I was gone . . . . .

Posted: September 20, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #75 (20.09.12)

Well, I hope we find you in good spirits and ready to take another vaguely guided tour of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues that (for want of a more imaginative title) we continue to call, Cruising with The Commission. Here in the Grand Duchy, the world has kept turning and the week has brought some welcome sunny Autumnal days, so we have been out and about and catching up with some friendly faces . . . . and most enjoyable it has been too.

Last week’s visit by Joe Duckworth generated some very positive feedback on his Three From Me selection and we’ll be sure to invite him back, although with some trepidation about what revelations he might make in his commentary next time! Taking the Three From Me seat this week we have the welcome return of Lil-Sis, who took the theme, past, present and future for her musical selection . . . . and very welcome it was too . . . . but then we’re accustomed to a little time travelling here on Cruising with The Commissioner.

Our musical adventure this week found time for another of our special features on UK record labels . . . . this time we focused our attentions on UK Oriole Records. They grew from humble beginnings in the East End of London to become a notable independent label with some chart successes too. They played host to many artists who went on to achieve greater success after early releases on Oriole and the label followed musical trends from ballads, skiffle, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, soul, Merseybeat and psyche rock. Oriole’s studios and record production resources were also widely used by other labels for producing additional copies of their chart successes and some of these are now sought after by the vinyl aficionados. But once we got under way, it became clear that there were just too many tasty treats to fit into one show . . . . so, as you’re guided through Oriole’s story, be aware that there’s more to come!

There are a few interesting ‘finds’ and surprises amongst this week’s playlist, but little comfort for devotees of Ambrose & His Orchestra, who will have to continue their patient scanning of our playlists, as you will see:

Cruising for the city limits . . . . .
Jumpin’ From Six To Six – Jimmy Wilson & His Band
I Was Gone – Eddy Clearwater
Savoy Jump – Jimmy McCracklin & His Blues Blasters
Bom Bom Lulu – Gene & Eunice
You Eat Too Much – Harold Burrage & His Combo
Devil With A Blue Dress – Shorty Long
Hitch Hike To Heartbreak Road – Bobo Mr Soul
Southside Of The Street – The Zombies
Woodstock – America

Three From Me . . . . . with Lil-Sis
A Day In The Life – The Beatles
Flowers In The Rain – The Move
Keep Playin’ That Rock ‘n’ Roll – Edgar Winter’s White Trash

Cruising with Oriole records . . . . .
Freight Train – The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group (featuring Nancy Whiskey) Sittin’ In The Balcony – Johnny Dee
Too Young – Lewis Lymon & The Teenchords
Pony Train – Titus Turner
You Beat Me To The Punch – Mary Wells
Do You Love Me – The Contours
Locking Up My Heart – The Marvelettes
Devil In His Heart – The Donays
I Found A Girl – The Valadiers

Memory Lane . . . . . Lou Martin
Papa Lou’s Boogie Woogie – Blues N Trouble

Cruising for the sunset . . . . .
I Believe In Everything – Matchbox Twenty
Turn, Turn, Turn – The Byrds
Hey Jude – Delroy Wilson
Four Until Late – Robert Johnson
I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me) – Mick Hucknall
Rescue Me – Fontella Bass
Some-A Your Sweet Love – Wayne Cochran
I’ll Be Holding On – Big Al Downing

Well, our playlist included a few tracks that reflected our gig list this week, which included a number of quite outstanding shows. We shared a night out with Nikki & Dave to catch The Zombies in concert on their return from their US tour . . . . and they were on top form, presenting a great show that the crowd clearly didn’t want to end. The Cruisettes came along with me to catch Matchbox Twenty at one of their two UK shows to promote their new album . . . . and a sensational night they gave us too. As if that wasn’t enough, we managed to get late tickets to see Mick Hucknell at the Royal Albert Hall, on his current UK tour, promoting his forthcoming new album ‘American Soul’ . . . . so we played his fine version of Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland’s ‘I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treat Me)’.

This week’s Three From Me came from one of the regular members of the Cruising Crew is Lil-Sis. It’s always good to have her company on our Thursday night romps through the records and there’s never any doubt about the tracks in our playlist that she particularly enjoys. So, it was good to turn the tables on her and let her choose the tracks for herself . . . . and she came up trumps!

Our trip down Memory Lane this week was tinged with sadness, because it marked the passing on my school pal, Lou Martin. We discovered we had similar tastes in music and were both regular listeners to the late Mike Raven R&B Show on Radio 390. We visited one another’s homes to sit around the record player and share favourites and new finds amongst the growing range of artists we discovered. We even formed a little group at school and played a few functions and it was no surprise that, on leaving school, Lou decided that music would be his life and went on to play in UK blues band, Killing Floor, Rory Gallagher’s band, Blues ‘n’ Trouble and played with Texas Bluesman, Freddy King, Chuck Berry, Otis Rush and Albert Collins.

All too soon, the rattling tin cans and the familiar sound of Bill Justis brought our cruise to a close for this week and we had to park up our trusty Cruise Mobile for another week. But, we very much hope that we can entice you back again next week, for even more fun and frolics, when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner.

There are already some very nice tracks lined up for next week’s playlist, so we’re counting on having your good company again and getting your feedback on the website or in emails. But until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. arfa pinetop says:

    Exellent show Emp very impressive Oriole segment. I believe the Spotniks recorded on that label but like most things I’m probably wrong.

    Just as impressive was the piece on your old school chum, I believe Mick Clarke is still playing saw him at the 100 club with JW a few years ago supporting Stan Webb. He was in better form than Mr Webb .


  2. Most esteemed arfa

    On the button . . . . yes, Oriole released loads of singles, EPs and LPs by The Spotnicks, starting with Orange Blossom Special.

    Mick Clarke and Lou Martin, both great musicians. Hear them as a duo on their ‘Happy Home’ CD . . . . great stuff!

    In your travels, keep an eye out for some of the Motown material issued on Oriole, because they’re collectors items now. No scratchy blues on Oriole, as far as I know . . . but I might be wrong!


  3. The Vikster says:

    Finally, a version of Hey Jude I can stand to listen to… just!

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