J. Geils Band / Monkey Island

As I was witness, the J. Geils Band blew away many an ensemble that dared share the bill, including a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame collective. “Ace of Bass” Danny Klein sizzles in-the-pocket on every Geils platter; however I hereby cite the oft neglected Monkey Island (1977) which features such luminaries as Randy and Michael Brecker, Cissy Houston (“Surrender”), Lew Soloff, and Luther Vandross.