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The J. Geils Band's 1970 debut album didn't make much of a splash sales-wise, but it kicked off the career of one of America's finest R&B bands with plenty of punch. The band had already honed their blues/rock/soul amalgam with sweat-soaked shows on countless stages, so they were firing on all pistons by the time they cut these tracks. The album is split between original tunes, like the aptly titled rocker "Hard Drivin' Man" and the funky blues instrumental "Ice Breaker," and covers of R&B nuggets including John Lee Hooker's simmering "Serves You Right to Suffer" and Smokey Robinson's hard-charging "First I Look at the Purse." The band burn throughout.

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a rocking blues classic !

How can there be no reviews on this record yet? If like raw blues and R&B based rock this is it. The Music speaks for itself ! This is the real deal low down and gritty , not like the later "Centerfold" stuff.This record and Full House and your done !

The J. Geils Band first album. Excellent!

I grew up listening to "Live Full House" and now I can have the studio versions of my favorites from that fabulous live album. As Peter Wolf would say, "Ooh-Yeah"! This is a great album. Songs like, "Serves You Right to Suffer", "Hard Drivin' Man", "First I Look at the Purse" and "Homework" are my favorites! I love it! Thanks iTunes!

Absolutely Great!

I saw the band perform most of these tunes as an opening act for Johnny Winter in 70-71 at the Depot (It may have had a different name then) in Minneapolis. They were what blues/R&B music should be, loud, raucous, and foot stomping. I believe this to be some of their best stuff before they went commercial.

I always thought there was a slow blues crawler that emphasized Geils' guitar as the last song on this album but I guess I'm mistaken.

A must have!


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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