Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Blues Brothers - Expressway To Your Heart 7"


Atlantic (1980)

This 7" is another in my (for now) failed jukebox experiment.  Until I move into a new place that I can get the jukebox in, it's relegated to storage in the garage.  While I was gathering some Blues Brothers 7"s for it, it has kind of lit a fire under me to start tracking down some of the other 7"s of theirs that have picture sleeves.  Most of them aren't from America, but none of them seem particularly expensive.  From what I can tell, this one has no picture sleeve equivalent, so I'll write it up as is.

When I was a little kid (we're talking three to five years old) I had two Blues Brothers records; Briefcase Full Of Blues and Best Of The Blues Brothers.  While there was some overlap between the two, Best Of gave me the songs from the movie that I didn't have at the time.  I wouldn't get the soundtrack to the movie for quite a few years later, maybe not until I was nine or ten.  Best Of The Blues Brothers also had one song from the Made In America album (that I wouldn't get until I was probably a teenager) and three songs not on any other record.  Two were different recordings of songs from other albums, one was exclusive to this Best Of release.

"Expressway To Your Heart" is the exclusive song from that album and the A side of this 7".  I have always loved the Blues Brothers version of this song.  The loud chunky piano, horn accompaniment and the insane Duck Dunn bass just resonates with me so much.  I also love the way the the vocals work in the "I was wrong/it took too long" part.  Just great.  

The B side on this is "Rubber Biscuit."  The version of "Rubber Biscuit" is from the Best Of album and is different from the one found on Briefcase Full Of Blues.  I prefer the one on Briefcase and it has been my favorite Blues Brothers song forever.  That being said, I do really like this version of the song as well.  It's a bit longer and has a cool drum beat over the breakdown at the end of the song.  I think the lyrics (if you can call them that) are better and more clear on the Briefcase version, but both are A-OK by me.

The Blues Brothers - "Expressway To Your Heart":

The Blues Brothers - "Rubber Biscuit" Best Of Version:

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