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Album Review

Tempering their bar band R&B with a touch of new wave pop production, the J. Geils Band finally broke through into the big leagues with Freeze Frame. Fans of the hard-driving rock of the group's '70s albums will find the sleek sound of Freeze Frame slightly disorienting, but the production gives the album cohesion. Good-time rock & roll remains at the core of the group's music, but the sound of the record is glossier, shining with synthesizers and big pop hooks. With its singalong chorus, "Centerfold" exemplifies this trend, but it's merely the tip of the iceberg. "Freeze Frame" has a great stop-start chorus, "Flamethrower" and "Piss on the Wall" rush along on hard-boogie riffs, and "Angel in Blue" is terrific neo-doo wop. There are still a handful of throwaways, but even the filler has a stylized, synthesized flair that makes it enjoyable, and the keepers are among the band's best.

Customer Reviews

Jumped, maybe

Well yeah, I understand how hardcore fans would feel alienated but I doubt that was their intention. Freeze-Frame finally gained them worldwide success at at time when they were probably tired of touring in rented vans and living out of Super 8 hotels. Regardless of the 80`s pop influence, Freeze-Frame has some of the hottest bass playing ever and is a strong album from start to finish.

Jump the Shark

This is the LP that J Giles Band jumps the shark and ends a great career. The type of music and the popularity of the songs took them into a new direction alienating their fans, for a few extra bucks.

Biography

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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