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Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House
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Studio album by
Walt Disney Studios
Released 1964, 1973
Genre Novelty
Language English
Label Walt Disney Records

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House is an LP album intended for "older children, teenagers, and adults", released by Disneyland Records (now known as Walt Disney Records). The album was mainly composed of sound effects that had been collected by the sound effects department of Walt Disney Studios. The album was released in several different forms. The album was first released in 1964 in a white sleeve, with a second release in 1973 with an orange sleeve. In both versions, the first side contained 10 stories narrated by Laura Olsher, complete with sound effects. The second side contained 10 sound effects meant for others to create their own stories.

Despite the title, most of the cuts had nothing to do with haunted houses or witches or ghostly spirits. Featured were such situations as an ocean liner hitting rocks, an idiotic lumberjack, a man crossing an unsafe bridge, someone lighting a stick of dynamite and a spaceship landing on Mars. Also, there are tracks with several examples of cats, dogs and birds (similar to The Birds) becoming enraged for some reason, as well as a skit about Chinese water torture. In addition, some of the screams were taken directly from the scene where Miss Havisham catches fire in the 1946 David Lean film Great Expectations.

Art

The covers of the American albums featured an image painted with acrylics by Paul Wenzel, which he created as concept art for the attraction The Haunted Mansion. The original was 37" x 39" and was purchased at auction in 2001 for US$3,000. The cover of the British release featured an actual photo of the ride, while the 1979 album simply displayed a colored image of a haunted house, ravens and a skeleton in a coffin.

Samples and cover versions

Some of the stories on the album are better known for being sampled in rap songs such as N.W.A's "Quiet on Tha Set," Ice Cube's "Look Who's Burnin'" and "Jackin' for Beats", and Jedi Mind Tricks' "Chinese Water Torture". In 1997, Xero, precursor to the rock band Linkin Park, sampled "The Very Long Fuse" on their demo tape.

On October 31, 2014, the American rock band Phish performed side one of Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House with original instrumental music to accompany the album as their "musical costume" for the second set of their Halloween night show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Following that performance, the band has made their interpretation of "Martian Monster" a regular part of their concert repertoire and have performed it at over 35 subsequent concerts.

Track listing: 1964 version

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "The Haunted House"   3:00
2. "The Very Long Fuse"   1:28
3. "The Dogs"   1:13
4. "Timber"   1:45
5. "Your Pet Cat"   0:49
6. "Shipwreck"   1:39
7. "The Unsafe Bridge"   1:21
8. "Chinese Water Torture"   2:02
9. "The Birds"   0:46
10. "The Martian Monsters"   1:41
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Screams and Groans"   0:57
2. "Thunder, Lightning and Rain"   2:01
3. "Cat Fight"   0:37
4. "Dogs"   0:48
5. "A Collection Of Creaks"   1:54
6. "Fuses and Explosions"   1:11
7. "A Collection Of Crashes"   0:45
8. "Birds"   0:33
9. "Drips and Splashes"   1:18
10. "Things In Space"   0:53

Track listing: 1979 version

Side One: Frightening Situations
No. Title Length
1. "Night Creatures"   3:05
2. "Haunted House"   3:20
3. "The Dungeon"   1:12
4. "The Witches"   0:46
5. "Encounter in the Fog"   1:53
6. "A Grave Matter (The Grave Robbers)"   3:50
7. "Mad Scientist's Laboratory"   3:40
Side Two: Eerie Sound Effects
No. Title Length
1. "The Elements: Thunder and Lightning"   0:37
2. "The Elements: The Storm"   1:04
3. "The Elements: Winds"   1:39
4. "The Elements: Dripping Cavern"   0:23
5. "Creatures: Howling Wolves"   0:24
6. "Creatures: Rats"   0:17
7. "Creatures: Shrieking Cats"   0:27
8. "Creatures: Owls"   0:18
9. "Creatures: Baying Hounds"   0:17
10. "Creatures: Crickets"   0:33
11. "Creatures: The Raven"   0:18
12. "Creatures: Unearthly Monster"   0:29
13. "Ghosts and Phantoms: Moans and Groans"   0:25
14. "Ghosts and Phantoms: Laughing Ghost"   0:15
15. "Ghosts and Phantoms: Cackling Witches"   0:26
16. "Ghosts and Phantoms: Assorted Screams"   0:23
17. "Ghosts and Phantoms: Heartbeat"   0:23
18. "Ghosts and Phantoms: Dragging Footsteps"   0:20
19. "Frightening Devices: Creaking Doors"   0:23
20. "Frightening Devices: Rusty Gate"   0:08
21. "Frightening Devices: Fog Horn"   0:27
22. "Frightening Devices: Clock Striking Midnight"   0:28
23. "Frightening Devices: Rattling Chains"   0:41
24. "Frightening Devices: Laboratory Sounds"   1:11
25. "Frightening Devices: Tolling Bell"   0:43
26. "Haunting Music"   3:07
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