Friday, April 14, 2017

The J.Geils Band - 1981 - Freeze Frame

The J.Geils Band 
Freeze Frame

01. Freeze-Frame 3:57
02. Rage In The Cage 4:57
03. Centerfold 3:35
04. Do You Remember When 4:45
05. Insane, Insane Again 4:44
06. Flamethrower 4:59
07. River Blindness 6:06
08. Angel In Blue 4:51
09. Piss On The Wall 3:02

Bass – Daniel Klein
Drums, Vocals – Stephen Bladd
Guitar – J. Geils
Harmonica, Saxophone – Magic Dick
Horns – Alan Rubin (tracks: A1, B3), George Young (tracks: A1, B3), Lou Marini (tracks: A1, B3), Randy Brecker (tracks: A1, B3), Ronnie Cuber (tracks: A1, B3), Tom Malone (tracks: A1, B3)
Keyboards, Vocals – Seth Justman
Vocals – Peter Wolf
Backing Vocals – Cissy Houston (tracks: B1 to B3), Fonzi Thornton (tracks: B1 to B3), Kenny Williams (tracks: B1 to B3), Luther Vandross (tracks: B1 to B3), Tawatha Agee (tracks: B1 to B3)

Tempering their bar band R&B with a touch of new wave pop production, the J. Geils Band finally broke through into the big leagues with Freeze Frame. Fans of the hard-driving rock of the group's '70s albums will find the sleek sound of Freeze Frame slightly disorienting, but the production gives the album cohesion. Good-time rock & roll remains at the core of the group's music, but the sound of the record is glossier, shining with synthesizers and big pop hooks. With its singalong chorus, "Centerfold" exemplifies this trend, but it's merely the tip of the iceberg. "Freeze Frame" has a great stop-start chorus, "Flamethrower" and "Piss on the Wall" rush along on hard-boogie riffs, and "Angel in Blue" is terrific neo-doo wop. There are still a handful of throwaways, but even the filler has a stylized, synthesized flair that makes it enjoyable, and the keepers are among the band's best.

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