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K-tel - Music Machine (Record Offer, 1977)

Not from a Chicago airing, but still interesting - here's a record offer commercial for the compilation Music Machine from K-tel (catalogue number TU 2560), with what looks like Robby the Robot of "Forbidden Planet" and Lost in Space fame playing the title character for this ad.

Features snippets of such hits from the late 1976 - mid-1977 period as "Blinded by the Light" by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb, "Keep It Comin' Love" by KC and The Sunshine Band, "Dancing Queen" by ABBA, and "Do You Wanna Make Love" by Peter McCann.

Also featured are "Feels Like the First Time" by Foreigner, "Beth" by KISS, "Car Wash" by Rose Royce, "Hot Line" by The Sylvers, and "Got to Give It Up" by Marvin Gaye.

Available at Eckerd Drugs, Redford Stores, Disco Sky City, S.H. Kress, Woolworth, Sears, Roses, and Record Bar - oh, and did we mention Eckerd Drugs? ;-)

Main voiceover by ?? Ending voiceover by ??

This aired on local Chattanooga, Tennessee TV the first week of December 1977.

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"Available at these fine stores!"
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Friday, December 28th 2012 at 7:58am.

There's a longer version of this ad on Youtube with more of the robot.

Here's the full song listing from a used copy of the album I bought.

I Just Want To Be Your Everything by Andy Gibb
Keep It Coming Love by K.C. and the Sunshine Band
Don't Give Up on Us by David Soul
Do You Want to Make Love by Peter McCann
Hot Line by Sylvers
Got to Give It Up (Part 1) by Marvin Gaye
You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be In My Show) by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from "Rocky") by Bill Conti
Dancing Queen by Abba
Beth by Kiss
Blinded by the Light by Manifred Mann Earth Band
Car Wash by Rose Royce
Lucille by Kenny Rogers
I Like Dreamin' by Kenny Nolan
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
You and Me by Alice Cooper
Feels Like the First Time by Foreigner

A sticker on the cover says "Bonus Inside K.C. & Andy Gibb Posters!" (missing from my copy)

Comment posted by Phantom on Friday, December 28th 2012 at 8:03am.

I have this on 8-Track tape!!!
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Friday, December 28th 2012 at 10:55pm.

At least here, you get the actual original songs, unlike on a "sound-alike" compilation elsewhere on this site.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, December 30th 2012 at 2:02pm.

I have some of the original 45's as from this compilation: "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," a U.S. export pressing of the U.K. issue of "Don't Give Up on Us," "Hot Line," "Play That Funky Music," and "Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky)."

In addition, there was a Canadian version of Music Machine, issued under cat. #TC-243 (with the same kind of album cover). The list differs somewhat from this version (with tracks on both versions in bold), with 10 tracks per side instead of just 9:
- "I'm Your Boogie Man" by KC and The Sunshine Band
- "Rich Girl" by Daryl Hall & John Oates
- "The Things We Do for Love" by 10cc
- "Got to Give It Up (Part 1)" by Marvin Gaye
- "My Best Friend's Wife" by Paul Anka
- "You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)" by Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr.
- "Car Wash" by Rose Royce
- "You Won't Dance With Me" by April Wine
- "Do You Wanna Make Love" by Peter McCann
- "Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)" by Bill Conti
- "Que Sera Sera" by The Raes
- "Lucille" by Kenny Rogers
- "Slow Dancin' Don't Turn Me On" by The Addrisi Brothers
- "Couldn't Get It Right" by the Climax Blues Band
- "Mr. Love" by Vehicle
- "Dancin' Man" by Q
- "Hold On Baby" by Charity Brown
- "Your Love Gets Me Around" by Ronny Abramson
- "Sugar Daddy" by Patsy Gallant
- "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John

Of that alternate list, besides the ones in bold, "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Rich Girl," "The Things We Do for Love" and "Couldn't Get It Right" were big hits in the U.S.

Comment posted by W.B. on Tuesday, January 1st 2013 at 9:11pm.

I have the following songs on this list in my iPod:

I Just Want To Be Your Everything by Andy Gibb
Keep It Coming Love by K.C. and the Sunshine Band
Got to Give It Up (Part 1) by Marvin Gaye
Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
Dancing Queen by Abba
Beth by Kiss
Blinded by the Light by Manifred Mann Earth Band
Car Wash by Rose Royce
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
Feels Like the First Time by Foreigner
I'm Your Boogie Man by KC and The Sunshine Band
Rich Girl by Daryl Hall & John Oates
The Things We Do for Love by 10cc
Couldn't Get It Right by the Climax Blues Band

It is so funny because part of my childhood was always getting the latest K-Tel record for Christmas, my birthday or both. A few years ago I sold many of them to an used record store and made some money. I kept a few but so many others had songs I ended up replacing on CD anyway. My new hobby is searching for a song through my library, reserving the CD it came on, burning a copy then adding the song to my iPod.

Comment posted by LaPrincess on Wednesday, January 2nd 2013 at 6:24pm.

@LaPrincess, you do what I do, though I'm limited on the Library's selections. A lot of CDs I want they either don't have or was checked out and never returned, like the first two CDs from Maroon 5. Before that I went to Limewire and WinMX and got stuff there, plus I had my own collection of CDs. I think I'm up to 10,325 songs though many are entire albums in my iPod. I wanted an iPod Touch but I would need the 64Gb version at over $400, I believe. Back when I was 11, the butcher at the store we shopped on Saturdays in Roseland gave me this big box of records, which included a bunch of Beatles 45's and best of albums. I still have them.
Comment posted by NuBnPrnc2k on Saturday, January 12th 2013 at 4:39pm.

@Nu8nPrnc2k, the trick is to go to the library's website and see what other libraries have a particular CD. My library doesn't carry CDs at all so I am able to search on their online book catalog by song, album or artist. I too went to Limewire, Winmx and the others and got music. I have the 80GB iPod video classic that I bought in 2007 after my 20GB U2 iPod stopped working and I am always listening to it. That butcher sounds really cool giving you all those 45's, when I was a little girl I had a neighbor who worked at WCFL I believe and gave me many 45's which I sold a few years ago at a garage sale.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Sunday, January 13th 2013 at 1:09am.

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