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ABC Records - Steely Dan - Aja (Commercial, 1978)

Here's a cool promo commercial for Steely Dan's Aja album on ABC Records.

Voiceover by Eartha Kitt. (RaaarRRaaRRAar!)

This aired on local Chicago TV on Thursday, June 15th 1978.

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Lois Griffin voiceover?
Comment posted by MST3K1993 on Monday, September 29th 2008 at 9:29pm.

Piggy-backing off of MST's statement:

Now we know where Alex Borstein got the voice for Trisha Takanawa, Asian reporter.

Comment posted by Melk on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 7:49am.

No, the voiceover in the commercial might be Eartha Kitt.
Comment posted by dth1971 on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 8:15am.

Funny, I thought it would've been Tammy Grimes.
Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 12:17pm.

The voiceover IS Eartha Kitt. Close your eyes and think of the black Catwoman in the Batman TV show.
Comment posted by NuBnPrnc2k on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 12:17pm.

That would be pretty amazing if it really was her. I have no other guesses. So, I suppose we'll never know for sure... (crosses arms, waits for answer to magically appear)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 2:00pm.

This was a great album, but I forgot they did a commercial for it. Now that I think of it, commercials promoting albums, like this one, were big at one time. Got any more?
Comment posted by ro46214 on Tuesday, September 30th 2008 at 5:31pm.

The album was released in September 1977. My 13th birthday, the month we moved into the house I am still living at, and they month I started Grade 8, and then this album! Peg was one of my favorite songs!
Comment posted by visaman on Wednesday, October 1st 2008 at 3:57am.

It appears that this is Eartha Kitt

Comment posted by Wgn9 on Friday, October 3rd 2008 at 8:47pm.

It IS Eartha Kitt.



Purrrrrrrrrrr-fect! :D

Comment posted by Ray on Saturday, October 4th 2008 at 2:43pm.

Today, she does the voice of Yzma/Amzy on Disney's Emperor's New School.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Monday, October 6th 2008 at 11:31am.

I believe this album had one of my favorite songs: Black Cow.
Comment posted by sugarbear522 on Thursday, February 26th 2009 at 3:39pm.

HEY!!!!! We've got that album on CD!!! Great band, great music!!!! They ROCK!!!!
Comment posted by michiganfan on Tuesday, January 26th 2010 at 11:01pm.

ABC Records was taken over by MCA Records in 1979. In 2003, MCA Records was absorbed in to Geffen Records. Geffen now has the entire ABC and MCA Records catalog. One of the best LP's by Steely Dan. You might find a lot of these in thrift stores.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Saturday, April 20th 2013 at 9:01am.

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Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Garfield Goose and Friends - "Clutch Cargo" (1971?) by W.B. on Sunday, April 24th, 2016 at 8:15am CT

I was wondering exactly what telecine equipment was used to make this transfer. Because certainly it appears a bit better than it would have "back then" via WGN's film chain setup which at that point would have included RCA TK-27's.


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Garfield Goose and Friends - "Clutch Cargo" (1971?) by FuzzyMemories on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 6:07pm CT

GHilbrich - Good observations. To answer your question, we did the transfer ourselves, direct from the original film reel. Everything you see, including the dissolve between the ID and the GG opening, was as it appears on the reel.

I agree with your reasoning. Perhaps we'd have a better idea where this came from if we can get any more information out of the original seller on Ebay. For example, I'd like to know how long this reel was in his possession, and where he got it from (was it an estate sale / private collection, or something else?)


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Garfield Goose and Friends - "Clutch Cargo" (1971?) by GHilbrich on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 2:32pm CT

I do not believe that this was done for any other reason than someone taking home a souvenir of sorts. I think what you have here is one of (and maybe now the only) original, station used 16mm reels with the WGN Color Presentation and Garfield Goose intro that would have run any given morning before moving into the video feed with Frazier. Perhaps someone who worked at WGN got a hold of the materials here when the station was unloading reels into a dumpster and adding one of the full 5 part Clutch serials for continuity.

This is just a guess, of course. But judging from the flow of the 16mm print, it's probably the best bet (the Clutch episodes are spliced pretty tightly together without any leader, countdowns or "Place Commercial Here" slugs).

Maybe the person responsible for getting this reel out of WGN is or will read this and chime in.

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Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - Bob Luce Wrestling - "Report on Verne Gagne Loss" (1974) by TeleFrank on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 12:22pm CT

SPOILER ALERT !!
No wrestling is shown. Booooo !!!!


Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - Bob Luce Wrestling - "Report on Verne Gagne Loss" (1974) by ArmitageNLowell on Sunday, April 17th, 2016 at 4:22pm CT

From what I have read in various message boards, including THE source for wrestling's past, kayfabememories.com , this sounded like a non-taped/broadcast house show to promote the big card at Comiskey Park in September; Robinson actually DID NOT win the title because Gagne's foot was on the rope when he was pinned. So, the belt was held up until the September card at Comiskey Park.

(Edited to correct date of the Amphitheater card.)

*SPOILER*
Gagne defeated Robinson via count-out.


Comment posted in WSNS Channel 44 - Bob Luce Wrestling - "Report on Verne Gagne Loss" (1974) by FuzzyMemories on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 at 11:34am CT

Or, could this have been from Bob Luce Wrestling?


Comment posted in WGN Channel 9 - Garfield Goose and Friends - "Clutch Cargo" (1971?) by Szake on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 8:49pm CT

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