Briefcase Full of Blues

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Briefcase Full of Blues
Live album by The Blues Brothers
Released November 28, 1978
Recorded September 9, 1978; Live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
Genre Blues, blues-rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 35:45
Label Atlantic
Producer Bob Tischler
The Blues Brothers chronology
Briefcase Full of Blues
The Blues Brothers: Music from the Soundtrack
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars AllMusic
Rolling Stone(favorable) Rolling Stone
Robert Christgau(C+) Robert Christgau

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.[1] It is among the highest-selling blues albums of all time.[1]

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[edit]

  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. "(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
  7. "Groove Me" (King Floyd) – 3:46
  8. "I Don't Know" (Willie Mabon) – 4:14
  9. "Soul Man" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) – 3:28
  10. "'B' Movie Box Car Blues" (Delbert McClinton) – 4:08
  11. "Flip, Flop & Fly" (Jesse Stone, Big Joe Turner) – 3:38
  12. "Closing: I Can't Turn You Loose" (Redding) – 0:51



AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 The Billboard 200 1

Singles – Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "Rubber Biscuit" Billboard Hot 100 37
1979 "Soul Man" Billboard Hot 100 14


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[2] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[4] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues". Music Canada. 
  3. ^ "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. Enter Briefcase Full of Blues in the search field and then press Enter.
  4. ^ "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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