Various Artists - Music To Scare Your Neighbours [Righteous Records/ Cherry Red - 2019]Music To Scare Your Neighbours is the fourth in the series of compilations culled from the basement grates of Lux & Lvy of The Cramps. The two-CD release brings together in all fifty tracks, and most/ many of these are obscure 45’s from the 1950s and 1960s, and as with all this series the comp is themed- and this time fittingly for the time of year and all its horror & Halloween themed.
As with the other releases in the series this appears on Righteous Records, which is part of the Cherry Red family. The two CD’s are presented in a slim double jewel case- and we get an eight-page inlay booklet, this takes in a four-page write up about the comp from Mojo magazines Dave Henderson, as track listing featuring original release dates & a few reproduced 45 labels.Roger Batty
The first disc takes in twenty-six tracks, with a total disc runtime of sixty-three minutes. And as we’ve come to expect from this series we get a nice mixture of novelty songs, down ‘n’ dirty rock ‘n’ roll, swinging big band and surf /garage rock. On this first disc, a few of my highlights come in the form of Archie Bleyer' s "The Rocking Ghost"- which starts of low key & eerier with a jiving creeping organ, whistling & smooth male swing vocals- as we move on we get sudden bombastic rolls of dramatic orchestration. Bobby Please’s “The Monster” is all janting rocking piano, sassy sax, and comedy/ rock ‘n’ roll male vocals. Bob and Jerry's “Ghost Satelite” is an instrumental track which brings together a creepy bass line, zing guitar & spacy electro effects, with later chugging & ringing surf guitar. Nervous Norvus "The Fang" is focused on jiving talking male vocal storytelling over a backing barren strum guitar & a selection of space effects. John Zacherie "Igor" is all swinging & darting guitars & sax, with almost stream of consciousness male vocals on top- going from talking about a girl who dyed her hair green with the juice from her spleen, and a cats nine lives running out. All in a nice & varied selection of tracks on this first disc.
Disc two takes in twenty-four tracks and has a total runtime of sixty-one minutes. And personal highlights come in the form of the disc opener "She's My Witch" by Kip Tyler- this is strung out & doomed R ‘n’ R, with brooding bass, tinkling keys, and nicely dark noir-like sax work. The playful "The Mummy" by Bob Mcfadden & Dor, with its toy-town grooving guitar, and comic vocals & Chessy walking sound effects. "Voodoo Doll" by The Interiors is nicely bright-yet rough & ready short of Doo-wop. The sassy grooving light jazz with spoken word intro, and werewolf/ creepy sound effects of "The Spook" by The Tomko’s. The quirky barbershop meets the clip-clop percussion of "Mr. Ghosts Goes To Town" by The Five Jones Boys. Once again another varied and mostly consistent disc- though maybe not as great as the first disc. Oh and also you get a few more known tracks like the theme from the original Blob, and Screaming J Hawkins "I put a spell on you", which do rather stand out among the mainly lesser-known flow of the comp.
So in finishing Music To Scare Your Neighbours is another worthy chapter in this series of compilations- as I say the first disc offers up the most ghoulish & campy sonic treats, though there are some great moments on disc two too. And of course, this is great for either Halloween night soundtrack, or pre cheesy horror flick listening.