Milton Delugg and His Orchestra Music for Monsters LP
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  • In 1964, Commercial TV Saw No Less Than Three Comedy Series (The Munsters, The Addams Family, and Bewitched) Featuring Supernatural/Horror Themes Make Their Network Premieres

  • So Some A&R Guy in the Marketing Dept. at Epic Had the Bright Idea of Hastily Assembling a Disposable Album of TV Themes to Cash In on the Craze

  • But the Guy They Hired for the Job, Composer/Bandleader Milton Delugg, Had Different Ideas

  • Delugg Had Already Produced Buddy Holly’s 1958 Single “Rave On” and Composed “Hooray for Santa Claus,” the Catchy Theme Song to the Grade Z Film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

  • Soon, He Was to Become Musical Director for Chuck Barris’s Various Game Shows, Most Notably The Gong Show Leading His “Band with a Thug”

  • So, Delugg Was the Perfect Man to Turn Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends into Something Wild, Wonderful, and Collectible

  • His Versions of the Five TV Themes Included on the Album Are Unfailingly Inventive, Like the Great, Duane Eddy-Style Guitar Line on “The Munsters Theme”

  • But His Seven Originals Are Maybe Even Better

  • “Theme for Frankenstein” Sounds Like It Inspired Neal Hefti’s “Batman Theme,” “Ghost Meets Ghoul” Is an Affectionate Knock-Off of Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme,” and “Theme for a Mummy” Brings a Little Samba Beat to the “Inter-tainment”

  • The Result Is a Record That Commands Big Sums Online and Has
    a Special Place in the Hearts of Both TV Fans and Collectors of ‘60s Kitsch

  • First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Original Album Art Featuring a Great Illustration from Mad

    Magazine’s Jack Davis

  • Pressed in “Ghoulish Green” Vinyl at 45 R.P.M.

  • Limited to 900 copies


    Milton Delugg and His Orchestra: Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends (Limited Ghoulish Green 45 R.P.M. Vinyl Edition)

    You see it over and over in the annals of record collecting. Some marketing whiz in the front office has an idea to cash in on a fad by releasing 'product' as quickly as possible. But the artist(s) hired for the project decide not to phone it in, and take things in a direction all their own. The result: a weirdly wonderful collision of the commercial and creative prized by crate diggers across the globe. Such an album is Milton Delugg & His Orchestra's Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends. Recorded in 1964, at a time when commercial TV saw no less than three comedy series (The Munsters, The Addams Family, and Bewitched) featuring supernatural/horror themes make their network premieres, this album' which, last time we looked, commands some very tidy sums online' made sure to touch all its TV bases by including the themes to all three shows mentioned above, plus The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Outer Limits. But, in the hands of one Milton Delugg and His Orchestra, this album takes an unexpected turn from the disposable to the delightful. That's because Delugg was literally made for this job; he composed 'Hooray for Santa Claus,' the catchy theme song to the Grade Z film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the same year this album was made before becoming Musical Director for Chuck Barris's various game shows, most notably The Gong Show leading his 'Band with a Thug.' And, to top it all off, he produced Buddy Holly's 1958 single 'Rave On!' You'll hear all of those influences here and more, not just on Delugg's versions of TV themes''The Munsters Theme' sports a great, Duane Eddy-style guitar line'but on the seven originals he penned for the project. Thus, 'Theme for Frankenstein' sounds like it inspired Neal Hefti's 'Batman Theme' two years later, 'Ghost Meets Ghoul' is an affectionate knock-off of Henry Mancini's 'Pink Panther Theme,' and 'Theme for a Mummy' brings a little samba beat to the 'inter-tainment.' Sporting a fantastic cover illustration by Mad Magazine's Jack Davis, and mastered at 45 r.p.m. for maximum sonic thrills and chills, Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends is a great listen not just at Halloween but any time of year' but since it is Halloween, we pressed up a limited edition of 900 copies in Ghoulish Green vinyl!


    1. “The Munsters” Theme (from the CBS Television Network Series)
    2. Theme from “The Addams Family” (from the ABC Television Network Series)
    3. Theme for the Creature from Under the Sea

    4. Theme for the Thing
    5. Bewitched (from the Screen Gems, Inc. TV Production, “Bewitched”)
    6. Theme for Frankenstein


    1. Ghost Meets Ghoul
    2. Theme for King Kong
    3. The Alfred Hitchcock Theme (from “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”)
    4. Theme for a Mummy
    5. Theme for Dracula
    6. The Outer Limits (from the ABC Television Network Series)

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