The Blues Brothers

Original Soundtrack Recording

Atlantic 82787-2

  1. She Caught the Katy
  2. Peter Gunn Theme
  3. Gimme Some Lovin’
  4. Shake a Tail Feather

    Vocals: Ray Charles, Jake & Elwood

  5. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love
  6. The Old Landmark

    Vocals: James Brown with Rev. James Cleveland Choir

  7. Think

    Vocals: Aretha Franklin

  8. Theme from Rawhide
  9. Minnie the Moocher

    Vocals: Cab Calloway

  10. Sweet Home Chicago
  11. Jailhouse Rock

That I’ve not only had this album in my adolescence and then in my musical library throughout my adulthood but have never celebrated it in words is downright shameful, given how much powerful and gritty joy it gives me. My favorites are definitely Franklin’s cover of her own “Think,” “The Old Landmark,” and “Shake a Tail Feather;” clearly, I have more affinity for the original performers than for the reinterpreters in this case, but that’s not to say I don’t gladly get into the other tracks. What still astonishes me, all these years after the film and album came out, is that the soundtrack holds up so intensely well on its multiple levels…that is, both the genuine/source and the ironic/parodic but then also the sheer musical/cultural aspects. A lot was attempted in this soundtrack, and its intended aim may or may not have been achieved but a mighty creation resulted nonetheless and is worthy of some respect.