Halloween a Go-Go

Halloween a Go-Go


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After compiling a handful of volumes of garage rock nuggets for Wicked Cool Records' Coolest Songs in the World series, Little Steven Van Zandt gets into a seasonal mood with his disc, which features 15 songs suitable for Halloween listening. How Van Zandt was able to put together a collection of spooky tunes without a single song by the Cramps or the Misfits defies logic, and there are a few songs here that seem truly out of place. Van Zandt has finally included a cut by his boss Bruce Springsteen on one of his comps, but "Restless Nights" (an outtake from the sessions for The River) hardly sounds like prime spook house material, and as great a tune as Carl Perkins' "Put Your Cat Clothes On" is, it's way too upbeat for this company (unless you read it as an encouragement to put on your trick or treating costume). For the most part, though, Halloween a Go-Go spans genres and decades with style -- Howlin' Wolf truly lives up to his name on "Howlin' for My Darlin'," legendary horror host John Zacherley gets suitably crazy on the classic "Dinner with Drac," the Pretty Things deliver some primo psychedelia with the moody "Walking Through My Dreams," Roky Erickson sounds like he means just what he says when he sings "I Walked with a Zombie," the Minus Five bring out the rock on "Lies of the Living Dead," the Chesterfield Kings, the Fuzztones, and the Stems lead the charge for modern day garage monsters, and while Donovan might seem a bit lightweight for this crowd, "Season of the Witch" closes out the set with a truly fitting note of dread. Halloween a Go-Go is far from the definitive horror rock collection, but it's better than most compilations following this template, and there's a welcome stylistic variety that should appeal to the thinking ghoul's tastes.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
Label: Wicked Cool Record
UPC: 0856385001794
catalogNumber: 500179
Rank: 157574

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hubert Sumlin   Guitar
Roky Erickson   Vocals
Jerry Lee Lewis   Piano
Shawn Phillips   Sitar
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Background Vocals
Phil May   Vocals
Duane Aslaksen   Guitar
Andy Babiuk   Bass
Roy Bittan   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Burgess   Bass
Howlin' Wolf   Vocals
Danny Federici   Keyboards
Fuzzy Furioso   Drums
Dave Heard   Bass
Hosea Lee Kennard   Piano
S.P. Leary   Drums
Andre Lewis   Keyboards
Abe Locke   Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Perkins   Bass
Greg Prevost   Vocals
Rudi Protrudi   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Preston Ritter   Drums
Garry Tallent   Bass
Mark Tulin   Bass,Keyboards
Steven Van Zandt   Guitar,Vocals
Wally Allen Waller   Bass,Vocals
Max Weinberg   Drums
James Lowe   Autoharp,Tambourine,Vocals
Bobby Ray   Bass
Matt Sharp   Keyboards
Phil Arriagada   Guitar,Vocals
Chris Harlock   Bass
Smokey Smothers   Guitar
Dom Mariani   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Miller   Autoharp
Chris Carlson   Bass
Ken Williams   Guitar
Gary Chambers   Drums
Tegan Quin   Guitar,Vocals
Sara Quin   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Boise   Drums
Richard Lane   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer,Producer
Roky Erickson   Composer
Bruce Springsteen   Composer,Producer
Scott McCaughey   Composer,Personnel
Phil May   Composer
Andy Babiuk   Composer,Producer
Peter Buck   Personnel
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
John Collins   Producer
Stu Cook   Producer
David Hassinger   Producer
Bernie Lowe   Producer
Mickie Most   Producer
John Povey   Composer
Greg Prevost   Composer,Producer
Rudi Protrudi   Producer
Bill Rieflin   Personnel
Norman Smith   Producer
Steven Van Zandt   Producer
Wally Allen Waller   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer
John Ramberg   Personnel
David Carswell   Producer
Martin Feveyear   Engineer
Nancie Mantz   Composer
Dom Mariani   Composer
Annette Tucker   Composer
Howard Redekopp   Producer
Baker Knight   Composer
Tegan Quin   Composer
Sara Quin   Composer
Sweatmaster   Composer
Little Steven   Executive Producer
Louis Arzonico   Artwork
Chester Burnett   Composer

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