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Has all of the songsJust about the best movie soundtrack of all time. If you loved the movie and the music you'll really need to buy the CD it seems. Of the online services I looked at, none of them had all of the songs that the CD does which is no doubt a licensing issue.5Great Music - Data Base Entry Appears to Be WrongI wanted Sweet Home Chicago to practice to. All the other songs on this CD are great too. For some reason, the online data base that Nero uses thinks this is "Briefcase Full of Blues." I guess it was entered wrong. I used MP3Tag to fix it. So far, my wife's iMac won't read it though.5Fantastic Movie, Solid AlbumI got this for my friend because we are both from Chicago and Blues Brothers, and John Belushi is basically a God to him. Great album filled with a few legendary songs. The only part is some of the tracks are just kind of whatever and it might leave you feeling a bit unsatisfied. So I paired this album with the Animal House Album (Another John Belushi Movie) and they went great together and lasted us an hour in the car on the way to Michigan.Animal House: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [Enhanced CD]4Like VinylElwood said it best when he said music of the future would all be pre-programmed, electronic disco sh*t. Well, we're pretty close, aren't we? Do people really buy CD's anymore? I do, on occasion, only because there may come a day when we still have electricity but the ISP goes down, and I want to listen to some tunes. The cloud may not be up and running. Or, I may want to make a virtual mix-tape, and rip a few songs from a CD. Whatever the reason, this CD is done right, and deserves a place next to the other Classics.5This CD ROCKS!From the day the first track was laid down, this vinyl record (now even better as a CD) has been as authentic a collection of music as ever. Having personally performed some of this music well before the Blues Brothers covered them, I know what authentic is. Our band did the one scene without the chicken wire...Only way to enjoy this better would be to watch the movie.5DisappointingOnly has a fraction of the songs from the movie. What's on it is good, but I was really disappointed.2A Mission From GodIt seems unthinkable now that what started out as a musical act on a late night TV comedy show featuring musicians in bee costumes would morph into an entertainment blockbuster, but, to paraphrase Elwood Blues, the show business gods can work in mysterious ways. By 1977 the bees became the "Blues Brothers," and in 1978 came the inevitable album, which soared to the top of the charts. With "Animal House" cleaning up at the box office, the next stage was inevitable.When "The Blues Brothers" movie finally arrived in theaters in the troubled summer of 1980 both Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi had long since ankled SNL and left their TV roots far behind (or so they thought, by 1981 Belushi's movie stratospheric movie career was already on a downswing and he was exploring a return to TV, according to Bob Woodward's biography, "Wired") and in many ways "Blues Brothers" was the culmination of the pop culture revolution SNL and the "Not Ready For Prime Time Players" had started when SNL went on the air in 1975. Movie critics, always a good ten steps behind the curve, basically dismissed the movie as a pointless exercise in mindless moviemaking, seen as lacking in characters or plot, basically an excuse to blow millions of Hollywood studio dollars on car crashes and explosions. Perhaps if it had been in black-and-white, with characters speaking in Romanian with French subtitles, they would have hailed it as great art. "Blues Brothers" was the book-end to "1941," clear evidence that American movies were going to hell in a bloated budget hand basket. At a more serious level, culture critics and academics attacked the film for privileging white performers over African American artists, an act of cultural colonialism, with Belushi and Aykroyd the great white hunters pillaging the native villages for their own personal enrichment.To which the only appropriate response is the great big fat raspberry. One night in Cambridge I wandered into the House of Blues club. Duck Dunn (rest his soul) was performing. In-between songs he spoke about the "Blues Brothers". He said outright that neither Belushi or Aykroyd were very talented musicians, but he gave them all the credit in the world for using their celebrity status to introduce the blues to an audience that otherwise would never have been exposed to it, in all likelihood.Bringing the blues to white suburban kids, using comedy and car chases as spoonfuls of sugar to help it go down, that is what "The Blues Brothers," project was really all about. It's clear that unlike other pop culture pilferers who lift black music out of its original context and plug it into their own projects, with no regard to its deeper meanings or its use as a way to transmit messages about the black experience in America (no names, Quintin Tarantino) Belushi and Aykrord honored the music, the musicians who made it, and the life experiences that produced the blues. Diners, churches, concert halls, music shops, even the hard streets of Chicago, all are backdrops for performances in the film.The film, like the soundtrack, has gone on to endure, partly because it does have that historical respect and substance behind, and also because of its tremendous entertainment value. In essence "Blues Brothers" are comfort food, guaranteed to raise a smile whenever you are feeling the blues or even the mean reds. The soundtrack has no real weak spots and, like every soundtrack or album that has survived for over 30 years, stands up to numerous repeated listenings. For me the highlights include Aretha Franklin's show-stopping rendition of "Think," the rollicking performance numbers from the film, "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," and "Sweet Home Chicago," "She Got the Katy," which shows off Belushi at his best, vocally, and a dead-on parody of "Rawhide." But it's also hard to go wrong with James Brown pulling out all the stops on the gospel- inflected "The Old Land Mark," or hearing Cab Calloway twisting the tongues of young white people into knots while scat singing on that old warhorse, "Minnie the Moocher." There's even the "Peter Gunn Theme," arguably the best TV theme song ever recorded, thrown in for good measure. Sadly, the Jon Lee Hooker number from the film is not included, for recording company contractual reasons, one can only image.In retrospect, the "Blues Brothers" project represented the peak of the careers of Belushi and Aykroyd. We all know the tragic downward trajectory that Belushi was on by 1981, and while Aykroyd would go on to have a very successful career as a character actor and businessman, he would never be in any project with the impact of "Blues Brothers." Still, how many other performers can claim a legacy as lasting "The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack Recording Blues Brothers" ?Recommended for: Any one who's ever been 200 miles from Chicago, with a pack of cigarettes and half a tank of gas, in the dark, wearing sunglasses.4BUY IT!I have the definitive collection, which is the best CD I own, but this has a few more songs on it which is why I grabbed it digitally. Highly recommend.5Disappointing movie musicSound quality did not seem up to par. With most music from movies I can follow the movie as I listen. I could not remember a lot of the music playing in the movie. Guess I was interested only in Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Cab Calloway songs3plays wonderfully. amazing audiophile quality recordings with no compression and ...Not new (not sealed from factory), but cd surface looked new and had no scratches. plays wonderfully. amazing audiophile quality recordings with no compression and dead silent background. Really shows off a good stereo system, and fun to listen to as well! Aretha and Cab Calloway sound awesome, and who could say no to "Rawhide".5
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