Music On Vinyl (2014, Reissue)
If I already own a record, I've been trying to stay away from silly, high priced cash grab reissues. Now, if I didn't already have the record, that can be another story. I don't always follow that rule as gospel, but I've been trying not to buy multiple copies of the same record unless it's one of my absolute favorite bands. The Blues Brothers qualifies.
I've had this soundtrack LP since I was a child. Unlike my childhood copy of Briefcase Full Of Blues, my copy of the soundtrack is actually still in pretty good shape. Even so, I just had to buy this reissue on blue vinyl. It's UK import so there's that added expense in addition to it being a fairly pricey reissue. I think it's around $35 - $40 depending on where you look.
As far as quality goes, this is a really nice reissue. The artwork looks great. The blue vinyl is striking. They used the old school red, green and white Atlantic records logo. The sound quality is really nice too. I'll say this, even though it's a pretty expensive reissue for a record that's probably not all that tough to find in $5 used bins, they really did try to make this as high end as possible.
Musically, this is just one of my favorites. You've got Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. There's killer Blues Brothers songs like "Gimme Some Lovin," "She Caught The Katy" and "Sweet Home Chicago." The only negative things I could ever say about it is that there are songs in the movie not on the original soundtrack. It would have been nice to get a 2nd disc with those. Plus, even since I was a little kid I never liked the female backing vocals that have been bizarrely added to "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love." I actually recorded the version from the movie off of my DVD a long time ago and slid that into the version that lives on my iPod.
If you don't have this soundtrack, this is the best version of the LP you can currently buy. But it's a big money commitment for someone that maybe doesn't have quite the history and passion for these songs that I have. The Blues Brothers is the only favorite movie I've ever had since I was about 4 or 5 years old. Having two copies of the soundtrack seems totally fine to me.
The Blues Brothers - "She Caught The Caty":
The Blues Brothers - "Gimme Some Lovin":