The Best of the Blues Brothers

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title of The Blues Brothers Complete pretty much says it all; the double-disc, 35-track collection contains everything Jake and Elwood Blues recorded during the peak of their career. The catch is that the compilation was only released by EastWest/Atlantic's Australian division, therefore, it's hard to find outside of Australia. But, for hardcore fans, it's worth tracking down since it has every track from Briefcase Full of Blues, the soundtrack to The Blues Brothers including the selections sung by Cab Calloway, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin, and Made in America, plus "I Ain't Got You," which was only on The Best of the Blues Brothers, and "From the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title of The Blues Brothers Complete pretty much says it all; the double-disc, 35-track collection contains everything Jake and Elwood Blues recorded during the peak of their career. The catch is that the compilation was only released by EastWest/Atlantic's Australian division, therefore, it's hard to find outside of Australia. But, for hardcore fans, it's worth tracking down since it has every track from Briefcase Full of Blues, the soundtrack to The Blues Brothers including the selections sung by Cab Calloway, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin, and Made in America, plus "I Ain't Got You," which was only on The Best of the Blues Brothers, and "From the Bottom," which was the B-side of the "Soul Man" single. In other words, it's everything. Some may laugh that anyone would want the complete works of the Blues Brothers who were often considered a joke especially by blues purists, but in hindsight, these recordings don't sound bad at all. How could they when Belushi and Aykroyd were backed by a world-class studio band. And, a lot can be said for enthusiasm. No, Belushi wasn't the greatest vocalist, and neither was his brother, but he had true love and passion for this music, which translates in his performances. The result may not match the original recordings they strove to replicate, but they're fun and they undoubtedly introduced many listeners to the original artists. Strangely, that's the reason why they hold up fairly well; they were labors of love and that love is apparent throughout the recordings, from the truly impeccable song selection they did have good taste to the enthusiastic performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678279027
  • Catalog Number: 82790

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Blues Brothers Primary Artist
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
John Belushi Vocals
Elwood Blues Harmonica, Vocals
"Joliet" Jake Blues Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Contributor
Tom Scott Contributor
Paul Shaffer Producer, Contributor
Bert Berns Composer
Donald "Duck" Dunn Contributor
Murphy Dunne Contributor
Willie Hall Contributor
Lou Marini Contributor
Alan Rubin Contributor
Bob Tischler Producer
Steve Jordan Contributor
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
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