Top Artists – J. Geils Band

J. Geils Band – Bloodshot

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  • A stunning pressing, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last – this copy was rockin’ like no other
  • Credit Bill Szymczyk for the punchy, huge and energetic sound he produced and engineered
  • 4 stars: “The band sounds tighter, meaner, and funkier than on their first two releases… the first Geils album to stake a claim on the major leagues of rock & roll.”

While red vinyl pressings, like this one, sounded great, they are never quiet.

Big bass and lots of energy are essential to this music. In the loudest vocal parts almost all copies — when playing at the good loud levels we prefer — can get a bit harsh. It’s clearly not a problem that Szymczyk is too worried about. One of These Nights and practically any Joe Walsh album have some of it, and of course the badly mastered and badly pressed copies tend to have much too much. (more…)

J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame

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  • Freeze Frame finally makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a surprisingly well produced, well recorded ablum – low-distortion, lively, solid and punchy down low – just what this music needs
  • 4 stars: “Good-time rock & roll remains at the core of the group’s music, but the sound of the record is glossier, shining with synthesizers and big pop hooks.”

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