ARTIST: The J. Geils Band
TITLE: The J. Geils Band
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: #195
SINGLES: Homework, Wait
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: First I Look at the Purse, Hard Drivin’ Man
LINEUP: Peter Wolf, Seth Justman, J. Geils, Daniel Klien, Stephen Jo Bladd, Magic Dick
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Retro R&B and blues review with a great live reputation releases its debut that gives you some of their live energy.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Going somewhat against the grain for the times, the J. Geils Band turned their love into blues, R&B, and soul music into a long career with a great reputation for a live band. Their debut album definitely shows their love for that music, and their ability to write songs in that vein.
Frontman Peter Wolf displayed the attitude and ability already that endeared him to fans, while the band was tight and competent at all of the requisite styles. They showed their love for the music by some very loving covers of even-then obscure blues and Motown tunes.
On some cuts, it does show that they were hesitant or restricted in the studio, as the cuts in no way sounded as exuberant as the live records (especially on the great “Hard Drivin’ Man”). It’s a great album though and fits right in with every other J. Geils record.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This album has the only song solo credited to J. Geils himself, “Ice Breaker (For the Big ‘M’)”.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: Great rock, R&B and blues for a band that’s much deeper than their radio hits.