I’ll be back in a Cadillac . . . .

Posted: June 24, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with the Commissioner #12 (23-06-11)

Well, there’s been plenty for cruising this week, with all the attendant joys and frustrations of the road, but also the welcome opportunities for catching up with past and present items from the Cruising music library. The miles have rolled by, accompanied by an incredible soundtrack, some of which will, no doubt, pop up on the playlists for Cruising with The Commissioner over the weeks ahead.

Despite the frenetic travelling schedule, there was still time for some excellent socialising with good friends of Cruising with The Commissioner, including DJ Leyton Rocks (who’s back from his visit to the Cannes Film Festival and planning various celluloid sensations with an extended international contact list). His enthusiasm is infectious and he has some great music for us, when he returns to the show soon. Another welcome encounter was with DJ Captain Scarlet (back from another mission to save the world from the threat of boring music). Always entertaining and eager to return with another ‘Three From Me’ soon, so watch for that too!

One of the highlights of the week was a visit to Blues On The Farm, which is now a much-awaited feature on the Cruising Crew’s calendar. The wise staging of the event in an enormous marquee ensured that the changeable weather was not a deterrent for the faithful who turned up in their thousands for this, the 20th year, of this music fest set in the charming environs of Chichester. The artists on the bill and the well-stocked CD tent provided plenty of inspiration for Cruising with The Commissioner, as you will hear in due course.

This week’s ‘Three From Me’ saw the very welcome return of The Vikster, who treated us previously to some fine 50’ and 60’s rock and soul. This time around it was some later rocking blues, and some softer items.

The playlist is filled with items that have been stacking up in ‘pending’ pile and finally got their turn. Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed and Coco Montoya made their re-appearances and got the show off to a lively start. It was a joy to find a slot for Sanne Salomonsen and her exceptional track ‘Where Blue Begins’. This is a superb track and a frequent visitor to the turntables at Cruise Control. ‘Back Seat ’38 Dodge’ from Opus 1 is a very collectable piece of vinyl that once graced the Cruising library and has been recently replaced with a CD version. (No debates please on whether that is ‘progress’, ‘unworthy’ or otherwise).

Since mid-summer crept up on us (in disguise) this week, it seemed timely to put together a summer selection for this show. Opening up with The Artaris’ version of Don Henley’s ‘The Boys Of Summer’ and rolling on through some warm and summery sounds that got fairly recent in a couple of places. Well, here’s the full playlist for the connoisseurs and the curious:

Cruising down the highway . . . .

Take My Love With You – Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The Trueloves

Back In A Cadillac – Coco Montoya

Barefootin’ – The Laurels

Thank You Baby For Loving Me – Soul Brothers Six

Crazy Baby – The Coasters

Who’s That Guy – The Kolettes

Where Blue Begins – Sanne Salomonsen

Back Seat ’38 Dodge – Opus 1

Well Alright! – Little Richard

Three From Me . . . . . with The Vikster

Bones – Joanne Shaw Taylor

Cotton Eye Joe – Nina Simone

A Man Of Constant Sorrow – Bob Dylan

Cruising on into summer . . . .

The Boys Of Summer – the Ataris

Sunshine Day – Jethro Tull

Dancin’ In the Moonlight – King Harvest

Sunshine Superman – Mariano & The Unbelievables

Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba

Summer In the City – Joe Cocker

Summer Lady – Santana

All Summer Long – Kid Rock

Almost Summer – Celebration

Sunshine Girl – Parade

Dancing In the Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner

KLIF Radio DJ Russ ‘The Weird Beard’ Knight presenting

I Need Your Lovin’ – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford

Cruising beyond the blue horizon . . . .

Could This Be Magic – The Dubs

My Cutie Pie – The Five Bells

Let’s Do the Funky Boogaloo (Part 2) – Barry Jones

Every Woman I Know (Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile) – Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson

Neckbones and Gumbo – 24 Pesos

Don’t You Just Know It – Huey ‘Piano’ Smith & The Clowns

Rock My Plimsoul – Jeff Beck (ft Rod Stewart)

I Don’t Want To Go Home – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Further On Up The Road – Lonnie Mack

That’s What You’re Doing To Me – The Dominos

Try to catch Emperor Rosko’s Saturday show on Forest Radio and, if you’re a soul fan,  you should listen in to Larry Grogan’s Friday night Funky16 Corners show on Viva Radio. But on Tuesday nights, there is nowhere better than Wireless FM where you can listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia from 6pm to midnight (GMT).

If you enjoyed this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner playlist, then you can only marvel at our fortitude and endurance after all the travelling this week and the tolerance of Wireless FM in repeatedly allowing me these opportunities to play my choice of music. Hopefully, you’ll join me next Thursday for another festival of rock, soul and real RnB, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

Until the next time we meet, have fun!

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