The Blues Brothers have always been underrated.
Ever since these guys found success playing blues and soul standards over the hardcore artists the blues purists have hated them: they hate outsiders.
The Blues Brothers is a great live band (and yes, nearly everything here is a live cut) that didn't use studio tricks that gives you an authentic sound.
The band itself is an assembaliage of talent I've never see before or since: take Booker T & The MG's, add Blood, Sweat, & Tears horns and Paul Scaefer's excellent arrangments and work on the keyboard plus the Brothers themselves who were comic geniuses, Elwood was a good harmonic player, and Jake approached each song as his last (which it unfortunately was all to soon).
They have great taste in the songs they pick, and as stated Scaefer's arrangments as second to none.
I shall repeat this: every tune heard in the classic movie!
This collection includes all the cuts from the live show albums "Briefcase Full Of Blues" and "Made In America" plus the studio album played like a live album (a la Let It Be before Spectre attacked it). It also includes the rarity "Exchesez Moi" which was the B-side of the Soul Man single and a Expressway, a cut from a incomplete Best Of collection.
The only things that are missing are a full version of Can't Turn You Loose, the live movie version of Everybody Needs Somebody, Stand By Your Man, Come On Up (a song from a bootleg of a live concert which was recorded and never released as they played only one new song), Sink The Bismark (an unknown song that they recorded for the movie after Stand By Your Man).
All those can be found in legal mp3's...
Best cuts: Everybody Needs Somebody, Gimme Some Lovin', Soul Man, Soul Finger, B Movie, FF&F, She Caught The Katy, Sweet Home Chicago, Who's Makin' Love, Green Onions, Going Back To Miami, & the intro/outro.
If you've seen the movie and liked the music don't waste your time on the soundtrack. This has that all and plenty more from the same mold (often better).