WARNING: This Album Will Scare Your Pants Off.
Walt Disney Studios’ Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House
Out of print (Walt Disney Storyteller Records 2507B, Vinyl/Cassette release) DQ-2507; 1979
Walt Disney’s Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House was a childhood staple for Monster Kids of the 1960s and 70s. Originally released as a sound effects record in 1964, the album was reissued numerous times over the years. We wrote extensively about the original record in a previous article that you can read here.
In 1979, Walt Disney Studios released an all-new version of this record. So new, in fact, only the record name is the same. Despite the same title, the 1979 version of “Chilling, Thrilling Sounds” is quite unlike its predecessor, and doesn’t contain any Haunted Mansion-specific content, although the cover art does feature a raven and a coffin with a restless occupant trying to escape as well as a grave robber on the back cover sleeve.
This all-new album features 26 “eerie” sound effects and seven “frightening situations” and includes none of the narration or storytelling from the original. According to Doombuggies.com:
Released in 1979, this album of 26 “eerie” sound effects and seven “frightening situations” is a so-so follow-up to the classic 1964 collection. Possibly inspired by increasingly common horror flicks and the expanding Halloween novelty market, this surprisingly bleak release features a collection of average sound effects, with none of the humor of the earlier recording.
Listen to the full album here:
Side One: Frightening Situations (Seven Spooky Scenes in Sound)
Side Two: Eerie Sound Effects (Create your own Tales of Terror)
In many ways, this album is a superior sound effects record than the original and has some quite frightening sounds . The chiming of Big Ben from ‘Encounter in the Fog’ which provides a rather disturbing encounter with one can only guess, Jack the Ripper. The record is beautifully edited and the tracks flow seamlessly into each other: the lonely tolling of the midnight church bell of ‘A Grave Matter,’ the ‘Haunted House’ escape through the trapdoor leads naturally into ‘The Dungeon.’
|A5||Encounter in the Fog||2:30|
|A6||A Grave Matter||3:02|
|A7||The Mad Scientist’s Laboratory||4:00|
|B1||Thunder & LIghtening||0:33|
|B13||Moans and Groans||0:22|
|B22||Clock Strikes Midnight||0:25|
Read More: Monstrous Sounds:Chilling Thrilling Sounds
This record is out of print but readily available at any number of online marketplaces. Not nearly as collectible as the earlier iteration of the album, it’s still a fun sound effects album and essential for any completist. It’s also great to mix into a Halloween playlist to spook the trick or treaters who show up at your door.
Prices vary, but a nice copy with normal album wear can be found for $5-$10 . Some collectors focus more on the condition of the album sleeve, displaying them as framed art, and are less concerned about the condition of the actual vinyl. If you’re like me and like to collect higher grade items, then expect to pay around $15-$20 for a VF/NM vinyl/sleeve combo of this 1979 album.
Of course, online shoppers can track down copies in the usual places:
- Here’s the current selection at Amazon.com
- Here’s the current selection at eBay.com
- Discogs.com is a great social marketplace for record collectors and Ive had numerous successful purchases from this site. I found multiple copies of this LP listed currently; here’s current selection available at Discogs.com
The Cassette version of this record was offered in some unique packaging configurations that seem to be far more rare than its vinyl counterparts.
Cassette with Album Sleeve
Similar album sleeve as the vinyl, with a smaller title in the upper left quadrant of the sleeve to allow for the cassette inset.
2. Cassette Shrink-wrapped to Display Card
Another cool package features the cassette in a blister pack on a display card
Currently, there is a nice copy of this Cassette Available on eBay
What are your thoughts about this version of Walt Disney’s iconic Halloween sound effects recording? Do you prefer the original or this version? Let us hear from you!
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