Sounds of Terror! (Pickwick SPC-5104, 1974)
Wade Denning's name is all over some of my favorite spooky records from the late '60's/ early '70's (mostly in conjunction with Pickwick), and this is one of the best/ most extreme. It seems that Mr. Denning did a lot of audio work in a variety of guises, but it's easily his Halloween related stuff that's colored my life the most.
I can still distinctly remember the day that my mother bought me this record at the local JC Pennny's store thanks to the clerk's assurance that it "wasn't that scary" & "would be fine for a five year old" (this despite tracks with titles like "Be Buried Alive" & "The Victims of the Guillotine" proudly displayed on the cover). She was uncertain, but I REALLY wanted "The Monster Mash" (it turned out to be a semi-lame re-recording, but I wouldn't figure that out for a few years) so she eventually relented. Side one is a collection of some pretty standard monster vignettes entitled "Famous Monsters and Ghouls" (mostly stuff like Frankenstein's monster, the Mummy, etc) but side TWO focuses on "Man's Inhumanity to Man" and I honestly had nightmares for months (maybe years) thanks to this thing -- but I also couldn't stop listening to it, so it's not like I didn't have an active hand in the process, right?. A few years later, while setting up my own "Haunted House" with a friend in my backyard (we had several dummy corpses made out of sweatshirts & jeans stuffed with newspaper, a buncha gravestones cut out of wood, etc), I recorded loops of a number of these tracks & played them on portable tape players ("Nightmare of Lost Souls" & "Curse of the Zombies" were both outstanding in this regard) so it's safe to say that this LP continued to serve me very well over the years. And here it is for YOU.