Make horrid scars and gashes.

2.07.2006

Sounds To Make You Shiver! "Sounds To Make You Shiver! Bloodcurdling! Terror! Horror!" (Pickwick, SPC-5101, 1974)

One of the more common 1970's Halloween sound effect records to still turn up, this has connections to some of the other Pickwick titles I've already posted. I've mentioned Wade Denning a few times, but Frank Daniel seemed to have been equally involved in making the world a better place through spooky records; he did the cool artwork for this title as well as for the back cover of Famous Ghost Stories, and both sides of Sounds of Terror, for which he also takes the sole writing credit. Thanks Frank!

Compared to those other two Pickwick titles, Sounds to Make you Shiver! seemed less intense to my ears as a kid (though there's enough female moaning on here that I was commanded by a childhood friend's parents to take it off when I brought it along for a sleepover party). In keeping with a somewhat standard format of the day, one side has a "story in sound" ("...designed primarily for general scaring"), while the other has many of the same sound effects banded out individually and touted in the liner notes as "ideal for background noises that will give extra authenticity to mystery play or skit. Just play the record on cue in the wings and the audience will shiver and love it". While this sort of audio double-dipping smacks cynical grown-up me as a cost saver, I know that when I was a kid I really did love being able to easily queue up and play something along the lines of "Witch Laugh" or "Screams & Groans" while, you know, doing shit like phoning up people at random in the middle of the day. These days I've found that a lot of side one is still pretty good stuff to mix in as a layer of sound underneath spooky songs, just as long as you make sure to stay away from the dreaded "guy pretending to be a cat" section. Man, oh man.


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25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had this as a kid and my friends and I would always use it as background music when we would make our own haunted houses.

A few years ago, I found a mint copy in a Kansas City music store. It was a blast to listen to again!

Every Halloween, I play it when the trick or treaters come by, the screams always freak the neighbors out.

2/10/2006 12:39 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice one.

randomly heard 'sounds to make you shiver' at a mate's house in copenhagen and thought it was one of the best things i'd ever heard. reckoned i was gonna have to scour the country for second-hand stores to find it so nice one for posting the mp3s and making my life a lot easier!!


cheers,

jc from uk

5/02/2006 8:28 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks man for posting this I have been looking eveywhere for it on the net....many thanks!!

7/14/2006 9:27 AM

 
Blogger HarveyMidnight said...

Hey, if anbody's interested, I used this album Sounds To Make You Shiver as a basis for a Halloween mix, which yoiu can grab, free for the takin' from rapidshare, from my blog:

http://harveysmidnighthour.blogspot.com/2006/08/bloodcurdling-stereo.html

Many thanks to Jason for supplying nearly all of the sound effects I used.

8/26/2006 8:44 AM

 
Anonymous Erich Reinhardt said...

You know, this album got me thinking...did Topstone ever use this record as a source for their "Horror Sounds of the Night" cassette? Because a lot of the sound effects taken from this album are featured on the tape. Particularly the witch laugh, the screams, the "guys pretending to be cats" bit, and possibly the banging shutters. Does anyone know anything about it? Anybody who worked at Topstone know the answer?

9/08/2006 5:09 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow I have this for sell on Ebay, check it out, item #200031288256. I love this record! Happy Halloween Everyone! ChevyLadyinFlorida

9/28/2006 7:18 PM

 
Blogger Vinyl Mysteries said...

Excellent site! I have this record as well :-)
vinylmysteries.blogspot.com

10/17/2006 6:51 PM

 
Anonymous Jerry said...

You may have just made my night here as I get ready for the trick or treaters. Thanks for sharing!!!

10/31/2006 4:27 PM

 
Blogger JeffDmetalgod said...

I've had a copy since I was 9 years old! still creeps me out whenever I listen to it!

9/27/2007 9:21 AM

 
Blogger David W. said...

I had the record as a kid too.

If I remember correctly the "Dracula and his Victim" sounds a bit X-rated.

Thank for posting this

10/08/2007 7:55 PM

 
Blogger Christopher said...

Oh man! Best Halloween record ever! Boy does this bring back memories. Still have the original vinyl but no way to play it. Thanks so much!

11/14/2007 10:57 AM

 
Blogger HarveyMidnight said...

Hiya again....

Got somethin' here. The 'Sounds To Make You Shiver "bonus disk"!'

Thanks to Scarstuff, I have so many of these old effects records.... I would occasionally find an effect that's mixed into that the big 'night in a haunted house' side but is NOT included with the effects on side B -- where is SHOULD be. So, I put together a little bonus mix of my own, that goes hand in hand with Sounds To Make You Shiver. I just checked, the share is still active: here's a link to the page on my blog.

http://harveysmidnighthour.blogspot.com/2007/10/time-to-make-you-shiver-some-more.html

Hope ya like...

2/26/2008 6:15 PM

 
Anonymous Erich Reinhardt said...

I just discovered a subliminal message on the "Night In A Haunted House" track. If you listen very closely at around eleven minutes in, you can hear a female voice screaming, "OH! COME BACK! I'M ONLY SIXTEEN!"

I guess the mixing engineer must have added that in just before the lacquer masters were cut. Just thought I'd share a little warning here if you plan to play this album on Halloween.

4/04/2008 3:16 PM

 
Blogger HarveyMidnight said...

