You’d better move . . . .

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #21 (25.08.11)

Well, there have been plenty of commitments in the social diary this week, with several birthdays coming close together and all for very friendly faces. So, much conviviality was on the agenda with some magic moments that set the scene well for Cruising with The Commissioner. Some gigs also featured in the social schedule this week and we much enjoyed seeing Sam Hare and his band, who did a fine set and demonstrated some first rate musicianship for a small band. We also caught up with James Hunter and his band, who can always be relied on to produce an entertaining show and some great soul and R&B. We included a track from each of them in this week’s playlist and take a listen, especially, to the introduction by James Hunter’s to his track from a live gig in the US.

Cruise Control was pleased to hear from our good pals Richard Mann, The Shake, DJ Leyton Rocks, Mr T and Max Quirk and we discovered
that our musical postman is itching to come and share some of his favourite tracks with us, so listen out for that one. Richard Mann came in to offer us ‘Three From Me’ this week. Richard ran one of the last independent records shops in the Grand Duchy and somewhere that was a source of many items in the Cruising library.

This has been a sad week for the music industry with the passing of Gene McDaniels, Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford. So, we chose a favourite from each of their extensive songbooks to play on Cruising with The Commissioner. Each have left some celebrated moments and a great musical legacy, for which we should be duly grateful.

Hope you enjoyed last week’s ‘cool’ collection . . . . and there were quite a few we didn’t have time to included on the playlist, but we’ll sneak a few in over future weeks. Amongst those favourites that have sneaked into the playlist on a few occasions recently, was Charlie Rich’s version of Big Time Operator, along with Clifford Curry’s original of She Shot A Hole In My Soul. Last time we played them we said we’d put together some of the great UK covers of American soul tracks. . . . . and it seemed timely to do this week . . . . so we did! Whilst there were plenty of UK covers of US soul songs, we tried to keep the quality control cranked fairly high in making our selection. See what you think . . . . . .

Cruising for fun . . . .
You’d Better Move – Bobby Brookes
Yes I Will – June Bateman
I Know Your Love Has Gone Away – The Drapers
All I Need Is Half A Chance – Rosey Jones & The Superiors
Shake A Hand – LaVern Baker
I’ll Give You Everything – Sam Hare
Baby Don’t Do It – James Hunter
Spanish Lace – Gene McDaniels
That’s Rock & Roll – The Coasters
Fine Fine Frame – Thurston Harris

Three from me . . . . . with Richard Mann
Rave On – Buddy Holly
Sweets For My Sweet – The Searchers
Money – The Rolling Stones

Cruising soulfully . . . .
Don’t Come Knocking On My Door – Charlie Rich
Big Time Operator – Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band
She Shot A Hole In My Soul – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Gonna Fix You Good – Alan Bown Set
Ain’t No Big Thing – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
Do Re Mi – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
I Can’t Stand It – The Spencer Davis Group
Mama Said – Dusty Springfield
It’s Alright – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
Open The Door To Your Heart – Chris Farlowe
Oh No Not My Baby – Manfred Mann

Three Cool Tracks . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks
The Beat That Can’t Be Beat – Jan & Arnie
Blast Off – The Monks
Bloodstains On The Wall – Honeyboy

Cruising again . . . .
What You Gonna Do – The Tempests
I’ll Kiss Your Teardrops – The Laddins
Nobody’s Boy – Dick Jordan
She’s Got Plenty Of Love – The Liverpool Five
Chapter 8 – Seashore & Horizon – Cornelius
I’m Your Witchdoctor – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Sea Cruise – Jackie Edwards

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Blue Train – Lord Rockingham’s XI

Cruising for home . . . .
Destination Anywhere – The Marvelettes
Little Sister – Ry Cooder
Knock Knock Rattle – Rex Allen
Hey Eula – Sil Austin
Someday Bye and Bye – The Spiders
Justine – Don & Dewey

Well, our trip down memory lane is an opportunity for a meander through the record recollections. This week The Commissioner traced back a track from 1958 that was probably first heard when Jack Good gave UK TV the show ‘Oh Boy’. On small, grey screens across the UK the show’s teenage audience regularly saw the house band, Lord Rockingham’s XI backing UK and US rock artists. The band included some notable musicians and hit no. 1 with their instrumental ‘Hoots Mon’, with this week’s musical memory, ‘Blue Train’, on the flipside.

We had a new Wireless FM show before Cruising with The Commissioner and if you’re up for some metal, try Back in Black from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday night. DJ Dispossessed completed the first show successfully, despite losing the playlist to the computer gremlins and we managed through a couple of technical problems too while we were on air and came out OK in the end.

Well, the time ran out and too soon we came to the end of our cruise, but if you’ve enjoyed we played, then hopefully we will see you again next Thursday to share in another festival of rock, soul and real R&B. Our thanks go to our guests, Richard Mann and DJ Leyton Rocks for there contributions and to Wireless FM for allowing me to share my choice of musical gems on Cruising with The Commissioner.

If you need a musical ‘fix’ before next Thursday, I recommend you catch the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music you’ll never forget.

So until the next time we go cruising together again . . . have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    Loving the Three Cool Tracks jingle! Great addition to the show. Just trying to catch up on the shows… keep ’em coming!

  2. The Commissioner says:

    Always good to know the show is lifting spirits and tantalising musical taste buds! Looking forward to your return to Cruise Control with some more juicy gems of yours.
    Have fun!

  3. The Vikster says:

    Great version of Sea Cruise too 🙂

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