The Blues Brothers Briefcase Full Of Blues

The Blues Brothers  Briefcase Full of Blues
(1978) Atlantic Label.  Atlantic inner sleeve (unsure if original). Purchased used at Record Surplus (on Pico) in Los Angeles.  Can’t remember when I picked this up, probably early 1990 (?)  It was at this time I started to collect comedy and when I came across this in the stacks I had to have it.  Filed in my music section rather than comedy for it is mostly a music performance album.

There is much to say here.  Record Surplus “the last record store” is my favorite record store.  I have been shopping there since 1986.  Been there with Illinois before we had kids.  Our first apartment was close by so it made it really easy to head over there to trade and shop.  Been there with Illinois while pregnant with each of our kids.  We moved 65 miles east after our first child was born.  This made it more difficult to shop there but we still managed probably 6 times a year or more.  Been there with the whole damn family.  With kids in tow, it made it for a more stressful shopping experience because the kids needed to learn how to look for things and be patient while Mom and Dad (in particular Dad) was looking.  More on Illinois and his timeline at a record store for a later post.

The Pico store was great.  Never really any trouble finding parking.  Upstairs 99 cent bins were a treasure hunters dream.  I had my rotation.  Stop at collectibles first.  Then over to kids records and spoken word.  Then rock, vocals, and maybe jazz or classical if I was hunting for something in particular.  Then begrudgingly over to CDs.  Maybe even check out the VHS or eventually DVDs. I was pretty sad when they moved to the new location on Santa Monica Blvd.  But still a great store.  And now on to this album:


  1. Opening: I Can’t Turn You Loose  (1:17)
  2. Hey Bartender  (2:46)
  3. Messin’ With The Kid  (2:46)
  4. (I Got Everything I Need) Almost  (2:36)
  5. Rubber Biscuit  (2:41)
  6. Shot Gun Blues  (5:13)


  1. Groove Me  (3:32)
  2. I Don’t Know  (4:07)
  3. Soul Man  (2:54)
  4. “B: Movie Box Car Blues  (3:57)
  5. Flip, Flop, Fly  (3:35)
  6. Closing: I Can’t Turn You Loose  (0.28)

Recorded live at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles.  The Blue Brothers are Joliet Jake Blues (John Belushi) and Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) and began as a sketch on Saturday Night Live.  This spring boarded into an album and eventually a feature length film in 1980.  This album enjoys the talents of Paul Shaffer, Steve Cropper, Matt”Guitar” Murphy, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Jordan, Lou Marini, Alan Rubin, Tom Scott, and Tom Malone.

This is a fun record.  Pretty straightforward Chicago style blues and of course the hilarious “Rubber Biscuit”.  My children know “Rubber Biscuit”.  My grandchildren will know “Rubber Biscuit”.  This album makes me remember the late 1970’s and the good times you had staying up to watch Saturday Night Live.  Not everybody did.  So you were part of a club in a way.  The Not Ready For Prime Time Players were irreverent, edgy, insane, and out there.  Their drug use and take no prisoners philosophy has been well documented. My contribution to the subject: John Belushi and I shared the same birthday.


The Blues Brothers Briefcase Full Of Blues

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