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Elvira Presents Haunted Hits
Various Artists
Elvira Presents Haunted Hits
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Metal
 
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1

If you made a list of people who could create the perfect Halloween soundtrack album, chances are pretty good that the Mistress of the Dark would rank mighty high on it. This collection--which not only bears her name but a...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Elvira Presents Haunted Hits
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Soundtracks, Metal
Styles: New Wave & Post-Punk, Comedy & Spoken Word
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227149222, 081227149215, 081227149246

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If you made a list of people who could create the perfect Halloween soundtrack album, chances are pretty good that the Mistress of the Dark would rank mighty high on it. This collection--which not only bears her name but also closes on her performance of "Full Moon"--brings together a passel of Elvira-sanctioned holiday favorites, tinged with spooky subtext and powerful as a sugar high. Early rock classics like "Haunted House" by Jumpin' Gene Simmons (not the Kiss fella but a bluesman who's even older) and Screamin' Jay Hawkins's "I Put a Spell on You" comprise the bulk of the set, but folks like Alice Cooper (whose "Welcome to My Nightmare" is included) also pop up like skeletons from the closet. --David Sprague

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CD Reviews

I got mine autographed!
Johnny Heering | Bethel, CT United States | 11/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This CD features some great horror themed songs. Classics like "Monster Mash", "Haunted House" and "The Purple People Eater". Plus great lesser known songs like "The Creature From The Black Lagoon", "Halloween Spooks" and "Voodoo Voodoo". The only bad song here is "Full Moon", sung by Elvira herself. In fact, if it hadn't been performed by Elvira, it wouldn't have been considered good enough to be on this CD. The other problem I have with this CD is that it only has 17 tracks, while the LP and cassette versions had 23 tracks. The CD is only 54 minutes long, so it's not like there wasn't room for the 6 extra tracks. For the record, the missing songs are: "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes", "Little Demon", "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman", "King Kong", "The Creature" and "Martian Hop". But this is still probably the best horror themed music compilation available."
THE ORIGINAL Recordings for your Halloween Pleasure...
Marcus H. Smilfer | Chicagoland, USA | 04/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"How am I the first person to review this cd? How do so many other cds get all the publicity? I don't know, but here we go...
My name is Marcus H. Smilfer, usually a purveyor of cultural junk, but this time I am here to convince you to buy a great cd for your next Halloween (or Walpurgis Nacht) blowout.

"Elvira Presents: Haunted Hits" probably had nothing to do with the curvy Mistress of the Dark (and I don't mean Vampira), until she insisted that her picture and her song, the last one on this cd, be included. Well, leave it up to producers Mark Pierson and Eric Gardner to do an awesome job with something they could have easily phoned in. You get a great collection of Halloween songs on this one cd: "Out of Limits" by the Marketts (sounds like a surf music take on the theme to the old TV show "Outer Limits"; cool!), "The Blob", "The Addams Family" theme, an orchestral take on the "Twilight Zone" theme, "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, the super-cool "Horror Movie" by the Skyhooks (must be heard to be believed), the classic "I Put a Spell on You" by crazy-man Sceamin' Jay Hawkins, great & bluesy "Voodoo, Voodoo" by LaVern Baker, the often imitated but never equaled "Halloween Spooks" by L, H, & R (cool song!), requisite "Purple People Eater" & "Ghostbusters" (which have always been stupid songs), the excellent "Creature from the Black Lagoon" by Dave Edmunds (I love this song!), but MOST IMPORTANTLY the ORIGINAL versions of: "Haunted House" by Jumpin' Gene Simmons (lots of horrible re-dos by Gene are floating around) and the classic that set off the whole Monster-Song extravaganza: "MONSTER MASH" by Boris Pickett!!!!!

Yes, you see Gene & Boris apparently recognized that their two big hits were being played again and again in the original versions and decided to re-record them. Well, the re-recorded versions are never listed as such by most Halloween compilations, and they are VERY different from the originals that you remember. So, if you buy another compilation and listen to it and think, "hey this sounds different than I remember..." that's probably because...IT IS! This cd has the ORIGINAL versions of the songs and, to the best of my knowledge, is the ONLY cd which has that distinction. ALSO, it has the amazing song "I Was a Teenage Werewolf" by the Cramps, which will blow your mind. If you are looking for a "gateway" Halloween cd, folks, this is it and it is worth any price you pay to get it. Buy it, open up the coffins and few Schaefer beers and howl at the moon...Halloween was never so good..."
Wonderful Kitchy Halloween Music....Unpleasant Dreams!
Marcus H. Smilfer | 09/29/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This collection of Halloween classics is a scream (literally!)From the Crypt Kickers singing the classic Monster Mash, to Oingo Boingodoin' Deadman's Party, this album will keep you rockin and rollin this Hallow's Eve"