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The Blues Brothers: Original Soundtrack (Atlantic)

Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, 4 September 1980

WITH THEIR second LP, Blues Brothers John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd have moved from the gratuitously racist to the merely patronizing — progress of a sort, I suppose. This time, the amateurish interplay of those cutesy stereotypes, Jake and Elwood Blues, is slightly modified by the presence of a few authentic soul heroes: Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown, the Reverend James Cleveland. In fact, Franklin's remake of 'Think' is hot enough to make you almost forgive Belushi and Aykroyd for what they did to Sam and Dave's 'Soul Man' last year, at least until you hear their version of 'Gimme Some Lovin'', which removes all of Stevie Winwood's blue-eyed you-know-what and replaces it with a mush that's halfway between Abba and Chicago.

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