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The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording Soundtrack

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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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  • Audio CD (August 29, 1995)
  • Original Release Date: June 20, 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002J5K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By therosen VINE VOICE on February 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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Keith Paynter on November 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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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on November 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The soundtrack album to the 1980 movie "The Blues Brothers" is one of THE greatest soundtrack albums ever made. Like the original musical comedy film that inspired it, the music from beginning to end is a whole ton of fun. The Blues Brothers themselves---Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi as Jake & Elwood Blues---and their ace, eight-man backup band sound positively *smokin'* on such numbers as the cruisin' "She Caught The Katy," the rockin' version of "Gimme Some Lovin'," the infectious "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love," the jammin' "Sweet Home Chicago," and the old Elvis Presley classic "Jailhouse Rock." They also do a hilarious take on "The Theme From Rawhide" (keep them doggies rollin', Rawhide!), and the band serve up a terrific version of the "Peter Gunn Theme" that rivals the TV original. And who can say no to the album's all-star guest list: Ray Charles' soulful rave-up "Shake A Tail Feather," James Brown masterfully leading the congregation through the gospel classic, "The Old Landmark," Aretha Franklin's excellent re-recording of her old hit, "Think," and Cab Calloway leading the live audience with his signature big band song, "Minnie The Moocher." I've had this CD in my collection for years, and it never fails to get my toes tappin'. "The Blues Brothers" movie soundtrack is a classic. Put it on, and shake your tail feather!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful 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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