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Album : J Geils – Best Of The J. Geils Band

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“Do you wanna dance? Move and groove and slip and slide? Come on baby don’t you hide”

That lyric opens up the album. Kind of sums up what we’re getting into. The band comes out smokin on this first cut ‘Southside Shuffle’. It’s J Geils at their best. I guess that’s why it’s on this album. You get a real sense of the band. So much I like about this tune. Greasy, hard, rough and tight.  J. Geils has a nice little solo. So many good cuts. “House Party’ is another one of their signature tunes. You want to move. Wolf will get ya going. This is some of the best rock n roll in my pile. The boys pay a little tribute to Detroit with a killer track. Its good hard music. Wolf does a rap and Magic Dick takes over on a live cut of ‘Whammer Jammer’. He nails it. Three more great tracks finish the album. Take my word for it.

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‘I Do’ is one of CB’s favorite love songs. A celebration. No swooning here. Hey baby I love ya. Kinda says it all. Always makes me feel good when I here this one. My proposal song.

One of my favorite bands These guys made music their style. Bringing all the music they loved and threw in in a pot and pumped out some great stuff. They learned their chops playing a lot of gigs and you can hear it. All the members contributed to the sound. I really do dig Geil’s guitar. Danny Klein and Stephen Jo Bladd on bass and drums. Seth Justman great work on keyboards. Peter Wolf vocals and frontman duties (one of the best) and Magic Dick blowing a mean harmonica. What a sound.

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Party music, club/bar music. Weekend music, lets cut loose music. Let it hang out and feel good about it. A couple other bands were doing this kind of music back then. The E Streeters and Southside Johnny. Cut from the same cloth.

I wore this album out along with a bunch of other Geils records. It gives you a real good taste of what the bands about. This is one of my favorite “Best of” albums. Live with it for a while U might dig it. It’s a short intense listen but so gooood!

“You can do the boogaloo”

44 comments on “Album : J Geils – Best Of The J. Geils Band

  1. hotfox63
    November 1, 2020

    That’s good, CB! I like the music of the J. Geils Band loud and hard. Why the band drifted into the centerfold mainstream realm remains a mystery to me. To get an impression of the live power of this band, I also recommend next to “Full House” the other live album “Blow Your Face Out”. A foggy autumn day can easily be blown away with these both.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 1, 2020

      Yeah, they kinda blew up after all that “mainstream” stuff. Not their style. I did a first take on ‘Full House’ and ‘Face’ is just a killer record that will get the CB treatment. It would be a good Fox take. I seen them a few times and they were a couple of the best shows I seen. No bullshit straight ahead loud and hard rock n roll. Wolf being the ultimate front man. Thanks for your usual chime in.

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      • hotfox63
        November 2, 2020

        I never saw the J. Geils Band live, but I liked their albums until 1977. After that they were too trendy for me. There are also a couple of solo albums by Peter Wolf that I like (“Lights Out”, “Come As You Are”).

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 2, 2020

        I think they would have been your style live Fox. Yeah I live in the early stuff. Wolf has some good solo work. The most recent I think you’d dig.

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  2. Aphoristical
    November 1, 2020

    I only know the big, cheesy 1980s hit, so it was interesting to hear some earlier stuff.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 1, 2020

      I never seen that mainsteam stuff coming. I like it but this early stuff is … well the stuff. Like Fox said they were a loud hard (and greasy) rock band. They were fantastic live Aph.

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  3. Vinyl Connection
    November 1, 2020

    Think I have but one LP, CB. Will drag it out tomorrow as I don’t know it at all well, having purchased it because it is shaped like a telephone. Thanks for the call!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 1, 2020

      ‘Hotline’. The music is at the other end of a lot of that music we like Bruce but it grabbed me and never let go. They were fun and didnt take them selves to serious. Check out ‘Monkey Island’ a little departure for them Especially title cut.

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  4. deKE
    November 1, 2020

    When I think of J Geils I think back to my school year 1982. My grade 10 Geography class was on an overnight field trip to a lake about 45 minutes out of town.
    So there we are, 30 kids, piled on the bus to take us to our destination, and a girl in our class broke up with some guy the night before and all she played on her ghetto blaster all day and all night were two songs!
    1- Train In Vain by The Clash
    and
    2- Love Stinks by the J Geils band!

    Haha.

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  5. 1537
    November 1, 2020

    Interesting, all I know is Centrefold.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 1, 2020

      Whole different sound (Same members though). It was good to see them make some dough. I like it but the early stuff is where I live.

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  6. Yeah, Another Blogger
    November 1, 2020

    I’d have loved to see them in person. Did you see them? Wolf has stayed active. He’d be great to see these days, if touring ever happens again.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 1, 2020

      I seen them a couple times Neil and they were killer (Rubbing it in a bit). They really were. Wolf is one of my favorite front men and the band was super tight. Dick and Geils are great blues guys. MD kinda dominates their early sound or at least colors it. Wolf is still putting out great music.

