Briefcase Full of Blues
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Briefcase Full of Blues is the debut album by The Blues Brothers, released on November 28, 1978, by Atlantic Records. It was recorded live on September 9, 1978 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, when the band opened for comedian Steve Martin. The album consists of covers of blues and soul songs from the 1950s to 1970s.
|Briefcase Full of Blues|
|Live album by|
|Released||November 28, 1978|
|Recorded||September 9, 1978; Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles|
|Genre||Blues, blues-rock, blue-eyed soul|
|The Blues Brothers chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||C+|
|Rolling Stone||(favorable) |
The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 and went double platinum; according to Blues Brothers member Dan Aykroyd, the album has sold 3.5 million copies in all. It is among the highest-selling blues albums of all time.
The album is dedicated to Curtis Salgado, the inspiration behind John Belushi's creation of the Blues Brothers characters.
- "Opening: I Can't Turn You Loose" (Otis Redding) – 1:50
- "Hey Bartender" (Dossie Terry) – 3:01
- Originally by Floyd Dixon
- "Messin' With The Kid" (Mel London) – 3:35
- Originally by Junior Wells
- "(I Got Everything I Need) Almost" (Donnie Walsh) – 2:50
- Originally recorded in 1973 by the Downchild Blues Band
- "Rubber Biscuit" (Charles Johnson, Adam R. Levy) – 2:57
- Originally recorded by The Chips
- "Shot Gun Blues" (Walsh) – 5:23
- Also by the Downchild Blues Band
- "Groove Me" (King Floyd) – 3:46
- "I Don't Know" (Willie Mabon) – 4:14
- "Soul Man" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 3:28
- Originally performed by Sam & Dave.
- "'B' Movie Box Car Blues" (Delbert McClinton) – 4:08
- "Flip, Flop & Fly" (Jesse Stone, Big Joe Turner) – 3:38
- Originally recorded in 1955 by Big Joe Turner.
- "Closing: I Can't Turn You Loose" (Redding) – 0:51
- "Joliet" Jake Blues (John Belushi) – Lead vocals
- Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) – Backing vocals, harmonica, lead vocals on "Rubber Biscuit"
- Paul "The Shiv" Shaffer – Hammond organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, acoustic piano, backing vocals, musical director
- Steve "The Colonel" Cropper – Guitar
- Matt "Guitar" Murphy – Guitar
- Donald "Duck" Dunn – Bass guitar
- Steve "Getdwa" Jordan – Drums, backing vocals
- Lou "Blue Lou" Marini – Tenor & alto saxophones, backing vocals
- Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin – Trumpet, backing vocals
- Tom "Triple Scale" Scott – Tenor & alto saxophones, backing vocals
- Tom "Bones" Malone – Tenor & baritone saxophones, trombone, trumpet, backing vocals
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Briefcase Full of Blues at AllMusic
- "Blues Brothers: Briefcase Full of Blues : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. 14 January 2010.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 22, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
- Gatchet, Roger (18 May 2007). "Still on a Mission from God: interview with Dan Aykroyd". AustinSound. Archived from the original on 13 April 2010.
- "Canadian album certifications – The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues". Music Canada.
- "British album certifications – The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Briefcase Full of Blues in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
- "American album certifications – The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.
- Album Information on Blues Brothers Central (archive)
- Biography of the Blues Brothers from the album Briefcase Full of Blues
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