Monkey Island (album)

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Monkey Island
J. Geils Band - Monkey Island.jpg
Studio album by The J. Geils Band
Released June 9, 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Rock
Length 41:44
Label Atlantic
Producer The J. Geils Band
The J. Geils Band chronology
Blow Your Face Out
Monkey Island
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B+[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) link

Monkey Island is the ninth album by American rock band The J. Geils Band released in 1977.

The album did not perform well in the marketplace, and would be the J. Geils Band's last original album for Atlantic Records after almost eight years with the label. It was, however, the band's first album on which they did not use an outside producer, as well as their first project with recording engineer David Thoener, with whom they later collaborated on their best-selling albums Love Stinks and Freeze Frame.

The album contains the studio version of "I Do," a live recording of which (from the album Showtime!) would be the J. Geils Band's last hit single in 1982.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Wolf and Seth Justman except as noted

  1. "Surrender" – 3:49
  2. "You're the Only One" – 3:05
  3. "I Do" (Melvin Mason, Johnny Paden, Frank Paden, Alfred Smith, Willie Stephenson) – 3:09
  4. "Somebody" – 5:13
  5. "I'm Falling" – 5:41
  6. "Monkey Island" – 9:02
  7. "I'm Not Rough" (Louis Armstrong) – 3:03
  8. "So Good" – 3:19
  9. "Wreckage" – 5:23


Additional personnel


  • Producers: J. Geils Band
  • Engineer: David Thoener
  • Assistant engineers: Jay Krugman, Rod O'Brien, Corky Stasiak
  • Mixing: David Thoener
  • Remastering: George Marino
  • Design: Peter Corriston
  • Photography: Alen MacWeeney


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1977 Pop Albums 51

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1977 "You're The Only One" Pop Singles 83

Later Samples[edit]


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Monkey Island". Robert Christgau.