Sunday, October 25, 2009


Presenting a 16-song collection for a Caribean Hallowean. A (mostly) '50s-'70s Afro-Latin-Reggae-lypso Halloween, to be precise, including, as usual, some out-of-print obscurities recorded off vinyl. Apart from the monster songs (I guarantee King Horror WILL be your new favorite artist) there's some weird psychedelic tracks that have a dark, evil voodoo vibe to them.

Zombie Jamboree

Carl McKnight "The Devil's Out Tonight"
King Horror "Dracula prince of darkness"
The Sandpebbles "Zombie Jamborie"
Desmond Dekker "Dracula"
Africa "Paint it Black"
Xavier Cugat "Zombie"

King Horror "Frankenstein"
Lord Melody "The Creature From The Black Lagoon"
King Horror "Loch Ness Monster"
The Mighty Sparrow
"Madame Dracula"
Vulcans "Dark Shadows"
Daktaris "Voodoo Soul Stew"

King Horror "Cutting Blade"
Johnny Zamot and His Orchestra "Spaced Out"
The Upsetters "The Vampire"

Augie Colón - "Witch Doctor"
Peter Tosh - "Vampire"
Peter Tosh - "Dracula (Vampire version)" 
The Voodoo Trombone Quartet - "Monster Island"
Lucky Dube - "Dracula"
King Flash & Calypso Carnival - "Zombie Jamborie"

UPDATE 10/13: A real cool ghoul, Paul Dobry, has put this collection up streaming on grooveshark. Fangs a lot, Paul!!/playlist/Music+For+Maniacs/91712064

"The Devil's Out Tonight" is one of my favorite songs. The rest of the album is an unremarkable steel-drum outing, but that title song is brutal. I mean, check out this album art:

From the liner notes: "Thumbs down (as in the days of the gladiators) to those we have dealt with in the past, may we write your epigraphs [sic], while you dig your own graves, for such dwellings are appropriate to your cause." And to think that tourists and Ja-fakin' hippies have this idea that Carribean music is so peaceful and mellow...


Paolo Meccano said...

Thanks for sharing. I can gladly attest to the majesty of King Horror - Loch Ness Monster is amazing.

J-Unit 1 said...

I do love Mighty Sparrow. His "The Robot" is one of my favorite songs. Cannot wait to give this comp a listen. As always, thanks :)

Phresh said...

Very cool! I assure you this will be played at whatever Halloween events i attend, by force if necessary.

Mr Fab said...

Good to hear, everybodys! Let me know how those 'ween shindigs go. And yes, Paolo, "Loch Ness Monster" is hysterical. Too bad there's no King Horror reissue album, he probably just released a few singles. And no-one even really knows his identity. Could be multiple people (the Residents of reggae?)

Oh, and I forget to add Peter Tosh's "Dracula." Damn. Maybe next year.

Reimer said...

Just listening to this yet again - ace comp, thanks, whetting me for more.

Any good Calypso discs you can recommend?


Mr Fab said...

It is getting to be that time of year again, isn't it? Well Reimer, I don't have much Halloween-type stuff left, but "The Rough Guide to Calypso Gold" has all the original classics from the '50s calypso craze. And you can't go wrong with Mighty Sparrow - look for collections with uproarious songs of his like "Congo Man," and "Idi Amin."

Mr Fab said...

Oh, and any album with Lord Creator's "Big Bamboo".

ms. xtro said...

I can't believe I didn't discover your blog until today! Calypso, Halloween, Song-Poem music! Hitting several of my faves. This zombie mix looks amazing. Thank you.

Alberto Arias said...


Mr Fab said...

Alberto: It has returned from the dead!

Anonymous said...

thank you x 1000 for the resurrection. you are a maniac amongst maniacs

Unknown said...

Any chance of a re up???