Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#618 in the Series) is J. Geils Band, Live Full House
I don’t know who managed the J Geils Band back in the early 70s, but I do know this. He knew what he was Doing! The band was formed in 1967 and within a few years released their first two albums, a self-titled debut and the follow-up called The Morning After. They were to fine albums that did OK in their hometown Boston market. However something was missing. What was missing was their live sound. All it took was a great live album to advance them into a national act. This was 1972 remember, and about three to four years before the big boom on live albums hit the scene. Whoever decided to release a live album after only two studio albums had a vision, and it worked. Very rarely do you see a live album this soon in a band’s career. It really was a bold move.
The city of Boston has produced some well-known acts such as Aerosmith, Boston, The Pixies etc. etc. but for me the best band out of Boston has always been the J Geils Band. They were everywhere in the early 70s, and when you give a listen to the wonderful live release of Live, Full House you’ll know why. This stuff here is right up there with some of the best blues driven rock ‘n roll the Rolling Stones ever gave us.
I can’t tell you how many parties that I went to during my high school days and if Live, Full House made it to a turntable then you do you’re in the right place. Well, that and a few other things of course, but the music choice was always a good start.
“First I Look at the Purse” was a remake of a song by The Contours, a Motown Band. Heck if I knew at that time and I really didn’t care, all I knew was that it rocked. Neither was I aware of the fact that “Serves You Right to Suffer” was a John Lee Hooker song. Mainly because in 1972 I probably didn’t know who John Lee Hooker was. Otis Rush first did “Homework?” Nope, didn’t know that either. I was too busy not doing my own.
We did know who The J.Geils Band’s harp player was. That would be of course Magic Dick. His solo in “Whammer Jammer” probably influenced a ton of teenagers to pick up a harmonica. It was right up there with of John Mayall’s “Room to Move” in that regard.
The only beef I have with this album was that it was only 32 min. long. When you get to the final track “Lookin’ For a Love” you wish there was another set coming.
- “First I Look at the Purse” (Robert Rogers) – 3:56
- “Homework” (D Clark, A Perkins, O Rush) – 2:34
- “Pack Fair and Square” (Walter Travis Price) – 1:41
- “Whammer Jammer” (Juke Joint Jimmy) – 2:21
- “Hard Drivin’ Man” (J. Geils, Peter Wolf) – 4:23
- “Serves You Right to Suffer” (John Lee Hooker) – 9:32
- “Cruisin’ for a Love” (Juke Joint Jimmy) – 3:32
- “Looking for a Love” (J.Alexander, Z Samuels) – 4:55
- Stephen Bladd – drums, vocals
- J. Geils – guitar
- Seth Justman – keyboard, vocals
- Danny Klein – bass
- Magic Dick – harmonica, trumpet
- Peter Wolf – vocals
Listen to some LIVE J.Geils Band below
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