"I Do" and "Land Of A Thousand Dances" were originally released on the album SHOWTIME.
J. Geils Band: Seth Justman (vocals, keyboards); Stephen Bladd (vocals, drums); Peter Wolf (vocals); J. Geils (guitar); Magic Dick (harmonica); Daniel Klein (bass).
The Uptown Horns: Arno Hecht, Crispin Cioe, "Hollywood" Paul Litteral.
Recorded at Longview Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts; Record Plant, New York, New York; Pine Knob Music Theater, Detroit, Michigan.
J. Geils Band: J. Geils (guitar); Magic Dick (harmonica); Seth Justman (keyboards); Stephen Jo Bladd (drums); Danny Klein (bass);Peter Wolf.
Personnel: Seth Justman (vocals, keyboards); Stephen Bladd (vocals, drums); Peter Wolf (vocals); J. Geils (guitar); Magic Dick (harmonica, trumpet); Arno Hecht (horns).
Audio Mixer: David Thoener.
Liner Note Author: John Tobler.
Recording information: Longview Farm, N. Brookfield, MA; Longview Farms; Pine Knob Music Theater, Detroit, MI; Record Plant, N.Y.C; Record Plant, New York, NY.
Photographers: Alen MacWeeney; Rob Van Petten.
Unknown Contributor Role: Paula Bisacca.
Arranger: Seth Justman.
The last release of the '70s by the J. Geils Band, 1978's SANCTUARY, signaled a heightened focus on pop songcraft, something that the band would explore further on such hit albums as LOVE STINKS and FREEZE FRAME. The move proved to be a fruitful one, as SANCTUARY was their first release to go gold since 1973's BLOODSHOT.
The sound may be more focused, but the band's talent for penning energetic party anthems hasn't faded in the slightest, as evidenced by such standouts as "Wildman," "Jus' Can't Stop Me," and a bonus live take of "I Do," as well as the more pop-oriented "Teresa" and the blues rocker "One Last Kiss."