Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The J. Geils Band - Showtime! (1982)


Note: this release was originally purchased as an LP, later replaced by a CD.

Even though they had been around for more than 10 years, I, like most people my age, became aware of the J. Geils Band when they hit it big with their Freeze Frame album in 1981. I had that release on cassette tape, but when I heard the single I Do from the Showtime! album, I went out and bought it on the strength of that song which features mad harmonica playing from Magic Dick. I believe this is the last J Geils album with vocalist Peter Wolf. This live album isn't as good as the classic Full House Live, but it's not too bad.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #23
Peak on Cash Box album chart: #25

Tracks: I can't think of a more high-energy opener than Just Can't Stop Me. Unfortunately, it goes downhill quickly from there. I was tempted to skip over track 5 (I'm Falling), but that would have put me on the worst track on the CD: Love Rap, in which Peter Wolf spends 5+ minutes talking about love in an imagined Garden of Eden where Adam smokes weed and gets the munchies. While this is all said in fun, it makes for a track that doesn't call for repeated listening. Wolf's rap about love serves as an intro into Love Stinks where the album picks up and just keeps building steam until the end. I'm sure when I listened to this album as a teenager, I just put on side 2 (which started with Love Stinks). I missed a great opener, but the strength of this release is the closing sequence of 5 great songs ending with a great cover of Land of a Thousand Dances.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I remember picking up this album on a trip into Houston with my buddy Jim. We would go to Sound Warehouse and spend lots of money on albums we couldn't get locally (wow! things have really changed, i.e., Amazon, iTunes, etc.) I also remember calling in a request to the local radio station to play I Do, but they didn't have it. Do they still have request shows on the radio?

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