Question for the Experts re Different Haunted House LPs

The Genii

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Over on we're trying to figure out how to date the album, "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House." (I'm excluding the 1979 version since it's clearly later.)

First, both the orange and white jackets are dated 1964 on both the front and back (lower right corner). Neither LP is dated.

There is a difference in the numbering: the orange jacket LP is 1257, while the white jacket LP is DQ-1257. For someone who knows something about Disneyland Records, this would probably provide the answer.

My orange jacket is, however, different than the one shown in the original post. The bottom of the artwork is cropped higher, and there is a large yellow "star" on the cover which reads, "Added Bonus Inside ... Spooky Party Hints." The party hints are printed on a second white sleeve that fits over the normal white sleeve in which the LP is held, and it is dated 1973.

So, I'm thinking that the white jacket is more likely to be the first pressing, and the orange a subsequent pressing.

I'm hoping someone will know if the white or orange jacket came first. Thanks in advance.


The white cover definitely came first. "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House" was one of Disneyland Records' biggest success stories. They were able to sell millions of copies with no residual payments. It is covered extensively in the upcoming book MOUSE TRACKS: THE STORY OF WALT DISNEY RECORDS, including a profile of the narrator Laura Olsher, who also voiced Mrs. Cratchit in "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol."