Make horrid scars and gashes.

10.15.2006

Louise Huebner "Seduction Through Witchcraft" (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts, WS-1819, 1969)

Criminally out of print (after a brief digital reissue at the hands of Infinite Zero in the mid 1990's), this amazing mishmash of spoken word narration from still-active witch Louise Huebner and electronic music pioneers Louis and Bebe Barron belongs in any collection of the arcane and unique.

Coming from roughly the same era that produced occult celebs like Anton LaVey and Sybil Leek, Huebner was media savvy enough to conjure a 1968 government-issued designation for herself as "Official Witch Of Los Angeles County", and she followed that coup a year later with this LP. Largely adapted from her book of the same name, it's a reverb-heavy collection of scratchily-voiced incantations centered around "charms of seduction and sexual power", and has always struck me as a fully entertaining listen from start to finish. To be fair though, some of my enjoyment may be circumstantial as I first heard this album (via 8-track, no less!) while barreling down a highway in the middle of the night at the age of 16 or 17. I was en route to work a far-distant record fair for my job, and had been uncomfortably sleeping in the back of the van on several crates of albums before this hazily brought me out of my road-coma -- to say that I was completely confused and disoriented is to sell the experience short.


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24 Comments:

Blogger Trevor Pitt said...

Jason, you are a GAWD (or the Devil, which ever you prefer)! This may be the coolest, NO...IS THE COOLEST blog I've ever encountered. Halloween is my favorite Holiday!!! Words can't describe how awesome all of these albums are! Thanks for all the hard work...I can tell you're a lot like me in that you really appreciate this stuff. Cheers!

10/15/2006 5:37 PM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Hah, I checked out yr blog & we're even more similar than that -- I also used to live in Columbus (I went to CCAD in the late '80's) and I too make my living as a graphic designer (hell, I'm even in "NAPP"). Spooky, huh? Glad you're enjoying the posts!

10/15/2006 5:49 PM

 
Blogger meatcleaver63 said...

Damn Jason, You continue to amaze me. Thanks for doing what you do!!!

10/16/2006 5:52 AM

 
Blogger Stephen said...

I've always liked this one. I don't care what she's saying, I just like the whispery reverb voice of hers. It's hypnotic. Or maybe she's bewitched me?

10/16/2006 8:27 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So many thnaks Jason. Your site is so cool. Great work and many thanks for all this Spooky Sounds. I love spooky sounds of Halloween. I collected them. Greatings from Germany.
Sandra

10/16/2006 12:23 PM

 
Blogger Pete said...

Hey, Jason.

You seemed to be on blogging vacation for awhile, so I hadn't checked the site. Lots of interesting stuff.

I don't remember your going on this trip--surely this was when you were at Exile, right?

--PH

10/16/2006 4:15 PM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Married Pete!

Yes indeed -- it was some record fair in Iowa of Omaha or somewhere (one of maybe two or three I went to over the time I worked there) and most of what I really remember was that it was sorta cold & that I picked up a few Joy Division rarities (those being a few copies of the "Komakino" flexi & the 3-lp "box file" set), so that would probably place it near fall or winter of '85 (when my JD obsession peaked). I think that Pete L was still semi-working there (and maybe driving?) but mostly the "crew" were Shirley's pals & no one I was very familiar with. The van only had an 8-track player in it too, and at some point I *think* I remember hearing Patti Smith as well (maybe second album? I didn't know her well at the time), and I'm also quite sure that the whole time I was wishing that we were listening to Battalion of Saints or something instead.

Anyway it was probably 10 years before I re-identified this as the album that confused me the most on that trip, when I heard the CD reissue. Another mystery solved!

10/16/2006 4:35 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this record made me think to ask if you have or can locate Babetta 'The Art Of Witchcraft' LP

thx

10/16/2006 5:35 PM

 
Blogger Trevor Pitt said...

