The Morning After
is a near perfect follow-up to the J. Geils Band
's self-titled debut album. It's more of the same winning blend of rocked-out blues, jumped-up soul, and pure rock & roll wildness with enough attitude and energy to get a club full of people from zero to sweaty in less than 60 seconds. Featuring the original versions of songs that became radio staples in their live incarnations ("Looking for a Love," the Magic Dick
showcase "Whammer Jammer"), a batch of covers of rare soul gems ("So Sharp," Don Covay
's "The Usual Place," the aforementioned "Looking for a Love"), and some fine originals (the rip-roaring opener "I Don't Need You No More," the very funky "Gotta Have Your Love," and the heart-rending ballad "Cry One More Time," which was covered memorably by Gram Parsons
), The Morning After
is definite proof that the J. Geils Band
were well on their way to becoming one of the best rock & roll bands of any era.