Made In America

by The Blues Brothers

Made In America

Made in America is the third album by The Blues Brothers. The second live album by the band, it was released in December 1980 as a followup to their hit film released that year, The Blues Brothers. To support the film, the band embarked on a 22 dates tour in North America, culminating with seven dates at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. Keyboardist and musical director Paul Shaffer, sax player Tom Scott and drummer Steve Jordan, who were absent in the film and the soundtrack due to scheduling conflicts, reprised their roles as full-fledged band members. Drummer Willie Hall was let go but the band decided to retain Murphy Dunne, who had replaced Shaffer in the film, as additional keyboards player. Session man Jeff Mironov was brought in to provide additional guitar for the record. Like the Blues Brothers previous albums, Made in America showcases a selection of blues and rhythm and blues standards. “Joliet” Jake Blues (John Belushi) was particularly keen on singing Randy Newman’s “Guilty”, a song who had a deep biographical meaning to him. In the album “Guilty” leads into a rendition of the theme from the TV series Perry Mason and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s “Riot in Cell Block No. 9”, establishing a narrative of guilt, trial and sentence. “Green Onions” marked the first occasion two of the band members (Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn) performed their own material, the song being a standard by Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Released in December 1980, Made in America was the Blues Brothers’ third consecutive album to enter the Billboard top 50, peaking at No. 49. “Who’s Making Love”, released as a single, cracked the Top 40 at No. 39. A second single, “Going Back to Miami”, would peak at No. 108. Made in America was the band’s last album in its original incarnation. Following Belushi’s death in 1982, the group disbanded for a few years until reforming in 1988 with Leon Pendarvis replacing Shaffer and Danny Gottlieb replacing Jordan. (Scott had left the band at the end of the tour following a salary dispute.)


  1. Soul Finger / Funky Broadway (2:05)
  2. Who’s Making Love (3:34)
  3. Do You Love Me / Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me) (2:54)
  4. Guilty (3:42)
  5. Perry Mason Theme (2:10)
  6. Riot In Cell Block Number Nine (3:25)
  7. Green Onions (5:45)
  8. I Ain’t Got You (2:45)
  9. From The Bottom (3:25)
  10. Going Back To Miami (4:01)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Reissue
Label Atlantic
Catalog Number ATL 50 768
Notes German reissue with 3 rows of copyright rim text in German, French and English. No barcode. ℗ © 1980 Atlantic Recording Corporation Made in Germany by WEA Musik GmbH Track B1 misspelt “Green Onion” on center label B.
Discogs URL The Blues Brothers - Made In America