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The J. Geils Band Anthology: Houseparty

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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 04/20/1993

The 38 tracks on the two-CD set, "The J. Geils Band Anthology," were arranged out of chronological order so the first 10 songs on the second disc could all be live recordings. Those songs give you a good sense of what the second set at a J. Geils show sounded like back in the days when the band was the most exciting blues-rock band in the land. On stage, the sextet would expand the boundaries of the blues to include everything from Stax and Motown to jackhammer rhythms and screaming solos, and that roadhouse party attitude carried over into a series of hit studio recordings. --Geoffrey Himes

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Cruisin' For A Love
  2. Homework
  3. Looking For A Love
  4. It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It!)
  5. The Usual Place
  6. Cry One More Time
  7. Dead Presidents
  8. Give It To Me (Single Mix/Edit)
  9. Southside Shuffle
  10. Make Up Your Mind
  11. Gettin' Out (Single Edit)
  12. Detroit Breakdown
  13. Givin' It All Up
  14. Must Of Got Lost (Single Edit)
  15. Believe In Me
  16. Love-Itis
  17. Where Did Our Love Go
  18. Peanut Butter
  19. Surrender

Disc: 2

  1. Sno-Cone (Live)
  2. Wait (Live)
  3. Hard Drivin' Man (Live)
  4. First I Look At The Purse (Live)
  5. Pack Fair And Square (LIve)
  6. Whammer Jammer (Live)
  7. Musta Got Lost (Live)
  8. Start All Over (Live)
  9. Houseparty (Live)
  10. I Do (Live)
  11. Just Can't Wait
  12. Love Stinks
  13. Night Time
  14. Flamethrower
  15. Centerfold
  16. Freeze-Frame
  17. Sanctuary
  18. One Last Kiss
  19. Teresa

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032Y6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. E FELL on April 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Many people are only familiar with the J. Geils Band after they switched record labels to EMI and became more commercial. Hits from this period such as "Love Stinks", "Centerfold" and "Freeze-Frame" are included here but the focus of this 2 cd set is their earlier Atlantic recordings. The earlier recordings from this Boston band were a combination of blues/soul cover tunes and gritty Rolling Stones like original tunes. This earlier period is my favorite. The first disc contains songs only from the Atlantic period. Among the rarities are the non-lp covers of Little Walter's "Dead Presidents", The Supremes "Where Did Our Love Go", and the Marathons "Peanut Butter". The first disc also includes their two biggest hits of the period the live show stopper "Must Of Got Lost" and the Reggae influenced "Give It To Me". The rest of the first disc contains non hit singles and essential album tracks of the period. "The first half of the second disc contains live tracks from their 3 live albums. The second half contains singles and album tracks from their more well-known EMI period. The live tracks illustrate how much fun the band could be in concert. Supercharged versions of "Wait", "First I Look At The Purse" and "Must Of Got Lost" with Peter Wolf's into wrap illustrate this fact. Another fact immediately evident on this set is that Magic Dick is one of the greatest white blues harmonica players bar none. Witness his playing on "Whammer Jammer" and "It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It). The band was great at putting emotion into all their cover tunes and their choices of tunes to cover were excellent. I have a couple of minor quibbles.Read more ›
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Ella and I do not often review greatest hits albums, but for this amazing collection from the career of the J. Geils Band we are going to make an exception. 5 stars are hard enough to get, but a greatest hits collection with 5 stars only happens once in a blue moon. Ten Years After got a 5 star review for their collection Essential, but that was it.

So what's the fuss about 'Houseparty'? Well, let's just say that if you don't find yourself jumping up and down to every track that's on this 38 song, 2 disc set then you have just got no rock 'n' roll in your soul. This was the sort of music that is played constantly at the famous Tahitian Queen Rock 'n' Roll Happy Hour, and why do people go to Tahitian Queen Happy Hour? It's to have a good time, and this is music to have a good time to.

History tells us that the year 1967 was all incense, peppermints, kaftans, beads, lots of vegetables, paisley shirts, people finishing sentences with the word man, and being so laid back they fell over themselves. But those lazy, hazy, crazy, daze of way off also produced one of the world's wildest, finest, all-time great, hard-driven rhythm and blues show bands that were ever put on this planet to entertain. For the next 15 years and 14 albums and what must of been a million gigs, the J. Geils Band, in the words of their front man Peter Wolf, "felt obligated to give 100% of ourselves to our audience. We were a bunch of guys who had the passion and wanted to share it". Where else do you get that commitment from a band? They were together for those 15 years without one change in line-up - unheard of in the unstable world of rock 'n' roll. When it came time to go they just left at the top.
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I remember when I got my first glimpse of the J. Geils Band. It was Don Kirshner's Rock Concert on ABC late one weekend night. Here it all was - rock 'n roll, blues, soul, charisma, energy and a flat-out dead-on sprint by a little band from Boston to absolutley (as they phrased it) blow your face out. I was speechless.

I waited in front of Homer's Records in Omaha the very next morning until they opened and immediately purchased "Full House," easily one of the finest live LP's of all time. I've remained in the tank for this best American white boy soul/blues band of all time ever since.

Wisely, this anthology kicks off disc 2 with 10 live recordings pulled from three live LP's J. Geils Band released in their 17 year career. I dare anyone to take a listen to this material and find me any other live act performing today this tight - this good. To be brutally fair, this collection is not absolutely perfect. I've always loved "Back to Get Ya" which is not here, but that aside, this is damn good save for one small pet peeve. Even anthologists as good as Rhino still get it wrong and include "single edit" versions of a few tunes. BIG CLUE - WE'RE NOT LISTENING TO THIS STUFF ON THE RADIO, SO LOSE THE EDITED VERSIONS AND GIVE US THE FULL RECORDINGS OF WHAT THE ARTISTS ENVISIONED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Please, treat yourself, you won't be disappointed. And if you get off to this stuff, chase down some of Peter Wolf's solo work as well as Magic Dick and J. Geils throwback blues work on Rounder records.
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