Summer rain . . . .

Posted: June 7, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #61 (07.06.12)

Well, I hope you have been enjoying yourself in your corner of the world. Here, in the Grand Duchy, you can certainly tell that the holiday season has started . . . . the sunshine that tempted us into our stylish lightweight threads, has disappeared amidst cloudbursts and torrents of rainwater that reminded us that this could be the wettest drought for years.

Still, we take our pleasures where we find them . . . . and we found them in our acquisitive ventures to some of our favourite record shops. Such joys brightened our days and you can share some of these in the weeks to come. Certainly, the pending tray is resuming its lofty profile and we are keen to bring you more of these juicy gems as we go Cruising with The Commissioner.

You could have been forgiven for believing that someone needed to get some control of things this end and, with breathtaking coincidence, I arrived just in time to take you on this week’s vaguely guided tour across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . all in the interests of bringing you the very best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues. To prove the point, we started off with a cracking piece of R&B from Screaming Jay Hawkins and ‘Mountain Jive’ and we were soon up to speed and motoring for the city limits with the Marcels and ‘Sweet Was The Wine’.

There were a few celebrations during this past week and, if they involved you, we very much hope that you had fun! Of course, the keen eyed diary planners amongst the Cruising Crew will already have spotted that in a couple of weeks our Thursday night cruise will coincide with mid-summer’s day and, exploiting the myriad delights of the available technology, we are planning a virtual Cruising with The Commissioner Mid-Summer Special. Dress code is unrestricted . . . . so long as you are not using Skype . . . . and, this way, you can be assured that all your eating, drinking and socialising preferences are catered for. . . . so you can enjoy the event in your own particular way.

Even now, we are preparing a suitably summery playlist and, if you have some suggestions for summer songs to be included . . . . let us know. Despite some encouragement from fellow Wireless FM DJ, The Shake, we have studiously avoided indulging his hopes for something by Dick Emery, Bernie Winters, or indeed Rolf Harris or Ken Dodd . . . . but here are the tracks that did get into our playlist this week:

Cruising for the border . . . .
Mountains Jive – Screaming Jay Hawkins
Sweet Was The Wine – The Marcels
Pink Cadillac – Sammy Masters
Ain’t I’m A Dog – Ronnie Self
Fannie Brown Got Married – Roy Brown
Be Yourself – The Antennas
I’m Just A Down Home Girl – The Ad Libs
You’re A Wonderful One – Don Bryant
Chains Of Love – J.J. Barnes
You Better Believe Me – Eskew Reeder
Your Way To Tell Me Go – Plastic Penny
Pictures in My Mind – The Churchills

Three From Me . . . . with The Majestic
Summer Rain – Al Wilson
Something You Got – Tyrone Davis
Can’t Forget About You Baby – Jerry Butler

Cruising for fun . . . .
All The Children Sleep – Force West
Girls & Rock Don’t Mix – Thatcher’s Children
I Do – The Marvelows
Take Me To The River – Al Green
What’s Your Name – Mel & Tim
Wrap It Up – The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Never Make Your Move Too Soon – Tom Principato
Must Be The Music – Mighty Sam McClean
Sorrow – The McCoys
Rock & Roll Woman – Jimmy Caravan

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
You Upset Me Baby – B.B. King

Cruising for home . . . . .
The Liquidator – Harry J’s Allstars
Heaven Must Have Sent You – The Elgins
All About Love – Garnet Mimms
Somebody, Somewhere Needs You – Darrell Banks
Too Many Tears – Ike & Tina Turner
Just Walk In My Shoes – The Sweet Inspirations
Slow Motion – Johnny Williams
Don’t Cry No More – Lucky Peterson
I Wanna Know – The Isley Brothers
Tick Tock – The Medallions
That’s What I’m Gonna Do – Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns

The events of the week have included a birthday for Tom Jones and the sad news of the passing of Herb Reed, the last surviving member of the original Platters and it was his bass voice that graced their 400+ recordings, including some later, soul-inspired tracks that we’ve played before on Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . and will again.

Well, our adventurous nature included some uncertain time travel this week on our cruise down Memory Lane, because we went way back in time to the mid 60s, although it we weren’t sure quite when! It certainly involved one of the many visits to Dobell’s Record Shop at 77 Charing Cross Road, which was London’s best-known music shop, back then, specialising in jazz, blues and folk music. It was here that a chance visit revealed some rare and much sought after albums by B B King, and their arrival materially changed the economic circumstances of at least one visitor on that day . . . . but with lasting musical satisfaction!

Of course, musical satisfaction is always guaranteed when we welcome back to Cruising with The Commissioner, that most elegant of guests, The Majestic. He returned with another excellent ‘Three From Me’ selection, but he wasn’t lingering long, as he was quickly on his way back to the myriad delights of his Go Go Club. Still, we  took the opportunity to relax in his good company and enjoy the sounds.

The chatroom had some esteemed contributors for this week’s show and there’s a standing invitation to them all to offer some of their own musical choices for future shows, but all too soon, we found ourselves having to turnabout on our cruise and start heading for home. Despite appearances to the contrary, we do try to keep some semblance of order during our Thursday night revels and so we had to resist the enticements to embark on an unscheduled extension of our musical journey . . . . the Cruisettes and Mr Merlot have a lot to answer for!!!

So, it was (appropriately)’Tick Tock’ from The Medallions and ‘That’s What I’m Gonna Do’ from Arthur Lee Maye and The Crowns that brought us home. But, to soothe you and smooth you, be assured that there are plenty of juicy gems left in the pending tray for another occasion. If that sounds good to you, then I hope we can entice you back next week, when once again we can go Cruising with the Commissioner, and maybe you will suggest some tracks to include in the playlist for our Midsummer’s Special. In the meantime, if your musical taste buds need tantalising before next Thursday, why not join 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 with The Commissioner . . . . . remember to . . . . have fun

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