“Live” Full House by the J. Geils Band, released in 1972, is a document of a party band recorded in their element, the stage. Although based in Boston, the band recorded this gem in Detroit, which they considered their home away from home. One of the highlights of this set is the harmonica showcase, Whammer Jammer, featuring Magic Dick blowing his face out. This one received a lot of airplay on FM radio in my teen years and made me want to learn to play harmonica. I never learned (yet), but that song sure sounded like a blast to play. Other favorites were a cover of Serves You Right To Suffer by John Lee Hooker, and Cruisin’ For A Love (the second Juke Joint Jimmy tune, along with Whammer Jammer). Looking For A Love was another big radio song from this joyous live show, and since it was a single album, it was all killer and no filler. Peter Wolf was a ball of energy on lead vocals and a great master of ceremonies with his rapid fire crowd raps and song introductions, and the whole band played with tons of confidence and chemistry. Another band I wish I could have seen in person.
Written By Braddon S. Williams