I made mention of this record in the 40th birthday tribute to Briefcase full of Blues I wrote a few days ago. Unfortunately this Japanese version didn't show up in time for the group portrait. Since it's here now, I figured I'd take a picture and write up something really quick.
I won't spend too much time talking about this record again. It's great. You probably know that already or at the very least, you know that I think it's great. This version has the super cool Obi strip that's the standard for Japanese releases. It also has liner notes that include the lyrics to every song in English and Japanese. They even transcribed Elwood's speech thing during the "Can't Turn You Loose" introduction. The little things like this are what fascinate me and make me collect multiple versions of certain records.
Sound quality wise, it sounds great. It sounds a little bit crisper than most of the other versions I have. I won't go so far as to say it's drastically different from any of the other pressings, but there is a clarity on this Japanese version that probably moves it to the front of the line. That said, It was mostly the artwork that made me pick this up.
The Blues Brothers - "Soul Man":
The Blues Brothers - "Rubber Biscuit":
The Blues Brothers - "Messing With The Kid":