Watch your step . . . . .

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #34 (24.11.11)

Well, I hope you’ve had a groovy week and can relax with us as we set off on this week’s musical adventure, cruising across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. There’s been a deal of travelling here and a some thoroughly enjoyable encounters with friends and family, which has made it a great time, despite some indifferent weather.

It has been fun pulling together the playlist for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner and we started off in fine style with one of two tracks from Rudy Green.
First up was his first Ember 45 released in 1957 and called “You’re the One For Me” and we followed up with a 45 from 1954 from Clarence Garlow called Route 90 and, if you listen carefully you can hear what may have influenced Chuck Berry’s later hit ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’.

We discovered a copy of The Cookies original of  the Goffin and King song ‘I’m into something good’ which charted for them in 1964 and charted again later that year for Herman’s Hermits too. Our rummaging in the Cruising library also uncovered the classic track from Irma Thomas, ‘It’s raining’, which it certainly has been here in the Grand Duchy just lately. But our spirits have not been dampened, especially because of finding plenty of good stuff to include here.

If you heard last week’s show, you’ll know that we played a track by Doug Sahm and at the time I said there was a version by much celebrated guitarist and singer Mike Bloomfield. Well, we found it and included it in this week’s playlist, not least because there are some Mike Bloomfield fans amongst the Cruising Crew.

Our previous ‘Three From Me’ guest, Richard Mann, played ‘Move It On Over’ by Hank Williams and at the time Richard said there was a rocking version by George Thorogood and The Destroyers. So, we found it, and he was so right, it’s a great track and well worth a play.

Well, our Brit Beat selection left little time for anything from Manuel & His Music Of The Mountains, but here’s what we did get into the playlist:

Cruising for the horizon . . . . . 
You’re The One For Me – Rudy Green
Route 90 – Clarence Garlow
The Gee Gee Walk – Buddy Lucas Orchestra
Sing Me A Love Song – The Glories
I’m Into Something Good – The Cookies
It’s Raining – Irma Thomas
Next Time You See Me – Mike Bloomfield
Move It On Over – George Thorogood & The Destroyers
Three From Me – John Burgess
Absolutely Sweet Marie – Bob Dylan
Don’t Ring Me Up – Protex
Tall Buildings – The Rocking Birds

Cruising with the Brit Beat Set 
Watch Your Step – Adam Faith
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – The Small Faces
Never An Everyday Thing – Granny’s Intentions
Anymore Than I Do – The Attack
Sunshine Help Me – Spooky Tooth
Poor Little Heartbreaker – Timebox
Please Please Me – The Score
King Lonely The Blue – The Emeralds
Um Um Um Um Um Um – Wayne Fontana
My Baby Left Me – Dave Berry 

Cruising with the crew . . . . . 
Take Me Girl I’m Ready – Junior Walker & The Allstars
Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood
Cathy’s Clown – The Ideals
Somebody’s Always Trying – Ted Taylor
That’s All – Al Garris
Anything – Bobby Wilson
I Don’t Want To Cry – Ruby Winters
Come On Up To My Room – The Majors

Memory Lane  . . . . with The Commissioner
The Girls Alright With Me – The Temptations

Cruising for home 
Wild Life – Rudy Green
Walk Ginny Walk – Lenny Johnson
Well Alright – Joe Boots & His Band
It’s In His Kiss – Aretha Franklin
Can I Get A Witness – Marvin Gaye
Oh Little Girl – Dee Clark

Our ‘Three From Me’ slot was a long awaited joy, because we welcomed a new guest, John Burgess, who we’ve been hoping for some time we could entice into Cruise Control. As you will hear, John brought some great tracks with him and some stories from his student days and his later times with various bands, including his current band Superbia.

The chatroom chatter gave us some good feedback on our Brit Beat selection this week and the mental imagery of some of the Cruising Crew dancing around imaginery handbags to some of the soul classics . . . . . well, we take our pleasures where we find them!

Previously, we played Roland Kirk’s version of ‘Take Me Girl I’m Ready’ for Dr Dan Reinstein . . . . and our previous ‘Three From Me’ guest, Lil-Sis suggested we played the Motown version by Junior Walker and The Allstars . . . . so we did and threw in Brenton Wood’s ‘Gimme A Little Sign’ too. We even found time for a couple of much sought after pieces of vinyl from Ted Taylor (Somebody’s Always Trying) and The Ideals (Cathy’s Clown). But, after a thoroughly enjoyable cruise, we headed for home in fine style with Dee Clark and ‘Oh Little Girl’ and then, sadly, it was time to put the music away until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner.

As always, we enjoyed your good company and, if you’ve enjoyed this week’s selection, perhaps you might come back again for our next cruise, when we’ll play some more excellent rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. If you can’t wait until then, why not take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM, where the Spongman, The Shake, Max Quirk and Johnny Alpha will make you an offer you can’t refuse and play you music you’ll never forget.

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

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