12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Briefcase Full of Blues is an electrifying document of The Blues Brothers’ original live revue. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s raucous delivery is absolutely infectious, while their star-studded band—anchored by organist Paul Shaffer and Stax icons Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper—unload plenty of thunder and lightning. Both “Soul Man” and “Rubber Biscuit” are torrents of blaring horns, funky rhythms, and manic fun, and the Big Joe Turner obscurity “Flip, Flop & Fly” features a hilarious, booze-soaked monologue from Belushi, who ingeniously channels the outrageous, bawdy side of the blues tradition.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Briefcase Full of Blues is an electrifying document of The Blues Brothers’ original live revue. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd’s raucous delivery is absolutely infectious, while their star-studded band—anchored by organist Paul Shaffer and Stax icons Donald “Duck” Dunn and Steve Cropper—unload plenty of thunder and lightning. Both “Soul Man” and “Rubber Biscuit” are torrents of blaring horns, funky rhythms, and manic fun, and the Big Joe Turner obscurity “Flip, Flop & Fly” features a hilarious, booze-soaked monologue from Belushi, who ingeniously channels the outrageous, bawdy side of the blues tradition.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
337 Ratings

337 Ratings

Knowledgable ,

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE SOUNDTRACK

Although this CD is not the soundtrack, it is still a quite good CD. What you need to realize is that the blues brothers had an album before the soundtrack. This CD is the complete playlist so do not get mad at iTunes or the Blues Brothers. To end the confusion, I have the playlist for the Soundtrack below, NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH BRIEFCASE FULL OF BLUES!

01 She Caught The Katy
02 Peter Gunn Theme
03 Gimme Some Lovin’
04 Shake A Tail Feather
05 Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
06 The Old Landmark
07 Think
08 Theme From Rawhide
09 Minnie The Moocher
10 Sweet Home Chicago
11 Jailhouse Rock

ChuckC ,

"Briefcase Full of Blues" is not, and was never supposed to be, the movie soundtrack.

I don't understand all of the negative reviews here. This IS the full album, is is NOT a partial album, and you are NOT limited to buying track-by-track. Granted, this is NOT the soundtrack to "The Blues Brothers Movie" which came after the release of "Briefcase Full of Blues" which came as a result of the wildly successful recurring SNL skit. Rumor has it that the Blues Brothers routine was slapped together by John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd, both HUGE blues fan, when the musical guest backed out last minute. Have to go check the SNL archives to verify... As other posters have mentioned, I'd LOVE to see some of the other albums released by the BB', as well as the movie soundtrack (I LOVE Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher!").

Applejedi1 ,

Briefcase Half Empty or Mostly Full?

The Blues Brothers borrowed some of the best studio band guys from the Saturday Night Live Band. Belushi is just fine. There isn't a person associated with that movie, from James Brown to Aretha Franklin to John Lee Hooker to Ray Charles who couldn't tell you that they had a big lift off of their album sales. It introduced a whole generation, like me, to Sam & Dave, Cab Calloway, Elmore James, and a whole lot more. I love this album. Save us from record purists!

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