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Cruising with The Commissioner #102 (28.03.13)

Well, here in the Grand Duchy, we have witnessed the first week of Spring this year and this has brought the return of cold winds and snow. So, we were ever more mindful of the need to offer the warmest of welcomes to one and all, along with a cheery invitation to go Cruising with The Commissioner.
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It has been a busy week for contacts with members of the Cruising Crew, including The Majestic, The Vikster, Lil-Sis, Arfa Pinetop, Johnny Alpha and DJ Wheeliebag.  . . . . and just to demonstrate that we do listen to the feedback on the show, we followed up on something suggested by our good pal Arfa Pinetop and found a little more cajun music from one of the kings of rocking cajun music, Johnny Allan. There was an unusual level of activity at Cruise Control, because Lil-Sis came by to rummage through some of the old 45s boxes and picked out a few cherished memories for our playlist. We offered her the opportunity to take over the microphone here to introduce, but she rather hastily excused herself  . . . . which was a shame, but we still played a few of her choices.

We found time for another Girls & Guitars feature, which demonstrated a distinct change from some of the girls that we’ve played recently, because we turned our attentions to one of the outstanding talents on the British blues scene of the 60s and 70s . . . . Jo-Ann Kelly, who had a voice far bigger than her slight frame might suggest. She established a first class reputation for the rich, deep, tonal quality of her voice and her fluid guitar playing, which was showcased on her live track called ‘Make Me A Pallet’.

Unusually, everything was in place and well ordered to get us motoring through our playlist of some of the best in rock, soul and real rhythm and blues and we set off with ‘Get Rhythm’, a 1956 rockabilly song, written and recorded by Johnny Cash as the B-side of his first Number One hit, ‘I Walk the Line’ . . . . . and keeping my promise, we played the version by Little Richard, which fairly rocked along.

Cruising for the outskirts of town . . . . .                        Tee - I Follow The Majestic
Get Rhythm – Little Richard
I Can’t Go On – Fats Domino
Gonna Send You Back To Georgia – Timmy Shaw
The Promised Land – Johnny Allan
Have Love Will Travel – Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
Tremble – Malcolm Dodds
Baby Baby Baby – Sam Cooke
Go Go Girl – Lee Dorsey
Make Me A Pallet – Jo Ann Kelly
Fattie Fattie – Clancy Eccles

Three From Me . . . . . with The Majestic
I’m Going To Lock My Heart – Jimmy Armstrong
Sooner Or Later – The Four Rivers
A Vacation From Love – Alfred O

Cruising with the wind in our hair . . . . .
Lies – Johnny Sandon & The Remo Four
Don’t Lie To Me – Jeannie & The Big Guys
Mama Didn’t Lie – Jean & The Statesides
Steppin’ Out – Memphis Slim
Black Magic Woman – Larry McCray
Brown Sugar – The Rolling Stones
Third Finger Left Hand – Martha & The Vandellas
You Came, You Saw, You Conquered – The Pearls
Hey There Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman
Time Is Tight – Booker T & The MGS
Caroline – Status Quo

Memory Lane . . . . .with The Commissioner
Swing That Hammer – The Mike Cotton Sound

Cruising for home . . . . .
Common People – William Shatner
Cast Your Fate To The Wind – George Benson
No More Tears – Patti Jerome
Hallelujah I Love Her So – James Hunter
Tipperty Top – The Intelli-Gents
The Same Old Thing – NBRQ
Leave My Kitten Alone – G G Shinn
I Do – J Geils Band
Shake Your Hips – Dollar Bill & His One Man Band

Our Three From Me spot this week was in the hands of our very good pal the Majestic. Now, what we have learnt along the way is that his record collection must be stuffed full of rare and expensive pieces of soulful vinyl. Indeed, he has been most generous on his visits to share with us some really tasty treats and this time was no exception. He came visiting again clutching another handful of sought-after soul singles and excellent listening they were too!

Our doubtful detour down memory lane, took us back to the 1950s and a jazz and R&B musician who hailed from Tottenham in North London. His name was Mike Cotton and he formed his first band in the 50s during the Trad Jazz boom. As musical tastes changed in the 60s, Mike Cotton changed his band’s style to mainstream music and a more soul-based sound, but knowing the preferences of at least one esteemed member of the Cruising Crew, we picked something that was a successful single for Mike Cotton on the UK Columbia label, ‘Swing That Hammer’.

Despite much encouragement from the chatroom chatter, time eventually ran out on us. We took a late decision to include Dollar Bill & His One Man Band with his version of the rather infectious ‘Shake Your Hips’ . . . . . andas we ran out of time, ran out of wine, but certainly did not run out of music, we promised to call by next week same time same place, so once again we can go Cruising with the Commissioner.

