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Blues Brothers - B-Movie Boxcar Blues (Closing of Winterland 1978)

Checking for Matches…

The Two Hardest Partying Rock n Roll Circuses Join Hands

Ladies and Gentlemen! Step right up!

It’s New Years Eve. It’s the last night ever for the revered Winterland arena in San Francisco. The Grateful Dead are sending it off with a three-set bang, Bill Graham’s serving breakfast to everyone at dawn, and setting the table for this all-night evening are none-other than The Blues Brothers.

This is the original all-star version of the band, the one that grew directly out of SNL and Aykroyd’s private blues club downtown, the one that played on Briefcase Full of Blues that sold 74 gazillion copies worldwide, and here they are in one of their earliest non-TV-set performances. The band had debuted on SNL on April 22nd of this year, and the album had just been released one month earlier.

B Movie Box Car Blues is a fairly contemporary song by a Texas bluesman, Delbert McClinton, who sounds more like a comic strip to me.  But both he and the Brothers were young versions of old music, carrying the torch to a new place.

This opens with Matt “Guitar” Murphy soloing the riff, then Brother Jake jumps right in on lead vocal, and there’s Steve Cropper lookin like Grizzly Adams in a tux vest.  And that’s the original SNL horn section, with Tom Scott, Tom Malone, Lou Marini and Alan Rubin.  Then Elwood Blues jumps in on the harmonica solo, and you can see the bass master Donald “Duck” Dunn smoking his pipe, and Paul Shaffer’s rockin the piano.  And crackin the whips and driving the wagon throughout is Steve Jordan on drums.


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It's Aykroyd's solo harp around the 1:20 mark that got me... and from
there, the bass runs...and the drums.. hell, each instrument can be heard so
clearly. A great piece of history.


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