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Walt Disney’s CHILLING THRILLING SOUNDS 1979 Redux

WARNING: This Album Will Scare Your Pants Off.

Walt Disney Studios Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979

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.’

Tracklist

A1 Night Creatures 3:08
A2 Haunted House 3:22
A3 The Dungeon 1:11
A4 The Withces 0:47
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
B2 The Storm 1:00
B3 Various Winds 1:33
B4 Dripping Cavern 0:22
B5 Wolves 0:24
B6 Rats 0:15
B7 Shrieking Cats 0:25
B8 Owls 0:15
B9 Baying Hounds 0:16
B10 Crickets 0:30
B11 Raven 0:15
B12 Monster 0:27
B13 Moans and Groans 0:22
B14 Laughing Ghost 0:13
B15 Witches 0:23
B16 Screams 0:21
B17 Heartbeat 0:22
B18 Dragging Footsteps 0:19
B19 Creaking Doors 0:20
B20 Rusty Gate 0:07
B21 Fog Horn 0:21
B22 Clock Strikes Midnight 0:25
B23 Chains 0:37
B24 Lab Sounds 1:07
B25 Tolling Bell 0:40
B26 Haunted Music 3:00

Read More: Monstrous Sounds:Chilling Thrilling Sounds 

Collector Notes

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.

  1. 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.

Walt Disney Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979 cassette

2. Cassette Shrink-wrapped to Display Card

Another cool package features the cassette in a blister pack on a display card

Walt Disney Chilling Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House 1979 Cassette shrink-wrapped on 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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Jaws Collectibles – Parodies & Knock-Offs

Jaws Collectibles – Parodies and Knock-Offs

We’ve been exploring Jaws collectibles and movie memorabilia for the last week or so and I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of those items that rode the wave of Jaws success, albeit unofficially.

Unlicensed merchandise is nothing new in the world of pop culture.  It’s almost guaranteed that anything successful will be quickly copied, imitated, blatantly ripped off as well as parodied.  The immense commercial success of Jaws at the box office made it a licensing bonanza, but the nature of the subject matter made it quite easy for unlicensed companies to jump on the money machine.  After all, Universal Studios couldn’t exactly license Great White Sharks!

By the summer of 1976, sharks were showing up on everything imaginable, from beach towels to t-shirts,  from rack toys to magazine covers.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the more impactful Jaws parodies and knock-offs.

Mr. Jaws & Other Fables by Dickie Goodman

Who doesn’t remember this silly song?

Dickie Goodman released the first cut-in parody record in 1956 called The Flying Saucers Part 1 & 2.  Almost twenty years later, he was still at it with his parody of Jaws.   This record sold over 1MM copies and hit #4 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1975.

Check out this really interesting article about Mr. Goodman and his cut-in records at 7 inches of 70s Pop blog.

Mr Jaws ‘sampled’ 13 hit songs, including the Theme from Jaws by John Williams.  None of the artists sampled received a penny in royalties from the sales of Mr Jaws.  On the album version of Mr. Jaws, both “Please Mr. Please” and “Rhinestone Cowboy” were replaced by re-recorded budget sound-alike renditions.

I had this album, along with others like Goofy Greats which I played incessantly in those days.  I thought these songs were hysterical.  While it’s fun to hear it again after all these years, I’m honestly not sure what I found so funny about it…

Almost hard to call this album a collectible given that the vinyl album sells for $10 and the single for less than $5 on eBay.  There are a number of current listings on eBay for both the single and the album all reasonably priced.

 Mad Magazine #180 (January 1976)

Mad Magazine Jaws Cover 1976 This cover was painted by Mort Kunstler who adopted the pseudonym “Mutz” out of content that doing a cover for MAD would hurt his career.  This is the only cover he ever did for the magazine, even though the publisher asked him to do all future covers after this one turned out so well.  Steven Spielberg now owns the original painting for this cover.

These are pretty easy to get your hands on and a number are currently available on eBay.  Recent eBay sales range in price from $3.99 – $6.99 for copies in VG condition and there are a number of current listings on eBay

Topps Wacky Packages

Jaws Spoof Wacky Sticker Gums

Wacky Packages were stickers released by Topps Chewing Gum Company beginning in 1967 that parodied common household products as well as popular culture.  They were immensely popular with kids in the 1970s.

Each pack contained 2 stickers, a piece of gum and a checklist.  The Wacky Packages parody of Jaws, called “Gums”  was part of the 15th series, which Topps released in July 1975.

Wacky Packages 15th Series Checklist

Wacky Packages have surged in collectibility in recent years and ‘Gums’ single cards can easily demand $15-$20 for a high-grade card.  A current listing on eBay starts at $16.99.

Knock-offs & Unlicensed Merchandise

Jaws Unlicensed Gumball Stickers

Here’s a great example of an unlicensed product that went so far as to even use the name ‘jaws’ but keeping it just generic enough by tagging the word ‘shark’ in front.  This was a bubble gum machine display card and a nice copy Recently Sold on eBay for $12

I was 9 years old when Jaws was released and I spent my summers at the beach in South Carolina.  I remember sharks being imprinted on just about everything for those few summers after the film was released.

What was your favorite piece of Jaws merchandise, official or otherwise?