Day five of my all time top ten album challenge: "The Blues Brothers" soundtrack.

One of the things actor Dan Aykroyd has always spoken of when it comes to "The Blues Brothers" is how the film and the blues shtick he and the late John Belushi perfected introduced many to the genre of music known as the blues. In my case that's true. My first interest in the blues can be traced to this film. The first real blues album I bought was also a direct result of watching the Blues Brothers. (That would be "The Best of Sam and Dave" which I got because that was the 8 track in the Blues-mobile when they get stopped before demolishing the shopping mall.)

"The Blues Brothers" soundtrack isn't strictly blues. It's a good cross section of everything from country, to gospel, to early rock and the blues. Ray Charles, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Cab Calloway appear. The Blues Brothers band was stacked with talent as well: Matt "Guitar" Murphy, Steve Cropper, Donald "Duck" Dunn and other members of the Saturday Night Live band. This is why the "Blues Brothers" soundtrack makes my list.

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