Briefcase Full of Blues

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Briefcase Full of Blues
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 28, 1978
RecordedSeptember 9, 1978; Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
GenreBlues, blues-rock, blue-eyed soul
ProducerBob Tischler
The Blues Brothers chronology
Briefcase Full of Blues
The Blues Brothers: Music from the Soundtrack
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
Rolling Stone(favorable) [2]

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 Amphitheatre 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.[4] It is among the highest-selling blues albums of all time.[4]

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.

The album is dedicated to Curtis Salgado, the inspiration behind John Belushi's creation of the Blues Brothers characters.

Track listing[edit]

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




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Briefcase Full of Blues at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Blues Brothers: Briefcase Full of Blues : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". 14 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: B". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 22, 2019 – via
  4. ^ a b Gatchet, Roger (18 May 2007). "Still on a Mission from God: interview with Dan Aykroyd". AustinSound. Archived from the original on 13 April 2010.
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues". Music Canada.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Briefcase Full of Blues in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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