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Briefcase Full Of Blues (US Release)

June 28, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Who'd have BELIEVED a pair of white comedians would have wound up doing an album of R&B and Soul music THIS DAMN GOOD??? It started out as a joke on SNL, but with the aid of the best session players in the business (who at the time made up the SNL band!) BRIEFCASE FULL OF BLUES became a reality that outlasted the comedy that spawned it. EVERY song a classic, recorded live with style, class, POWER and panache-- MAN do I love the sound of a big band horn section doing "rock & roll"! I still remember at first not being sure about John Belushi's singing on this. Is he joking? Is he real? After a few plays it just didn't matter-- the recordings were just SOOOOO good! Of course "Soul Man" is the most well-known, but EVERY song here is a stand-out, with "B Movie Box Car Blues" one of my faves-- it builds and builds until it finally reaches that wild, explosive climax. WOW!!
I only wish the CD would have included "Excuse Moi Mon Chere", the "B" side of the "Soul Man" 45. What kind of oversight is that?
Like others have said, BRIEFCASE... introduced me to songs & artists I might never have heard otherwise, for which I remain grateful. Of the 6 (count 'em, 6!) albums to date by The Blues Brothers Band, this is my favorite. A VERY close follow-up is 1992's RED,WHITE AND BLUES, where the band proved they could make SENSATIONAL recordings even without Belushi. (Take it from me-- if you like this, RW&B will blow your mind!!!)
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By A Customer on January 4, 2002
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The Blues Brothers were no joke, nor a gimmick. They WERE on a mission from god, and that is to keep the next generations connected to the Blues, or at least to know it exists. Elwood's (Dan Akroyd) prophecy about "the music we hear today" is just a re-programmed electronic music and the existence of Blues only in "the classical department of your local library" is not far from reality today (the prophecy is brought to you free of charge in track 1). So the two "brothers" took their blues (big) band (featuring Matt guitar Murphy, Blue Lue Marini, Alan Rubin and others), and recorded some easy-to-listen tracks, mostly covers to Blues, Soul & RNB classics like "Soul man", "Messin' with the kid", "I don't know" etc.
This CD features a great live performance with an excellent selection of songs. Each and every track gets its special treatment to make it "blues brothers style". Just listen to Willie Mabon's "I don't know" to know what I'm talking about.
I wouldn't want to use the whole 1000 words I have, so I'll just finish saying this is a 5 stars fun both for Blues fans (like myself) and for those who don't listen to the Blues on a regular basis. Enough. Just Buy this one!
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Not often do you get the right group of people together at the right time and right place, but when you do, magic happens!!!
This recording captures that magic and is a joy to listen to over and over again! It's timeless as well! Just as fresh and fun to listen to today as it was 25 years ago!
Everyone involved with this took the music serious, but had fun at the same time, and the interaction with the audience is a testament to that!
A great R&B/Blues recording to add to any collection!
Shotgun Blues is still my favorite, but the whole recording groves me!
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By A Customer on January 21, 2000
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I think that the person who wrote the review entitled "Worhtless" is probably one of those fools who think that you have to be black to play blues music. The fact of the matter is that Blues comes from the soul, not from your skin color or background. I applaud Dan Akroyd and John Belushi (RIP) for bringing Blues music back in to the mainstream. It's about time this style of music got some recognition, and no matter what the color of the skin of the person accomplishes it, it is a very fine achievement.
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What started out as a joke on SNL (when it was a damn awesome show) turned into an amazing journey. The Blues Brothers ended up spurring this (still) great album, an even better movie (the original one, not the sequel), and a permanent cornerstone in SNL history and pop culture. Listening to this puppy 30 years after it came out, it's still immensely listenable and a pleasure to listen to.

Not only does this album sound fresh today, it's a sincere, heartfelt tribute to music that Belushi and Akyroyd obviously loved. I don't know if something like this could be done today. I feel today the comedians/singers would be smug and detached under the guise of "irony". They would be constantly winking to the audience, reminding them "it's a joke", and it would take away the real feel that Akyroyd and Belushi give the music. Belushi's voice doesn't have a lot of range, but his enthusiasm takes him over and you forget he wasn't a professional singer. Akyroyd's voice is just OK, but he blows a pretty decent harp and Dan's vocals on Rubber Biscuit are hilariously cool. He really sells the puppy. And the band! The band, which included the greatest session musicians ever from Steve "the Colonel" Cropper to Donald "Duck" Dunn to the awesome horn section (all were musicians who played on the classic records that spawned the Blues Brothers tribute), is awesomely tight, never sloppy, and is another pleasure to listen to. Some of the highlights are B Movie Boxcar Blues (which an awesome ending), the great closer Flip, Flop, and Fly (with a wonderful vocal by Belushi), the by now classic Soul Man (still cool), and Messin' with the Kid (which actually has a tricky time signature that the band pulls off without blinking).
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