Gotta Get Away . . . .

Posted: October 14, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen to this week’s show here:

Cruising with The Commissioner #28 (13-10-11)

Well, here we all are, heading for the weekend and already too far gone inside the week to turn around . . . . in my case, not at all sure which way is out. But as ever, there’s a big welcome to one and all who have joined this extravaganza of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues . . . . all held together with sticky tape, string and prayer . . . . and called Cruising with The Commissioner.

The signs of autumn are all around, although we haven’t quite let go summer yet . . . . but our grip is getting tenuous and the Xmas publicity is hard to ignore now. But one thing remains reassuringly constant (so far) . . . . . the best endeavours of our musical postman, as well as our ventures to sample the sources of sounds around have extended the Cruising library, ever closer to capacity. This has recast the height and weight of our ‘pending tray’ sufficient to alarm any passing health and safety specialist and cause the deployment of great quantities of yellow and black striped tape in random patterns to confirm the avid pursuit of such regulations.

Well, we didn’t ponder long on where to start on this week’s adventure. We set off with Little Jerry Williams and ‘Hum Baby’ and we continued (without stopping to draw breath) . . . . . intent on feeding your ears enough rocking rhythms to enliven and excite your extremities during the rest of the show. Our journey across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres included Lucky Carmichael and his 1960 recording for the Chicago-based Dillie label, ‘(Waiting On) The Eleven-O-Nine’ (which appears to be one of just four 45s from James “Lucky” Carmichael), and we pulled together some great soul covers of Rolling Stones songs in our ‘Stones Soul Picnic’ feature.

Apart from the rummaging for dusty grooves in the music market, our musical adventures this week have included a gig with The Revolutionaires, a high powered rock and R&B outfit from Newcastle way, with an incredible source of energy throughout their ‘full-tilt’ show. They crammed in a rich variety of blues, swing, jump jive and straight ahead rock numbers and contrasted this with a superb, low key, guitar and vocal, version of Sam Cooke’s ‘Nothing Can Change This Love’. It was pure entertainment from the start and they had the crowd on their feet and still applauding and stomping long after they left the stage. So, I thought I would include Sam’s version in the show.

Amongst our other adventures this week, we had a couple of unexpected treats at the opening of Jamie Oliver’s new restaurant by the Bank of England. As well as savouring the food, Mrs TC got  charmed by visiting Celebrity Chef, Genarro Contaldo, and I got to enjoy the restaurant’s playlist, which included some great Sun Records from Elvis and Carl Perkins, including Carl’s ‘True Love’ . . . . so no surprise that we slipped that into the playlist.

Well, we were going to indulge the Doris Day fans this week with her ‘Teacher’s Pet’, but the ‘pending tray’ toppled over and we couldn’t find it again in time to play it this week, but here’s what we did include in the playlist:

Cruising for fun . . . . .
Hum Baby – Little Jerry Williams
You Can Fly High – Earl King
(Waiting On) The Eleven-O-Nine – Lucky Carmichael
Gotta Lot Of Love In My Soul – Hoodoo Rhythm Devils
You’re Such A sweet Thing – The Marvellos
I Know I Know – Earl Connelly
I’ll Turn To Stone – The Four Tops
That’s When The Tears Start – The Velvettes

Three From Me . . . . with Richard Mann
Mercy – Duffy
Green River – Creedence Clearwater Revival
You Got The Silver – The Rolling Stones

Cruising to a Stones Soul Picnic . . . .
Brown Sugar – Little Richard
Honky Tonk Woman – Albert King
Beast Of Burden – The Holmes Brothers
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Aretha Franklin
It’s All Over Now – Ry Cooder
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Diana Ross & The Supremes
As Tears Go By – Melanie
Gimme Shelter – Angelique Kidjo & Joss Stone
Let’s Spend The Night Together – Tina Turner

Cruising with the crew 
Handful of Aces – Troy Taylor (from the sampler album Let The Big Dog Eat)
Hoy Hoy – Little Johnny Jones (Atlantic)
Shake Shake Senora – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Whole Lotta Shakin’ In My Heart –Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Walk In The Night – Junior Walker & The Allstars
Memphis Hound – Charlie Wood & The Memphis Allstars
(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone – Ray Montrell

Memory Lane . . . . with The Commissioner
Soul Serenade – Beau Dollar & The Coins

Cruising for home . . . .
Nothing Can Change This Love – Sam Cooke
True Love – Carl Perkins
Rocking Little Angel – Ray Smith
My Baby – Chuck Willis

This week we were very pleased to welcome back a previous guest for our ‘Three From Me’ slot. As I may have said before, Richard ran one of the last independent record outlets in the Grand Duchy and a cherished contributor to the Cruising library, whose enthusiasm for the music is always guaranteed. So, we rolled out the Cruising band to play the intro theme and let him loose . . . . and listen to what he brought along this time.

The feedback on last week’s show and the chatroom chatter during this week’s show all seemed positive, but all too soon, the sound of Chuck Willis brought our cruise this week to a fine end. We were certainly successful in reducing the number tracks sitting in the tottering tower in our ‘pending tray’. So, we parked up and joined The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot for a little post-cruise socialising and a little ‘planning’ of some more juicy gems for your future listening pleasure.

My thanks go to you (dear listener) and to Wireless FM for allowing me to play you the music I enjoy. I hope you’ve enjoyed it too and, I hope we can look forward to your company once again for a sumptuous feast of rock, soul and real rhythm and blues when we next 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!

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