It’s your move . . . . .

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #77 (04.10.12)

Well, there have been plenty of social events to keep us entertained this week and most enjoyable they were too! So, we’ve been catching up with good pals, getting along to some notable gigs and keeping a welcome for our musical postman. But, we still managed to squeeze in some valuable time listen for more excellent tracks to bring you. So, there’s been much to put us in good spirits and we’re hoping that you’ve been having fun in your corner of the world too.

The turntables have not been idle in preparing this week’s playlist for Cruising with The Commissioner and our search in the dark corners of the Cruising library found a few lost and forgotten gems to share in your good company. The chatroom chatter and the feedback on the Cruising website is encouraging and keeps us on our toes, as well as helping to shape our future playlists. Indeed, it is good to know that the show still manages to capture the interest of the Cruising Crew and the occasional passing listener who might catch the show live or on the website.

We heard the sad news of the passing of legendary UK guitarist, Big Jim Sullivan, this week. So, we are planning a special feature for next week’s show to provide a glimpse of the vast range of notable recordings that have been graced by his guitar work . . . . which means a deal of well informed research and some inspired choices of tracks

Well, the evenings may getting more chilly outside, but we keep the warmest of welcomes for one and all here at Cruise Control. When Thursday night arrived, we had the Cruise Mobile all tuned up and ready to take us across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres, in order to sample some of the very best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. So, we extended an open invitation to sit back and relax in the sumptuous leather seats and enjoy the ride.

Setting the pace for our cruise was the fabulous Little Richard with an excellent slice of 50s R&B on the Specialty label, which was followed by New Orleans group, The Spiders, with another fine sound of the 50s . . . . their Imperial recording of ‘I’m Slippin’ In’. Sadly, there proved to be no time left to fit in anything from Gladys Mills, but don’t let that stop you from adding to the requests we’ve already received, but here’s what we did pack into this week’s playlist:

Cruising for fun . . . . .
Keep A Knockin’ – Little Richard
I’m Slippin’ In – The Spiders
Have Mercy Baby – Buddy Lamp
Wow Wow – Willie Egan
What Can A Man Do – Ben E King
Fever – Helen Shapiro
Do You Saint Tropez – Brigitte Bardot
What Does It Take – Paul Carrack
That’s Alright – Ed Crook
Looking For A Lover – The Patterson Twins
Games People Play – Bettye LaVette
Cat’s Eyes – The Ted Taylor Four

Three From Me . . . . . . with Johnny99
Jump – Aztec Camera
Sail Away – Frankie Miller
Get Out Of Denver – Eddie & The Hot Rods

Cruising in good company . . . . .
From Russia With Love – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters
That Stuff – Supurbia
Mind Excursion – Tradewinds
Friday On My Mind – Earthquake
Hurricane – Bob Dylan
It’s Your Move – Howard Tate
It’s Growing – Margie Johnson
Crossroads – Ry Cooder

Memory Lane . . . . . Lowell Fulson
Talkin’ Woman – Lowell Fulson

Cruising for home . . . .
Into The Night – Santana (featuring Chad Kroeger)
Green Door – Esquerita
Baby What I Mean – The Spiral Staircase
Rescue Me – Dee Dee Warwick
Could It Be – The Chords
Working On Your Heart – Sterling Harrison

The Cruise Control intergalactic communications station has been busy monitoring communications with The Shake, DJ Leyton Rocks, The Vikster, Richard Mann, Arfa Pinetop, The Spinmeister and Joe Duckworth. Meanwhile, a flying visit from Johnny 99 provided us with another selection of his choices for this week’s Three From Me.

Now, this week’s detour down Memory Lane took us back to May of 1969 and an evening venture to London’s famous 100 club in Oxford Street, where the headliner was bluesman, Lowell Fulson. His reputation ensured a packed venue and the heat was soon rising along with the crowd’s enthusiasm. But we didn’t know that this would be made an even more memorable night when BB King sat in with Lowell on stage and together they rocked the 100 Club. A great night indeed.

Last week we missed saying a sad farewell to singer/songwriter Joe South, but he left us a legacy of fine songs, including ‘Games People Play’. . . . and we found an excellent soul interpretation of the song by Bettye LaVette, which we added to the playlist. But, all too soon, we had to bring our cruise to a close, dust down the Cruise Mobile and say our farewells until next week. Of course, we’re cheered by knowing that next Thursday, we can come back and do it all again. So, we’re looking forward to more of your good company then.

We’ve already earmarked some goodies for our next playlist to tantalise your musical taste buds. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. . . . remember to . . . . . have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    A fine show TC. The Bettye Lavette track had me reaching for the CD rack to find ” Nearer to You ” by that lady . . . . a superb disc.

    Cannot say the same for the BB track which had me reaching for the ‘fast forward’!


    • Arfa

      We might just reach out for Bettye LaVette’s “Nearer To You” and play it on another occasion. Perhaps we should be grateful that you were only tempted to play with the ‘fast forward button for the Brigitte Bardot track!!!


  2. The Spinmeister says:


    Another most enjoyable show.

    Thanks for digging around for the Green Door track, sounded very good. But not as good as the fantastic Eddy and the Hot Rods track. Early punk at its very best, before it was consumed by its own need to shock, perform according to type and become almost as pretentious as that it sought to knock over. Thanks to Johnny 99 for the memory!

    Yours, stumbling around in search of the lost apostrophe


  3. Well Spinmeister, I’m glad you enjoyed your cruise and I enthusiastically agree with your comments about punk losing its way. But, we have tracks, like that one from Eddie & the Hot Rods to keep us heading in the right direction.

    Your comment about the lost apostrophe suggests the core of a short film script, based in the British Library, and the search for missing punctuation marks that change the meaning of hitherto highly acclaimed texts!

    Have fun


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