Mobile Fidelity's Hybrid SACD explodes with lively dynamics, realistic tones
Mastered from the original master tapes, limited to 2,000 copies
Features performances by Magic Dick Salwitz on harmonica; vocalist Peter Wolf
The trashed hotel room and communal living depicted on the cover of the J. Geils Band's sophomore album tell you all you need know about the music, spirit, and energy spilling from within The Morning After. Shot through with raw, lean rock n' roll sparked by juke-joint blues and loose rhythms, the 1971 set comes on like the most fun, party-still-raging hangover any group in the 70s enjoyed. And now it rolls with an abandon that takes you inside the sweaty, smoky roadhouses and wall-to-wall-packed clubs the group dominated in its heyday.
Mastered from the original master tapes, and strictly limited to 2,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's Hybrid SACD achieves a sonic acumen that brings you face-to-face with the sextet's white-hot instrumental prowess and magnetic personalities. It's always been difficult to single out just one member of the band given the cohesive bluster the ensemble achieves as a whole, but this collectible audiophile edition allows you to do just that if you so choose, by way of superb imaging and separation. As for the band's trademark dynamics? Here, they feel like they're on the verge of exploding.
1. I Don't Need You No More
2. Whammer Jammer
3. So Sharp
4. The Usual Place
5. Gotta Have Your Love
6. Looking for a Love
7. Gonna Find Me a New Love
8. Cry One More Time
9. Floyd's Hotel
10. It Ain't What You Do (It's How You Do It)