Friends, welcome back to a new offering of Retro Records – this week we have 1973’s Thrillers and Chillers for your listening pleasure. While our typical month-long celebration of all things spooky on October is a ways off – you can never go wrong with a nice collection of creepy tales on an LP, especially when it was released through Troll Records. That is the same company that you might recall in your youth getting book order forms – although I certainly never recalled them having records or tapes as an option when I was in school.
Today is the first time I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to Thrillers and Chillers – until I stumbled upon this YouTube presentation of it I had no idea it existed. However I was lucky enough in grade school to hear another Troll Records release and that was for Scary Spooky Stories, which was also released in 1973. I happened to be in third grade and as I recall it was the day before Halloween – my teacher Mrs. May said she had a treat for us after we returned from recess. So she had the class sit in a circle with a record player in the middle and played the Scary Spooky Stories album – which featured the kind of campfire tales and ‘jump’ stories that kids love. On that particular record I can remember hearing the likes of Wait Till Martin Comes, The Skinny Toe, and The Thing at the Foot of the Bed.
It appears that Troll Records actually released a few of these types of records and at least with Thrillers and Chillers the difference is in the stories themselves. With this 1973 album you have adaptations for Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, W. W. Jacob’s The Monkey’s Paw, Lafcadio Hearn’s The Boy Who Drew Cats, and finally H. H. Munro’s The Open Window. In addition it features the voice work of three talented actors – Robert Dryden (Naked City), Daniel Ocko (Stage Struck), and Ralph Bell (Wolfen).
So why don’t you go and get your favorite beverage and snack and join us on Retro Records as we listen to 1973’s Thrillers and Chillers!
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