Thursday, December 07, 2006

Zero Does Seuss

Many thanks to Way Out Junk for making available this fantastic 1975 recording of Zero Mostel reading The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. Utterly, absolutely fascinating, fun, and terrifying. Zero delivers his lines as the Grinch with such horrific primal gusto that it would be a wonder if kids across the nation didn't get nightmares from listening to this seemingly innocuous album. "That's one thing he hated; the noise, noise, HAHAHAHAHA!! NOISE, N-O-I-S-E!!!!" Adding to the uneasy atmosphere is an electronic background score that sounds as though it was culled from a Dario Argento giallo film. In striking contrast, the B-side features traditional Christmas songs from around the world soothingly sung by Canadian folk musician Alan Mills.

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