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

Get Rhythm . . . .

Posted: March 21, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Cruising with the Commissioner #101 (21.03.13)

 Well, we are never too sure whether it’s curious coincidence or dedicated design that causes you to stop by when we go Cruising with The Commissioner. . . . and we’re very glad you do. We may be deluded, but we like to think that it is because you share our enjoyment of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. So, in anticipation, we powered up the Cruise Mobile, selected some fine choices of music from the Cruising Library and extended the warmest of welcomes to one and all.
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Our adventures this week, included an excellent gig by country rock singer/guitarist, Vince Gill. It was a cracking set and he very ably demonstrated just what a superb guitar player he is . . . . sufficient to win real praise from Eric Clapton and reputedly pursued by Mark Knopfler, at one stage, as a member of Dire Straits.

The executive recliner in Cruise Control was graced this week by our good pal, The Spinmeister, freshly returned from his extended visit to Africa and bringing us some ‘covers’ to suprise and delight us . . . . which he most certainly did!

As regular members of the Cruising Crew will know, every once in a while, we venture into a little feature about particular record labels that have been influential in releasing the music we enjoy here. This week we revisited some unfinished business and featured again the Stateside Record label. The Stateside catalogue is a real treasure trove of excellent music that spanned pop, rock, soul and rhythm and blues. We dipped into the delights of the label, but there’s even more there for another time . . . . . so we will return sometime.

St Patrick’s day came and went and despite a mischievious suggestion from someone who should know better, we decided not to play Val Doonican’s version of ‘Paddy McGinty’s Goat’ . . . . . and we felt all the better for it too! But here’s what we did play:

Cruising for the border . . . . .                                                         tee shirt Spinmeister
She’s A Big Fat Woman – G G Shinn
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman – Lloyd Price
Keep A Knockin’ – Little Richard
You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl – Jerry Lee Lewis
Road Runner – Junior Walker & The Allstars
I Can’t Help Myself – Donnie Elbert
Number One In My Heart – Brenton Wood
Misery – Barrett Strong
Heartbreak (It’s Hurting Me) – Jon Thomas
The Walls Came Tumbling Down – The J Geils Band
Don’t Start Me Talkin’ – The Doobie Brothers
Fun Fun Fun – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Everybody Loves A Lover – Giuliano Palma & The Bluebeaters

Three From Me . . . . . with The Spinmeister
It Ain’t Me Babe – Johnny Cash & June Carter
Stand By Me – John Lennon
All Along The Watchtower – Bryan Ferry

Cruising with Stateside . . . . again
Holy Mackerel – Little Richard
I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying – The Miracles
Sinner Not A Saint – Trini Lopez
The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
A Song Called Soul – Gene Chandler
Ride Your Pony – Lee Dorsey
You’re A Wonderful One – Marvin Gaye
Open The Door To You Heart – Darrel Banks
Along Comes Mary – The Association
Jenny Take A Ride – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

Memory Lane . . . . with the Commissioner
Hey – Barbara Mercer

Cruising for home . . . . .
It’s My Life Baby – Johnny Winter
One More Last Chance – Vince Gill
Get Rhythm – NRBQ
Nothing Can Compare To You – The Velvet Satins
Hold On To My Baby – The Cavaliers
Let Me Know – Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker

Our playlist included samples from some (but not all) of the vinyl albums we bagged on our recent trip through the ‘Garden of England’ and we’ve saved plenty more for future weeks. We also went delving into the old 45s box from way back when, for a few sure shot floor fillers, which brought back a memory or two. But, we kicked off our cruise with G G Shinn and ‘She’s A Big Fat Woman’, which is a track from his 2000 album ‘You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down’, and we got up to full cruising speed with Lloyd Price and ‘Ain’t That Just Like A Woman’.

The chatroom was busy during the show with plenty of banter and alleged evidence of some virtual dancing. Indeed, the Cruisettes are rarely far away when the music starts and they can arrive in Cruise Control at a moments notice to demonstrate how their enthusiastic gyrations and loose grasp of spatial awareness are a very dangerous combination in a confined space!

We’re still finding more eligible contenters for our girls and guitars feature and this week we turned the spotlight on American rock guitarist and singer Joan Jett. She was much inspired in her early years by Suzie Quatro and is probably best known for her work with The Blackhearts and we picked a track from her 1986 album ‘Good Times’, which featured her take on the Beach Boys song ‘ Fun Fun Fun’.

We were so intent on enjoying ourselves at Cruise Control that we barely noticed that time had caught up with us and we found ourselves with but a few moments to park up the Cruise Mobile for another week and set about the task of tidying up. Be assured that the pending tray already has a few gems in it for next week, when once again, we can go Cruising with The Commissioner.

