COVER ART | A HALLOWEEN COLLECTION

I partook of a #Halloweenvinyl challenge over at the ‘gram. Here is a selection…

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JEAN MICHEL JARRE — Oxygene [1976]

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GOBLIN — Suspiria [OST 1976]

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Two Suspirias being better than one, hello Radiohead’s Thom Yorke…

THOM YORKE — Suspiria [2018]

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A kind of a black magic vibe, also marking Peter Green’s birthday…

FLEETWOOD MAC — Black Magic Woman [1980 compilation of early Green-era material]

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I couldn’t think of too many album covers featuring ghosts (can you?) but I came up with a couple of real devils…

PAUL HORN — Altura Do Sol (High Sun)  [1976]

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…And an early Tom Cruise film (featuring Tim Curry of Rocky Horror fame). The soundtrack also has Jon Anderson and Brian Ferry on a track each. But mostly it’s Tangerine Dream.

TANGERINE DREAM — Legend [OST 1986]

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And to round out the 31 October vibe, who better than John Lee Hooker?

What’s your go-to Halloween record?

27 comments

  1. Shameless plug: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5DOGGiOvN5BvPXzoKUcbSY

    Never on vinyl but I’m open to persuasion if the price is right 🙂 A spooky Halloween to you!

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  2. Tales Of Witches, Ghosts & Goblins narrated by Vincent Price, and Disneyland Records’ Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House, were my go to when I was younger, and occasionally, when I got older.

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    1. Wonderful titles, both. Guaranteed to require substantial bouts of therapy for your children. 💀

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      1. Both had great cover art, too. I remember spending a lot of time contemplating them as I listened.

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  3. A selection of images as revealing as a Rorschach test.
    Would Jackie’s ‘Demon’s Dance’ or Wayne’s ‘Speak no Evil’ qualify? Maybe Mingus’ Oh Yeah! but the chicken’s throat is intact.

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    1. Ah. Demon’s Dance is a detail from a Mati Klarwein painting and certainly most Halloweenish. The Shorter should get a guernsey just for name alone. As for the Mingus… ah, um…

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      1. Well played, sir.

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  4. BTW, I’m struck by the juxtaposition of Coloured Balls’ Ball Power and Alice Coltrane’s A Monastic Trio in your Halloween header. I cant recall if I’ve heard the later but will check it out soon.

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    1. I’ll pop it on now and report back. BTW, do you do the instathing DD?

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      1. It is as I recalled… an album where Alice plays piano on side one and harp on side two. The latter is a trio (Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali) while Pharaoh Sanders plays bass clarinet on side one.

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      2. I found some bits of A Monastic Trio on YouTube. It seemed a bit abrasive for my mood, which is odd, as I had had wound the John Coltrane Quartet Live at the Village Vanguard up to make a solid wall of sound not long before revisiting VC. I will return to Alice et al on another day. I also noticed it commands a handsome price.
        As to instathing, that’s a new word to me. Some kind of hardware integration protocol?

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        1. I assume instathing was meant to be Instagram; a puzzle set by spell checker.
          I’ve assumed that Instagram is one of those things that clamour for attention on my phone, the kind that squawks for attention, peeps out from corners, tries to insinuate its self into my day. Is Instagram one of those? So far I’ve just let prejudice rule my decision so I don’t have Instagram.

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          1. Yes. Stay with your entirely valid prejudice. There is, however, a lot of nice #jazzvinyl. Just sayin’.

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        2. The copy of Monastic Trio I have is a reissue, but still in Impulse! It’s excellent.
          Substituting ‘thing’ for ‘gram’ was a silly and futile effort to undercut my newest social media addiction.

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  5. For the cover’s Halloween content it’s hard to beat Uriah Heep debut album 🙂 As for the music (and some covers too) I would go with Alice Cooper who often treats the macabre with Tim Burtone-like wit.

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    1. I did think of “Very ‘eavy” at one point, iwarti, but it loses something without the impact of the vertical gatefold. Alice is always good for some ghoulish theatre, isn’t he?

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      1. You’re right – Heep’s debut would have to be presented in it’s vertical glory for the full effect.
        As for the Alice – I’ve discovered him (properly) only recently and I’m amazed how the reality of his early albums (with the band and solo) differs (in his favour) from my expectations based on the only album I’ve known up to this point, which is “Trash”.

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        1. Did a fun series on vertical gatefolds a while back…
          https://vinylconnection.com.au/2018/06/21/vertical-hold/

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        2. …which I note you contributed to!! 🙂

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  6. Without being a smartarse about it, I’d plump for ‘Black Sabbath’ by Black Sabbath (from Black Sabbath, obvs). That LP cover and the tolling of the bell, there’s a Dennis Wheatley novel in 10 seconds flat.

    I remember Legend being a rubbish film, I can’t remember the music at all – is it any good?

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    1. The Sab’s debut had a good showing on Insta. Love the speed-Wheatley line.
      The soundtrack is ok, but not my favourite TD OST.

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  7. PS: I was in Glasgow at the weekend, just prior to the Cop26 event and sadly the Jean Michel Jarre cover is all too apt.

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    1. Yeah. Our PM, meanwhile, is demonstrating to the world what a total arse he is.
      Amazing how that J M Jarre cover gets more relevant and more disturbing with time.

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  8. I have that Oxygene LP. Still need to get the Thom Yorke. And I live in regret that I missed JLH in concert in the 90s. I was knackered from doing drywall for 12 hours and commuting for 3 hours. Drove right past the venue, couldn’t muster the energy. Then he died. Damn it.

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    1. The ones that got away. Those regrets can stick around, for sure. Still, John Lee’s recorded legacy is substantial.

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      1. Oh yes, and I own a chunk of it. But seeing him in concert? That’s what coffee is for! To hell with working the next day, I shoulda gone, full stop!

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  9. Those are some great covers. Just did a little nod to 1537 with and “Evil” twist.
    Maybe back to back CCR/Hawkins ‘Put A Spell On You’. For any day of the year.

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