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Album : Full House – J. Geils Band

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J. Geils doesn’t waste any time getting to it.  The band is introduced , the drums kick in and CB was off on a relentless dose of hard driving, high energy rock n roll, Geils style.  ‘Purse’ opens up the record and sets the tone.  ‘Homework’  keeps it going.  Guitar, organ, harp and a steady hard driving beat.  With perfect vocals from Peter Wolf.  These guys were obviously letting all their influences come out in the music.  No bullshit involved.  Magic Dick goes to town on ‘Wammer Jammer’.  CB loved harp and this didn’t do anything to lessen that.  The only thing I wished was that I was at that show.  Try and resist the beat of ‘Hard Drivin’ Man’.  No let up with these guys.  Seth Justman supplies the boogie woogie.  Wolf supplies the “Babies”.

Side two opens up with a John Lee Hooker  (that makes sense) song.  The boys just jam out on this one.  These guys weren’t pretending.  They’re feeling it.  Wolf is possessed.  This is some hard nasty music.  J. Geils cuts loose with some great guitar.  Man I could sit in this one all day.  Hearing this kind of music changes a guy and colors your taste.  Bends you towards certain music.  I guess it just opened CB up some more and added a few more wrinkles in his likes.  ‘Looking For A Love’ ends the record.  Great way to end a great listening experience.

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CB was being hit with all sorts of music at this time.  He was fortunate to be exposed to a lot of different styles and sounds.  He didn’t have to think too hard about digging the J. Geils Band.  He had no choice, the music grabbed him!  Hard boogie, rock, blues all in a Geils gumbo.  This isn’t sophisticated music.  It gets you moving ,  one of the things I dig about rock n roll.  Drives you out of your mind.  These guys could play!

Not too late to catch this groove or the Boston Monkey, the Philly Freeze, the Detroit Demolition.   ‘Full House’ is a CB fave.

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34 comments on “Album : Full House – J. Geils Band

  1. Jim S.
    February 19, 2017

    Blow your face out! A great band. I have this CD in the car. Perfect driving music. Peter (wooba gooba with the green teeth) Wolf shows up at pretty much every show in Boston. Last year at Springsteen, this year (upcoming) with Petty. Hangs out with the Stones when they come to town. An institution!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 19, 2017

      Geils is a no brainer. CB has a long history with these guys. One of the best bang for your buck live bands I’ve ever seen. Top of my list. They would fit your “why weren’t they more popular” category. I’ve stayed with Wolf’s solo career over the years also. I know they’re not everybody’s bag but I knew you’d be a Geils guy. Man were you in a hot bed area for great rock n roll, Geils, Bruce and the E Streeters, Bob Seger…they set the bar pretty high.

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      • Jim S.
        February 19, 2017

        Too many people missed the beginning of Geils’ career and so associate them with stuff like ‘Centerfold.’ That’s the ‘what we needed to do to stay commercial’ stuff, not their real thing. BTW, Bruce, Geils are northeast US bands but Seger is Detroit all the way.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 19, 2017

        CB missed a lot of his geography classes. I just knew that those bands played in that general area and i wanted to be there. Nice that Geils could cash in a bit but yeah, it didn’t have the grease. When I think of great American Bands those are the ones that do it for me plus a couple more you would be into.

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      • Jim S.
        February 19, 2017

        Grease. Excellent word. Bands that have the grease! Diggin’ it. Geils had that to the max.

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  2. yeahanotherblogger
    February 20, 2017

    I wish I had seen these guys. Great rockers.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 20, 2017

      You could have done the “Philly Freeze”. No “I almost Cut My hair’ on the set list. Shows to remember.

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      • yeahanotherblogger
        February 20, 2017

        CB, I’m listening to a low power radio station near my home. WRDV. And as I type this they are playing Nothing But A Party from the album you just wrote about. Incredible coincidence!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 20, 2017

        Hearing Geils on the radio is always a good (and rare) thing. ‘Nothing But’ is from the other great live album ‘Blow Your Face Out’. You listen to the coolest stations. (I’m going to try that one). I love coincidences like that.

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      • Jim S.
        February 20, 2017

        First time I saw Geils they were opening for Black Sabbath. Now there’s a show.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 20, 2017

        How would you like to follow J. Geils? Did you ever hear Wolf doing the DJ thing?

