The Blues Brothers, The Best Of The Blues Brothers (1981)
When my dad won a CD player in a sales competition he scored a coupon allowing him to choose five CDs for free also. We loved free stuff! So he thought he was getting the soundtrack to the movie but this album arrived instead when he ticked Blues Brothers. So he and mum were a bit underwhelmed by this at first – expecting a replacement for the well-worn dubbed-tape copy of the soundtrack album. Then the songs on this album grew on us – quickly. We were a family of blues fans and this featured some songs we knew and some we didn’t – and for me, about 12 or 13 at the time, this was a gateway drug of sorts. So I always had a lot of time for this collection. Finding the LP in my collection I realise I’ve hardly ever played the vinyl and I have it (I’m guessing) to remind me of the memories of when this was a family favourite CD. I learned many of these songs on the drums and one time, I just had a snare drum at the time, no kit, I was bashing away to one of the songs on this album and my mum appeared from nowhere with a harmonica and joined in. She was good too. Do you know I’ve never asked her where that harmonica is, was or came from? And we’ve never talked about it. It was like some strange waking dream. It was fucking awesome!
Sample Track: Rubber Biscuit
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