Various Artists

Monster in My Pocket

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The back cover reads, "Classic monster songs linked by original horror movie trailers," which just about sums up this entertaining Halloween package. Monster Rock 'N Roll Show begins with the ultimate monster song, Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash," and concludes with another hit that epitomizes the genre, Sheb Wooley's "The Purple People Eater." In between are a dozen vintage movie trailers for The Astro-Zombies, Blood of Dracula, and the like, interspersed between perennial favorites such as "Haunted House" (the Johnny Fuller original, not Jumpin' Gene Simmons' hit version) and the Johnny Otis Show's "Castin' My Spell." Buchanan & Goodman's break-in comedy hit "Frankenstein of '59" and its sequel are included along with recordings by Bo Diddley, the Revels, and others. Aside from occasionally spotty sound quality, the biggest misstep on Monster Rock 'N Roll Show is the inclusion of some '70s recordings that fit the spooky theme but sound out of place surrounded by late-'50s and early-'60s recordings.

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