Much too much . . . . .

Posted: May 3, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #56 (03.05.12)

Well, we might not have realised it from the recent weather, but here it is May already and the wettest drought I can remember. It may be a bit soggy underfoot, but the scenery is decidedly changing for the better on our cruises. So, let’s extend gracious greetings to one and all from the Grand Duchy, along with the hope that all is well in your corner of the universe. Here we are again, filled up, fired up and ready to lift the veil of some of the juicy gems that we’ve lined up for your aural delights on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

No one can say there haven’t been plenty of activities to occupy our otherwise copious free-time this week. There have been a series of highly enjoyable social events and a few business commitments to weave into the mix too. All of which have been taken at a pace, in our enthusiasm to squeeze in sufficient listening time for the eligible items to include on this week’s playlist. Well, we got there with just a little time to spare. Certain members of the Cruising Crew have been in touch with their contributions for our listening pleasure and very welcome they were too. All in all, there has been plenty of good stuff to listen to lately and it’s always worth keep your ears wide open for the Tuesday Night Mafia on Wireless FM. As regular members of the Cruising Crew know well, we much enjoy Larry Grogan’s Funky 16 Corners show on Viva Radio and The Vikster’s US trip has discovered Little Steven’s Underground Garage hosted by Steven Van Zandt (who is best known as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. His weekly syndicated radio show celebrates garage rock and similar rock sub-genres from the 1950s to the present day and it’s well worth a listen.

Well, we caught up with a number tracks that we’ve been wanting to play for a while on Cruising with The Commissioner and included a belated tribute to Levon Helm. Our good pal Phil Tyler paid a return visit to Cruise Control with his latest Three From Me selection, hot foot from a recording session with his band and teasing us with some tasters of joys to come soon. We even managed to celebrate Duane Eddy’s birthday with a salute to ‘Mr Twang’ in the form of his ‘Some Kinda Earthquake’.

As if that wasn’t enough, we sorted out a couple of real R&B gems to get us in good spirits and motoring well. First up was Jimmy McCracklin with one of his storming classics ‘Everybody Rock’ and followed swiftly by Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson with ‘Uh Huh My Baby’ . . . . and it was good to get them up front for our adventure across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres. But, to sate you casual curiosity, here’s this week’s playlist:

Cruising in good company . . . .
Everybody Rock – Jimmy McCracklin
Billy ‘The Kid’ Emerson – Uh Huh My Baby
Country Girl – The Four Tops
Back To Memphis – Levon Helm
You’ve Got Just What I Need – Jimmy Ricks
Crazy Love – Dick Glasser
Blue Days, Black Nights – Buddy Holly
It’s Not Unusual – Florence Ballard
Where Did Our Love Go – Donnie Elbert

Three From Me . . . . . . Phil Tyler
How High The Moon – Les Paul & Mary Ford
Black Jack – Johnny Winter
Bad Girl – ZZ Top

Cruising to the sunset . . . . 
Twisted – Sandy Nelson
Down In Mexico – The Coasters
I’m Free – Wilmer & The Dukes
The Shape I’m In – The Nimmo Brothers
Honky Tonk Women – Taj Mahal
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Diana Ross & The Supremes
Little Darlin’ – Marvin Gaye
The Girl From The North Country – Walter Trout

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner 
Stop Her On Sight – Edwin Starr

Cruising for home . . . . . 
40 Miles of Bad Road – Duane Eddy
Race With The Devil – Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
She’s Not There – Giuliano Palma & The BlueBeaters
Band of Gold – Freda Payne
Everything’s Tuesday – The Chairman of The Board
Much Too Much – The Hollywood Flames
‘Til Broad Daylight – Buster Smith & His Heatwaves
No Steppin’ Down – Felix Gross & His Orchestra
About That Girl Called Lou – The Cadillacs
The Question (Whatcha Gonna Do) – Mike Sanchez & His Band
You Never Can Tell – Bob Seger
Take My Love With You – Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed & The Trueloves

So, with the adrenaline still pumping and the chatroom boasting some celebrities, we eventually had to turn our trusty Cruise Mobile for home and kept our spirits high with a trio of stomping tracks from Mike Sanchez, Bob Seger and Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed. All of which got us back safe and sound and, hopefully, with the very appealing prospect of enticing you back again next week to share some more rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

My thanks go to you for listening and for your good company, to Phil Tyler for his Three From Me and to Wireless FM for letting us loose each week, as they do.

And remember, if you need some more excellent music, take a listen to the Tuesday Night Mafia here on Wireless FM, where they’ll 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 remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. I found the Memory Lane story particularly sad this week.

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