The J. Geils Band - "Live" Full House
The J. Geils Band - "Live" Full House

The J. Geils Band - "Live" Full House

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Tracklist Show Credits

A1 First I Look At The Purse 3:56
A2 Homework 2:34
A3 Pack Fair And Square 1:41
A4 Whammer Jammer 2:21
A5 Hard Drivin' Man 4:23
B1 Serves You Right To Suffer 9:32
B2 Cruisin' For A Love 3:32
B3 Looking For Love 4:55

 

"Live" Full House is the first live album, and third album overall, by American rock band The J. Geils Band, released in 1972.

The album peaked at #54 on the Billboard album chart in North America, with the tracks "Looking for a Love" and "Serves You Right to Suffer" enjoying considerable radio airplay, thus setting up the breakthrough success of the band's next album, 1973's Bloodshot.

The album's cover depicts a poker hand, but the hand shown is not a "full house" as defined by the rules of the game (this is intentional; the Queen in the poker hand is winking). The title is also a play on words, referring to a packed concert venue or "full house" by concert promoters.

AllMusic Review by  

The J. Geils Band made many fine, sometimes great, studio albums but where they really captured their full, thrilling potential was on the concert stage. Most live albums tend to be a poor excuse for actually being at the show in question, but the Geils Band's live albums jump out of the speakers with so much joy, fun, and unquenchable rock & roll spirit that you might as well be there. "Live" Full House was their first live record, and it is a blast from start to finish. Recorded in 1972 at Detroit's Cinderella Ballroom, the group runs through songs from their first two albums, The J. Geils Band and The Morning After, kicking out the jams on rockers like the Motown chestnut "First I Look at the Purse," Otis Rush's "Homework," and one of the group's first self-penned classics, "Hard Drivin' Man," as well as positively scorching through an incredible version of John Lee Hooker's dark and evil blues "Serves You Right to Suffer." It's easy to overlook J. Geils himself on guitar when you have a magnetic frontman like Peter Wolf or the unstoppable force that is harp player Magic Dick (check "Whammer Jammer" for proof of his greatness), but his soloing on this track serves notice that he could tear off a ferocious solo with the best of them. "Live" Full House is a short, punchy shot of rock & roll genius by one of the great bands of the '70s and one of the best live albums ever recorded.