The Blues Brothers [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Comic actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd received a lot of flak for their Blues Brothers shtick -- mostly for the albums, not 1980's beloved classic film. But they should be given credit for exposing many people -- including this reviewer -- to the music of blues and R&B veterans. The Blues Brothers soundtrack was released on Atlantic Records. On the surface this doesn't seem unusual, since the Blues Brothers' Atlantic debut, Briefcase Full of Blues, was a number one album; but the movie was released by Universal, and its parent company, MCA, passed on the soundtrack. The rollicking remake of the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" was a hit, featuring an ...
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All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Comic actors John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd received a lot of flak for their Blues Brothers shtick -- mostly for the albums, not 1980's beloved classic film. But they should be given credit for exposing many people -- including this reviewer -- to the music of blues and R&B veterans. The Blues Brothers soundtrack was released on Atlantic Records. On the surface this doesn't seem unusual, since the Blues Brothers' Atlantic debut, Briefcase Full of Blues, was a number one album; but the movie was released by Universal, and its parent company, MCA, passed on the soundtrack. The rollicking remake of the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" was a hit, featuring an arrangement notable for the horn section that replaces Steve Winwood's rumbling organ work. Ray Charles has a good time with "Shake a Tail Feather," and he's helped out by Jake and Elwood Blues Belushi and Aykroyd, respectively. The cover of Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" is a lot of fun, thanks to the great overall rhythm and Elwood's lightning-fast stage rap, while James Brown and the Reverend James Cleveland Choir provide a blast of gospel music on "Old Landmark." Aretha Franklin's "Think" is explosive, and Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher" is slyly irresistible. Charles, Brown, Franklin, and Calloway all have small roles in the film, yet so does John Lee Hooker, but he's not represented here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/1995
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678278723
  • Catalog Number: 82787
  • Sales rank: 3,402

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She Caught the Katy - "Joliet" Jake Blues (4:10)
  2. 2 Peter Gunn Theme (3:46)
  3. 3 Gimme Some Lovin' - "Joliet" Jake Blues (3:06)
  4. 4 Shake a Tail Feather - "Joliet" Jake Blues (2:48)
  5. 5 Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - "Joliet" Jake Blues (3:21)
  6. 6 Old Landmark - James Brown (2:56)
  7. 7 Think - Aretha Franklin (3:13)
  8. 8 Rawhide (Theme) - "Joliet" Jake Blues (2:37)
  9. 9 Minnie the Moocher - Cab Calloway (3:23)
  10. 10 Sweet Home Chicago - "Joliet" Jake Blues (7:48)
  11. 11 Jailhouse Rock - "Joliet" Jake Blues (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Blues Brothers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
James Cleveland Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Patti Austin Vocals, Background Vocals
James Brown Vocals, Track Performer
Ray Charles Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Cropper Guitar
Aretha Franklin Vocals, Track Performer
Hiram Bullock Guitar
Cab Calloway Vocals, Track Performer
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone, Horn, Saxophone
Larry Willis Keyboards
Richard T. Bear Keyboards
Carolyn Franklin Vocals, Background Vocals
Elliott Randall Guitar
Dan Aykroyd Vocals
John Belushi Vocals
Elwood Blues Harmonica, Vocals
Margaret Branch Vocals, Background Vocals
Vivian Cherry Vocals, Background Vocals
Brenda Corbett Vocals, Background Vocals
Arthur Dickson Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass, Bass Guitar
Murphy Dunne Keyboards, Electric Piano
Terry Fryer Keyboards
Keith Ginsberg Guitar
Willie Hall Drums
John Hason Keyboards
Jake Track Performer
Lou Marini Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Ullanda McCullough Vocals, Background Vocals
Ira Newborn Conductor
Bill Payne Keyboards
Alan Rubin Trumpet, Vocals
John Springer Keyboards
David Weston Bass
Keiv Ginsberg Guitar
"Joliet" Jake Blues Track Performer
Lew Del Gatto Horn
Steve Jordan Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
James Brown Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Jerry Leiber Composer
Paul Shaffer Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Joe Gastwirt Remastering
Tyree Judie Composer
Denise Love Composer
Gerald Love Composer
Peggy Love Composer
Rudy Love Composer
Jim Scheffler Engineer
Mike Stoller Composer
Bob Tischler Producer, Engineer
Teddy White Composer
Bob Defrin Art Direction
Jay Krugman Engineer
Diane Love Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This defines a genre... or five

    First of all, see the film before you buy this. It's quite different from the Blues Brothers skits of SNL fame. Instead of having all R&B songs like their other albums, this contains all the songs from the film, which cover a range of styles. All the tracks were re-recorded by the Blues Brothers Band (most of Booker T. and the MGs), so it's garunteed you don't have any of these versions already. In fact, some of them even improve on the origioals. Aretha Franklin's ''Think'' is much more upbeat, and John Belushi's vocals are perfect for ''She Caught the Katy'' and ''Gimme Some Lovin'''. Of course, the big stars still sing their fan favorites (Cab Calloway is great), but the Blues Brothers Band is a very tight band and the performances are flawless. Of course, this is still a silly and funny collection of songs: Elwood's speech at the beginning of ''Gimme Some Lovin''' is intact, and you can't help but laugh if you've seen the film.

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