The J. Geils Band

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Alongside Beantown brats Aerosmith, J. Geils dished the best second-generation Stones the U.S. had to offer. Heating up 9,000 Germans for Patti Smith, Johnny Winter, and concert tapers Rockpalast in 1979, Peter Wolf's jive dates quicker than Afros and leather, but that year's Sanctuary shucks enough genuine soul to top the quintet's survivalist discography. Six-stringer John Geils and harp attack Magic Dick duel/dual on "One Last Kiss," Seth Justman sanctifies "Teresa" on keys, and closer "First I Look at the Purse" lives up to the original. A CD eschews the DVD mix for coaster sonics.

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