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Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
41 Years Ago Today

Here's a record offer for The Sound of Philadelphia by Brookville Records.

This aired on April 25, 1977.

The Sound of Philadelphia (Record Offer, 1977)

Here's a record offer for The Sound of Philadelphia by Brookville Records.

Ending voiceover by ??

This aired on local Detroit TV on Monday, April 25th 1977. (not Chicago TV, but still cool)

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"So you don't forget, send by midnight tomorrow" -- What an odd thing to say... why pick midnight?! How about 10:32 a.m.? Or NOW!
Comment posted by T.K. on Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 8:10pm.

That was the theme music to Soul Train from 1973-75 and it was used again for the 80s version from 1987-93.
Comment posted by ChitownTVFan on Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 8:17pm.

I just want to know why they used the same picture for Lou Rawls... twice in a row? At least give it a little separation there!
Comment posted by AMNewsboy on Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 8:21pm.

Although it doesn't really match that well now that I sit and compare them, for some reason the first two seconds of this commercial make me think of the Kaiser Broadcasting "jingle" as heard on the Marty clip just posted.
Comment posted by afdave on Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 8:54pm.

The company that put this set out, Brookville Records, was corporately related to "ripoff" outfit T.E.J. Records. (Notice how record offers from both firms use the same still-unknown announcer, and both use the "So you don't forget, send before midnight tomorrow" verbiage at the end.) Ironic how T.E.J. included "soundalikes" of some of these hits on their various collections, while Brookville (whose most famous compilation was the two-record "Elvis" set first released in 1973, and consisting of his 1956-62 string of hits) put out this compilation where the actual original recordings - the real McCoy (not Van), if you will - were used. These have actual dimension to their sound, unlike the one-dimensional hack jobs by "Dimensional Sound."

However - anyone notice how the Philadelphia International house band, on the roll of songs by the various artists (moving from bottom to top), is misspelled "MSFB" on the last two songs cited ("Sexy" and "Stop"[sic])?

Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 9:50pm.

Maybe this mail order record offer was licenced by Columbia records (now part of Sony) which owned the songs on this record.
Comment posted by Dth1971 on Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 10:09pm.

MFSB stands for Mother Father Sister Brother.
Comment posted by Betamax75 on Wednesday, August 11th 2010 at 11:31pm.

To 'Dth1971': Bet on it. And Columbia would have doubtless pressed this set under the "Columbia Special Products" banner, in association with Brookville. (As RCA Special Products had done with "Elvis.")

*EDIT*: The catalogue number was P2 13924, indicating that Columbia did indeed press this LP (the P 10000 series indicated the Columbia Special Products series). An eBay seller listed the contents as:
- By Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: "Bad Luck," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "Where Are All My Friends" (erroneously credited to the O'Jays on the credit roll, to the point where their photo was used when a snippet of that was played, rather than a pic of Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass and company), "The Love I Lost," and "Wake Up Everybody"
- By the O'Jays: "Love Train," "Put Your Hands Together," "Message In Our Music," "I Love Music," and "Back Stabbers"
- By MFSB: "TSOP" (misspelled by the clods typing that CG roll as "Stop"), "Sexy," and "Family Affair"
- By Lou Rawls: "Groovy People" and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" (the last four words of that title taken out on this ad)
- Plus: "I'll Always Love My Mama" by The Intruders (originally on Gamble), "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by the Peoples Choice (originally on the TSOP label), "Me and Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul, "When Will I See You Again" by the Three Degrees, and "Slow Motion" by Johnny Williams (apparently, Billy Paul's "Let 'Em In" didn't make the cut, contrary to the ad)

Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, August 12th 2010 at 8:04am.

I'd actually buy an album like this because I like those songs.
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Thursday, August 12th 2010 at 1:13pm.

I actually have 14 of the tracks from this album on individual 45's.
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, August 12th 2010 at 1:35pm.

And lest anyone misunderstand: Except for the Intruders and Peoples Choice tracks, all the other songs and instrumentals were originally released on Philadelphia International.
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, August 14th 2010 at 3:20am.

Okay,now this record deal is worth it.I love old-school music like this ('60's and 70's R & B).

I'm was worried that it was another rip-off job judging from the way the ad looked (like the "rip-off" record ads that was presented in other clips on this site).But how can you rip-off great music like this?You can't.

Comment posted by SoxOnTV44 on Saturday, August 14th 2010 at 4:55pm.

Actually, sister firm T.E.J. did rip off some of these via their hack band "Dimensional Sound." "I Love Music" on "The Big 50," "TSOP" on "20 Top Hits" . . .
Comment posted by W.B. on Saturday, August 14th 2010 at 6:55pm.

*Sigh* Boogie Down! 70s Scantimate Squiggles are the coolest...<3
Comment posted by 70s80s on Wednesday, August 18th 2010 at 5:40pm.

Also . . . Box 466, Southfield, MI 48037 was the Detroit area mailing address for all Brookville and T.E.J. record offers. If this aired in the Washington, D.C. market, the mailing address for this would've been Box 9985, Washington, DC 20015. Does anyone know which mailing addresses for such releases would've been in different markets (i.e. Chicago, New York, L.A. - I seem to remember a box at Grand Central Station, zip 10017, for NYC)?
Comment posted by W.B. on Thursday, September 2nd 2010 at 2:08pm.

Oh, and some brave soul put up that "Elvis" mail-order ad on YouTube (with the same main voiceover as on this ad), can be seen here.
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, September 28th 2016 at 7:35pm.

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