Gotta slow down . . . .

Posted: October 11, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #78 (11.10.12)

Well, this week seems to have passed rather quickly here in the Grand Duchy and Thursday’ Cruising with The Commissioner almost crept up on us by surprise, but we were strangely prepared for it! We’ve had a few welcome distractions from the mundane and have much enjoyed some good gigs and even a London film festival, featuring the first film from our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks . . . . and well received it certainly was! Our musical postman has been doing his worthy duties to bring us some welcome additions to the Cruising Library and he remains ever cheery and enthused when he calls . . . . and it lingers long after he’s gone on his way.

As ever, it was good to have the most excellent company of the Cruising Crew, as we threw caution to the four winds and set off in the Cruise Mobile for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. We made sure there were plenty of juicy gems on the playlist for our musical adventure, as we went across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres, to bring you some of the best in rock soul and real rhythm & blues. As if to prove the point, we kicked off with ‘Mojo Hannah’, a 45 on the Jubilee label from Betty Harris, which we followed up fast with ‘Bring It On Back’, a 1955 single on Spark Records, from Mister Ruffin.

Our Bridgitte Bardot birthday track last week generated a few comments and I’m grateful to Arfa Pinetop for his resultant suggestion, but I had already filed it away by then! So, set your sensors to rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues and check out this week’s playlist:

Cruising for the open spaces
Mojo Hannah – Betty Harris
Bring It On Back – Mister Ruffin
Hold Me Baby – The Chords
Ko Ko Mo – Gene & Eunice
Cruised – Frank Dalton & The Dalton Gang
It’s Your Move – Freddie King
Gotta Slow Down – The Nimmo Brothers
Jump The Joint – Eugene Hideaway Bridges
You Can Love Yourself – Papa George & Micky Moody

Three From Me  . . . . . with The Vikster
Walking On The Sun – Smash Mouth
Liar Liar – Castaways
Going Up The Country – Canned Heat

Cruising with Big Jim Sullivan
Bad Boy – Marty Wilde & The Wildcats
Trambone – The Krew Kats
Summertime – Gene Vincent & The Krew Kats
Stand Up And Say That – The Nashville Five
Out Of Time – Chris Farlowe
Candyman – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
Yeh Yeh – Georgie Fame
Itchycoo Park – The Small Faces
Sunshine Superman – Big Jim Sullivan
Who Do You Love – Green Bullfrog

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
Dimples – John Lee Hooker

Cruising for home  . . . .
Mercy Mercy – Jeff Lynne
All Along The Watchtower – Larry McCray
Leaving Here – Tommy Good
Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Frank Wilson
Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – Gene Pitney
Baby Boy’s In Love – Jimmy Holliday
Angel Of My Life – Richard Berry
Roll Baby Roll – Floyd Dixon & His Band
Blue & Lonesome – Jimmie Lee with Jay Franks & His Rockets of Rhythm

We paid our own tribute to Motown’s Frank Wilson who passed away this past week. He was a long-time record producer and songwriter for Motown records, but for soul fans, his name is most closely linked to a rare demo single that he cut under his own name for Motown in 1965, ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’. Only three copies of the single survived in the Motown archives and one was eventually bootlegged to become a Northern Soul classic. We also said a sad farewell to one of the UK’s legendary guitarists, Big Jim Sullivan. He had a long and distinguished career as group member, a sought after session guitarist and a record producer. So, there’s lots of interesting moments in his story and we provided a few selected highlights in our feature on him this week.

Our gig list this week included the Nimmo Brothers, who were on fine form and provided a sensational gig, where we bumped into Eugene Hideaway Bridges who had just flown in from San Francisco and stopped by to chat to us about his forthcoming album and tour. Another of the acts that we caught live this week was Papa George and Micky Moody, who are well known on the UK blues circuit, but this was a chance to see them together and the crowd let them know it in no uncertain terms just how good they were!

The Vikster stopped by to deliver another Three From Me selection, which celebrated the memory of sunny days and very welcome memories they were too. The response in the chatroom during the show was very positive about her selection too! Our trip down Memory Lane served as a reminder of another work colleague, who proved to have a keen interest in music, which had long gone undetected by yours truly, until it was revealed, rather by accident.

Well, before the sound of the rattling cans signalled the close of our evening of Cruising, we squeezed in a fine piece of R&B from Texan, Floyd Dixon & His Band, ‘Roll Baby Roll’ and finished off with a flourish with a really rare jump blues on Modern Records called ‘Blue & Lonesome’ from Jimmie Lee with Jay Franks & His Rockets of Rhythm. But, all too soon, we had to say our sad farewells and park up the Cruise Mobile until next week, when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until we meet again, remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. Lil-Sis says:

    Another good show as usual TC. Catch up with you again next week.


  2. The Shake says:

    A great Three From Me

    The Shake

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Superb feature on BJS TC a real eye opener and a memory-jerker . . . . Bad Boy being the second record I ever purchased.

    • Thanks for the feedback Arfa.

      The more you know about BJS, the more remarkable his career looks. It was his fuzz box guitar on PJ Proby’s ‘Hold me’, wah wah on Dave Berry’s ‘Crying Game’ and even played on Geoff Love’s version of Rodrigo’s Guitar Concerto.

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