Briefcase Full of Blues

Briefcase Full of Blues

by The Blues BrothersThe Blues Brothers
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Thursday, May 13


The Blues Brothers began as an affectionate joke-cum-tribute to R&B music, and taken in that spirit it retained its entertainment value, even after this live album topped the charts, sold two million copies, and produced hit singles in "Rubber Biscuit" and "Soul Man." The guardians of popular music have always been entirely too reverent and humorless, however, and it wasn't long before they were leveling charges of rip-off against the Brothers and complaining that John Belushi couldn't sing as well as Otis Redding. So what? No one seems to have noticed that Belushi was as obsessive about citing his sources as Frank Sinatra is about naming his arrangers -- you'd have thought those critics would have appreciated the footnotes. The beneficiaries of Belushi's encomiums didn't mind the increased exposure or the renewed royalty checks ("I suggest you buy as many blues albums as you can," Belushi told the audience), and even today, what comes across in these performances is the sincerity of feeling -- that and some tasty playing from a top-notch band.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2008
Label: Rhino Flashback
UPC: 0081227991319
catalogNumber: 82788
Rank: 14771


  1. Opening: I Can't Turn You Loose
  2. Hey Bartender
  3. Messin' with the Kid
  4. (I Got Everything I Need) Almost
  5. Rubber Biscuit
  6. Shot Gun Blues
  7. Groove Me
  8. I Don't Know
  9. Soul Man
  10. "B" Movie Box Car Blues
  11. Flip, Flop & Fly
  12. Closing: I Can't Turn You Loose

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blues Brothers   Primary Artist
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Steve Cropper   Guitar
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Trumpet,Horn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Shaffer   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
John Belushi   Vocals
Elwood Blues   Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lou Marini   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals
Alan Rubin   Trumpet,Vocals,Background Vocals
"Joliet" Jake Blues   Vocals
Steve Jordan   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steven Jordan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Junior Wells   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Chris Mars   Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn Arrangements
Paul Shaffer   Music Direction
King Floyd   Composer
Paul Westerberg   Composer
Dan Aykroyd   Contributor
John Belushi   Contributor
Warren Dewey   Engineer
Noa   Composer
Tommy Stinson   Composer
Bob Tischler   Producer
Miami Mitch Glazer   Liner Notes
Ollie Hoskins   Composer
McElvoy Robinson   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer

Customer Reviews