If you’ve enjoyed this week’s selection of rock, soul and real rhythm & blues, then we very much hope we can call by for you next week, same time same place, and once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . until then . . . . have fun!

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Cruising with The Commissioner #100 (14.03.13)

Well, here’s hoping that the past week has been kind to you and that groovy times are upon you. With various people and products claiming to improve our lives in so many ways and for ‘modest’ financial contributions, we decided to whisk you away to enjoy two hours of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues at absolutely no cost.
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Well, it’s been a joy to hear from various of the Cruising Crew this week with feedback on the shows and a few suggestions for our selections. One such came from our good pal Pete Hall with a suggestion for our Girls and Guitars feature. He suggested singer/guitarist Rosie Flores, a familiar face on the Austin, Texas music scene. We eagerly checked through her albums (and there’s plenty of good stuff to choose from), but we chose  ‘Blue Highway’, a track from her 2011 album ‘After the Farm’.

We know only too well that when it comes to the music we like, there are many very knowledgeable folks amongst the Cruising Crew and when it comes soul music, there are always new discoveries and surprises in store for us when our good pal Mr T comes to call with another Three From Me. So, we positioned the executive recliner with precision, scattered the rose petals, as requested, and provided a supply of thrice purified natural spring water, collected by members of an obscure religious sect from the foothills of the andeas and shipped under secure guard. Once the Cruising orchestra struck up and Mr T was taking off!

We kicked off our cruise with one of Crescent City’s best, The Spiders, and their Imperial recording from 1953, ‘Someday Bye & Bye’ and moved smartly to get up to full cruising speed with the Ray Collins Hot Club and their ‘Right Eye’s Jumping’.

We may have not lingered long on the good ship lollipop, but you can check out the rest of our playlist here:

Cruising for the outskirts of town . . . .
Someday Bye & Bye – The Spiders
Right Eye’s Jumping – Ray Collins Hot Club
Cheating Woman – Frankie Ford
(I Know) You Don’t Love Me – Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm
You Went Back On Your Word Little Girl – Clyde McPhatter
Winner Takes It All – Geraldine Hunt
One Wonderful Moment – The Shakers
Prove It To Me – Garnett Mimms & The Enchanters
Let It Bleed – Johnny Winter
Tell The Truth – Bobby Whitlock
Blue Highway – Rosie Flores
Keep On Knocking – Lil Johnson

Three From Me  . . . . . with Mr T
Touching Me – The Ovations
Don’t Touch Me – Bettye Swann
You Put You Touch On Me – The Kelly Brothers

Cruising in good company . . . .
Monkey Man – Toots & The Maytals
Walk Of Life – Charles Mann
Teardrops Will Fall Tonight – John Mellencamp
Uh Huh – Paul Anka
Nature Boy – The Shields
Never Like This Before – William Bell
You Gotta Pay The Price – Gloria Taylor
The Girl’s Alright With Me – The Temptations
Turn It On – Don Covay

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
I Wanna Be Like You – Kenny Ball

Cruising for home . . . .
Sweet Home Chicago – Status Quo
Hide Nor Hair – Herbert Hunter (Leroy Jones)
Next Time You See Me – Little Junior Parker with Bill Harvey’s Band
Pretty Legs – Mike Sanchez & His Band
Ooh Wee Sugar – James ‘Sugarboy’ Crawford
Nothing Shakin’ (But The Leaves On The Trees) – Eddie Fontane
Everytime I Hear That Mellow Saxaphone – The R&B Bombers

Our trip down Memory Lane took us back to the early 60s, which was when the BBC started broadcasting a live Sunday morning music show, called Easy Beat. It was one of the earliest BBC programmes to broadcast pop music and like its contemporary ‘Saturday Club’, it was presented by Brian Matthew and featured many established and up and coming artist and acts, as well as some headliners, like the Beatles. One of the bands who took up residency for a period, was Kenny Ball’s Jazzmen and this memory was jolted from the dusty corners of recall this week by the sad news of the passing of the suave and very talented Kenny Ball himself. He managed to bring some humour, personality and panache with his music. So, we paid a musical tribute to Kenny Ball with his take on the Jungle Book song ‘I Wanna Be Like You’. But the week did have its highlights and one of the moments that made a quantum improvement in our spirits this week was news of the return of the much esteemed Killer Diller Show. It disappeared from the airwaves late last year and this week its host Johnny Alpha confirmed it was back as a website posting. You can find the web link for the new Killer Diller show on the Cruising Website.

All too soon, the familiar scenery told us our cruise was heading for home and the Cruise Mobile finally rolled to a stop for another week.

