02 September 2008
J. Geils Band "Live" Full House: Greatest live rock album of all time?
"Serves you right to suffer baby. Serves you right. You gonna live alone."
Is J. Geils Band "live" Full House the greatest live rock album of all time? For me that'd be a two-way tie...maybe three-way. The tie is with the live side of ZZ Top's Fandango. So, tie and a half maybe. But why J.Geils Full House? What's the big deal? About all I can say is you have to hear it. It's made loud to be played loud. The band is as tight as if they were all breathing from the same lung. Their set is filled with hard soul boogie and seriousass deep blues. Peter Wolf is one of the best post-Jagger leadmen in the history of rock. Magic Dick is a harmonica player who is tasteful as he is dangerous and plays with the band and augments the band and knows when to wail and (more importantly) when to shut the hell up. Rare in a harp player. It's one of those unusual situations where each band member is as important as the other. The whole album is only about forty minutes long but that's all the J. Geils Band needs to kill and bury you under eight hundred pounds of Boston Monkey/Detroit Demolition sized boogie.
Trust me. This is one album that no collection is complete with out. This ain't no Centerfold-era J. Geils. Not that there is much wrong with that but it just ain't equal to Full House. I bought my first copy of Full House on vinyl in 1972 when I was twelve after my eighteen year old brother told me he'd just blown his tweeters after repeated listens to whammer Jammer. I got it and stretched out my woofers from endlessly playing J.Geils cover of Hooker's Serves You Right to Suffer. That song helped make me the man I am today.
J. Geils Band- "Live" Full House BUY iT!
"I'll get down to it."
Whammer Jammer MP3
"got my own milk...got own cream."
Serves You Right to Suffer MP3
ZZ TOP- Fandango! BUY iT!
Labels: J Geils Band