The Blues Brothers - Original Soundtrack Recording (Vinyl)

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40th anniversary of the iconic 1980 musical/comedy film 'The Blues Brothers' starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. The accompanying soundtrack has long been an 80's favourite.  Pressed on transparent blue vinyl.


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.

By: fairyeee

A1 She Caught The Katy
A2 Peter Gunn Theme
A3 Gimme Some Lovin'
A4 Shake Your Tailfeather
A5 Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
A6 The Old Landmark
B1 Think
B2 Theme From Rawhide
B3 Minnie The Moocher
B4 Sweet Home Chicago
B5 Jailhouse Rock

Original recording: Universal Recording, Chicago.
Additional recording:
Record Plant, Los Angeles
Record Plant, New York City
Soundmixers, New York City