The superb two-disc anthology Houseparty
concentrates on the rousing, full-throttle blues-boogie of their heyday, including a full album's worth of live material (ten songs from their three live albums). The pop success of "Love Stinks" and "Freeze Frame" makes sense in the context of the set, but the songs that cut the deepest are the blues-rock numbers on the first disc and the live songs. Thankfully, the compilers (Trouser Press editor Ira Robbins
and bandmembers Peter Wolf
and Seth Justman
) end Houseparty
with three songs from Sanctuary
, helping secure the image of the J. Geils Band
as one of America's top rock & roll groups.