Wow Jason, that IS spooky. Strange world we live in. Seems we've followed similar paths. It's like an episode of The Twilight Zone or something. Okay, what am I going to next? It would be nice to have a glimpse into the future...

BTW: I noticed in a previous post that you upped a photo of your set-up. Big ups for the Gee-Five. I couldn't live without my beast.

10/16/2006 10:12 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! This sounds great!
Thanks!

10/17/2006 9:13 AM

 
Blogger D_origional_morbidious said...

Are you going to post Disney's Haunted Mansion album with front and back covers as well as shots of all eleven pages of the book that goes with?

10/17/2006 4:15 PM

 
Anonymous Eric said...

Dude, thank you thank you THANK YOU! I'm a DJ at WUSC FM Columbia (wusc.sc.edu the site is crap right now its under a huge redesign) and our Fall fundraiser falls the weekend before halloween and we are going spooky themed and I never thought I'd find anything to play! THANK YOU!

10/17/2006 7:48 PM

 
Blogger Drazen said...

WOW
incredible

10/18/2006 9:20 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, if there's one thing that typifies "the groovy age of horror", it's this! Thank you so much!

10/18/2006 9:34 AM

 
Blogger D_origional_morbidious said...

I know this is alittle off key, but just out of curiosity..... would you happen to have any records of the three stooges you could share???

10/22/2006 6:21 PM

 
Anonymous kotep said...

oh man i think the link is down.....is it? or is my cpu messin up?


I NEEEED THIS!!!

you the man btw

11/01/2006 3:35 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I have downloaded this twice and both times it is missing tracks 2, 3, 6, 7 and 11. Is there any way we can get those? I would love to have the whole thing! Thank you.

My e-mail is orlandoslove@gmail.com in case you have a moment to spare to send them. Once again, thank you and I love your amazing blog!

10/15/2007 2:09 PM

 
Anonymous dancing mule said...

Jason - amazing work. Greetings from Texas. I stumbled onto your blog just last night and totally agree with everyone too whom have expressed their appreciation.

Well it's that time again: 12 days before All Hallows Eve! I have some things I would like to send you to post. I have one of the cereal box records that I think originally came from Alpha-Bits. It is called "The Haunted House" and is one of three that were available way back when (c1972) - you don't have these posted. You are welcome to email me: pikk1@excite.com and we can go from there. I have some other stuff too that I'd like you to have as a thank you for all your work.

Also I noticed that some of the links are down from your main page. A hosting page pops up claiming an "error 404" - page not found! Those links are the two Georgie files, the two Olmstead files, the Alfred Swartz file and three of the Vincent Price files: Ligeia, Imp and Coven.

Again thanks for EVERYTHING and I hope to hear from you.

10/19/2007 6:13 PM

 
Blogger Lewis Film said...

I've got this.

11/02/2007 4:04 AM

 
Blogger creatorofgod said...

just picked this LP up at a Salvation Army (also found a Ken Nordine record and some other obscurities that day) and googled it just to see what's known of it. good stuff, this.

11/22/2007 7:20 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent blog! and this record is a great find, thanks!

3/03/2008 7:59 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I adore your blog with a rare and beautiful passion! Being able to download so many rare and wonderful records is oh-so-exciting. I am very grateful! Since you seem to collect adult records along with children's, I thought you would consider in the future posting A Musical Seance: Featuring Rosemary Brown (1974) and The Final Houdini Seance with the Actual Voice of Mrs. Harry Houdini. I've been dying to hear these two, and I thought you would be the one who could post them or know where they are already available for download. Thank you again for all you have already done! It's quite amazing!

3/07/2008 2:53 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing work here.

i second the request for the Houdini seance record. been looking for that everywhere.

3/21/2008 11:50 AM

 
Blogger Dave said...

I have a CD-R copy of the harry Houdini Final Seance LP.

Follow my links to my new Yuku Forum where I have it posted.

10/30/2009 9:37 PM

 

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