8 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In their heyday, Boston’s J. Geils Band were absolutely sell-out huge in the Motor City. They sounded like a sweat-drenched, hyper-confident R&B outfit, especially in their early-’70s days. All of that’s displayed here on their third album, which was recorded at Detroit’s Cinderella Ballroom in 1972. The set opens perfectly on a face-blasting workout of the old Contours R&B classic “First I Look at the Purse” (penned by Smokey Robinson). Then the group kick through numbingly great rebel-rousers, such as Otis Rush’s “Homework,” the band’s own “Whammer Jammer,” and the hard-grooving sermon of John Lee Hooker’s “Serves You Right to Suffer.” It finishes on the bluesy-gospel rave up “Lookin’ for a Love” (a cover of The Valentinos classic and a hit for the band). The album reveals just how incredible the six-piece were as a live act and how gifted frontman Peter Wolf was at entertaining the audience while making them feel like equal partners in the show (listen to the crowd participation on the proletariat anthem “Hard Drivin’ Man”). “Live” Full House was the band’s first gold album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In their heyday, Boston’s J. Geils Band were absolutely sell-out huge in the Motor City. They sounded like a sweat-drenched, hyper-confident R&B outfit, especially in their early-’70s days. All of that’s displayed here on their third album, which was recorded at Detroit’s Cinderella Ballroom in 1972. The set opens perfectly on a face-blasting workout of the old Contours R&B classic “First I Look at the Purse” (penned by Smokey Robinson). Then the group kick through numbingly great rebel-rousers, such as Otis Rush’s “Homework,” the band’s own “Whammer Jammer,” and the hard-grooving sermon of John Lee Hooker’s “Serves You Right to Suffer.” It finishes on the bluesy-gospel rave up “Lookin’ for a Love” (a cover of The Valentinos classic and a hit for the band). The album reveals just how incredible the six-piece were as a live act and how gifted frontman Peter Wolf was at entertaining the audience while making them feel like equal partners in the show (listen to the crowd participation on the proletariat anthem “Hard Drivin’ Man”). “Live” Full House was the band’s first gold album.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

BobZee ,

Live Blues Rock at its Finest

This is one of my all time favorite albums. Peter Wolf sounds great and the band is playing at a very high level.
I first heard this album on 8 track in 1978 in my buddies sisters Yellow Maverick. LMAO
This album was very popular with "the people your parents warned you about."
My favorite tracks are "Serves You Right to Suffer," "First I Look at the Purse," "Whammer Jammer" and "Looking for a Love."
Buy the whole album. You will not be disappointed. IMO

gs1100s ,

J. Geils Band- Live - Full House

One of the best Live albums ever!!!!!!

Cats* ,

Smokin' RnB!

Whenever anyone mentions the J Geils Band, usually in regards to "Freeze Frame" or "Centerfold", I direct them to THIS album. Could there possibly be a hotter example of supercharged, big city RnB? I don't think so. I haven't heard this record in decades, thank goodness for iTunes and what's left of my memory... "whammer jammer, lemme hear ya Dicky!" I haven't even completed the album download, and I've broken a sweat already!

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