Hmm.. not so sure. Sounds to me more like she's saying "Oh, drat... I wasn't done eating that!" Kinda works because there's a glass breaking sound just before she says it -- as if somebody dropped the plate out of her hands.

But you never know, with all that wind covering up the line...

I forget exactly when, but at some point in the same track, you can hear the 'screaming woman' start giggling at something the 'happy haunting host' just said...

4/06/2008 1:50 AM

 
Blogger Skullptor said...

Yea, cool! I have 3 copies of this record! Thats how much I like it. I have such fond memories of halloween and one time in particular when my cousin (who had this record when we were kids) packed his whole stereo (speakers and all) up onto the roof one halloween night so we could play STMYS loud enough to let the entire neighborhood hear it! After one full playing of both sides, someone had called the cops on us and they drove by and yell at us to "shut it off,your scaring the kids!" I thought that was the point?!? Anyway, we had such fun that night and the "kids" (neighborhood trick-or-treaters) all seemed to love it too. I think it was just the adults that were getting scared lol.

8/24/2008 4:50 PM

 
Anonymous HauntedSummitview.com said...

This was and still is the ultimate Halloween sound effect record from my childhood! We haunted our breezeway back in the early 1980's and played this record. I wore it out. We still use portions of it during our haunts. Thanks for all the info!

10/17/2008 9:45 PM

 
Anonymous David O'Connor said...

One of the best Halloween cuts EVER! Chains, screams, moaning, scary birds and bats and bone crunching madness!!

10/25/2008 1:23 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have found another webpage with the link to this: sounds and all. Funny thing, it has no TIME listed on the vinyl "A night in a haunted house" takes up a full side of a record. When I played the track online/ipod, it lasts for 15 minutes? The whole side of the record? Maybe the poster edited it before putting it up. Also Erich Reinhardt said... "If you listen very closely at around eleven minutes in, you can hear a female voice screaming, "OH! COME BACK! I'M ONLY SIXTEEN!" & HarveyMidnight said... "Hmm.. not so sure. Sounds to me more like she's saying "Oh, drat... I wasn't done eating that!" Kinda works because there's a glass breaking sound just before she says it -- as if somebody dropped the plate out of her hands. But you never know, with all that wind covering up the line... I forget exactly when, but at some point in the same track, you can hear the 'screaming woman' start giggling at something the 'happy haunting host' just said..." well, I played it, and that does happen around the 10-11 min mark. I cant really make out what is being said. THE ONLY THING I REMEMBER FROM CHILDHOOD is the voice stating "...dont turn around, there may be something behind you." & "SCAT YOU CATS! SCAT!" but towards the end, the 'narriators' voice can be heard in the chains sound, but it so buried in reverb you cant make out the statement. The whole side of the vinyl record is only 15 minutes??? That is what it says in my ipod.

10/30/2008 4:10 PM

 
Blogger HarveyMidnight said...

Wow... dusting off the comments page to respond to Anonymous' comment from nearly a year ago, who said "but towards the end, the 'narriators' voice can be heard in the chains sound, but it so buried in reverb you cant make out the statement."

Anonymous you're correct, the narrator does say something toward the end, very hard to make out in the rattling chains. I booted up the volume; I'm pretty sure what he's saying is, "Don't rattle those bones at ME, Mister Skeleton!"

8/30/2009 3:54 PM

 
Blogger David said...

I have these sound effects on an orange cassette tape that's called "Horror Sounds of the Night"...loved this tape! The tape actually started off with creepy organ music then it continued with the same creepy sounds on "Sounds To Make You Shiver". Any chance in reposting? My tape has got a terrible hiss and takes away the beauty of these excellent effects. Happy Halloween in 2009! Thanks for all the great postings Jason!

9/22/2009 11:31 PM

 
Anonymous silvereagle2061 said...

If this is the "Scat you cat, scat" record where can I find it now? Its the one record I always missed from my childhood days.

1/12/2010 4:00 AM

 
Anonymous Mike Fass (Drummer Bear) said...

To answer Erich Reinhardt's question, yes. Topstone's "Horror Sounds of the Night", from 1986, is entirely made up of tracks from other classic horror albums. It begins with "Phantom Of The Opera ('Organ' Sounds)" from "Death & Horror" (the first of the BBC D%H series from 1977), followed by "Phantom of the Cathedral" from "Ghostly Sounds" (Power Records, 1976) and the remainder is the entirety of Side 2 of "Sounds to Make You Shiver". Side 2 of the Topstone release is identical to Side 1. Amazing that an established company such as Topstone would so flagrantly lift so much copyrighted material.

Mike Fass (Drummer Bear)
Zangief from "Street Fighter: The Later Years"

4/25/2010 12:29 AM

 
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11/19/2010 12:39 PM

 
Blogger Jon, Guske said...

I owned this record years ago and miss it still, I played it all year long. I even used this record to do Public service announcements for KRVM radio station while in High school. It got listeners attention which is the point in radio....though the woman screaming caused some listeners to call the station and complain. I also played it backwards at 16rpm while tripping on Acid once....WOW!! Great to see others so interested in this!

7/23/2011 10:07 AM

 
Anonymous Air force ones said...

I had this as a kid and my friends and I would always use it as background music when we would make our own haunted houses

8/28/2011 11:10 PM

 

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