The J. Geils Band The Morning After Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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J. Geils Band The Morning After on Numbered Limited
Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Pressed at RTI!
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Limited to 3,000 Copies: Mobile
Fidelity Numbered-Edition 180g Vinyl LP Explodes with Lively Dynamics, Realistic
Tones, and Gut-Punching Rhythms
Spirited, Blues-Driven Rock n' Roll Comes on Like a Never-Ending Party: J. Geils
Band's The Morning After Features Ace Performances by Harmonica Player Magic
Dick Salwitz and Vocalist Peter Wolf
The trashed hotel room and communal living depicted on the cover of the J. Geils
Band's sophomore album tell you all you need know about the music, spirit, and
energy spilling from within The Morning After. Shot through with raw, lean rock
n' roll sparked by juke-joint blues and loose rhythms, the 1971 set comes on
like the most fun, party-still-raging hangover any group in the 70s enjoyed. And
now it rolls with an abandon that takes you inside the sweaty, smoky roadhouses
and wall-to-wall-packed clubs the group dominated in its heyday.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to
3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP achieves a sonic acumen
that brings you face-to-face with the sextet's white-hot instrumental prowess
and magnetic personalities. It's always been difficult to single out just one
member of the band given the cohesive bluster the ensemble achieves as a whole,
but this collectible audiophile edition allows you to do just that if you so
choose, by way of superb imaging and separation. As for the band's trademark
dynamics? Here, they feel like they're on the verge of exploding.
So go ahead. Twist the volume knob to the right as much as you want. You'll lose
none of the focus, detail, placement, or presence no matter how high the
decibels climb. The Morning After spills forth with previously unheard
tonalities, ranging from the distinctive swells of Seth Justman's slow-burn
organ to the live-wire spark of Geils' own downed-power-line-jumpy guitar work
to the mooring hi-hat/cymbal/snare combinations of arrangement-steadying drummer
Steven Bladd. Friends, this is raw rhythm n' blues, this is how it should feel,
and, man, this is how it should sound.
Not for nothing did the Massachusetts-based collective name the album The
Morning After. The music within doesn't abide by rules, ignores speed limits,
flips the bird at curfews, and digs deep down into America's blues roots to
yield organic material at once fresh, exciting, traditional, and original. The
back-porch punch provided by the combination of "Magic Dick" Salwitz's searing,
melodic, snake-like harmonica and vocalist Peter Wolf's animated, barely
controlled deliveries is alone enough to make anyone with a faint pulse to stomp
their feet, climb atop a kitchen table, and kick their boot heels until the
neighbors call the cops.
Just witness the deceptive smoothness of the snake-like "So Sharp" or Maxwell
Street zest of the aptly titled Magic Dick showcase "Whammer Jammer," which will
leave you gasping for breath before it even ends. J. Geils Band also knew its
way around deep-cut soul. The ensemble's Top 40, howling,
adrenaline-to-the-heart rendition of the Valentinos' "Looking for a Love" and
swirling, romantic take on Don Covay's "The Usual Place" seamlessly balance
drive and emotion. Coupled with rafter-shaking originals such as "Floyd's Hotel"
and the riff-propelled "I Don't Need You No More," sent up with typical Wolf
vocal flair, and the record parks the band's all-night festivities and
go-for-broke attitudes right on your front lawn.
One last word of warning to the uninitiated: The Morning After is not the
slick-pop J. Geils Band of "Centerfold." And that is a very good thing.
• Numbered, Limited Edition - 3000 Copies
• Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
• Pressed at RTI
• Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
• Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
• Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
1. I Don't Need You No More
2. Whammer Jammer
3. So Sharp
4. The Usual Place
5. Gotta Have Your Love
6. Looking For A Love
7. Gonna Find Me A New Love
8. Cry One More Time
9. Floyd's Hotel
10. It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It)