Heaven on wheels . . . .

Posted: October 18, 2012 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Cruising with The Commissioner #79 (18.10.12)

Well, as the days are getting grey and the evenings are getting darker sooner, we recommended that you don’t look back and don’t look down, but just jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and join the merry throng who are all set to Cruising with The Commissioner. We can offer you the warmest of welcomes and plenty of great rock, soul and real rhythm & blues for you . . . . so what more could you want?

We caught up with a number of friendly faces this week and had some fun along the way. We had a musical adventure to one of my favourite record shops hereabouts and were followed home by some very tasty 45s, some of which we included in this week’ playlist . . . . and others are waiting their turn for future week’s.

As ever, we much appreciate your feedback on the Cruising website and in your emails, so keep in touch and let us know how we’re doing. Occasionally, one of the Cruising Crew drops a big hint about something they think could be added to a future playlist and we try to oblige where we can. So, this week we featured a track from Bettye LaVette, which was suggested by our good pal Arfa Pinetop . . . . . and the song in question was ‘Nearer To You’, which was the flipside of her 1969 chart success on the Silver Fox label called ‘He Made A Woman Out Of Me’.

There were a few birthdays this week which we marked appropriately for Rick Parfitt, Chuck Berry and Tom Petty. I was just too inviting and we couldn’t resist choosing Tom Petty’s ‘Free Fallin’, especially after seeing the live coverage of Austrian daredevil skydiver Felix Baumgartner . . . . . who jumped from 128,000 feet over Roswell, New Mexico setting several world records as he plummeted to Earth at speeds of close to 1,000 feet per minute.

This week’s cruise got off to a flying start with Calvin Boze & his All-stars and their 1950 recording for Aladdin records, called Safronia B . . . . and barely pausing for breath we followed up with something . . . . . very much in the spirit of Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . from Richard Berry & The Lockettes with their 1958 single on Flip records, called ‘Heaven On Wheels’.

Cruising way out there . . . . .
Safronia B – Calvin Boze & His All-Stars
Heaven On Wheels – Richard Berry & The Lockettes
This Is The Night – Buddy Thompson
Hey Bartender – Floyd Dixon & His Band
She Said Yeah – Larry Williams
Ain’t Gonna Tell You – Frank Wilson
Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – Chris Clark
I’m Gonna Love You A Long Time – Patti & The Emblems
Baby I Need Your Lovin’ – The Supremes
Nearer To You – Bettye LaVette
Nothing I Can Do – Al Hill & The Love Butlers
You Can Love Yourself – Keb Mo’

Three From Me . . . . . with Mr. T
I Know – Mojoba
I Don’t Want To Know – Johnny Adams
I Don’t Know Why I Love You – Ollie Nightingale

Cruising with the volume up . . . .
Ice In The Sun – Status Quo
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Diploma For Two – Chuck Berry
It’s A Doggone Crying Shame – Ivory Joe Hunter
I Got Plenty – Sheri Washington
It’s Growing – Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
Wonderous Place – Andy Rose
My Baby – Shiva’s Headband
Got To Have Something – Mark Knopfler

Memory Lane  . . . . . with The Commissioner
Easy Beat – Bert Weedon

Cruising for home . . . . .
Tutta Mia La Citta – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters
Do Anything You Wanna – Eddie & The Hot Rods
I Don’t Need No Doctor – Ray Charles
No Better For Ya – Jo Armstead
I’m On My Way – Barbara Dane
I’ll Never Forget You – The Metros
Starting The Hurt All Over Again – Brenda Holloway
Flaming Mamie – Billy Hambric
Don’t Cut Out On Me – Tender Slim
Boot ‘Em Up – The Du Droppers

It’s always fun when Mr T returns to Cruising with The Commissioner, as he did this week. He arrived all geared up with some excellent soul sides for his Three From Me selection. The Cruisettes were eager to hear what he had to play and they were certainly well rewarded this time. . . . . and we’ve renewed his ‘Access All Areas’ pass so that he can come back again soon.

Our time travel adventure down Memory Lane took us back to the 60s, when the BBC ruled the UK airwaves and ‘popular music’ as it was politely called was severely rationed in the radio schedules. One of the live music shows broadcast by the BBC, was a Sunday morning show called Easy Beat, presented by Brian Matthew . . . . and we had a deep rummage in the Cruising Library to find a 45 on Top Rank records by Bert Weedon, who had written and recorded the theme tune for the show.

We didn’t forget to include some rock violin and this week we’re indebted to our good pal The Spongeman, who recommended a track from the 1970 Capitol album by Shiva’s Headband, called ‘Take Me To The Mountains’. We chose the opening song, ‘My Baby’ and marvelled at Spencer Perskin’s fine fiddle playing.

As time was running out, we realised that there was still a pile of goodies that we hadn’t had time to play. So, we promised to weave them into next week’s playlist, along with some other fine examples of rock, soul and real rhythm & blues. So, be sure to come again next week, when we will look forward to more of your good company and the opportunity to do it all again. We have dusted down the Cruise Mobile and parked it ready for a quick get away for next Thursday’s Cruising with The Commissioner and until then, remember to . . . . have fun!

  1. The Spinmeister says:

    Another good show, Commissioner.

    Thanks for the mention. I really must now go out get some Eddy and Hot Rods (rocks) music; slightly dated, but very evocative!

    Trust all went well in the Stanmore delta

    The Spinmeister

    • Thanks Spinmeister . . . . we’ve been enjoying Eddie too and I can report that I have now completed the first guided tour of the Stanmore Delta . . . . my guide had many a tale of ‘old timers’, some of which could be repeated in polite company.


  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Diegos singing “Goodbye Blackbird Cross ” whatever next? JW suggesting he was the 4th Walker Bruv!

    Pete Hogman harp player on “My Boy Lollipop ” has a new band Hoggie and the Sharptones and a very nice CD entitled ‘Bottlenecks Banjos and Beyond’


    • Arfa

      Well, we enjoyed Giuliano Palma here at Cruise Control, but I sense that the spirit of European Union has not permeated fully into the inner psyche of Stanmore man. By the way, if there were 4 Walker Brothers, when did they drop Annie and what became of her?

      We’ll take a listen to Hoggie & The Sharptones . . . . and who knows what we might play next week . . . . I know I don’t!

      Have fun . . . .


  3. The Vikster says:

    I think my highlight this week was Tutta Mia La Citta – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters. Smile-inducing stuff.

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