ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 21, 2002
By Steve Newton
I used to think Peter Wolf was supercool back in the ’70s, when he was fronting Boston-based party rockers the J. Geils band and delivering killer albums like Bloodshot and Live: Full House.
I lost interest in the guy when the J. Geils Band became known for mainstream pop hits like “Freeze Frame” and “Centerfold”.
But I must admit that Wolf has acquitted himself with Sleepless. Among several memorable tracks are the wistful “Hey Jordan”, the R&B stomper “Never Like This Before”, and the rootsy sing-along “Nothing but the Wheel”, featuring an inspired performance by Mick Jagger on vocals and harmonica.
Other notables lending a hand include Keith Richards, Steve Earle, and that trusty blues-harp ace from the J. Geils Band’s glory days, Magic Dick.