August 19, 2012
Ray Stevens 9-CD box set, Part 20...
This is the most recent commercial for the Ray Stevens 9-CD box set, The Encyclopedia of Recorded Comedy Music. I saw some responses for this commercial at a social network site...it seems a few people have seen the commercial on their local television channels. I hadn't seen it on my television yet...if I do I'll make note of it in a future blog entry.
I say it's the most recent commercial because there have been a couple of commercials uploaded on Ray's You Tube channel of various run time but this is the extended length version that features a voice over by Charlie Chase, a legendary fixture in country music radio and TV. The first commercial ran 4 minutes and featured Ray's songwriter friend, Buddy Kalb, detailing the encyclopedia's contents. Since the first upload ran 4 minutes, way too long for a TV commercial, a trimmed down and updated commercial was put together featuring Charlie Chase doing the voice over. The extended commercial runs 1 minute, 34 seconds and then there's an even more trimmed down version running just 45 seconds featuring the same voice over by Charlie Chase.
The ad that runs 45 seconds features a visual for "Cigareets, Whiskey, and Wild, Wild Women". The ad that runs more than 1 minute lacks that visual addition. The first ad that was uploaded to You Tube, the one that runs 4 minutes, has gotten more than 6,000 views. The 4 minute ad is described and presented as an infomercial...which is why it has a longer run time. Ray offers extended commentary in this ad which you won't see in the shorter commercials.
The 4 minute infomercial is below...
The ordering information isn't shown in those uploads...that sort of thing is tacked on separately whenever they air on TV. Those who are becoming aware of the Encyclopedia can seek it out at Ray's on-line store. A link to the collection is located Here. Once there you'll see a track list for all 9 CD's and an Add to Cart option. Ray also has quite a few newer releases that I'll be purchasing in the near future...so while there you can browse the CD and DVD area for the other new releases, too.