Last year, Nine Kinds of Pie presented seven Halloween mixes. Â This year, it’ll be just one new Halloween mix. Â (Feel free to check out the old ones, though. Â They’re still up on the blog!) Â The theme this year is all instrumental. Â Henry Mancini, Combustible Edison, Big Lazy, and others present some (mostly) spooky tunes without words. Â Enjoy!
1)Â Â Â Â The Twilight ZoneÂ Marius Constant (1960)Â Â Â Â Â 0:57
“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, theÂ Twilight Zone”
The theme to the classic television program, The Twilight Zone (1959-1964). Though this is the familiar theme, it wasn’t used on the first season (1959-1960) — that year used a theme by Bernard Herrmann (best-known for his Alfred Hitchcock scores). Â Below, the opening for the 1963 season:
And here is the original opening, with the Herrmann theme:
2)Â Â Â Â SpellboundÂ Esquivel (1958)Â Â Â Â Â 3:31
3)Â Â Â Â Carnival of SoulsÂ Combustible Edison (1994)Â Â Â Â Â 3:13
From the group‘sÂ I, Swinger.
4)Â Â Â Â Chant of the MoonÂ Voodoo Suite (2006)Â Â Â Â Â 2:32
Music from Voodoo Suite.
5)Â Â Â Â Experiment in TerrorÂ Henry Mancini (1962)Â Â Â Â Â 2:20
Mancini‘s theme for the film of the same name (directed by Blake Edwards).
6)Â Â Â Â Spy in the LoungeÂ Dusty Trails (2000)Â Â Â Â Â 3:40
Luscious Jackson’s Vivian Trimble + the Breeders’ Josephine Wiggs = Dusty Trails, who put out just one LP. Â It’s a fine record, reminiscent of a particularly good soundtrack. Â Bonus: one of the songs includes vocals by Emmylou Harris.
7)Â Â Â Â Creepy StreetÂ Walter Murphy (1974)Â Â Â Â Â 1:34
Best known for his disco hit, “A Fifth of Beethoven” (1976), Walter Murphy composed a lot of film library music, including this track, which appears on Cinemaphonic: Electro Soul (a collection of such music by Murphy and others).
8)Â Â Â Â Enter SandmanÂ Twink (2004)Â Â Â Â Â 3:22
This is the only cover of Metallica that uses a toy piano — or, at the very least, it’s the only such cover I’ve ever heard. Â It appears on Twink‘s Supercute!
9)Â Â Â Â Psycko (Themes from Psycho and Vertigo)Â Laika & TheÂ Cosmonauts (1994)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 2:24
The themes to two Hitchcock films, done up, surf-style.
10)Â A Shot in the DarkÂ Henry Mancini (1964)Â Â Â Â Â 2:35
Mancini‘s theme for the Blake Edwards film.
11)Â Perry Mason ThemeÂ Jon Rauhouse (2003)Â Â Â Â Â 2:19
Rauhouse‘s recording of the theme forÂ Perry Mason. Â It appears on Steel Guitar Rodeo.
12)Â CrookedÂ Big Lazy (1999)Â Â Â Â Â 3:17
Appears on the group‘s first full-length LP, Big Lazy.
13)Â J.S. Bach’s Fugue, “The Little, ” BWV 578 (G Minor)Â E. Power BiggsÂ (1960)Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4:05
From the compilation Bach: Great Organ Favorites.
14)Â A Stroll Through Hive Manor CorridorsÂ The Hives (2007)Â Â Â Â Â 2:39
From the Hives‘ Black and White Album, which featured the single “Tick Tick Boom.”
15)Â Tubular BellsÂ Mike Oldfield (1973) Â Â Â 3:17
I’m sharing the abbreviated version used in The Exorcist, but you might want to check out the full version of “Tubular Bells, Part I.” Â This blog limits the file size to 20MB, and the full 25:33 track is 37MB. Â So, I’m unable to share the longer version here — even though that’s the version I’ve used on the iTunes version of this mix. Â On the original recording, Oldfield played all of the instruments himself. Â Below, a trio of videos in which he (on bass guitar, initially) performs it live withÂ Steve Hillage, Pierre Moerlen, Mick Taylor, and others.
16)Â Paranoid AndroidÂ UMASS Front Percussion Ensemble (2004)Â Â Â Â Â 5:02
The UMass Front Percussion Ensemble cover Radiohead.
17)Â Devil’s WaltzÂ Erin McKeown (2006)Â Â Â Â Â 2:40
A bonus track from McKeown‘s Sing You Sinners.
18)Â Great Pumpkin WaltzÂ Vince Guaraldi (1968)Â Â Â Â Â 3:36
After the dissonant conclusion of the previous track, here’s something a bit more gentle — music for It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! Â This recording appears on Guaraldi‘s Oh Good Grief!
19)Â Graceful Ghost RagÂ Eugene Barban (1997)Â Â Â Â Â 4:31
Composed by William Bolcolm, this rendition appears on Barban’s An American Piano Odyssey.
Last year’s Halloween mixes (all seven of them!):