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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It isn't exactly difficult to scoff at the Blues Brothers -- beginning your musical career as a sketch on Saturday Night Live is not the best way to develop artistic credibility, and while Elwood Blues wasn't too shabby a harp player, his brother, Joliet Jake, sang only marginally better than that guy who used to impersonate Joe Cocker on late-night television. But no one ever bought a Blues Brothers album expecting a life-changing musical experience -- these guys were there to put on a show, and putting on a great show is just what they did. It helped that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi obviously loved the music, and they knew how to put together a killer band any fan with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
It isn't exactly difficult to scoff at the Blues Brothers -- beginning your musical career as a sketch on Saturday Night Live is not the best way to develop artistic credibility, and while Elwood Blues wasn't too shabby a harp player, his brother, Joliet Jake, sang only marginally better than that guy who used to impersonate Joe Cocker on late-night television. But no one ever bought a Blues Brothers album expecting a life-changing musical experience -- these guys were there to put on a show, and putting on a great show is just what they did. It helped that Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi obviously loved the music, and they knew how to put together a killer band any fan with the vision to hire Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Jordan, and Matt "Guitar" Murphy" to cover classic blues and R&B deserves credit for good taste, if nothing else. The Definitive Collection pulls together highlights from the band's debut live album, Briefcase Full of Blues, as well as cuts from the soundtrack to The Blues Brothers movie including contributions from Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin and the second, rather less-remembered live set Made in America. Anyone who buys this without owning a decent Otis Redding or Sam & Dave set first ought to be ashamed of themselves, but as a one-stop overview of the work of two dedicated R&B fans having a great time playing the songs they love, you could hardly do better than The Definitive Collection. Play it loud and dance a lot -- John would have wanted it that way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227997564
  • Catalog Number: 237884
  • Sales rank: 59,926

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Blues Brothers Primary Artist, Track Performer
Matt "Guitar" Murphy Guitar
Patti Austin Background Vocals
Ray Charles Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Cropper Guitar
Aretha Franklin Vocals, Track Performer
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone, Trumpet, Horn, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals, Horn Section
Tom Scott Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals, Horn Section
Carolyn Franklin Background Vocals
Elliott Randall Guitar
Paul Shaffer Keyboards, Background Vocals, Musical Direction
Elwood Blues Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Margaret Branch Background Vocals
Vivian Cherry Background Vocals
Brenda Corbett Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Murphy Dunne Keyboards
Willie Hall Drums
Lou Marini Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
Ullanda McCullough Background Vocals
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Alan Rubin Trumpet, Horn, Background Vocals, Horn Section
"Joliet" Jake Blues Vocals, Background Vocals
Patty Austin Background Vocals
Steve Jordan Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tom "Bones" Malone Horn Arrangements
Paul Shaffer Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Bob Tischler Producer
Tom Bouman Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    RIP John

    RIP John

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