Make horrid scars and gashes.

3.05.2006

Ghostly Sounds (Gershon Kingsley & Peter Waldron) "Ghostly Sounds" (Peter Pan, 8125, 1975)

An all-time fave of many 1970's kids, this has gotten some extra attention in recent years now that folks have figured out that the Moogtastic Mr. Gershon Kingsley ("Popcorn", "The In Sound From Way Out", etc) was involved. It's justified though, and Side One will probably give you more than ample reason to be interested; Peter Waldron's simple but evocative narration conjures up a spooky Halloween vibe and the (largely non-library) sound effects merge perfectly with the electronic underscore. I know that the "Goblin Dance" section in particular both enthralled and creeped me out when I was little and even today if it went on for 20 solid minutes I doubt I'd grow bored. Side Two's single story ("The Ghosts from Outer Space") might seem a tad goofy to anyone past childhood, but even if you can't get into the plot the curious use of human voices for most of the sound effects (to simulate working, a guy actually says "work") nicely expose the avant garde influences that were at play on a lot of children's records in the late '60's & early '70's.

Note: This rip is different from the one I circulated last October, and is from a previously unplayed copy of the LP.


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20 Comments:

Blogger Ben T. said...

I always thought that Peter Waldron sounds like Gene Wilder on this.

3/05/2006 9:59 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the album cover for years and never heard this one!!! Thanks.

It's like crack, keep 'em comin!!!

Dr.Terror

3/05/2006 11:38 PM

 
Blogger Jason said...

The cool album cover art was by George Peed, who did at least two other Peter Pan horror themed records around the same time (their "Monster Mash" lp, and a Halloween X-Mas hybrid called "Monster Christmas Mash"). Some of his art from this cover (the hanuted house for example) can also be found in the (excellent!) Charles S. Anderson design book "Goth-Icky", from their "Pop Ink" series

3/06/2006 7:54 AM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Hmm, that link was kind of wonky, but it should get you there. If not, try this one

3/06/2006 7:56 AM

 
Blogger Ben T. said...

George Peed did a lot of kiddie record covers for the Peter Pan/Diplomat/Rocking Horse/etc. label. These were late in his career, after he'd retired from animation. He was an animator at Disney, and did some of the character designs for Fantasia. He also designed the old B&W television cartoon "The Mighty Hercules". The faces on the kiddies on his album covers often resemble Herc's satyr sidekick, Puck.

3/06/2006 9:40 AM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Outstanding info! As a kid I assumed he had to have had SOME kind of importance thanks to the prominence of his name on the album art, but never knew his history at all. Thanks Ben!

3/06/2006 9:46 AM

 
Blogger Doktor Viktor Von Kreep said...

Hey Jason,
Thanks for posting this! Drop me an email sometime I would like to send you a thank you package for all of the creepy albums you sent me. vonkreep@1313magazine.com

Your pal,
Von Kreep

3/06/2006 12:59 PM

 
Blogger Dennis Dread said...

George Peed also did some funny cover art for 'Dinner With Drac', another Peter Pan "monster-swing" ep! Dracula & Wolfman eating spaghetti and drinking blood from wine glasses!

4/10/2006 2:34 AM

 
Blogger swarlock said...

Years ago I had this as well. But unfortunately a family physician at the time decided to butt in into my priovate life and I lost it and a thousand other things as punishment for being a brat.

6/23/2006 1:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH' MAN DOES THIS EVER BRING BACK MEMORIES OF THOSE OLD FASHION NORTH EASTERN HALLOWEENS GONE BYE! I REMEMBER SPINNING THIS RECORD THIRTY SOMTHING YEARS AGO... THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR THE BRIEF TRIP BACK TO THAT HAPPY PLACE!!!

RWH

10/27/2006 5:36 PM

 
Anonymous mike said...

I just pulled out my copy and played it tonight on my old suitcase record player in honor of Halloween. There is no date on the record or the album cover, so it's interesting to see this is from 1975. That sounds about right...means I've had it about 30 years. Wow. Happy Halloween from Portland, Oregon!

10/31/2006 8:57 PM

 
Anonymous Chillingthriller said...

I just wanted to say thank you to Jason for having uploaded this file. I got it from Dave's blog but he posted a link to this one and I wanted to thank you for having originally uploaded the file.

I had this record, but when I pulled my copy out of storage last weekend I discovered that the vinyl was missing- all I have is the cover.

Thank you for all of the great work you've done, Jason!

3/15/2007 3:02 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello!

Is there a way to download this album? I had this one way back in the 70's and would love to hear it again but the link seems broken?

Thanks!
NinjaRob (ninja_rob@yahoo.com)

7/03/2007 3:33 PM

 
Anonymous Yodellin' Joe josephbrando@verizon.net said...

My favorite of all Halloween records!! Your page is great and listening to these old records makes me get that real Halloween-y feeling just like when I watch "The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" or "Mad Monster Party". Thanks!!!

10/27/2007 1:31 PM

 
Blogger Pamelotta said...

How can I get this record? We lost ours in the eighties. Can someone put this on
cd if I pay them?

10/30/2007 6:12 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/956273/Ghostly_Sounds___Peter_Pan___8125___.zip

8/07/2008 2:53 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, the link is actually: http://rapidshare.com/files/956273/Ghostly_Sounds
___Peter_Pan___8125___.zip
Copy line 2 directly after line 1 of the link and off you go ...

8/07/2008 3:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mate your a bloody legend, I've searching the net for years trying to find this for my kid, I still have the record from when I was a kid but sadly she is very scratched.

9/04/2008 11:21 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES!!!! I can't tell you how many times I've told my kids about this album...listening to it in a darkened basement, scaring the heck out of half the neighborhood kids...ah, good times...

Of course, I just played it for my kids and they laughed! But I am thrilled anyway...

9/18/2008 3:37 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi can someone please get in touch with me that has a mp3 of the whole ghostly sounds LP and im late here i see how come all the links to the records are gone? someone please help my email is ilovbbws@yahoo.com if u have this mp3 or any other of the good LPs he has listed that have no links :) thanks a ton

5/20/2009 12:04 PM

 

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