17 Songs, 1 Hour, 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first live album by the J. Geils Band, 1972's Full House, is one of rock's greatest concert recordings—and this second live set stands shoulder-to-shoulder with it. Blow Your Face Out, recorded in front of a rabid hometown crowd at Boston Garden, doubles Full House's length without repeating any of its songs. Frontman Peter Wolf's manic stage patter, J. Geils' stinging guitar licks, and Magic Dick's burning blues harmonica light a fire under songs from the band's mid-'70s albums and R&B covers like Junior Walker's "Shoot Your Shot" and Eddie Floyd's party-starter "Raise Your Hand."

EDITORS’ NOTES

The first live album by the J. Geils Band, 1972's Full House, is one of rock's greatest concert recordings—and this second live set stands shoulder-to-shoulder with it. Blow Your Face Out, recorded in front of a rabid hometown crowd at Boston Garden, doubles Full House's length without repeating any of its songs. Frontman Peter Wolf's manic stage patter, J. Geils' stinging guitar licks, and Magic Dick's burning blues harmonica light a fire under songs from the band's mid-'70s albums and R&B covers like Junior Walker's "Shoot Your Shot" and Eddie Floyd's party-starter "Raise Your Hand."

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

33 Ratings

Geils at their best

Nodlem,

This is J. Geils in the perfect presentation. I have seen them live five times and live is what they are all about. They have the ability to make a 15,000 arena feel like a club with 500 people. They were not so much the show but the house band and we all got invited. This is rowdy and out of control adventure from song one to the end. Particularly great are Shoot Your Shot, Where Dod Our Love Go? (listen for the real cool bass womps at the end), So Sharp, Detroit Breakdown, Chimes, Raise Your Hand, and Give It To Me. P Wolf is in command and the audience is amazing. I have never heard an audience so loud and into all the songs. Still makes me feel great when I hear it.

"Do ya wanna dance?!!" ~P. Wolf

Samlis,

Let's face it; there are, have been, and always will be performers and artists who must be been seen live to be fully appreciated. It's a fact. That being said, it's pretty easy to defend a mediocre band with such words. And the J Geils Band had often been dubbed as 'just another party band'. Even though they consistently played to packed houses, were a phenomenon in their home city of Boston, and considered Detroit their 2nd home, The J Geils Band had a hard time making it as a national success until 1980s "Love Stinks". And as commercially successful as that release was, that, along with their follow-up; "Freeze Frame" only crystalized them on mainstream radio as that; 'just another party band'. It didn't matter that they wrote their own material, or put on an amazing live show. ..and they did that in spades.

"Blow Your Face Out" captures The J Geils Band a few years earlier in their true element; Live performance.
And in spite of the fact that this double-album was released in 1976, it stands separate from the wave of 'Live' albums of the 70s. It's not a "Double-Live-Gonzo, Kiss-Alive!, Frampton-Comes!" kind of an album. It's more like a rhythm & blues barn-burner, or an old school rock & soul revue from the early 60s. Like Jerry Lee Lewis' legendary 1963 live show in Hamburg; more like a crime scene than a concert. Peter Wolf was an animal on the stage, vocally and physically. His dynamic energy and connection with his audience were more like those of Wilson Pickett or James Brown than anyone else. This was J Geils' true strength and even their calling card for over a decade.
'Blow Your Face Out' offers solid evidence that The J Geils Band was really meant to be seen to be heard. ..But it's also a testimony of just how great a so-called 'party band' can be. And it does beg the question; If Rock & Roll is good time music, why isn't this band in its Hall of Fame yet?

About The J. Geils Band

The J. Geils Band were 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 were 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 America, it only rarely earned them hit singles. Seth Justman, the group's main songwriter, could turn out catchy R&B-based rockers like "Give It to Me" and "Must of Got Lost," but these hits never led to stardom, primarily because the group had trouble capturing the energy of its live sound in the studio. In the early '80s, the group tempered its driving rock with some pop, and the makeover paid off with the massive hit single "Centerfold," which stayed at number one for six weeks. By the time the band prepared to record a follow-up, tensions between Justman and Wolf had grown considerably, resulting in Wolf's departure, which quickly led to the band's demise. After working for years to reach the top of the charts, the J. Geils Band couldn't stay there once they finally achieved their goal.

Guitarist J. Geils, bassist Danny Klein, and harpist Magic Dick (born Richard Salwitz) began performing as an acoustic blues trio sometime in the mid-'60s. In 1967, drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and vocalist Peter Wolf joined the group, and the band went electric. Before joining the J. Geils Band, Bladd and Wolf played together in the Boston-based rock revivalist band the Hallucinations. Both musicians shared a love of arcane doo wop, blues, R&B, and rock & roll, and Wolf had become well-known by spinning such obscure singles as a jive-talking WBCN DJ called Woofuh Goofuh. Wolf and Bladd's specialized tastes became a central force in the newly revamped J. Geils Band, whose members positioned themselves as tough '50s greasers in opposition to the colorful psychedelic rockers who dominated the East Coast in the late '60s. Soon, the band had earned a sizable local following, including Seth Justman, an organist who was studying at Boston University. Justman joined the band in 1968, and the band continued to tour for the next few years, landing a record contract with Atlantic in 1970.

The J. Geils Band was a regional hit upon its early 1970 release, and it earned favorable reviews, especially from Rolling Stone. The group's second album, The Morning After, appeared later that year and, thanks to the Top 40 hit "Looking for a Love," the album expanded the band's following. However, the J. Geils Band continued to win new fans primarily through their concerts, so it was no surprise that their third album, 1972's Full House, was a live set. It was followed by Bloodshot, a record that climbed into the Top Ten on the strength of the Top 40 hit "Give It to Me." Following the relative failure of 1973's Ladies Invited, the band had another hit with 1974's Nightmares, which featured the number 12 single "Must of Got Lost." While their live shows remained popular throughout the mid-'70s, both Hot Line (1975) and the live Blow Your Face Out (1976) were significant commercial disappointments. The band revamped its sound and shortened its name to "Geils" for 1977's Monkey Island. While the album received good reviews, the record failed to bring the group increased sales.

In 1978, the J. Geils Band left Atlantic Records for EMI, releasing Sanctuary later that year. Sanctuary slowly gained a following, becoming their first gold album since Bloodshot. Love Stinks (1980) expanded the group's following even more, peaking at number 18 in the charts and setting the stage for 1981's Freeze Frame, the band's high-water mark. Supported by the infectious single "Centerfold" -- which featured a memorable video that received heavy MTV airplay -- and boasting a sleek, radio-ready sound, Freeze Frame climbed to number one. "Centerfold" shot to the top of the charts late in 1981, spending six weeks at number one; its follow-up, "Freeze-Frame," was nearly as successful, reaching number four in the spring of 1982. The live album Showtime! became a gold album shortly after its late 1982 release.

While the band was experiencing the greatest commercial success of its career, relationships between the members, particularly writing partners Justman and Wolf, were volatile. When the group refused to record material Wolf had written with Don Covay and Michael Jonzun, he left the band in the middle of a 1983 recording session. Justman assumed lead vocals, and the group released You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd in late 1984, several months after Wolf's successful solo debut, Lights Out. The J. Geils Band's record was a failure, and the band broke up in 1985. Magic Dick and J. Geils reunited in 1993 to form a contemporary blues band that released two CDs, Bluestime and Little Car Blues. Geils died in 2017 at the age of 71. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Boston, MA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1967

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