Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House

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

Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House was an LP album intended for "older children, teenagers, and adults",[1] 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,[2] complete with sound effects. The second side then contained 10 sound effects meant for others to create their own stories.

Ironically, 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 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."

There was also a British release in 1974 which contained a completely redesigned cover. In 1979, Disney released a follow-up album by the same name with 26 tracks; however, it featured no haunted mansion specific content, and with many completely different effects (mainly from other sources, including some heard on "Sesame Street").

On December 7, 1972, the album became a certified gold record by the RIAA. On April 11, 1988, the 1979 follow-up edition of the album was certified gold by the RIAA [3]

The covers of the American albums were decorated with 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 in auction in 2001 for $3,000 USD. The cover of the British release is decorated with an actual photo of the ride, and the 1979 album is simply a colored image of a haunted house, skeleton in a coffin, and ravens.

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."

On Halloween night 2014, the American jam band Phish performed 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 show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. [4] [5] It is also a fan favorite being that is it the highest rated Phish show of all time. [6]

Track listing[edit]

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 Monster"   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

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