Freeze Frame (The J. Geils Band album)

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Freeze-Frame
J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1981 (1981-10-26)
Recorded1980–1981
StudioLong View Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts
GenreBlues rock, new wave
Length40:56
LabelEMI
ProducerSeth Justman
The J. Geils Band chronology
Love Stinks
(1980)
Freeze-Frame
(1981)
Showtime!
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
Rolling Stone5/5 stars[3]
Rock 82(favorable)[4]

Freeze-Frame is the tenth studio album by American rock band the J. Geils Band, and the last one to feature original vocalist Peter Wolf. The album was released on October 26, 1981, by EMI Records. It reached number one on the United States Billboard 200 album chart in February 1982, and remained at the top for four weeks. The album featured the hit singles "Centerfold" (No. 1 US; No. 3 UK) and "Freeze Frame" (No. 4 US). "Angel in Blue" also reached the US Top 40.

Keyboardist Seth Justman wrote or co-wrote all of the album as well as receiving credit as arranger and producer of the material.

A 2013 Spin article called "Flamethrower" the band's funkiest song and said: "With three avant-gardish anomalies that flirted with harmolodic punk-jazz funk ("Rage in the Cage," "Insane, Insane Again," and "River Blindness") balancing out three slick Top 10 pop hits, 1981's Freeze Frame holds the rare if not impossible distinction of being simultaneously both the J. Geils Band's most blatantly pop and mostly blatantly experimental album."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Seth Justman except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Freeze-Frame"Justman, Peter Wolf4:01
2."Rage in the Cage"Justman, Wolf4:56
3."Centerfold" 3:36
4."Do You Remember When"Justman, Wolf4:45
5."Insane, Insane Again" 4:43
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Flamethrower" 4:58
7."River Blindness" 6:06
8."Angel in Blue" 4:51
9."Piss on the Wall"Justman, Wolf3:02

Personnel[edit]

The J. Geils Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Joe Brescio – mastering
  • Jesse Henderson, Steve Marcantonio – assistant engineers
  • Seth Justman – producer, arrangements
  • David Thoener – engineer, mixing at Record Plant, New York

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[6] 21
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 13
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[8] 11
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 13
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[10] 14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 12
US Billboard 200[13] 1

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1982 "Angel in Blue" Billboard Hot 100[14] 40
1982 "Centerfold"/"Flamethrower" Club Play Singles[15] 12
1982 "Centerfold" Mainstream Rock Tracks[16] 1
1982 "Centerfold" Billboard Hot 100[14] 1
1982 "Flamethrower"/"Freeze Frame" Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks[17] 25
1982 "Flamethrower" Mainstream Rock Tracks[16] 30
1982 "Freeze-Frame" Mainstream Rock Tracks[16] 8
1982 "Freeze-Frame" Billboard Hot 100[14] 4

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Platinum[18] January 11, 1982

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Freeze-Frame". Robert Christgau.
  3. ^ Fricke, David (21 January 1982). "Album Reviews: J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 4 November 2009. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  4. ^ Vesić, Dušan. "Freeze Frame, The J. Geils Band". Rock 82 (in Serbian). Belgrade: NIP Politika (5): 10.
  5. ^ "Inorganic at the Disco: 40 Rock Bands Who Beat Arcade Fire to the Dance Floor". Spin. October 25, 2013. p. 26. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 122. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The J. Geils Band – Freeze-Frame" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The J. Geils Band – Freeze-Frame" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The J. Geils Band – Freeze-Frame" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – The J. Geils Band – Freeze-Frame". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The J. Geils Band – Freeze-Frame". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  13. ^ "The J Geils Band Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  14. ^ a b c "The J. Geils Band Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  15. ^ "The J. Geils Band Chart History: Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  16. ^ a b c "The J. Geils Band Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  17. ^ "The J. Geils Band Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "RIAA searchable certification database: freeze-frame". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 7, 2020.