HALLOWEEN STOMP - Various Artists
TRACK LISTING: The Haunted House - Ray Noble & His Orchestra, Shivery Stomp - Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra, Mysterious Mose - Harry Reser & the Radio All-Stars, The Boogy Man Is Here - Tom Gerun & His Orchestra, Haunting Blues - Red Nichols, Jimmy Dorsey & Eddie Lang, Bug-A-Boo - Red Nichols & Wingy Mannone, Got the Jitters - Don Redman & His Orchestra, The Boogie Man - Todd Rollins & Chick Bullock, The House Is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye) - Glen Gray & the Casa Loma Orchestra, Zombie - Gene Kardos & His Orchestra, Mr. Ghost Goes To Town - Louis Prima & Pee Wee Russell, Skeleton In the Closet - Nat Gonella & His Georgians, The Goblin Band - Glen Gray & His Casa Loma Orchestra, Hell's Bells - Sid Peltyn & His Orchestra, With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm - Rudy Vallee & His Connecticut Yankees, The Black Cat - Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra, Strange Enchantment - Gil Evans, The Ghost of Smoky Joe - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra, Ol' Man Mose Ain't Dead - The (Nat) King Cole Trio, Swingin' at the Seance - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra, "Horror Fantasia For Spooks and Wild Indians": Fanfare/Cherokee/Old Man Mose Is Dead/Pompton Turnpike/Redskin Rhumba - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra featuring Peggy Lee, Haunted Heart - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, The Headless Horseman - Kay Starr, Dry Bones - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
IMPRESSIONS: This is one of my favourite Halloween cds since the day I bought it. A lot of great music here. Undoubtedly my favourite song is "Mysterious Mose" by Harry Reser. The song "Zombie" by Gene Kardos is a version of a song "White Zombie" by The Joel Shaw Orchestra which was inspired by the Bela Lugosi film of the same name; the definitive version is the Shaw found on the cd "LUGOSI: HOLLYWOOD'S DRACULA" but the Kardos version is pretty good. The tune for Louis Prima's "Mr. Ghost Goes To Town" was appropriated for the soundtrack of the Don Knotts film "THE GHOST & MR. CHICKEN" by composer Vic Mizzy -- without credit, as far as I can tell! "Mr. Ghost Goes To Town" has been much covered as has "Skeleton in the Closet" most notably by Louis Armstrong. Rudy Vallee's version of the much-covered tale of Anne Boleyn's ghost "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm" is serviceable but cannot compare to the marvelous Stanley Holloway version which I first heard on Dr. Demento's Halloween radio programme circa 1978; the Kingston Trio later covered the song as well. "The Black Cat" is by band leader Ozzie Nelson who is indeed THAT Ozzie Nelson from TV's "THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET". "The Ghost of Smoky Joe" is sort of a Halloween sequel to Cab Calloway's megahit "Minnie the Moocher". Glenn Miller's "Swingin' at the Seance" is taken from a film soundtrack (I can't remember where at the moment) as is Charlie Barnet's "Horror Fantasia" medley which comes from the audio of a George Pal "Puppetoon" short subject. While the version of "The Headless Horseman" performed by Bing Crosby in the famous Walt Disney animated feature is a classic, Kay Starr's cover of the song matches it and I'm hard-pressed to declare a preference between the two classic versions. HALLOWEEN STOMP is one of the best ways I know to jump-start a Halloweeny party and get the skeletons shaking their bones on the dancefloor! One of the greatest Halloween compilation cds out there!
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: The Haunted House - Ray Noble, Mysterious Mose - Harry Reser & the Radio All-Stars, Bug-A-Boo - Red Nichols & Wingy Mannone, Got the Jitters - Don Redman, Zombie - Gene Kardos, Mr. Ghost Goes To Town - Louis Prima & Pee Wee Russell, Skeleton In the Closet - Nat Gonella & His Georgians, With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm - Rudy Vallee, The Ghost of Smoky Joe - Cab Calloway, Ol' Man Mose Ain't Dead - The (Nat) King Cole Trio, Swingin' at the Seance - Glenn Miller, The Headless Horseman - Kay Starr
FACT SHEET: HALLOWEEN STOMP is a compilation cd put out by Jass Records in 1990 subtitled "Jazz & Big Band Dance Music For A Haunted House Party". The songs are sequenced in chronological order from Ray Noble's 1931 "The Haunted House" to Tommy Dorsey's "Dry Bones" of 1950. The striking cover illustration is by Milton Knight. The cd also includes "hidden tracks" in between songs which are taken from the audio of vintage spooky cartoons. A legend on the cd booklet reads "WARNING! This CD is haunted! Mysterious aural apparitions appear in front of tracks #2, #4, #5, #9, #11, #13 and #17. Are they friendly spirits? Friendly? To exorcise them, simply forward directly to the track number desired and they disappear like magic. Amaze your friends!"