Watching the wonderful film once again and thinking, 'This one's got one of the best soundtracks ever', I also recalled that me and my friends used to listen to this music as an album back in the 1990s. Naturally this led me to get myself the album. Wow, this is still an excellent listen – in fact, this sounds better now than these decades ago, as I know much more about the musical background of this material.
Yes, it is all covers or standards, but it is a revelation that most (yes, I did say most!) of the versions sound better than the originals as far as I know them. In many cases it is about the sound production technologies, but the versions may also be more uptempo or simply groove better. For example, "Jailhouse Rock" has always been THE early Elvis classic for me (I don't even like "Heartbreak Hotel"), but listening to the Blues Brothers' recording, I really don't miss the original, as this works so superbly. "Gimme Some Lovin'" is a great Spencer Davis Group song but if I listen to this one, I even don't need that one. "Sweet Home Chicago" doesn't feature significant vocals, but yeah, it does feature significant instrumental playing. And so on... Furthermore, The Blues Brothers still works as an excellent introduction to pre-1970s styles of African-American music, like it once did to me. Do yourself a favour, listen to this album, enjoy... and think.