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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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