""Blow Your Face Out" is in a league with only a handful of other live albums. Alongside The Allman Brothers' "At the Filmore East" and Cheap Trick's "At Budokan". All three of the records "Get it." Not a bad track in the bunch. Every song on "BYFO" is better than its original studio version.
Recorded in Boston and Detroit back in 1975, J. Geils was on, and I mean on. From the intro to Musta Got Lost to the pumped up version of Lookin' For A Love. Geils was having a ball on stage and it comes through loud and clear on this recording. Highly recomended!
Live and Funky!
Bryan Carey | Houston, TX | 08/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Recorded live in Detroit, Michigan at the Cobo Hall, and at the Boston Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, "Blow Your Face Out" was the J. Geils Band's second live offering. It follows the success of 1972's "Full House" and it was released at a time when the band had reached a high level of popularity among fans for its incredible, fully- energetic live performances. This album contains 17 songs and back when it was released on vinyl (remember records?), it was a two- record set. The songs on this album are mostly fun, funky, good times rock and roll with rhythm and blues influences on many songs. The R&B is strongest on songs like "Where did our Love Go" (Cover of the old Supremes hit single), "So Sharp", and others. But the most memorable songs on the album are "Musta Got Lost", a song known for its introductory speech by lead singer Peter Wolf; "Houseparty", and all- out rocker that explodes from start to finish; and "Give it to Me", a funky tune with an R&B groove. This album does expereince an occasional low, and this fact prevents me from rating it higher. I don't care too much for the single "Truck Drivin' Man", with its country roots. "Sno- Cone" and "Back to get Ya" are also forgettable. They are average songs at best and they should have been left off the album.Overall, though, "Blow Your Face Out" delivers as a live CD. The music is mostly fun and energetic. It may not have the all- out, in your face, shake- your- body- every- which- way feeling that made "Full House" so enjoyable, but it's still better than your average live CD and it makes a great addition to any music collection. It's a must for any die- hard J. Geils Band fan!"
MADE LOUD TO BE PLAYED LOUD!
Michael G. King | LOUISVILLE, KY United States | 04/18/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The J. Geils Band is a cross between the sound of The Blues Brothers and George Thorogood & The Destroyers. There's J. Geils's guitars, Danny Klein's bass, Seth Justman's keyboards, Stephen Jo Bladd's percussion, Magic Dick's harps, and Peter Wolf's vocals. Speaking of Peter Wolf, he was a former DJ of the manic variety whos late-night raps found their way into his stage routine. Peter Wolf was a classic rapper, between songs, long before rap went mainstream. Woofuh Goofuh with the green teeth and all you Whammer Jammers out there. A J. Geils Band live show gave new meaning to Don't Stop Until You Drop!Track 1, Southside Shuffle, is an intimate little number with a Wilson Pickett & Eddie Floyd hometown record feel to it.Track 2, Back To Get Ya, is an R&B groove influenced by the sound of The Ohio Players. It's funky!Track 3, Shoot Your Shot, was originally recorded by Jr. Walker & The All Stars in 1967.Track 4, Musta Got Lost, was originally from Geils 1974 album Nightmares. It is preceded by a classic Peter Wolf Woofuh Goofuh rap.Track 5, Where Did Our Love Go, is the classic Supremes (Diana Ross) #1 hit single from 1964.Track 6, Truck Drivin' Man, has been recorded by dozens of country music artists. Peter Wolf was, besides a big blues and R&B fan, a big country music fan.Track 7, Loveitis, is a straight-ahead rocker. Tonsillitis, bursitis, loveitis. Makes sense to me.Tracks 8 & 9, Looking For Love was a Bobby Womack Top 10 R&B hit for The Valentinos that starts off as a slow intro before Geils blasts into (Ain't Nothin' But A) Houseparty.Track 10, So Sharp, was a 1967 song from Dyke & The Blazers. When you need some juice to get loose, you listen to Dyke & Blazers, recommends Peter Wolf.Track 11, Detroit Breakdown, is the classic J. Geils party song.Track 12, Chimes, is sort of a mood song allowing some instrumental stretching for the guys.Track 13, Sno-Cone, is a blues great Albert Collins jungle rhythm instrumental that Geils used to open their shows with back in the early days. It set the tone and let the audience know what was coming.Track 14, Wait, is a lyrically silly little song influenced by Mose Allsion the jazz pianist.Track 15, Raise Your Hand, is an Eddie Knock On Wood Floyd song that represents sort of a roots thing for the band.Track 16, Start All Over, was originally written after this lady, that Peter was very close to, died in a tragic auto accident while the band was on the road. The lyrics changed as time went on, but the chorus was about trying to deal with the end of something and the beginning of something new.Track 17, Give It To Me, was a reggae style song influenced by Bob Marley. It was a big hit until it got banned from the radio. They said the lyrics were too suggestive. That's hard to believe, because a few weeks later, Chuck Berry's "My Ding-A-Ling" came out and didn't get banned. In fact, it went to #1. It might have had something to do with the fact that, at the time, The J. Geils Band were the underdogs who were kicking and scratching and crawling their way to the top.The J. Geils Band - BLOW YOUR FACE OUT . . .. . . MADE LOUD TO PLAY LOUD!"
Incredible party album from an underrated band.
Stephen Caratzas | Brooklyn, New York | 06/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Am I the only person who sees the incredible irony that, sadly, dogged the J. Geils Band?Though they had a few modest hits over the years (like "Give it to Me", which is given a fiery workout on this disc), the band spent most of its career laboring in relative obscurity. That eventually changed, thanks to the more pop-oriented sound they adopted with "Love Stinks", "Angel in the Centerfold" and "Freeze Frame". How then can nonsense like the Blues Brothers be explained? With the same formula the Geils band perfected years earlier - a devotion to classic rhythm and blues - those characters became media icons. In a better world the J. Geils Band would have gotten there first."Blow Your Face Out" is one of those live documents that shows just how good a band can be when, in front of a wild audience, they fire on all cylinders and deliver the goods. Kicking off with "Southside Shuffle", and running through a generous set list of fine originals and reverent covers, the J. Geils Band takes no prisoners on this collection. J. Geils finally got the brass ring (albeit but with much fluffier material), but this disc showcases a band that could shake it without breaking it."
White Boy R&B Proves White Men CAN Jump!
Anthony L. Orant | Palos Hills, Illinois USA | 10/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before there was "Centerfold" and MTV, there was a band from the East Coast that would have given James Brown a run for his money. I was always told that in concert was the only way to experience J.Geils, and this CD totally proves it. From the opening with Peter Wolf screamin "Gimme the key", until the "Stay"-era Bowieish funk stomp closing of "Give It To Me", these guys are on FIRE! This band was a force to be reckoned with. This is good-time party music that was probably at home in every frat house in the 70s, and still sounds great today. Just check out the last song, "Give It To Me", and see if I'm wrong. Organ grinder Seth Justman shines brightly on this set. You won't be disappointed if you like high-energy R&B."