- Released: October 24, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Atlantic
Rolling Stone - 1/7/71, p.47
"..a goodtime, modern piece of rock and roll...The material is perfect, the execution flawless, and the spirit never fails them..."
- 2.Ice Breaker (For The Big "M")
- 3.Cruisin' For A Love
- 4.Hard Drivin' Man
- 5.Serves You Right To Suffer
- 7.First I Look At The Purse
- 8.What's Your Hurry
- 9.On Borrowed Time
- 10.Pack Fair And Square
The J. Geils Band: Peter Wolf (vocals); J. Geils (guitar); Magic Dick (harp); Seth Justman (keyboards); Danny Klein (bass); Stephen Jo Bladd (drums).
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Seth Justman (vocals, piano, organ, keyboards); Stephen Bladd (vocals, drums); Peter Wolf (vocals); J. Geils (guitar); Magic Dick (harp, harmonica, trumpet).
Recording information: A&R Studios, New York, NY.
If you were to compare the J. Geils Band's 1970 self-titled debut to their final album with singer Peter Wolf, 1981's FREEZE FRAME, you could easily be fooled into thinking they were two completely different bands. Although they'd later become best known for chart-storming pop-rock, the J. Geils Band started out as a straight-ahead blues-rock band, much like their mentors the Rolling Stones and their peers ZZ Top and Aerosmith.
J. Geils's debut has a fun, loose, and very rootsy feel, not far from how the band sounded on the concert stage early on. The choice of covers speaks volumes about the group's influences, as treatments of John Lee Hooker's "It Serves You Right to Suffer" and Albert Collins's "Sno-Cone" are served up with downhome, bluesy fervor. But there are some fine original compositions too, like the Stax/Booker T. sounds of "Ice Breaker (For the Big 'M')," and the FM radio-ready "Hard Drivin' Man." This is a thoroughly entertaining snapshot of the J. Geils Band's beginnings.