Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Rosie the Witch Presents... Halloween Instrumentals!
Rosie Witch is back, and she insists that you download and listen to this set of Halloween instrumentals. It is always best not to risk the wrath of Rosie....
All tracks were ripped from vinyl and shellac sitting around in my collection. Grofe's Trick or Treat was written in 1963; this Andre Kostelanetz recording is from 1976. The other Kosty track, 1935's Chant of the Weed, is 1) ripped from a 12" Victor 78 and, believe it or not, 2) isn't about weed. Written by Don Redman, it's yet another call-of-Africa tune of its day. It sounds totally Halloween, at least to my ears. Ferde Grofe's Cloudburst (from the Grand Canyon Suite) is straight from shellac and features the original concert band score, which sounds even spookier than the one we're used to hearing. Something about the siren (?), that Whiteman brass, and the 1932 studio acoustics--sometimes sparer is scarer. I mean, scarier. 1916's Spooky Spooks (Prince's Orch.) is back and more hiss-free than ever. The two Morton Gould pieces--Robot and Mirage--are concert jazz novelties in the Raymond Scott/Alec Wilder/Larry Clinton style, aaaaaand... the Sundowners' square dance version of The Thing is making its thousandth or so appearance at MY(P)WHAE. It's that classic.
You will obey Rosie Witch and download immediately: Halloween Instrumentals
Deserted Ballroom (Gould)--Mantovani and His Orch., 1955.
Deserted Ballroom (Gould)--Elliot Everett and His Orch.
Chant of the Weed (Redman)--Andre Kostelanetz Presents, 1935.
The Thing--The Sundowners Band.
Trick or Treat (Grofe)--Andre Kostelanetz and His O., 1976.
Dance Macabre--Lew White, organ, plus two, 1941.
Rocketship X-M--Main Title (Grofe)--1950 soundtrack.
Robot (Gould)--Hal Herzon and His Orch.
Dance of the Demon--Arden-Ohman, 1922.
Mirage (Gould)--Hal Herzon and His Orch.
Theme from Man of a Thousand Faces--Wayne King and His Orch., 1958.
Spooky Spooks--Prince's Orch., 1916.
Try Again (Theme from Hollywood Radio Theatre)--Ferrante and Teicher, 1973.
Polka from Age of Gold (Shostakovich)--RCA Victor Orch., c. Fred Fradkin.
Cloudburst (Grofe)--Paul Whiteman Concert Orch., 1932.