The album peaked at #54 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the United States. The tracks "Looking for a Love" and "Serves You Right to Suffer" enjoying considerable radio airplay, thus setting up the breakthrough success of the band's next album, 1973's Bloodshot. The album has been cited as one of the top five live rock'n'roll albums of all time by Walter de Paduwa.
The album's cover depicts a poker hand, but the hand shown is not a "full house" as defined by the rules of the game (this is intentional; the Queen in the poker hand is winking). The title is also a play on words, referring to a packed concert venue or "full house" by concert promoters.
This was the first of three live albums recorded by the J. Geils Band. The others were Blow Your Face Out in 1976 and Showtime! in 1982.
Although living in Boston, the band had always considered Detroit their second home because of their enormous popularity there. Two of their three live albums were recorded in Detroit at various venues. The third live album was recorded in Detroit and Boston.