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The Blues Brothers (1978-1980) Discography 5CD [16-44]

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By Request: The Blues Brothers are an American blues and soul revivalist band founded in 1978 by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as part of a musical sketch on Saturday Night Live. Belushi and Aykroyd fronted the band, in character, respectively, as lead vocalist ‘Joliet’ Jake Blues and harmonica player/vocalist Elwood Blues. The band was composed of well-known musicians, and debuted as the musical guest in a 1978 episode of Saturday Night Live, opening the show performing “Hey Bartender”, and later “Soul Man”.

With the help of pianist-arranger Paul Shaffer, Belushi and Aykroyd started assembling a collection of studio talents to form their own band.These included SNL band members saxophonist “Blue” Lou Marini and trombonist-saxophonist Tom Malone, who had previously played in Blood, Sweat & Tears. At Shaffer’s suggestion guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn, the powerhouse combo from Booker T and the M.G.’s and subsequently almost every hit out of Memphis’ Stax Records during the 1960s, were signed as well.

Belushi wanted a powerful trumpet player and a hot blues guitarist, so Juilliard-trained trumpeter Alan Rubin was brought in, as was guitarist Matt “Guitar” Murphy, who had performed with many blues legends.

For the brothers’ look, Belushi borrowed John Lee Hooker’s trademark Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses and soul patch.

Their style was fresh and in many ways, different from prevailing musical trends: A very raw and “live” sound compared to the increasing use of sound synthesis and vocal-dominated music of the late 1970s and 1980s.

The releases without Belushi, I chose not to include. #RIP

Track Listings:
1978 – Briefcase Full Of Blues

  1. Opening: I Can’t Turn You Loose 1:17
  2. Hey Bartender 2:46
  3. Messin’ With The Kid 2:46
  4. (I Got Every Thing I Need) Almost 2:36
  5. Rubber Biscuit 2:41
  6. Shot Gun Blues 5:13
  7. Groove Me 3:32
  8. I Don’t Know 4:07
  9. Soul Man 2:54
  10. “B” Movie Box Car Blues 3:57
  11. Flip, Flop & Fly 3:35
  12. Closing: I Can’t Turn You Loose 0:28

1978 – The Closing of Winterland – San Francisco, CA Dec 31, 1978 (SBD)

  1. Can’t Turn You Loose (Intro) 1:49
  2. Hey Bartender 3:18
  3. Messin’ With The Kid 3:32
  4. (I Got Everything I Need) Almost / Introduction 3:55
  5. Rubber Biscuit 3:03
  6. Shotgun Blues 5:54
  7. Groove Me 3:58
  8. I Don’t Know 6:03
  9. Soul Man 3:53
  10. B Movie Box Car Blues 4:55
  11. Flip, Flop & Fly 3:54
  12. Jailhouse Rock / Can’t Turn You Loose (Outro) 1:22

1980 – Made In America

  1. Soul Finger / Funky Broadway 2:05
  2. Who’s Making Love 3:34
  3. Do You Love Me / Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me) 2:54
  4. Guilty 3:42
  5. Perry Mason Theme 2:10
  6. Riot In Cell Block Number Nine 3:25
  7. Green Onions 5:45
  8. I Ain’t Got You 2:45
  9. From The Bottom 3:25
  10. Going Back To Miami 4:01

1980 – The Blues Brothers – Music from the Soundtrack

  1. She Caught The Katy 4:10
  2. Peter Gunn Theme 3:46
  3. Gimme Some Lovin’ 3:06
  4. Shake Your Tailfeather 2:48
  5. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love 3:21
  6. The Old Landmark 2:56
  7. Think 3:13
  8. Theme From Rawhide 2:37
  9. Minnie The Moocher 3:23
  10. Sweet Home Chicago 7:48
  11. Jailhouse Rock 3:19

1981 – The Best Of The Blues Brothers

  1. Expressway To Your Heart (Live Version) 3:23
  2. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love 2:36
  3. I Don’t Know (Live Version) 4:16
  4. She Caught The Katy 4:12
  5. Soul Man (Live Version) 3:03
  6. Rubber Biscuit (Live Version) 3:25
  7. Going Back To Miami 3:33
  8. Gimme Some Lovin’ 3:07
  9. “B” Movie Box Car Blues (Live Version) 4:08
  10. Flip, Flop & Fly (Live Version) 3:39


4 thoughts on “The Blues Brothers (1978-1980) Discography 5CD [16-44]

  1. aikowolf

    From the text file,

    “The releases without Belushi, I chose not to include.”…

    Much like my next upload coming there is really only 1 formation of the band that really is THE BAND.

    Great upload BTJ!

  2. room204

    Somewhere I have a rip of the Soul Man 45, which has Excusez Moi Mon Cherie as the b-side. I still have the record, so maybe I’ll have to re-rip it.