The Original Blues Brothers Band - The Last Shade Of Blue Before Black (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

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The Original Blues Brothers Band - The Last Shade Of Blue Before Black (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

The Original Blues Brothers Band - The Last Shade Of Blue Before Black (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 61:33 minutes | 1,24 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

The legendary Original Blues Brothers Band presents The Last Shade of Blue Before Black, their sixteenth release since their unlikely beginnings in the now-infamous Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi Saturday Night Live musical sketch. Taking on a life outside of late-night television, the band's rock and jazz-infused takes on blues standards synthesize NYC horn arrangements with gritty Memphis guitar stylings. The 14 song disc will include new originals well as classics songs with the following special guests: Eddie Floyd, Dr John, Joe Morton, Paul Shaffer, Joe Louis Walker, Tom "Bones" Malone, Matt "Guitar" Murphy. Birch Johnson, Baron Raymonde and David Spinozza.

Flash forward a few decades and the two Blues Brothers movies have come to be considered as cult classics, resulting in a long-running radio program hosted by Aykroyd and a full-time touring band comprised of musicians from the movies. On October 6th, 2017 Severn Records will release The Last Shade of Blue Before Black, a new album by the Original Blues Brothers Band. Featuring bona fide rock ‘n’ blues legends like guitarist Steve Cropper and saxophonist “Blue Lou” Marini (both from the original film) as well as notable musical guests like R&B singer Eddie Floyd, guitarists Joe Louis Walker and Matt “Guitar” Murphy, keyboardists Paul Shaffer (an SNL alumni) and Dr. John as well as Blues Brothers 2000 star Joe Morton.

In a press release for the new album, “Blue Lou” Marini says, “Had anyone told me in 1978 that in 2017 I would still be traveling around the world and playing with the Blues Brothers’ Band, I would have said they were out of their minds. But, amazingly here we are with a new CD and still playing all over the world. This album is a true labor of love and I’m so proud of the organic way it came about. We really wanted to honor our history and to include some of our favorite musicians that we’ve worked with and loved over the years. We have the legends, Eddie Floyd and Dr. John, plus our original band leader, Paul Shaffer and the great bluesman Joe Louis Walker.”

The Last Shade of Blue Before Black was produced by Marini, Cropper, and the Original Blues Brothers Band and recorded by Jay Messina at IQII Studios in Hoboken, NJ. The album’s track list is a heady collection of original material and cover songs by such roots ‘n’ blues artists as Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Floyd, and James Brown. “We wanted to present some new original material and do some tunes that hearkened to our past,” says Marini. “This is a live CD, with everyone recording at once, mostly first or second takes and live vocals and solos. The only overdubs were some baritone sax parts and a few minor fixes.”

Concluding, Marini states “I’ve often said that the OBBB is the world’s greatest part-time job because of you, our fans. We’ve gotten to see the world and enjoy it in your company. We’ve eaten and drank with you, especially the latter, and you have treated us like kings. Enjoy this music and for God’s sake, PLAY IT LOUD!”


01 - Baby What You Want Me to Do
02 - Cherry Street
03 - On a Saturday Night
04 - Itch and Scratch
05 - Don't Go No Further
06 - You Left the Water Running
07 - Don't Forget About James Brown
08 - Sex Machine
09 - Your Feet's Too Big
10 - 21st Century Baby
11 - Blues in My Feet
12 - Qualified
13 - I Got My Mojo Working
14 - The Last Shade of Blue Before Black

Steve "The Colonel" Cropper - guitar
"Blue Lou" Marini - saxophones
"Smokin'" John Tropea - guitar
Eric "The Red" Udel - bass
Lee "Funkytime" Finkelstein - drums
Leon "The Lion" Pendarvis - Hammond B3
Rusty Cloud - keyboards
Steve "Catfish" Howard - trumpet
Larry "Trombonius" Farrell - trombone
Tommy "Blues Pipes" McDonnell - vocals, harmonica
Rob "The Honeydripper" Paparozzi - vocals, harmonica
Bobby "Sweet Soul" Harden - vocals

Analyzed: The Original Blues Brothers Band / The Last Shade of Blue Before Black

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR5 -0.68 dB -7.88 dB 5:15 01-Baby What You Want Me to Do
DR5 -0.46 dB -6.82 dB 3:53 02-Cherry Street
DR5 -0.44 dB -7.29 dB 3:07 03-On a Saturday Night
DR5 -0.30 dB -6.79 dB 3:32 04-Itch and Scratch
DR5 -0.34 dB -6.85 dB 5:04 05-Don't Go No Further
DR5 -0.50 dB -7.31 dB 4:37 06-You Left the Water Running
DR5 -0.81 dB -7.94 dB 2:55 07-Don't Forget About James Brown
DR5 -0.54 dB -7.06 dB 3:37 08-Sex Machine
DR5 -0.44 dB -7.27 dB 4:10 09-Your Feet's Too Big
DR6 -0.45 dB -8.68 dB 3:54 10-21st Century Baby
DR6 -0.36 dB -7.95 dB 3:41 11-Blues in My Feet
DR6 -0.25 dB -8.25 dB 6:15 12-Qualified
DR5 -0.48 dB -7.13 dB 4:19 13-I Got My Mojo Working
DR5 -0.50 dB -8.97 dB 7:12 14-The Last Shade of Blue Before Black

Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR5

Samplerate: 88200 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2666 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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