Date: September 1968
Venue: New Penelope Club, Montreal, Canada
Quality: Good – Soundboard
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01 – Dust My Broom
02 – Look Over Yonder
03 – Instrumental
04 – You Don’t Love Me
05 – Orange Driver
06 – Something You Got
07 – Smokestack Lightin’ (w/ band intro in middle)
08 – Rock Me Baby
09 – Instrumental
10 – Don’t Start Me Talking
11 – Help Me
12 – Peter Wolf Intro
13 – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright
14 – It Hurts Me Too
15 – Black Night
16 – Funky Broadway (w/ band intro at end)
Info from 1000Dances site: This is the oldest (almost) complete recording we used to know about the J. Geils (Blues) Band. It’s the fine recording but Wolf’s voice suffered from saturation.
This is a club gig set with perhaps other artists (at the very beginning of the recording). It might be John Lee Hooker or Muddy Waters who the guys occasionally sat in with. Possibly, an early recording at The Boston Tea Party Club in Ma.
Two instrumentals are played. Magic Dick sings four tunes (Two in the beginning and two in the middle of the show) and was called ‘Pittsfield Slim’ by Peter Wolf. It was a name that Wolf hung on Magic Dick in the early years Wolf also clearly identifies ‘J.Geils’ as the leader of the band. Peter Wolf also introduces Stephen Jo Bladd as his brother Stephen Wolf and introduces D.K. as their Danny Boy and as Daniel Klein as well. There is no Seth Justman because Seth wasn’t onboard yet, Seth joined in 1969 after continuously pursuing and finally securing a position with the Band.
Peter Wolf never mentions himself as the lead vocalist, but he is easy to identify and he is the lead vocalist here. His vocals have never changed style, pitch or wail, along with his stage antics and joking with the band members, which can be heard here. M.D.’s harp playing is easily identifiable, Jay’s guitar licks of blues are very recognisable and D.K. is, with no doubt, the Bass player. J. and sometimes DK tune their guitar and bass between almost all song. A very early cover of ‘Orange Driver’, a song recorded years later on ‘Hotline’.