Alfred Hitchcock - Music to Be Murdered By LP
Not very many directors of motion pictures have made record albums of their own; it is more likely that a musical artist might direct a picture, such as Frank Sinatra did with None But the Brave (1965). However, there wasn't any good reason why Alfred Hitchcock should not have made a record album, as he was very well known through his popular Alfred Hitchcock Presents television series, which in 1958 was three seasons into its eight-season, 268-episode run. All of those episodes were introduced by Hitchcock himself, and his perpetually grave, droll sense of black humor and barrel-like girth were attributes known to every television-watching American. Obviously, Alfred Hitchcock presents Music to Be Murdered By wasn't a bad idea -- it was a commercial one.
Hitchcock, at least in Music to Be Murdered By, didn't have to step too far out of his comfort zone to accommodate this project. His characteristic flat, dry, and heavily inflected delivery occupies only the first minute or so of each track, whereas the rest of the time is taken with Jeff Alexander's "spooky" arrangements of familiar tunes with titles related in an ironic way to Hitchcock's murderous narrative -- "After You've Gone" and "I'll Never Smile Again" for example. Hitchcock's monologues are the best thing about the album, and they are quite amusing; Alexander's music is considerably less so. Chances are the Hitchcock enthusiast who obtains this will only want to listen to it once, or perhaps, once a year at Hallowe'en.