Famous Monsters "Famous Monsters Speak!" (Wonderland/ AA Records, AR-3, 1963)
Issued first in 1963 & then reissued over the years through a few different labels (and possibly still available on CD, though most retailers claim it as being out of stock), this two story LP was amazingly evocative to me when I was little. Ex-Dead End kid Gabriel Dell's vocal interpretations of Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula never struck me as comical as many others (like that weird leap from Lugosi imitation to Jackie Mason sound-alike you hear a lot with Dracula), and the stories were totally creepy cool. Cherney Berg's conceits for the (non-Universal adaptation) plots -- a reporter has been ushered into Dracula's lair and runs over the events as he types/ primitive recording devices allow us to hear the thoughts of Frankenstein's Monster -- did the trick as far as I was concerned, and the sound effects were unique enough to these recordings that I never felt jolted out of the atmosphere being conjured up. Of course after 30+ years of owning it I still have no idea what the Wolf Man, Mummy & Creature from the Black Lagoon are hanging around on the cover for, but getting to gaze at the early '60's Aurora Model-esque art more than makes up for any confusion.
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