The Blues Brothers Complete

The Blues Brothers Complete

by The Blues BrothersThe Blues Brothers


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The title of The Blues Brothers Complete pretty much says it all; the double-disc, 35-track collection contains everything Jake and Elwood Blues recorded during the peak of their career. The catch is that the compilation was only released by EastWest/Atlantic's Australian division, therefore, it's hard to find outside of Australia. But, for hardcore fans, it's worth tracking down since it has every track from Briefcase Full of Blues, the soundtrack to The Blues Brothers (including the selections sung by Cab Calloway, James Brown, and Aretha Franklin), and Made in America, plus "I Ain't Got You," which was only on The Best of the Blues Brothers, and "From the Bottom," which was the B-side of the "Soul Man" single. In other words, it's everything. Some may laugh that anyone would want the complete works of the Blues Brothers who were often considered a joke (especially by blues purists), but in hindsight, these recordings don't sound bad at all. How could they when Belushi and Aykroyd were backed by a world-class studio band. And, a lot can be said for enthusiasm. No, Belushi wasn't the greatest vocalist, and neither was his brother, but he had true love and passion for this music, which translates in his performances. The result may not match the original recordings they strove to replicate, but they're fun and they undoubtedly introduced many listeners to the original artists. Strangely, that's the reason why they hold up fairly well; they were labors of love and that love is apparent throughout the recordings, from the truly impeccable song selection (they did have good taste) to the enthusiastic performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2000
Label: Atlantic Uk
UPC: 0075678084058
catalogNumber: 780840
Rank: 31106

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blues Brothers   Primary Artist
Matt "Guitar" Murphy   Guitar
Patti Austin   Background Vocals
James Brown   Vocals
Ray Charles   Vocals
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Hiram Bullock   Guitar
Cab Calloway   Vocals
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Trumpet,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals
Larry Willis   Keyboards
Richard T. Bear   Keyboards
Carolyn Franklin   Background Vocals
Elliott Randall   Guitar
Paul Shaffer   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Musical Direction
Elwood Blues   Harmonica,Vocals
Margaret Branch   Background Vocals
Vivian Cherry   Background Vocals
Brenda Corbett   Background Vocals
Arthur Dickson   Drums
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Murphy Dunne   Keyboards
Willie Hall   Drums
John Hason   Keyboards
Lou Marini   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ullanda McCullough   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Mironov   Guitar
Bill Payne   Keyboards
John Springer   Keyboards
David Weston   Bass
Keiv Ginsberg   Guitar
"Joliet" Jake Blues   Vocals
Lew Del Gatto   Horn

Technical Credits

Aretha Franklin   Composer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn Arrangements
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
Paul Shaffer   Arranger,Producer
Homer Banks   Composer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Tyree Judie   Composer
Denise Love   Composer
Gerald Love   Composer
Peggy Love   Composer
Rudy Love   Composer
Bob Tischler   Producer
Raymond Jackson   Composer
Bettye Crutcher   Composer
Diane Love   Composer
Alessandro Jumbo Manfredini   Artwork
Ted White   Composer
Don Davis   Composer

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