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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.
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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