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The Skull Mailbox (And Other Horrors)

The Skull Mailbox (And Other Horrors)


Bob Drake's third solo album is his most deranged and (consequently) delightful. The theme of The Skull Mailbox (And Other Horrors) is scary stories, the kind where ghosts remain discreet and fear is palpable for unknown reasons -- the kind HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe wrote. In 43 minutes, the singer/songwriter finds a way to storm through 27 songs that range from warped folk tunes to full-fledged (although very short) avant-prog pieces. He performs all instruments, mostly acoustic guitar, junk percussion, air-pump organ, and vocals, plus some electric guitar, bass, and keyboards. Oh, and lots of miscellaneous noises. Drake intended to keep the focus on the acoustic instrumentation, but his extensive production warps every track. The whole project was allegedly recorded in a decrepit barn, hence the strange background noises one can hear. The whats and wheres don't matter: The Skull Mailbox is a masterpiece that takes listeners back to 5uu's Crisis in Clay. Shortness is elevated to an art, background sounds and textures have been turned into living elements, and seemingly innocent guitar-and-vocals songs hide horrible lyrics and detuned instruments. The dead must have been dancing all around Drake's mixing desk in a grotesque parody of Edward Gorey's drawings. All the characters are demented, dead, or locked up in the cellar. Not for the faint at heart (or ears), this album will delight fans of classic horror literature with a taste for bizarre avant-rock. Strongly recommended. ~ Fran?ois Couture, Rovi

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    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
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  • Format: Compact Disc
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  • Label: ReR USA
  • UPC: 752725012829
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Track listings

  • 1. They Live In The Well
  • 2. Skull Mailbox, The
  • 3. Tower, The
  • 4. Cellar Of Madness
  • 5. Box In The Orchard, The
  • 6. In The Tomb
  • 7. Shocking Efflorescence, The
  • 8. Attar Of Roses
  • 9. Miraculous Reliquary, The
  • 10. Wig Screamed Murder, The
  • 11. Fearsome Heads
  • 12. Fearsome Heads Ii
  • 13. Horrible Garden, The
  • 14. Some Accursed Things
  • 15. You Can't Outwit That Thing
  • 16. Demented Statuary, The
  • 17. It
  • 18. Unmentionable Inhabitant, The
  • 19. Tragic Seance, The
  • 20. Something's Coming
  • 21. Calla Lily
  • 22. Spirit Drapery Veils The Hiatus
  • 23. Hideous Portraits, The
  • 24. Spirit Drapery Reprise
  • 25. Crepuscular Vestibule
  • 26. You Still Can't Outwit That Thing
  • 27. Medium's House, The
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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