Various Artists

Halloween Horrors [A&M]

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Originally released on LP in 1977, this 36-minute cheap-shot Halloween sound effects album opens with a 14-minute spoken monologue punctuated by sound effects. The method actor who narrates this portion of the album sounds like he's auditioning. Side two of the LP (and the remainder of this CD) consists of "Sounds of Halloween and other useful effects." This means that in addition to the standard menu of screams, howls, demonic laughter, chains, creaking hinges, baying hounds, and monsters who breathe and roar, there are less specific or even utility sound effects like rain, wind, fire, an earthquake, zoo animals, the helicopter, the locomotive, the automobile, the machine gun, and a series of "outer space" noises generated by a synthesizer. Aside from possible use as a tacky artifact, Halloween Horrors is really pretty cheesy. Much better sound effects records, both scary and otherwise, have since become available.

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