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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000EHQ800
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Centerfold
2. Freeze-Frame
3. Come Back (Single Edit)
4. Love Stinks
5. Sanctuary
6. Give It To Me (Single Edit)
7. Whammer Jammer (Live)
8. Looking For A Love (Live)
9. Must Of Got Lost (Live)
10. (Ain't Nothin' But A) Houseparty (Live)
11. One Last Kiss
12. Teresa
13. Angel In Blue
14. Flamethrower
15. Night Time
16. Just Can't Wait (Live)
17. I Do (Live)
18. Piss On The Wall

Editorial Reviews

The J. Geils Band were one of the most popular rock & roll bands in America during the '70s. They had no trouble packing out arenas as they churned out their unusual mix of greasy covers of obscure R&B, doo wop, and soul tunes. The band had a distinctive style, catchy R&B-based rock tunes like "Give It To Me" and "Musta Of Got Lost". The early 80's saw the release of the bands biggest hit that entered the UK chart at number 3 "Centerfold". Soon after the release of "Centerfold" the band spilt up and went their separate ways. Capitol. 2006.

Customer Reviews

Sound quality is really, really good.
M. E. Wharton
Come Back version here is missing almost 2 minutes and Give It To Me close to 3 minutes shorter.
CatMeister
I purchase the Best of the J. Geils Band as a birthday gift for my brother.
Karen M. Savoy

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lanxner on April 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Much better track selection and sound than Flashback and more concise than the box set. Finally a Best Of that is not missing key tracks. Good liner notes too. Highly recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pearlman on September 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Rhino's 2-disc set left off two songs I really enjoyed. Though they weren't the biggest hits of the group's EMI years, "Come Back" (#32, 1980) was a sharp rock/disco hybrid and "Angel in Blue" (#40, 1982) was a nice slow song about a lady "who never had dreams, so they never came true." I didn't say they're classics, just that I liked them.

The down side is that 2 of the band's 3 biggest chart hits on Atlantic (Must of Got Lost and Lookin' For a Love) are presented in live versions. This is a one-disc collection that's pretty full, however (74 mins.). There wasn't enough room to show off the band's live prowess and still include every studio hit. And the live versions of Lookin' For a Love and Must of Got Lost are really good. Recommendation: enjoy the live stuff here and spring for the other "Best of". (The one with the bowling pins.)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Randy Neal on August 28, 2006
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If you are over 35 years old you will remember about 75% of the songs on this compilation. I purchased this CD because my two boys have heard "Centerfold" on the radio and love to sing along. They don't understand the lyrics (not yet anyway,..too early for that conversation) but you have to admit the refrain is infectious. This is a must have CD for "road trips" and/ or decade theme parties (70's and 80's). Not a 5 star from me due to sound quality of live selections.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When The J. Geils Band made the leap from Atlantic Records to Capitol/EMI, the hits started coming and the band suddenly became superstars. This best of compiles mainly from those years, and is heavy on the party hits the band had in the 80's. It nicely replaces Flashback and supplements Best of the J. Geils Band from the late 70's.

The good stuff/hits are here. The streak that started with "Love Stinks" and exploded with Freeze Frame are covered. The party classics "Centerfold" and "Flamethrower" are both here, along with many others. The old greasy bar band is represented by "Sanctuary" and "Night Time." But if you're looking for "Must Of Got Lost" or "Give It To Me," you'll have to go back to the Atlantic best of. I am also a bit disappointed that the band's one album minus Peter Wolf, You're Gettin' Even While I'm Gettin' Odd, and its terrific single, "Concealed Weapons," have seemingly been thrown into history's dust-heap.

But at 13 songs with a couple great semi-hits ("Angel In Blue" and "Come Back"), I'm OK with this album. The old-school gritty R'n'B that gave the band their start can still be had for 70's enthusiasts, but this best of still finds Wolf, J.Geils' guitar and magic Dick's harmonica a wicked blast from the past.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AceDeuceThree on June 22, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought the CD...but I heard a friend that they bought the mp3 and did not get all the songs from the CD.
The CD is exactly from the album plus a few extras. This is by far the BEST J.GEILS CD. It has all their hits plus...The live songs are their best, they are what was played on the Radio, not the studio versions in which some reviewers have suggested. You need the live introductions to Whammer Jammer, Looking For a Love and Must of Got Lost. They are what make the songs that much better. BUY THIS CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Who hasn't heard "Centerfold," "Freeze-Frame" or "Love Stinks?" Everybody's heard them and I dare say that everybody loves them. Well, this album includes those great songs, and quite a bit more. Yeah, like with all "Best Of" albums, people will always complain about songs that got left off, but in this case I think they produced a really good album.

If you like good 1970s music, indeed the best 1970s music, then get this album. You won't be disappointed!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Schult on March 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
For those who aren't paying attention, the physical CD gives you five Atlantic hits in addition to the EMI stuff.

This isn't the first time I've seen that you get less on an MP3 download on Amazon, and since these days people tend not to sweat the details, then moan when they realize the rip-off, I wanted a warning to appear in print, since Amazon merely reprints the CD reviews on the download page.

Or purchase the download if you don't care about the earlier material. I'm just trying to point out the differences in
what you'll be purchasing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Geoghegan on October 13, 2007
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Good selection of their music. Would have rather had less live music however on their more popular songs.
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Reunion tour w/ Peter Wolf ?
Don't know about a few years ago, but after the bombings at the Boston Marathon the band appeared in a couple of shows (check YouTube) and they sounded great! I couldn't tell if J. Geils was with them, but having read that he's suing the band over the use of his name I kinda doubt it. Regardless,... Read More
Aug 3, 2013 by M. G. Kimmel |  See all 2 posts
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