I let out a chuckle and proceeded on with my dollar store findings. A b-side black version of early XTC after they let go of the steam pianist Barry Andrews and brought in Dave Gregory. Let me reiterate B-SIDE and leaning towards C-SIDE! "Did You See Me?" and "KKK" are the stand-outs for completely different reasons. "KKK" is an anti-racist anthem which adds a little controversy to a pretty vanilla album. "Did You See Me?" is basically a new wave track and stands out like a sore flange. The rest of the album is a potpourri of just about all styles of pop/rock.
I came across this record on a few blogs and managed to track down some audio from WFMU's site. I would love to hear more from this honky-tonkin' caterwaulin' queen. Listen to the tracks below and I think you will too!