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Briefcase Full of Blues

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Released  November 28, 1978
Label  Atlantic
Release date  28 November 1978
Length  35:45
Artist  The Blues Brothers
Producer  Bob Tischler
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Recorded  September 9, 1978; Live at the Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles
Briefcase Full of Blues (1978)  The Blues Brothers Music from the Soundtrack (1980)
Genres  Blues, Rhythm and blues, Blues rock, Blue-eyed soul
Nominations  Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Similar  The Blues Brothers albums, Blues albums

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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 Amphitheater 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.


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.

Two singles were released from the album: "Rubber Biscuit", which reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Soul Man", which reached number 14.

Track listing

  1. "Opening: I Can't Turn You Loose" (Otis Redding) – 1:50
  2. "Hey Bartender" (Floyd Dixon) – 3:01
  3. "Messin' With The Kid" (Mel London) – 3:35
  4. Originally by Junior Wells
  5. "(I Got Everything I Need) Almost" (Donnie Walsh) – 2:50
  6. Originally recorded in 1974 by the Downchild Blues Band
  7. "Rubber Biscuit" (Charles Johnson, Adam R. Levy) – 2:57
  8. Originally recorded by The Chips
  9. "Shot Gun Blues" (Walsh) – 5:23
  10. Also by the Downchild Blues Band
  11. "Groove Me" (King Floyd) – 3:46
  12. "I Don't Know" (Willie Mabon) – 4:14
  13. "Soul Man" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 3:28
  14. "'B' Movie Box Car Blues" (Delbert McClinton) – 4:08
  15. "Flip, Flop & Fly" (Jesse Stone, Big Joe Turner) – 3:38
  16. Originally recorded in 1955 by Big Joe Turner.
  17. "Closing: I Can't Turn You Loose" (Redding) – 0:51


  • "Joliet" Jake Blues – Lead vocals
  • Elwood Blues – Backing vocals, harmonica, lead vocals on "Rubber Biscuit"
  • Matt "Guitar" Murphy – Lead guitar
  • Steve "The Colonel" Cropper – Guitar
  • Donald "Duck" Dunn – Bass guitar
  • Paul "The Shiv" Shaffer – Keyboards, backing vocals
  • Steve "Getdwa" Jordan – Drums, backing vocals
  • Lou "Blue Lou" Marini – Tenor & alto saxophones
  • Tom "Triple Scale" Scott – Tenor & alto saxophones
  • Tom "Bones" Malone – Tenor & baritone saxophones, trombone, trumpet, backing vocals
  • Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin – Trumpet, backing vocals
  • Charts

    Album – Billboard (North America)

    Singles – Billboard (North America)


    1Opening: I Can't Turn You Loose1:51
    2Hey Bartender2:57
    3Messin' With The Kid2:56


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