Never look back . . . .

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #25 (22.09.11)

Well, here in the Grand Duchy the weather has been ‘changeable’, but that has not interrupted a pretty hectic schedule. . . . . with plenty of entertainment, gigs, social encounters and some great records and CDs too. I hope you’ve had a great week and that you are game for another adventure across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres, in the style that is Cruising with The Commissioner.

The ‘pending tray’ has been building ever higher and we have been failing to keep up with the accumulation of great music that deserves to be included in the Cruising playlists. So, this week we decided to work our way through this teetering pile of 45s and albums, before they come toppling down around us. We made some progress, but that pile has been re-graded from red to amber and the hazard warning lights have stopped flashing.

Well, we got the show started with Chuck Dallis and Alvin Red Tyler & The Gyros, which certainly kept the Cruisettes on their feet . . . . and not without some distinct danger to the precarious balance of the pending tray. But, putting together this week’s playlist has reminded me there are some tracks that you just never get tired of hearing again. For me, one of those is Booby Moore and The Rhythm Aces and their Chess recording of ‘Try My Love Again’ . . . . another is Maxine Brown and ‘Oh No Not My Baby’. My excuse for including this number from Maxine Brown is that some weeks ago on Cruising with the Commissioner, when we featured some excellent cover versions of American soul numbers by artists from the UK soul scene, we included Manfred Mann’s version of ‘Oh No Not My Baby’ and I said I would look out the original and it is still a great soul sound to savour . . . . . in my humble opinion.

I do hope that you didn’t miss The Majestic last week with his excellent ‘Three From Me’ slot, because he played a track by Lou Johnson and it reminded me of the many superb songs that he has recorded over the years. Often his recordings have inspired other artist’s versions of these songs and his recording of the Bacharach/David classic, ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’, inspired a very successful cover in the UK by Sandi Shaw. But there’s another version by Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells that we included in the show this week. This comes from her time with Atlantic records in 1966, when she recorded this stunning version of this song. Take a listen to her amazingly powerful voice.

Last week we met up with DJ Wheeliebag at one of his gigs and he suggested playing an early track from Bob Marley, called ‘One cup of coffee’. Indeed it is reputed to be only the 2nd record he ever made, and such is its collectable status that it’s re-appearing lately as a booted single. Well, we included it in this week’s playlist, so that you can hear it for yourself.

On the subject of collectable items, in the Cruising with the Commissioner playlist this week also included Bobby Marchan, who was the vocalist on many of the famous tracks by Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns on Ace records, and there are a couple of very collectable items by him that I may include for your listening pleasure over future weeks.

There’s another track on the playlist with a bit of history . . . . from Johnny Angel. This was the flip side of his 1958 Vin single ‘Teenage Wedding’ and it’s his version of ‘Baby It’s Love’, a song written and recorded in 1955 by Buddy & Bob alias Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery. It seems that Johnny Angel was possibly one of a number of recording names used by Jimmy Lee Fautheree, who was an American rockabilly and country singer, but what a great version he did of ‘Baby It’s Love’.

I particularly enjoy good acappella groups and amongst the gigs this week was a band called The Magnets who put on a sensational London show . . . . . no instruments except their voices, with some great vocals, including powerful bass and beat box vocals as well. We included them in our playlist, along with The Persuasions, who featured with their version of the Sam Cooke song I’ll Keep Running Back. I am grateful to Mr T (who has guested here before on our Three from me slot) because he put me on to The Persuasions and this track is a particular favourite of mine.

A particular ‘thank you’ goes to our first timer on our ‘Three From Me’ this week. This was provided by Lil’ Sis, who took us from sunny surfin’ rock, through to heavy rock . . . . with some stories to go with the soundtrack . . . . and we came out smiling!

