The Blues Brothers [Original Soundtrack]

The Blues Brothers [Original Soundtrack]

by The Blues Brothers


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/1995
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678278723
catalogNumber: 82787
Rank: 5459

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Bill Monroe   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Aretha Franklin   Composer
Leon Russell   Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Marc Benno   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Paul Shaffer   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Bert Berns   Composer
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
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Jay Krugman   Engineer
Diane Love   Composer
Ted White   Composer

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The Blues Brothers [Original Soundtrack] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.