Time may feel like it's at a standstill, but Halloween is just around the corner. To celebrate, Real Gone Music will release a host of spooky-scary releases on October 2, including the first-ever CD and LP reissue of Groovie Goolies.
The 1970 power pop album was the soundtrack to the popular CBS-TV music-themed Saturday morning cartoon show produced by Filmation. Each episode included two original songs: one from The Monster Trio (Drac, Frankie, and Wolfie - see the album cover!) and one from a rotating group of "bands" such as The Rolling Headstones, The Mummies and The Puppies, The Bare Bones Band, and The Spirits of '76. In reality, these songs were performed by members of the surf-rock group The Challengers, as well as legendary session musicians like Larry Carlton and Ronnie Tutt.
For the first-ever reissue of this monstrously good LP, Real Gone Music will press the album up on a special "Franken-Green" color variant, limited to only 500 copies. A pumpkin orange-hued edition will also be available exclusively at independent music shops. This edition is also limited to just 500 copies. The CD configuration will feature liner notes by Bill Kopp based on an interview with The Challengers' Dick Monda.
You can order the special, 50th anniversary editions from the following links:
"Franken-Green" LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop
But the Groovie Goolies soundtrack isn't the only release that Real Gone Music has planned for October 2. Here's what the label has to say about the rest of its Halloween lineup which includes numerous re-pressings of sold-out vinyl titles. All descriptions have been provided by our friends at RGM!
45 Grave - Sleep in Safety (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
Return of the Living Dead OST (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
Cujo OST (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
Ah, life in the country...such bucolic bliss. Until your neighbor's dog contracts rabies, kills its owner, and then comes after you! With such emotional extremes, Cujo was not an easy movie to score, but when Stephen King's classic novel came to the screen in 1983 starring Dee Wallace and Daniel Hugh-Kelly with Lewis Teague directing, composer/conductor Charles Bernstein (A Nightmare on Elm Street) proved mightily up to the task. In addition to employing harsh synthesizer effects and dissonant orchestral layers leading up to the climactic showdown between Mom and beast, Bernstein also penned a tender theme expressing the gentle joys of family life. Unfortunately, post production woes mixed up some cues and caused the score to be abbreviated in the film; Intrada's recent CD release presented Bernstein's work for the first time as it was originally recorded, and that's where the 18 tracks on this vinyl release come from, with new (and terrifying) cover art. The 'Pinto Yellow with Blood Red Splatter' vinyl edition commemorates a particularly horrifying scene. It's limited to just 400 copies!
Zacherle's Monster Gallery (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
The Munsters - The Munsters (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
Coven - Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
John F. says
Don't quote me on this, but I'm pretty sure that Dick Monda was also "Daddy Dewdrop" who had a hit with the song "Chick-A-Boom (Don't Ya Jes' Love It)", which was featured on the Sabrina & the Groovie Ghoulies TV show. I'm also pretty sure the group Coven was the same band that did a version of "One Tin Soldier", used in the movie "Billy Jack". There were two versions of the song out, one from the movie, one was a cover. Not sure which one was theirs.
Actually, I believe the Coven recording of One Tin Soldier was both a cover and the movie version at the same time. It was not an original song as it had been recorded and released in 1969-70 by a Canadian band. Coven also recorded a more rocking version of the song for the MGM label in 1973. I wish Real Gone would reissue their MGM album on CD.