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Beware of Shortcuts!

From: Peter Bochan
Series: Shortcuts
Length: 54:37

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A Classic Halloween Special recorded and mixed on a two track machine and spliced together by hand--"from the bodies I took from graveyards..."

Images-3_small A Halloween special with Fay Wray, Bela Lugosi, The Firesign Theatre, Claude Rains, Dwight Frye, Boris Karloff, Ray Bolger, Lon Chaney Jr, George Harrison, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, ELO, The Rolling Stones, Edward Van Sloan, Helen Chandler, Robert Armstrong, Lionel Atwill, Una O'Connor, Maria Ouspenskaya, Cary Grant, Jethro Tull, Judy Garland, Humprhey Bogart, Margret Hamilton, Bert Lahr, Scott Muni, Walter Carlos, Monty Python, David Bowie, John Lennon, Chrysalis, Blue Oyster Cult, The Youngbloods, The Grateful Dead, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley, the cast of "Peter Pan", Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Warren Zevon and many others... Recorded and mixed on a 2 Track machine and originally broadcast in October of 1979 and spliced together by hand--"from the bodies I took from graveyards..."I created it!" A "Mini-Cab Driver" sketch by Peter Cook & Dudley Moore was added to the original 45 minute production somewhere in the eighties, along with a transfer of John Zacherley's classic "Dinner with Drac" from the original 45 rpm single--scratches intact. Zacherley also lends his announcing talents to the production credit tag.

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A Halloween special with Fay Wray, Bela Lugosi, The Firesign Theatre, Claude Rains, Dwight Frye, Boris Karloff, Ray Bolger, Lon Chaney Jr, George Harrison, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, ELO, The Rolling Stones, Edward Van Sloan, Helen Chandler, Robert Armstrong, Lionel Atwill, Una O'Connor, Maria Ouspenskaya, Cary Grant, Jethro Tull, Judy Garland, Humprhey Bogart, Margret Hamilton, Bert Lahr, Scott Muni, Walter Carlos, Monty Python, David Bowie, John Lennon, Chrysalis, Blue Oyster Cult, The Youngbloods, The Grateful Dead, Lol Creme and Kevin Godley, the cast of "Peter Pan", Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Warren Zevon and many others... Recorded and mixed on a 2 Track machine and originally broadcast in October of 1979 and spliced together by hand--"from the bodies I took from graveyards..."I created it!" A "Mini-Cab Driver" sketch by Peter Cook & Dudley Moore was added to the original 45 minute production somewhere in the eighties, along with a transfer of John Zacherley's classic "Dinner with Drac" from the original 45 rpm single--scratches intact. Zacherley also lends his announcing talents to the production credit tag.

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Review of Beware Of Shortcuts!

Sweet treats and twisted tricks combine and collide in "Beware of Shortcuts!"

I confess to a taste for Peter Bochan?s particular brand of cultural cuisinart audio. Here his encyclopedic archive and gift for wild juxtaposition are turned to things that go bump in your radio. Bochan folds sound on sound, like the layers of a samurai sword, achieving unexpected results and subtle resonance.

This mix is an unalloyed joy and could beat like a giddy, re-animated heart in a beaker at the center of any Halloween programming.

Broadcast History

Originally broadcast on Halloween of 1979, Beware of Shortcuts was remixed and cleaned up several times in the 80s, with a pass through a noise reduction process in 1990. The Peter Cook and Dudley Moore "Mini-Cab Driver" segment was added, along with John Zacherley's "Dinner With Drac" (45 rpm transfer) as atmospheric additions to the original 45 minute production to bring it closer to the tradition hour long format. You may run the piece with or without the tags--I like them both.

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"Beware of Shortcuts"

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