Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Angel in Blue" by J. Geils Band

Song#:  1034
Date:  05/22/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  40
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Geils' third single from their hit album "Freeze Frame" hit the Top 40 - just barely. It spent a couple of weeks in the #40 position before starting its decent. While not as successful as the previous singles, "Centerfold" (#1 for 6 weeks) and "Freeze-Frame" (#4), it helped extend the life of the album which ended up going platinum.

ReduxReview:  I don't think J. Geils Band were known for their deep lyrical content (members Peter Wolf and Seth Justman wrote or co-wrote most of their songs), but this one by Justman is certainly an exception. It reads like a follow-up to the young woman in "Centerfold." It's a bit grim, but the scope is almost Springsteen-esque and it stands out in their catalog. I don't think it makes a good single, but it certainly is a quality song.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song features a pair of R&B stars. Cissy Houston (Whitney's mother) and Luther Vandross (who was just getting his solo career off the ground) provide backing vocals for this tune.


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