So, until we meet again to go Cruising with the Commissioner . . . . . have fun!

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Cruising with The Commissioner #99 (07.03.13)

Well, the Cruisettes and I took ourselves off the Paris at the weekend to see The Vikster competing in the Paris semi-marathon . . . . and the girl done good! So, thanks to the various members of the Cruising Crew for their sponsorship for her worthy cause. While we were there, we did some sightseeing and had a wander through the Paris Flea Market, stopping briefly to rummage in the boxes of vinyl for anything of interest. Our hopes were quickly dashed by discovering some rather typical French easy listening stuff and a few well worn 60s albums by would-be French pop stars. So, I’m afraid our interest was fleeting and we brought back nothing, except a hacking cough, which I tried to suppress on Thursday night with further doses of medicinal elixirs.
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But, undaunted, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile and called by to collect the Cruising Crew for another musical adventure that took us across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . all in pursuit of some of the best in rock soul and real rhythm and blues. With little ceremony, we set off on our journey with ‘Don’t Drop’ from the Ray Collins Hot Club, and we headed on down the road in the company of The Vibrations as they were ‘Going Down To New Orleans’.

Our musical postman has been attending to his very important duties this week and he delivered a rather juicy album called ‘The Complete Tri-Phi & Harvey Records’. We picked a track by Eddie Burns which you may have heard if you listen to The Shake on Tuesday night’s Out of Sight Show on Wireless FM. I’m sure other tracks will follow him onto future playlists.

Cruising for the city limits . . . . .
Don’t Drop – Ray Collins Hot Club
Down In New Orleans – The Vibrations
Don’t Let Go – Jerry Lee Lewis
It’s Alright – Solomon Burke
Please Don’t Tell ‘Em – The Blue Dots
Keep On Searching – The Flirtations
Competition Ain’t Nothing – Carl Carlton
Don’t Be Messing With My Bread – Eddie Burns
Tell Me Baby – Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters
Don’t Get Close To Me – Roxanne Potvin
Perpetual Blues Machine – Keb Mo

Three From Me . . . . with Max Quirk
Sweetheart Contract – Magazine
Bite The Hand – ABC
Jet Set Junta – The Monocrome Set

Cruising with friends . . . . .
Springtime – Headstone
Midnite Blues – Charlie Rich
I’m Over You – Jan Bradley
Rudi’s In Love – The Locomotive
If I Get Lucky Someday – Duffy Power
Lucille – Otis Redding
Long Tall Shorty – Tommy Tucker
Move It On Over – The Griffin Brothers
I Wanna Hug Ya, Kiss Ya, Squeeze Ya – Buddy Griffin & Claudia Swann
Jane – The Mighty Sparrow

Memory Lane . . . . . with The Commissioner
Woodchoppers Ball – Ten Years After

Cruising for home . . . . .
Drivers Seat – Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
Love Makes The World Go Round – Kiki Dee
Shoo Be Doo Be (Now That You’re Gone) – Pricilla Page & Rony Darrel
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me – The Miracles
Baby Make You Own Sweet Music – The Fantastics
Seven Days Is Too Long – Chuck Wood
I’ll Always Be With You – Dean & Jean
You Got Me Rolling & Rocking – Roy Milton

In case it has escaped your attention, we’re still turning up some excellent examples for our ‘Girls and Guitars’ feature and we’re very grateful to those amongst the Cruising Crew who have been suggesting some worthy names for our attention. This week we featured Roxanne Potvin, a Canadian blues guitarist and singer who hails from Quebec and has built a reputation at clubs, festivals, and special events across Canada and beyond. We picked out a track from her 2004 album, ‘Careless Loving’, called ‘Don’t Get Close To Me’.

Our venture down Memory Lane revived a moment from 1968 and catching an early gig by Ten Years After. This was all the more poignant by the sad news this week of the passing of Ten Years After frontman Alvin Lee. So, we paid tribute to him with something that was always looked forward to on their gigs . . . . . their breakneck version of Woodchopper’s Ball with some excellent guitarwork from Alvin Lee. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the sad news, because we also lost Bobby Rogers, the founder member of The Miracles. He wrote a number of their hits over the years and penned successful songs for other groups like the Temptations. So we cued up a successful early record for The Miracles and one that features some great vocal interplay between Bobby Rogers and Smokey Robinson ‘You’ve really got a hold on me’.

Well, the rattling tin cans told us all too soon that the sands of time had finally run out and, fortunately, we got back home in time to park up the Cruise Mobile for another week, with the promise of even more rock, soul and real rhythm and blues next week. So, we gave a cherry wave and assured everyone that we’d call by, same time, same place, next week, when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner.

So until then . . . have fun!