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There's never been a JGB record without some R&B flavor, and that bill is filled here by the hypnotically funky "Surrender," a cover of The Marvelows' '60s hit "I Do," and a barroom revamp of Louis Armstrong's "I'm Not Rough." But from the pure pop chorus of the mellow, devotional "You're the Only One" to the arena-rock guitar riffs of "Somebody," this is the sound of a band expanding beyond their roots. And the wild ride that is the album's inscrutable nine-minute title suite shows they had no qualms about challenging their audience, even if it took a couple more years for the world at large to catch up.

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"Not a classic..." Really?

This is my first rating on iTunes and it couldn't be for a better album. Talk about "desert island discs," this is certainly one of my five. Cissy Houston (Whitney's mom) singing back-up on a couple of tracks only shows the range of this album and this band. I hope anyone who found Geils through "Centerfold" will check out "Monkey Island." It's not "schizophrenic," it's spectrum, scope, space, span, spectrum, sphere, spread, stretch, sweep. These guys (and this album) are great.

Monkey Island

This is one of those albums that everyone should own and no one knows about. The range of songs on this album is amazing. Songs Surrender, Monkey Island and Wreckage are my favorites and show this range of styles.

Monkey Island....not Geils

I was told this by a band member not sure but it sounds true..This was the last album in the bands contract with i believe atlantic and they were very unhappy with the demand to make one more album,they wrote monkey island a 9 minute song made it the title and knew that radio play for that song would not happen thus killing the profits to a money hungry album company , and moved to EMI to continue there great music.Leave it to this GREAT band to try to mess up a album company and still have hits! Listen to monkey island and relate this story and you'll feel the bands intent.
kewl huh? i have seen them 7 times since 1975 and have never been disappointed. Thanks to John and Peter!


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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