The J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame

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Studio album by The J. Geils Band
Released October 26, 1981
Recorded 1980-1981
Studio Long View Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts
Genre New wave, pop rock, art rock
Length 40:56
Label Emi
Producer Seth Justman
The J. Geils Band chronology
Love Stinks
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars
Robert Christgau B+
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars
Rock 82 (favorable)

  "Freeze-Frame" is the 12th studio album by American rock band The J. Geils Band, released in 1981. This was the band's only No. 1 album and their biggest seller. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart in February 1982, and remained at the top for four weeks. The album featured the hit singles "Centrefold" (No. 1 US; No. 3 UK) and "Freeze Frame" (No. 4 US). "Angel in Blue" also reached the US Top 40.

This was the first album where songwriters Peter Wolf and Seth Justman, who provided the band with its original material, did not share credit on every song. Justman wrote or co-wrote all of the album as well as receiving credit as arranger and producer of the material.

The album was remastered in 1993 and reissued on BGO in the UK and was remastered in 2008 for the Japanese market, but has not been remastered in the U.S.

Part of the success of the album can be attributed to the videos that were run constantly on MTV including "Centerfold" and the title track from the album.

Track listing

All songs written by Seth Justman except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Freeze Frame" (Justman, Peter Wolf) – 4:01
  2. "Rage in the Cage" (Justman, Wolf) – 4:56
  3. "Centerfold" – 3:36
  4. "Do You Remember When" (Justman, Wolf) – 4:45
  5. "Insane, Insane Again" – 4:43
Side two
  1. "Flamethrower" – 4:58
  2. "River Blindness" – 6:06
  3. "Angel in Blue" – 4:51
  4. "Piss on the Wall" (Justman, Wolf) – 3:02


The J. Geils Band

  • Peter Wolf - vocals
  • J. Geils - guitar
  • Seth Justman - keyboard, vocals
  • Danny Klein - bass
  • Magic Dick - harmonica, trumpet, chromatic harmonica
  • Stephen Bladd - percussion, drums, backing vocals

Additional musicians

  • Randy Brecker, Tom "Bones" Malone, Lou Marini, George Young, Ronnie Cuber, Alan Rubin – horns
  • Cengiz Yaltkaya - conductor
  • Tawatha Agee, Cissy Houston, Fonzi Thornton, Luther Vandross, Ken Williams – backing vocals


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


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1982 Pop Albums 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

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

The J. Geils Band - Freeze Frame

UK EMI AML 3020 stereo (1981)

Album produced by Seth Justman.

The vinyl record has remained in excellent condition.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The original inner sleeve is excellently presented.

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