Thursday, May 14, 2015

"I Do" by J. Geils Band

Song#:  1257
Date:  11/20/1982
Debut:  56
Peak:  24
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  The band hit their commercial peak the previous year with their #1 album "Freeze Frame," which featured the #1 single "Centerfold." For their follow-up, the band decided to release a concert album rather than a studio disc. Known for their live performances, the LP "Showtime!" would be the third live album in their catalog. This first single kicked things off and did pretty well reaching the Top 30. The album would also hit the Top 30 and go gold. However, as sometimes happens in bands creative differences can cause issues and the following year lead vocalist Peter Wolf would call it quits and leave the group for a solo career. The remaining members would continue on for one more album before they all just called it a day.

ReduxReview:  This soul chestnut (see below) gets a rowdy treatment by the band. It certainly sounds fun and was probably far better in person. For a live single (which I typically do not like), it's not too bad. The horns are great and the crowd seemed into it. But I still get that had-to-be-there feeling.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This is the live version of a remake that the band first recorded in 1977. Originally recorded by The Marvelows in 1965, the single hit #37 on the pop chart and #7 at R&B. The J. Geils Band did their own version that appeared on their album "Monkey Island" (which was credited to the single moniker of "Geils"). The song remained part of their live shows and found its way onto "Showtime!"


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