So, with due apologies for the glaring omission of George Formby, here’s this week’s playlist:

Cruising for fun
Good Show, But No Go – Chuck Dallis
Jitterbug Boogie – Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings
Try My Love Again – Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces
Oh No Not My Baby – Maxine Brown
Shake A Hand – LaVern Baker & Jackie Wilson
I Wish You Would – Billy ‘Boy’ Arnold
She Likes To Boogie Real Low – Johnny Winter
That’s Me Boy – Memphis Black

Three From Me . . . . with Lil’ Sis
Surfin’ USA – The Beach Boys
Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones
Hush – Deep Purple

Cruising again
One Cup Of Coffee – Bob Marley
Baby It’s Love – Johnny Angel
You Can’t Stop Her – Bobby Marchan
I’ll Keep Running Back – The Persuasions
Living On A Prayer – The Magnets
Happy Feet – Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez
Snake Eyes – Alvin Red Tyler & The Gyros
(There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me – Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells
I’m Gonna Start A war – Barbara & The Browns
Never Make Your Move Too Soon – BB King

Cruising the highway
Never Looking Back – Kenny Wayne Shepherd
On A Saturday – Keith West
Storybook – The Alan Bown Set
I Wanna Meet You – The Cryan Shames
Charlie Brown Got Expelled – Joe Tex & His Classmates

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Cruisin’ 1963 with B. Mitchell Reed, WMCA, New York
Mama Didn’t Lie – Jan Bradley

Cruising for home . . . .
Eyesight To The Blind – Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith & Pinetop Perkins
This Gets To me Baby – Pookie Hudson
Love Machine (Part 2) – The Politicians
I Like It Like That – Don Bryant
Go Home Girl – Arthur Alexander
Brothers album ‘Rainbow Road’
It Ain’t The Meat – The Swallows
Hot Rod Special – Lee Allen & His Band

If you listened to the show last week, you’ll know that we played a tribute to the great Arthur Alexander and I said I would go looking for his own recording of Go Home Girl. Well, we found a copy to play, as well as finding some great instrumentals from The Politicians, Lee Allen and Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez, all of which had the Cruisettes reaching for their dancing shoes.

Casting caution aside in a cavalier manner, we embarked on that daunting diversion down that shady alley that is Memory Lane. This week we went back to New York in 1963, to hear from DJ B. Mitchell Reed, (billed as the fastest tongue in the west) joined New York radio station WMCA. We caught him introducing one of the great soul tracks of the day Jan Bradley’s ‘Mama didn’t lie’.

We celebrated BB King’s birthday and paid our respects on the passing of bluesman Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, with tracks from them both . . . . and we squeezed in plenty of other great tracks before it was time to reach for a pristine white linen hankie and wave you a fond farewell. There was barely time to linger long enough to say . . . . thanks for your good company and thanks to Wireless FM for letting me play my choice of rock, soul and real rhythm & blues here each week. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this week’s cruise and that there’s something to entice you back again next week for another musical adventure, when once again we’ll go Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, don’t miss the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where they’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music that you’ll never forget.

So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. Mandy says:

    At long last I have managed to listen to this week’s show and it was good, particularly the “3 from me”………… but did I detect a couple of tweeting birds in the background 🙂

  2. The Commissioner says:

    Such are the advances in modern technology! Glad to have your company on our cruise.

  3. The Vikster says:

    Continuing in my quest to catch up on all I’ve missed in the last few weeks… I’ve hitched a few lifts and the Cruising convoy is in sight! Especially enjoyed the “3 From Me” this week. Get Lil’ Sis back soon! Other highlights for me included The Magnets, the new Kenny Wayne Shepherd track and Don Bryant.

    • The Commissioner says:

      Glad to hear you’re catching up on the Cruising convoy and the rest of the Cruising Crew will be pleased to have your company. Lil’Sis has become a regular listener to the live show and a lively contributor to the chatroom chatter . . . . I’m sure she’ll need little persuasion to return with another ‘Three From Me’ soon. The Magnets were great on stage and it’s good to know they hit the button with you too.

      Have fun!

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