You’ll probably be remembered as the greatest thing since sliced bread if you whip out Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula on vinyl this Halloween. With its shuffling pace, nether world spirituality and haunting soundtrack, the crowd would surely be stunned. People would be all “holy shit dog, where in the fuck did you get this.” “Cadabra Records bro,” you would reply. “That’s where.” But the party might be stunted, in a sense. The record would be so mesmerizing that all ghoulish activities (like pin the tail on the Trump Zombie) would immediately halt. And when side A ended, somebody would get up and scream furiously, “Turn it over, for god’s sakes, flip it now!”
“One is not likely to multi-task while playing an audio record,” notes Cadabra Records founder Jonathan Dennison. “And this is most notable. Listening to a record should be at a time of peace in your day, a time to get away from real world distractions. Digital audio is commonly played while working on your computer, driving and exercising; it’s not the same. Also, most people who purchase vinyl records really care and have a passion for music, so their listening habits will also be different.”
Hence Cadabra Records, a label dedicated to spoken word horror classics and really fucking awesome artwork. The whole concept and whole package is one giant nightmare (good nightmare) fantasy, a collector’s dream; and a beautiful way to bring back the art of oratory enlightenment (indeed, a lost art). Just think of the aforementioned Halloween party where you became a legend. “He played like, Dracula on vinyl, man. And then I went out a bought the book, because I actually never read it. And shit, now I’m like reading books again.”
For Dracula, Dennison teamed up with the multi-media company Bleak December. A company founded by Canadian actor and filmmaker Anthony D.P. Mann.
“Anthony had originally written me about doing vinyl for another project and mentioned he was in the middle of putting together Dracula,” Dennison explained. “When I finally heard it, I was astounded by his attention to detail and how fast paced and entertaining it was. Anthony has his own brand of production. Tony Todd as Dracula absolutely killed it.”
Indeed. Todd’s inspired invention of the count is something to experience. Drooling with foreign and celestial juices, his version of Dracula cuts through right to the bone: a piercing and nail scorching impression.
Today we have another Cadabra Records release to show you: we’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Skin & Bones, read by Anthony D. P. Mann (listen below), an audio sample from the forthcoming The Hearse Song – a 7″ release that’s part of the Cadabra Records Presents: Halloween series. The album artwork was done by artist Sam Heimer.
Vinyl-only horror/spoken arts label Cadabra Records announces a new annual record series celebrating the greatest day of the year, Halloween. The Cadabra Records Presents: Halloween series begins with a 7” release of The Hearse Song, which features music by Slasher Film Festival Strategy, and readings by Anthony D. P. Mann.
The first installment of Cadabra Records Presents: Halloween leads with “The Hearse Song,” the common, creepy poem which widely remembered by the lines, “the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle on your snout.” The A-side also features a suspenseful rendition of the popular haunting story, “The Velvet Ribbon.” The B-side of the record packs two more well-known childhood tales of horror, leading with the succinct but bold tale of the old lady in “Skin And Bones,” followed by the more extensive and suspenseful version of “The Teeth.”
The Hearse Song 7” flows with a creepy, diverse score by long-running horror/sci-fi film outfit Slasher Film Festival Strategy, who has unleashed a plethora of albums and various other recordings on labels like Foreign, Sounds Children Of The Night, and others since the late 1990s. The EP marks the first collaborations with the artist for Cadabra Records. The four movements are recited by returning Cadabra reader, Anthony D.P. Mann, a Canadian-based filmmaker and actor with five feature films and a lifetime of stage and radio to his credit. In roles ranging from Count Dracula and the Phantom of the Opera, to Ebenezer Scrooge.
The Hearse Song will see release this Friday the 13th of October, delivered in an edition of 500 copies on colored vinyl with a foldover die-cut sleeve. Preorders have been issued via the Cadabra Records webshop.
The Hearse Song 7” Track Listing:
1. The Hearse Song
2. The Velvet Ribbon
1. Skin And Bones
2. The Teeth