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Flashback: The Best Of The J. Geils Band

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  • Label: Emi America
  • ASIN: B003NYVNEM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CHANGE STINKS October 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
THE J. GEILS BAND-FLASHBACK: Fans of this Beantown sextet's rafter-raisin', harp-saturated boogie n' blooze might well gasp "WHA' HAPPEN???" upon spinning this second career compilation of new-wavey, MTV-ready hits. Like the DOOBIES, ZZ TOP and AEROSMITH, the J. GEILS BAND pulled a musical 180 midway through their careers by mainstreamin' their legendary rock and soul vibe for a new wave of fans. The upside was increased airplay and platinum sales...the downside meant diminished quality and decreased credibility. Sure, LOVE STINKS is a fun li'l ditty (Who can't relate to THAT sentiment?), and CENTERFOLD was accompanied by a sexy video in its day, but this updated version of GEILS is a HOWLIN' WOLF-cry away from the searing, gritty groove of WHAMMER JAMMER and FIRST LOOK AT THE PURSE. At least I DO is a raucous live version of the same showstoppin' RNB party starter on BEST OF, the superior first anthology. That one will undoubtedly help old school JGB fans wash the synthesized, ultra-slick taste of FREEZE FRAME and FLAME THROWER from their mouths.

RATING: THREE SELL-OUTS
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Flash" in the Pan December 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The J. Geils Band labored in obscurity for many years before they broke through to the big time in the early 80s with the album "Freeze Frame" and the massive hit "Centerfold." For about a year or so they were unaviodable on the radio. They followed up their success with a moderately successful live album. Then lead singer Peter Wolf left the "fold" and the band faded quickly back into obscurity. "Flashback" collects the highlights from just before the band's breakthrough to the top until Wolf's departure. The highlights include the three songs from "Freeze Frame" including both the title track and "Flamethrower." Also excellent is the 1980 classic "Love Stinks" the sound of which anticipates "Centerfold." "I Do" and the lame cover of "Land of a Thousand Dances" are from the live album.
Overall, this is a middling collection of material with a few highlights that sounds as dated today as anything from the early 1960s.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Collection with Flamethrower! May 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I thought I would leave a feedback on this cd as it received a bashing in regards to the song Flamethrower. I'm glad that I don't necessarily go with feedbacks when it comes to music because everyone's taste is different. I happen to love Flamethrower and believe that that is one of the J. Geils Band's best. I also have their other greatest hits which I didn't really care for that others seem to prefer. I highly recommend this greatest hits collection. It is, to me, much better than their previous greatest hits album. I think J. Geils Band got better with time unlike what many are saying in here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Covering the the late 70's - early 80's incarnation of the band at the height of its MTV success, FLASHBACK really doesn't fit the bill as a greatest hits CD.With only 10 songs, from a limited time poeriod; it doesn't do the band justice. This CD is designed to cash in on their 80's success. The video hits are here, but if you really want something that represents this band, look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Geils June 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I own 6 or 7 J. Geils LPs and CDs, from their early days to Flashback, and this is my favorite. The order of the songs and the production values are excellent. Although most of the cuts are studio (except I Do and 'Dances), all the music feels "live" and contributes to a early-1980's party feel. I would stress buyers to play this music LOUD...it isn't a good background CD. This is a perfect CD for the car and the commute or cross-country excursion.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good greatest hits CD. January 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was dissapointed in this CD cause they had to edit out parts of Come Back (which was shortened from 5:09 to 3:34) and they only chose 10 songs, if you're a casual fan of J. Geils Band get Freeze Frame, The Best Of (which contains their 70's hits) and Bloodshot, avoid unless you're a completest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF, not greatest hits July 15, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic compillation of some of the band's best work. I see these reviews of people whining that it's not statistically their "greatest hits". Okay. Read the title. This is good stuff. Call Kasey Kasem for the greatest hits.

I am always disappointed to hear only 'Centerfold' and 'Love Stinks' (to a lesser degree), on the radio. Enjoy a reprise of some solid and creative party music, especially if you're 40 to 50 years old.
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3.0 out of 5 stars J Geils Band
This wasn't exactly the CD I thought it was...but the CD itself was in great condition. Just as described.
Published on July 2, 2009 by Tina
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for their EMI 80's Hits
When it came time to buy a J. Geils " GREATEST HITS " CD, I bought this one to cover their 80's hits, when " CENTERFOLD " was #1 and the band's videos were all over MTV. Read more
Published on June 9, 2008 by gassy goon
4.0 out of 5 stars Picks Up The Best of EMI Days with Peter Wolf
The original best release of 1985 contains the live version of their early hit I DO and the cover of Wilson Pickett hit LAND OF A THOUSAND DANCES recorded live. Read more
Published on March 10, 2006 by susumu-5
3.0 out of 5 stars Frozen In The 80's
The J. Geils Band made a pretty good run of it in the late 70's/early 80's, but they really didn't do enough to warrant a greatest hits disc. Read more
Published on December 20, 2005 by K. Fontenot
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Missing One Hit
This has the greatest hits from J. Geils that I expected, except for one. I expected to see "Must of Got Lost", but you will have to go to a live album (like "Blow Your Face Out")... Read more
Published on February 3, 2003 by Randy Given
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, concise collection
Review of the band's work from the late 70's and early 80's. Good representation of their rock/soul/party band music. Includes "Love Stinks", "Centerfold", and "Freeze-Frame. Read more
Published on May 1, 2000 by Michael Dyckman
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