Atlantic publish The Blues Brothers’ first album : ‘Briefcase Full of Blues,’ recorded live in Los Angeles (1978)

The Blues Brothers’ ‘Briefcase Full of Blues’ is their first album released on November 28, 1978 by Atlantic Records.

Track Listing : 1.Opening: I Can’T Turn You Loose (Otis Redding) – 01:50 . 2.Hey Bartender (Floyd Dixon) – 03:01 . 3.Messin’ With The Kid (Mel London) – 03:35 . 4.(I Got Everything I Need) Almost (Donnie Walsh) – 02:50 . 5.Rubber Biscuit (Charles Johnson, Adam R. Levy) – 02:57 . 6.Shot Gun Blues (Donnie Walsh) – 05:23 . 7.Groove Me (King Floyd) – 03:46 . 8.I Don’T Know (Willie Mabon) – 04:14 . 9.Soul Man (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 03:28 . 10.’B’ Movie Box Car Blues (Delbert Mcclinton) – 04:08 . 11.Flip, Flop & Fly (Jesse Stone, Big Joe Turner) – 3:38 . 12.Closing: I Can’T Turn You Loose (Redding) – 00:51

Musicians : Elwood Blues – Vocals, Harmonica . Joliet Jake Blues – Vocals . Matt “Guitar” Murphy – Lead Guitar . Steve “The Colonel” Cropper – Guitar . Donald “Duck” Dunn – Bass Guitar . Paul “The Shiv” Shaffer – Keyboards, Background Vocals . Steve “Getdwa” Jordan – Drums, Background Vocals . Lou “Blue Lou” Marini – Tenor & Alto Saxophones . Tom “Triple Scale” Scott – Tenor & Alto Saxophones . Tom “Bones” Malone – Tenor & Baritone Saxophones, Trombone, Trumpet, Background Vocals . Alan “Mr. Fabulous” Rubin – Trumpet, Background Vocals

Production : Produced By Bob Tischler . Bob Tischler – Engineer . Warren Dewey – Engineer

Recorded September 9, 1978 At The Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles.

ReleasedOn November 28, 1978 By Atlantic Records.

Package : Judith Jacklin – Artwork . David Alexander – Photography .

The Blues Brothers


A.V. Club
Listening to Briefcase Full Of Blues, which was recorded on September 9, 1978 during a live appearance opening for Steve Martin at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre, the comic pretense for the Blues Brothers is all but nonexistent. Briefcase is a straight-up, no-bullshit, surprisingly credible soul/blues-rock record […]

Robert Christgau
The studio-superstar backup band isn’t exactly long on personality, but it rocksand almost every song ranks as an underrecorded classic. John Belushi goes out of his way–earnestly, even awkwardly–to identify the original artists, which cancels out the Rasta jokes on “Groove Me. […]

happinesssam @ RateYourMusic
The songs are well delivered and it’s good fun, but it’s all a bit samey. I could listen to a few songs and think it’s fantastic but a whole album wears on me. […]


The Blues Brothers’ ‘Briefcase Full of Blues’ on RVM [Radio.Video.Music]


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