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Editors’ Notes

In their heyday, Boston’s J. Geils Band were absolutely sell-out huge in the Motor City. They sounded like a sweat-drenched, hyper-confident R&B outfit, especially in their early-’70s days. All of that’s displayed here on their third album, which was recorded at Detroit’s Cinderella Ballroom in 1972. The set opens perfectly on a face-blasting workout of the old Contours R&B classic “First I Look at the Purse” (penned by Smokey Robinson). Then the group kick through numbingly great rebel-rousers, such as Otis Rush’s “Homework,” the band’s own “Whammer Jammer,” and the hard-grooving sermon of John Lee Hooker’s “Serves You Right to Suffer.” It finishes on the bluesy-gospel rave up “Lookin’ for a Love” (a cover of The Valentinos classic and a hit for the band). The album reveals just how incredible the six-piece were as a live act and how gifted frontman Peter Wolf was at entertaining the audience while making them feel like equal partners in the show (listen to the crowd participation on the proletariat anthem “Hard Drivin’ Man”). “Live” Full House was the band’s first gold album.

Customer Reviews

Live Blues Rock at its Finest

This is one of my all time favorite albums. Peter Wolf sounds great and the band is playing at a very high level. I first heard this album on 8 track in 1978 in my buddies sisters Yellow Maverick. LMAO This album was very popular with "the people your parents warned you about." My favorite tracks are "Serves You Right to Suffer," "First I Look at the Purse," "Whammer Jammer" and "Looking for a Love." Buy the whole album. You will not be disappointed. IMO


Relentless rock n' roll. Nuthin beats live music!

Full House Live

By far the best live band in the land in their prime. The album has the feel of their concerts. This was recorded the first time I saw Geils live, in Detroit. It was not the last. Crank it up LOUD.


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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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1972

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