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After criss-crossing the country countless times as both a headlining club band and an arena support act, The J. Geils Band finally hit the big leagues here on their first platinum-selling album. The entire 1973 effort is swathed in R&B, soul, and road-hardened rock ’n’ roll. It opens with a sweltering cover of The Showstoppers' “(It Ain’t Nothin’ but A) House Party,” cuts left into the very Van Morrison–esque “Make Up Your Mind,” and charges into the funky harmonica shouter “Back to Get Ya” (“Scramble my eggs, honey, c’mon!”). The roadhouse rockers “Struttin’ with My Baby,” “Hold Your Loving," and “Southside Shuffle” impart some chaff with the blues, and “Start All Over Again” sort of slows things up, sounding like a Rolling Stones cover of Arthur Alexander. The album closes on the catchy “Give It to Me,” which was one of the earliest reggae-influenced tunes to crack the American Top 40. The album demonstrates how gifted frontman Peter Wolf was the blackest-sounding white belter in America in those days. And it’s obvious that all six band members had mad love affairs with the music that originated around the Mississippi Delta.

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Best J. Geils Band studio disc. Houseparty, Back to Get Ya, Southside Shuffle and Give It to Me are as good as it gets. As Peter Wolf says, "Made loud to be played loud." Play it loud and hang on.


Attention all young bands. Listen to this record and see how it is really done! These guys are not posers like most contemporary bands. Listen to this, and you might just learn something!

LOVE this band, could be there Best !

To budowudo-I agree- Huge Geils fan, Have "all' the albums(maybe 1 or 2 I still need in my collection) . Think this is my favorite too. " Classic J. Geils. All the Greats on here, it's early / classic Geils at there best. I could go on - just get this whole album and rock on !


Formed: 1967 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The J. Geils Band was one of the most popular touring rock & roll bands in America during the '70s. Where their contemporaries were influenced by the heavy boogie of British blues-rock and the ear-splitting sonic adventures of psychedelia, the J. Geils Band was a bar band pure and simple, churning out greasy covers of obscure R&B, doo wop, and soul tunes, cutting them with a healthy dose of Stonesy swagger. While their muscular sound and the hyper jive of frontman Peter Wolf packed arenas across...
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