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The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording Soundtrack, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (March 18 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002J5K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Caught The Katy - Jake
2. Peter Gunn Theme - Jake
3. Gimme Some Lovin' - Jake
4. Shake A Tail Feather - Ray Charles/Jake & Elwood
5. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - Jake & Elwood/Patty Austin/Vivian Cherry/Ullanda McCullough
6. The Old Landmark - James Brown/Rev. James Cleveland Choir
7. Think - Aretha Franklin/Brenda Corbet/Margaret Branch/Caroline Franklin
8. Theme From Rawhide - Elwood & Jake
9. Minnie The Moocher - Cab Calloway
10. Sweet Home Chicago - Elwood & Jake
11. Jailhouse Rock - Jake

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Certified Platinum by the RIAA (2/98).

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Inspired by the lovable Saturday Night Live white-boy blues schtick of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, director John Landis seemingly threw every harebrained stunt he could imagine--and millions of dollars in production costs and wrecked autos--onto the screen. The resulting film could have been mistaken for a bad case of Hunter S. Thompson's D.T.'s, but Landis never shortchanged the music: Cab Calloway, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles all get their moment in the spotlight. Miraculously, the chic-shabby Blues Brothers, anchored by the Stax rhythm section of Cropper and Dunn, hold their own against the legends, perhaps by the sheer joy and love they have for the music. --Jerry McCulley

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By therosen on Feb. 23 2004
Format: Audio CD
Take two comedians with an interest in the blues, give them a backup band, a movie, and some creative license, and look at what comes out...
The songs go from the campy (Peter Gunn & Rawhide) to the dancable (Shake Your Tail Feathers) to the standard (Sweet Home Chicago & Minnie the Moocher). With a phenomenal backup band (The old Saturday Night Live orchestra) and some classic guest vocalists (Chaka Khan, James Brown and Ray Charles to name a few) it's a treat for the ears. Eleven songs pack both a variety and depth of fun music.
The only downside on the album is two missing songs. Some might expect Soul Man, which was perhaps Belushi & Akroyd's most famous tune. I personally missed John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Boom Boom, my favorite song and artist from the movie.
That said, the CD is great for those looking for a smiling memory of the movie or a wide pop introduction to the blues. I'm generally not one to review too many CDs, but this one warrants a good plug!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Edmundson on Jan. 30 2004
Format: Audio CD
Blues Brothers was an excellent movie and one of the things that made it so awesome was the spectacular music. Fans that loved the music must pick this up.
What other soundtracks have artists like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway, and James Brown on it. That alone should be a selling point to fans of oldies and blues music. You also get to hear Jon Belushi and Dan Akroyd singing as Jake and Elwood.
Almost all the songs from the movie are on the soundtrack. It's got the theme from "Rawhide" which was the only song they put on it that the band sang in the bar. I wish they would have put "Stand By Your Man" on it, but that's the only knock I have against this classic soundtrack. Pick this one up, you'll like it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Paynter on Nov. 26 2002
Format: Audio CD
Time has been kind to the original Blues Brothers film. Lambasted by critics, but embraced by SNL fans and R&B lovers. The musical comedy is one that I have never grown tired of, and I played out my original LP and CD to death. The remastered CD brought this music back to life.
It is a testament to the conviction of Jon Landis, and especially to Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, that they were able to re-immortalize Blues, R&B and Soul legends Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway and (on film only, unfortunately) John Lee Hooker, by introducing them to people who had no idea who they were, and reminding fans of the past how good these people were, and continued to be.
Aretha Franklin acknowledged she was grateful to them for re-vitalizing her career. It is a worthy testament. Every appearance by these greats is a show-stopping number, and for me a personal favorite of Jake & Elwood is Sweet Home Chicago, a nod to Blues legend Robert Johnson, who influenced so many with his short body of work.
Paul Schaeffer's musical direction is outstanding (He was unable to appear in the film due to his commmitment to Gilda Radner's stage show), and personally I believe he peaked here, becoming a parody of himself as bandleader for David Letterman.
Those who don't 'get' the album should really listen to the roots of what made the Blues Brothers happen - check out the Atlantic Rhythm & Blues CD set, and the Stax Records set to get an understanding of some of the more 'contemporary' influences that drove Ackroyd & Belushi to build the band and even use original Stax musicians Steve Cropper and Donald 'Duck' Dunn at the core of the band's rhythm section.
The Blues Brothers 2000 film may be a letdown to those who saw it, but the original (and its soundtrack) are tributes to hard driving soul and R&B, and one can't help but enjoy the musical journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of ANY of the following: Blues, R&B, Soul, Jazz, or Rock, than this CD is a must buy. This CD contains some of the best music ever written, likable even to people who generally hate this type of music. And if you've seen the movie (a true classic, see it if you haven't)it is all the more enjoyable. Songs like "Peter Gunn theme" and "Sweet Home Chicago" will never grow old. I would also like to highly recommend the Blues Brothers other 3 CD's. Music like this is simply too good to be ignored.
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By Tom on July 10 2001
Format: Audio CD
Part of the reason, I think, that the movie is so effective is that it completely creates a mood and atmosphere. As silly as this movie is, the photography, color, sets, costumes all work so well together that it's easy for the viewer to suspend disbelief (and logic, and reason) and enjoy.
One of my favorite scenes in the movie, and one that sent me on a rewarding (and expensive) mission as a collector of blues music, is the Maxwell Street set-up shot outside of the Soul Food Cafe. It is here that we catch John Lee Hooker and a band of Chicago blues legends (Pine Top Perkins for one) playing Hooker's anthematic "Boom Boom."
So...I ask, why isn't "Boom Boom" on the soundtrack!?
The Blues Brothers Band is indisputably awesome, and this soundtrank is largely about them. While Aretha and James Brown show up, much of the important background music from the movie does not. Sam and Dave's "Sooth Me" plays an integral role in the film, and deserves to be here.
As an album of full-power brass heavy blues, this album rocks, but as the soundtrack to the greatest movie of all time, it falls a little short. That's no reason not to buy it though.
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