Nowhere to run . . . . .

Posted: February 1, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with The Commissioner #94 (31.01.13)

Well, I very much hope that things are well in your corner of the world and that the ‘groovy times’ are upon you, wherever you are. We managed to organise the many other demands on our time, so that we were primed and poised ready for our Thursday night musical extravaganza. The Cruising Crew turned up and looking good and eager to get underway, so we pulled out the pile of tasty treats for our playlist and headed off towards the horizon on this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.

Our musical postman has kept us supplied with some excellent new entries to the Cruising Library and every little helps to tantalise your aural orifices with some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.
Cruising #95
For our Girls & Guitars feature this week, we turned the spotlight on Deborah Coleman who hails from Portsmouth, Virginia and started playing guitar at the age of 8. She has since become a celebrated blues singer and guitarist through her live performances and her recordings and we chose a track from her 2005 album ‘Living On Love’, which shows her singing and guitar playing talents on ‘Memory Lane’.

Our gig list recently included Paul Carrack, whose live show included a song from his time in the mid 70s as front man for the group Ace. He wrote the group’s big hit ‘How Long’ and hearing it, was a reminder of a great version by Bobby Womack. So, we went a-rummaging in the Cruising Library to find it and put into the playlist this week.

We set off on our cruise in the way we like, with something uptempo and guaranteed to get us in a good mood. We picked out Johnny Angel and his 1958 recording on Vin Records of ‘Baby It’s Love’, a fine song that was recorded by Buddy Holly and Bob Montgomery before then. Then, with barely a pulse-beat of a pause, we followed up fast with The Four Tunes and their 1956 Jubilee release called ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Call’. But check out the rest of the playlist here:

Cruising for the horizon . . . . 
Baby It’s Love – Johnny Angel
Rock ‘n’ Roll Call – The Four Tunes
Flat Foot Sam Met Jim Dandy – Oscar ‘TV Slim’ Wills
I Want You – The Cadets
Hey Miss Fanny – The Clovers
Burning Rain – Phillip Goodhand-Tait & The Stormsville Shakers
How Long – Bobby Womack
Just My Imagination – Barry Biggs
Memory Lane – Deborah Coleman
Georgia Rag – Blind Willie McTell

Three From Me . . . . . with The Vikster
Beechwood 45789 – The Marvelettes
Beg Borrow & Steal – Rare Breed
I’ll Come Running – Hell On Wheels

Cruising all along, down along, out along lee . . . .
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love – The Blues Brothers
6345789 – Wilson Pickett
Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
Turn Turn Turn – Cannata
Love Minus Zero – The Leaves
Do You Believe In Magic – The Lovin’ Spoonful
Drivin’ Wheel – Big Twist & the Mellow Fellows
Matchbox – Jonny Lang
Midnight Shift – The Hollies
Nowhere To Run – The Isley Brothers

Memory Lane  . . . . with The Commissioner
Chill Out – Carlos Santana & John Lee Hooker
Cruising for home . . . . 
Turn On Your Lovelight – Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – Doris Troy
Come and See Me (I’m Your Man) – J J Jackson
Jimmy Mack – The James Taylor Quartet
Wonderful World – Otis Redding
Sweet Thing – Billie Kennedy
Almost Grown – Mike Sanchez
Shirley – John Fred & The Playboys
Rubber Biscuit – The Chips

Well, this week we included plenty of opportunities to jump genres and weave in and out of time zones. That was something for those amongst the Cruising Crew who like a little Ska and Reggae with a reworking of the old Temptations number ‘Just My Imagination’ by Barry Biggs an, for the delight of devotees of scratchy records, we went back to 1931 for ‘Georgia Rag’ from Blind Willie McTell.

As ever, we’re always ready to welcome cheery folks with smiling faces and this week we got some more of that when the Vikster came to call. She came breezing in with some musical memories of her recent good will mission to America and a challenge or two. We rose well to the challenge . . . . I think . . . . but you can judge for yourself.

So, our cruise this week certainly covered a good deal of ground and we managed to squeeze in some great rock, soul and real rhythm and blues, but time ran out long before our music did. So, fighting back the emotions, we turned for home and rolled gently to a stop at Cruise Control, all ready to put the records away, and dust down the Cruise Mobile ready for next week. But, there were plenty more juicy gems in the pending tray, so if you’re up for another unpredictable musical adventure in good company, we’ll call by for you next week, same time, same place . . .  and we can do it all over again.

In the meantime, why not check out our website, scribble something on our wall, and take a listen to some of the other radio shows that we much enjoy, including the Tuesday night mafia here on Wireless FM.

So until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . .  have fun!

  1. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Top hole as usual Emp ,especially Blind Willie.

    Just off to avail myself of the excellent postal facilties to send my postcard off to the Vickster’s comp. I wondered if you could just tip me the wink if my answers are on the right lines

    track A Wipe Out , Lou Rawls
    track B Sweets for my Sweet , The 1910 Fruit Gum Company
    track C Busted ,Dolly Parton

  2. Most esteemed Arfa

    Close . . . . but not quite close enough . . . .

    Wipe Out – Erasure
    Sweets For My Sweet – Strawberry Shortcake
    Busted – The Police

  3. Johnny99 says:

    Hi Commissioner,

    Just doing my emails and listening to a recording of the show – that Doris Troy song I know but not by her, great (better) version than the one I remember (but can’t remember who by). Also great to hear Otis’s version of Wonderful World – always my favourite. And Almost Grown – recognise that from the American Graffiti soundtrack album. All great stuff as ever.

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