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Briefcase Full of Blues

Briefcase Full of Blues

by The Blues BrothersThe Blues Brothers


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The Blues Brothers began as an affectionate joke-cum-tribute to R&B music, and taken in that spirit it retained its entertainment value, even after this live album topped the charts, sold two million copies, and produced hit singles in "Rubber Biscuit" and "Soul Man." The guardians of popular music have always been entirely too reverent and humorless, however, and it wasn't long before they were leveling charges of rip-off against the Brothers and complaining that John Belushi couldn't sing as well as Otis Redding. So what? No one seems to have noticed that Belushi was as obsessive about citing his sources as Frank Sinatra is about naming his arrangers -- you'd have thought those critics would have appreciated the footnotes. The beneficiaries of Belushi's encomiums didn't mind the increased exposure or the renewed royalty checks ("I suggest you buy as many blues albums as you can," Belushi told the audience), and even today, what comes across in these performances is the sincerity of feeling -- that and some tasty playing from a top-notch band.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227991319
catalogNumber: 82788
Rank: 4586

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blues Brothers   Primary Artist
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Trumpet,Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Shaffer   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
John Belushi   Vocals
Elwood Blues   Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lou Marini   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Vocals,Background Vocals
"Joliet" Jake Blues   Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Junior Wells   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Chris Mars   Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn Arrangements
Paul Shaffer   Music Direction
King Floyd   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Composer
Dan Aykroyd   Contributor
John Belushi   Contributor
Warren Dewey   Engineer
Noa   Composer
Tommy Stinson   Composer
Bob Tischler   Producer
Miami Mitch Glazer   Liner Notes
Ollie Hoskins   Composer
McElvoy Robinson   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer

Customer Reviews

Briefcase Full of Blues 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
take this record for what it is, an irreverent and comical tribute to some of the finest american music ever, and cut with an extrodinarily talanted backup band I might add. pure pleasure, pure fun, pure music. PLAY IT LOUD AND DRINK PLENTY OF BEER the true pleasure of the artists' contributions is apparent in this record RIP John, this is a fine memorial to remember you by.
nursejamie More than 1 year ago
Brought back old memories of my childhood, when I used to listen to the Blues Brothers on LP. Rubber Biscuit always brings a smile to my face.
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