The Blues Brothers The Essentials: The Blues Brothers
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- Released: March 25, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Atlantic
Description by OLDIES.com:
Exploding out of "Saturday Night Live," John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's alter egos Jake and Elwood Blues became a true pop culture phenomenon. Backed by an ace band, their '78 debut album and the 1980 soundtrack to their blockbuster film topped the charts. The Brothers' feel-good tribute generated a slew of Top 40 blues and R&B cover hits, including "Soul Man," "Rubber Biscuit," and "Who's Making Love," all here along with nine more belts of the blues.
- 1.Opening: I Can't Turn You Loose
- 2.Rubber Biscuit
- 3.Soul Man
- 4.Soul Finger / Funky Broadway
- 5.Do You Love Me / Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me)
- 6.Riot In Cell Block Number Nine
- 7.Messin' With The Kid
- 8.(I Got Everything I Need) Almost
- 9.Who's Making Love
- 10.Gimme Some Lovin'
- 11.Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
- 12.Going Back To Miami
The Blues Brothers: Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) (vocals, harmonica); Jake Blues (John Belushi) (vocals).
Recorded between 1978 & 1980. Includes liner notes by Cory Frye.
This 2003 release compiles tracks from the Blues Brothers' two live albums and The Blues Brothers soundtrack. Of the 12 songs, five come from 1978's Briefcase Full of Blues, five from 1980's Made in America, and two from 1980's soundtrack. The songs from Briefcase Full of Blues are the highlights; tracks like "Messin' With the Kid," "Rubber Biscuit," and the huge hit "Soul Man" are loose, full of fun, and alive with soul -- they capture a cultural moment and will have you dancing around the room. The two tracks from the soundtrack, "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," are less successful; Joliet Jake and Elwood need a raw, live setting to shine -- coop them up in a studio and their flaws (mainly weak vocals) are very obvious. By the time Made in America was released, the Blues Brothers' schtick was wearing a bit thin (Elwood sounds especially dorky on his molasses-slow rendition of the Robins/Coasters' "Riot in Cell Block #9"), the music was sounding a bit tired and overly professional, and the covers less obscure. There is enough energy in the presentation to make the music fun, but it doesn't have the same punch that the first record did. An essential Blues Brothers release would probably have more songs from the first record, less from the second, and a couple more tracks from the soundtrack, like the funky "She Caught the Katy." You might as well choose The Definitive Collection. It sells for about the same price but has 20 songs instead of 12, including seven from Briefcase; takes more songs from the movie, including Aretha Franklin's storming version of "Think" (but not "She Caught the Katy" for some reason); and has a weird version of "Expressway to Your Heart" unavailable elsewhere. ~ Tim Sendra
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