31 in 31 V.2 Day 9


Hey hey everybody, today’s 31 in 31 is going to be a bit of a tease. Instead of doing a film I’m going to talk about an album, and that album is a various artist compilation titled Halloween Stomp.

This is a compilation full of old jazz and big band songs from the 1920’s – 1940’s. With artists like Cab Calloway, Frankie Trumbauer, Louis Prima, Nat King Cole Trio, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and songs like “Old Man Mose”, “Swingin’ At the Seance”, “Haunting Blues”, and “Bug-A-Boo”, this isn’t just a great Halloween themed album, but a great jazz album. I mean, look at that line up. There are a lot of legends in that roster. What’s doubly great about the Halloween Stomp compilation is that many, if not all, of these track were taken from old 78 RPMs (remember those?). I’m sure the master tapes for these songs probably don’t exist anymore. But the fact that the recordings on this disc come from 78s, the tape hiss from wear and tear over the years is there. This adds a certain spookiness to this album and really sets a Halloween mood. I leave it on my iPod all year round.

Here is where the tease part comes in. With as awesome as this compilation is, it’s currently out of print and copies are going for big bucks on selling sights. However, there are many alternatives such as finding a track listing and downloading tracks individually or even making a YouTube playlist with the songs.

Hope you enjoy it!

Happy Haunting!

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