ARTIST: The J. Geils Band
TITLE: Full House
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #54
SINGLES: Hard Drivin’ Man
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: First I Look at the Purse, Whammer Jammer, Looking for a Love
LINEUP: Peter Wolf, J. Geils, Seth Justman, Magic Dick, Danny Klein, Stephen Bladd
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: White hot and fun live album – that displays the great live band they were.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Live albums got to be a cliché in the 70’s, but this single LP live set from the J. Geils Band shows how thrilling live records could be, especially for a band that thrived on performance.
Every member of the band has a chance to shine. Magic Dick, of course, gets his turn in “Whammer Jammer”, showing the world his harmonica skills. J. Geils is an underrated and tasteful guitarist, and Seth Justman’s talent is greater than his 21 years (he was the baby of the group – five to nine years younger than his bandmates).
Then there’s Peter Wolf. No one can even come close to Wolf’s enthusiasm and spirit on these live albums, leading, exhorting, pleading with the audience to participate and lose themselves in the tunes.
Most of these songs were covers – mainly forgotten soul and blues songs, with three originals that sounded just like them. This is a much better representation for the band than their first two studio records.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was recorded in Detroit and the Cinderella Ballroom. They were a Boston band, but Detroit was like a second ome to them.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A: A fantastic single-disc live album that makes you definitely wish you were there.