CD Halloween a Go-Go [Digipak] (CD 1357239), Audio Other
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Halloween a Go-Go [Digipak]

  • 1. I Had Too Much Dream - The Electric Prunes
    2. Restless Nights - Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
    3. Running Through My Nightmares - Chesterfield Kings
    4. I'm the Wolfman - The Fuzztones
    5. Howlin' for My Darlin' - Howlin' Wolf
    6. Lies of the Living Dead - The Minus 5
    7. I Walked with a Zombie - Roky Erickson & the Aliens
    8. Man with the X-Ray Eyes - Jarvis Humby
    9. I Am a Demon and I Love Rock N Roll - Sweatmaster
    10. Walking with a Ghost - Tegan and Sara
    11. She's a Monster - Stems
    12. Put Your Cat Clothes On - Carl Perkins
    13. Dinner with Drac, Pt. 1 - John Zacherle
    14. Walking Through My Dreams - The Pretty Things
    15. Season of the Witch - Donovan
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 8563850017

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Hassinger; David Carswell; Norman Smith; Greg Prevost; Sam Phillips; Leonard Chess; Mickie Most; Andy Babiuk; Phil Chess; Rudi Protrudi; Steven Van Zandt; Stu Cook; Willie Dixon; Bernie Lowe; John Collins; Howard Redekopp; Bruce Springsteen
    EngineerMartin Feveyear

    Personnel: Rudi Protrudi (vocals, guitar, piano); Richard Lane (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Tegan Quin, Dom Mariani, Sara Quin, Phil Arriagada, Steven Van Zandt, Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar); James Lowe (vocals, autoharp, tambourine); Greg Prevost, Howlin' Wolf, Phil May, Roky Erickson, Wally Allen Waller (vocals); Ken Williams, Hubert Sumlin, Smokey Smothers, Duane Aslaksen (guitar); Bill Miller (autoharp); Shawn Phillips (sitar); Abe Locke (tenor saxophone); Hosea Lee Kennard, Jerry Lee Lewis (piano); Roy Bittan (keyboards, background vocals); Danny Federici, Matt Sharp, Andre Lewis, Mark Tulin (keyboards); Gary Chambers, Mike Boise, Fuzzy Furioso, Preston Ritter, Max Weinberg, S.P. Leary (drums); Clarence Clemons (background vocals).
    After compiling a handful of volumes of garage rock nuggets for Wicked Cool Records' Coolest Songs in the World series, Little Steven Van Zandt gets into a seasonal mood with his disc, which features 15 songs suitable for Halloween listening. How Van Zandt was able to put together a collection of spooky tunes without a single song by the Cramps or the Misfits defies logic, and there are a few songs here that seem truly out of place. Van Zandt has finally included a cut by his boss Bruce Springsteen on one of his comps, but "Restless Nights" (an outtake from the sessions for The River) hardly sounds like prime spook house material, and as great a tune as Carl Perkins' "Put Your Cat Clothes On" is, it's way too upbeat for this company (unless you read it as an encouragement to put on your trick or treating costume). For the most part, though, Halloween a Go-Go spans genres and decades with style -- Howlin' Wolf truly lives up to his name on "Howlin' for My Darlin'," legendary horror host John Zacherley gets suitably crazy on the classic "Dinner with Drac," the Pretty Things deliver some primo psychedelia with the moody "Walking Through My Dreams," Roky Erickson sounds like he means just what he says when he sings "I Walked with a Zombie," the Minus Five bring out the rock on "Lies of the Living Dead," the Chesterfield Kings, the Fuzztones, and the Stems lead the charge for modern day garage monsters, and while Donovan might seem a bit lightweight for this crowd, "Season of the Witch" closes out the set with a truly fitting note of dread. Halloween a Go-Go is far from the definitive horror rock collection, but it's better than most compilations following this template, and there's a welcome stylistic variety that should appeal to the thinking ghoul's tastes. ~ Mark Deming

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