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      • Jim S.
        February 20, 2017

        You mean the rap he does on Must of Got Lost? I don’t think so but he always did some kind of patter. Or if you mean when he was an actual DJ in Boston, that was way before I wound up there. As to that show, it was many moons ago but Sabbath acquitted themselves well. The two bands’ styles are so radically different they’re impossible to compare. But Geils is unquestionably one of the best live bands ever. Certified so by Duane Allman, therefore, end of story. 😁

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 20, 2017

        CB was being vague and lazy again. I mean’t the radio thing. You answered it. Ill take your word for it on the Sabbath thing because I trust you. Duane said that? Now that makes CB feel pretty righteous. You made my day ! (I took the Brothers ‘Fillmore’ for a Disc-man walk the other day. Another must live album)

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      • Jim S.
        February 20, 2017

        Yeah, he absolutely said that. Duane had super-high standards. You either came to play or piss off. He thought Geils had it all together. Boston was the first city outside the South that the ABB played and I’m pretty sure that’s where they first met. He liked that they laid it down but didn’t need any studio gimmicks. Of course you could say that about any good blues band, most of whom grow up in the bar scene.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 20, 2017

        Can’t argue with that. Like i said to you before Jim, ABB just keep sounding better all the time. They’re were one of the other American bands I was referring to earlier that CB never grows tired of.

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  3. jerseydreaming
    February 20, 2017

    ‘Blow your face out’ truly rocks. A band that clearly shone brightest live. I’ll be giving this one a spin for sure.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 20, 2017

      Don’t get me going on that record. (It will eventually get a take). So many good cuts. Basically part II of ‘Full House’ plus you get another version of ‘Raise Your Hand’, up there with the Bruce cut. I guess they new what to give the audience.

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  4. jerseydreaming
    February 20, 2017

    “Hearing this kind of music changes a guy and colors your taste. Bends you towards certain music.” Story of my last few years.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 20, 2017

      You know it’s true. I hear you. CB let his ears guide him. Early on I found out that there was so much more good music that wasn’t getting any air play (most of the stuff I like). So I went on the hunt for this “secret shit”. Man I found some good stuff.

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      • jerseydreaming
        February 20, 2017

        I always listen to which bands the musicians I really like respect. That’s led me to some great music.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 20, 2017

        Same here. It’s one of the best sources. Their fans too. These guys are walking talking jukeboxes. Geils pointed me in all sorts of directions.

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  5. hotfox63
    February 20, 2017

    The J. Geils Band was at the beginning of the 1970er one of the best live bands of the East Coast of the USA. “Full House” is a classic. Highlights for me are: “Pack Fair And Square”, and “Whammer Jammer”, a Harp-Special by Magic Dick. Absolute class also “Serve You Right To Suffer”, the cover by John Lee Hooker with an impressive voice by Peter Wolf.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 20, 2017

      Hotfox, .I agree 100%. How about we expand that territory and include a few more places on the planet. ‘Pack Fair and Square’is a killer. A few years after this record CB came upon the Blasters who had that same boogie. Fantastic music!

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  6. greenpete58
    February 20, 2017

    “Grease” is the word, it’s gotta move, it’s gotta groove. Great band. I’ve got “Geils” from 1977, which is a bit more experimental but a great LP. How about this for a strange tour package (1977): J. Geils followed by Ted Nugent and headlined by ELP. It actually happened. Almost as incompatible as the Monkees being paired with Hendrix. (These suits in the music biz crack me up).

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    • Jim S.
      February 20, 2017

      Interesting. I can kinda see the Geils/Nugent link. Nugent has played some blues and I saw him once on That Metal Show where he said he played bass for (I think) Muddy Waters. But ELP? That sounds like a show where maybe half the audience walked out before the headliner. Don’t get me wrong. I personally would have stayed for that entire show. But the first two bands and ELP’s styles are so dramatically different that it wouldn’t surprise me.

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      • greenpete58
        February 20, 2017

        Yeah, I can kind of see Geils and Nugent together. But only if Geils headlined! As for ELP, I love their music, but like you said, much different flavor of rock ‘n’ roll.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 20, 2017

        ELP put on a good show.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 20, 2017

        I seen some odd match ups. Some great pairings and some horrible ones. Audiences can be cruel on the opener. Here’s one for you. I went to see Van Morrison/John Lee Hooker and the woman beside me thought Hooker was Morrison. True story.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 20, 2017

      ‘Geils’ from 77, yeah that’s a good one. Your talking at a guy who kinda likes this band. Back in those days they packaged a some mismatches for sure. Im trying to get my head around that grouping. Like Music Enthusiast said “Geils/Nugent” maybe. Magic Dick and Emerson could have traded licks for an encore.

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  7. dcw0731
    February 24, 2017

    First “Geils” album I ever bought and still enjoy listening to it to this day. Great post CB

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 24, 2017

      I figured you’d be a Geils guy. Yeah lots of good comments on this one. The record collection wouldn’t be the same without this one.

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