- Album name: Briefcase Full of Blues
- Group name: The Blues Brothers
- Year: 1978
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Atlantic Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics:
- Stamp on front: Promotional Copy / NOT FOR SALE
- Ballpoint pen on front: DAN AKROYD (on Dan Akroyd’s face), JOHN BELUSHI (on John Belushi’s face), WAMU-AM (on Dan Akroyd)
- Sticker on front: track list with ATLANTIC RECORDS and LICENSED FOR PROMOTION ONLY – SALE IS UNLAWFUL / Ownership and right to possession is reserved by Atlantic Recording Corporation
- Written on both sides of LP: WAMU AM
- Buy it on Amazon: $24.06
Level of familiarity before listening
I watched the Blues Brothers movie a few times in my childhood, but didn’t know that this record existed.
What I expected
Blues and soul.
What it was actually like
This turned out to be a really enjoyable live record that consisted entirely of cover songs.
Rubber Biscuit was a doo wop song from the 1950s that I recognized, and it was a joke song, but kind of cute. I do have to wonder what kind of drugs someone would have to take to create a song like this.
Groove Me was another that I recognized, though this was kind of a reggae version, which I’m not sure was a good idea.
I also knew Soul Man, and it might have been the best on the record.
The intro and outro songs, Opening: I Can’t Turn You Loose and Closing: I Can’t Turn You Loose were both fast, with great bass lines, and Flip, Flop and Fly was even lively enough to be a reminder that blues is dance music.
5/5: love it
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