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  7. badfinger20 (Max)
    November 2, 2020

    Peter was the “cool guy” in class no doubt. He was as good a front man as anyone else including Jagger…still is I would imagine. They could switch from soul to R&B in a heartbeat to rock. I am jealous I wish I could have seen them.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 2, 2020

      I just about went with this for the Han’s project. They were a great bar band that could make a big venue feel like a club. Man what a great band. Yeah, fortunate to see them. They didnt disappoint. Wolf was and is one of the best.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        November 2, 2020

        I love the way the man talks. He could just talk and I would be entertained…a mix between a jazz guy and beatnik…Tyler has a little of that but not to Wolf’s level.
        I love all of their stuff but especially the music before Flame Thrower…but I like that also.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 2, 2020

        Yeah he has a good rap. I did a take on a Don Covay song (Check out the take I did on ‘I Stole Some Love”) he did and he has a classic in that one.
        When I do these things Max, I guess you know that I love the people and the music I cover. I go way back with these guys. I knew you’d b a fan.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        November 2, 2020

        Yea man you are like me. I only cover songs and artists I like…I can’t do a journalist unbiased view…I gotta like it before I cover it.
        That was cool dude…how he built that up and then delivered.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 2, 2020

        Obviously Pete was a big fan of Don Covay. It’s through guys like Wolf where I find lots of great music.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        November 2, 2020

        That is how I have found other artists as well…through the Beatles I found Dylan and through Dylan I found Prine…etc.
        It’s a musical tree that keeps giving.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 2, 2020

        Music fans just like us Max. I know Dylan is a big rockabilly guy.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        November 2, 2020

        The man loves Buddy Holly which ties into the rockabilly. He saw one of Buddy’s last shows.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 2, 2020

        I love Buddy also.

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  8. dcw0731
    November 2, 2020

    A true classic band that seemed to love what they were doing. Seeing them live meant that your feet would be moving and grooving

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  9. BuriedOnMars
    November 2, 2020

    All I really know from them is Freeze Frame and Centerfold. Their ’70s stuff sounds a lot different.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 2, 2020

      I’m a fan of all their music but like I’ve commented here the early music is what got me.

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  10. greenpete58
    November 2, 2020

    Great choice, CB. This is music that never gets stale, perfect with a few beers Friday night after work (like SS Johnny and The Boss). Big-time popular in my stomping ground of Cleveland/northern Ohio. My favorite album of theirs is Geils.

    “Surrender!!”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 2, 2020

      Pete blows in like a “Chinook “. Good to hear from you. Thought you’d be knee deep in the show on your side of te border.
      Yeah, you know it with Geils. Cleveland would be prime Geils territory and yes ‘Geils ‘ is a beauty. I think under appreciated.
      Thoughts on restarting the writing for your site.? I’m still sending folks your way.

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  11. Jim S.
    November 3, 2020

    Back when they were a bluesy hard-rockin’ band before all that “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame” shit. A Boston institution. When Jay Geils died I was driving up from Beantown and they had a dedication to him on the billboard. Nice touch.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 3, 2020

      Im surprised you’ve heard of these guys.

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      • Jim S.
        November 3, 2020

        Once I got over my Pat Boone fixation. Hell, half the set we did in one band was Geils- “Hard Drivin’ Man,” “First I Look at the Purse.” Our lead singer was a harp player so we did a killer “Whammer Jammer.”

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 3, 2020

        I never got into Pat but I would have like to seen Doc and the boys do a little Geils.

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      • Jim S.
        November 4, 2020

        That’s what we did best. That and rockabilly.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 4, 2020

        You know I’m a rockabilly cat.

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      • Jim S.
        November 4, 2020

        We started with that not only because we loved it but because my friend Bill could – and still can – sing the shit out of it. Then we morphed over to blues when we got a different singer/harp player. So we became rockabilly, blues, R&B. Our gods were B.B. King, early Geils, Roomful of Blues and Chuck Berry. We were right in the pocket with Stray Cats when they came around and even did “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” None of that shit is supersophisticated to play so you could just fake your way through a solo if you didn’t know it. Before we had a band Bill and I used to go down to Harvard Square and play a lot of shit like that. Busking. We drew a crowd when we’d play stuff like “Secret Agent Man.” But that was all when I was young. Now I prefer to play Dan Hill stuff.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 5, 2020

        You would have had me Doc, maybe lost me on the Dan Hill stuff.

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      • Jim S.
        November 5, 2020

        You’re no longer a member of the Dan Hill fan club.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 3, 2020

      Nice touch on the billboard. I like that. Geils were always big in my music life. I can only imagine how their hometown celebrated them in their prime.

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  12. the press music reviews
    November 4, 2020

    Great article CB. Will give this a try. I only know their singles.

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