Go your own way. . . . .

Posted: July 4, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, it seems to be the time for music festivals, holidays . . . . oh  . . . . and some celebrations across the Atlantic. So, we were very pleased to see the sun come out of hiding and provide a hint of what summers used to be like! Of course, there’s every chance that it will be only a fleeting visit and we will be left to muse over the media management of the ‘silly season’. Here in the Grand Duchy, we’ve already noted ominous predictions of electricity blackouts due to consumption outstripping production, public bodies going bankrupt due to reducing resources, and the legacy of the baby boomers that no-one had planned for. So much for long-term economic planning and prudent governance!!!
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So, it was a good time to get sensible, get positive and get moving! With practiced style and finesse, we rolled out the Cruise Mobile and set about pulling together a cruising playlist that was just soaked in some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. . . . . all ready to take you on our weekly adventure across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres, otherwise known as Cruising with the Commissioner.

Now you’ve been most kind in your feedback on the show and in offering the occasion suggestions for our playlists. There’s a real body of knowledge amongst the Cruising Crew about the music we enjoy and it remains a re-assurance to know you’re out there. Indeed, from time to time, we have called on this rich vein of knowledge to resolve some curiosity or mystery about a song, an artist or something similar and we did it again this week. We played something from an album called Jump & Shout, which is a rather fine collection of obscure R&B tracks from the early 60s and it featured Ramona Parks. We admitted to knowing nothing about Ramona Parks and said we’d be mighty obliged if anyone out there in Cruising Land could enlighten us.

This week, we needed little encouragement (though we can be persuaded to accept more) to enthusiastically launch ourselves into this endeavour, which we kicked off with a fine piece of ‘real’ R&B from Little Mummy and ‘Won’tcha Be My Girl’. Then with breathless brevity we joined The Egyptians with their 1958 Danae 45, ‘Flipping Their Top’ . . . . . and it all went smoothly after that.

Cruising with the wind in our hair . . . . .
Won’tcha Be My Girl – Little Mummy
Flipping Their Top – The Egyptians
What Did I Do – George Hughley & The Cana Rockers      fourth july
Got To Find A Way – Otis Clay
I’ve Gotta Sit Down – Herbert Hunter
Ain’t It Baby – The Miracles
Got To Find A Way – Cajun Hart
Theme From Dixie – Duane Eddy
Up Above My Head (I Hear Music in The Air) – Ruthie Foster
California Dreaming – Bobby Womack
Playin’ With The Strings – Lonnie Johnson

Three From Me  . . . . . with Mrs TC
Reste – Claude Francois
Don’t Believe A Word – Thin Lizzy
Baby, I Love You – The Ramones

Cruising down around the bend . . . .
Why Can’t We Live Together – Nawfel
Sweet Jane – Enrico Ruggeri
Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
Think – Aretha Franklin
Sooth Me – Sam & Dave
Shake A Tail Feather – Ray Charles & The Blues Brothers
Cheatin’ In The Next Room – Z Z Hill
Signed, Sealed & Delivered – The Soul Children
I’m In Love – Benny Spellman
Save The Last Dance For Me – The Heptones
Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Who Knows – Marion Black

Cruising for home . . . .
Go Your Own Way – Sjonni Brink & The Flavors
How Come – Ray La Montagne
Pretty Thing – Bo Diddley
Sugar Babe – Buster Brown
Much Too Much – The Hollywood Flames
Little By Little – Dusty Springfield
Soul Mate – Ramona Parks
Boppin’ With The Blues – Powder Blue

Well, our ‘Girls and Guitars’ feature this week focused on Texas blues guitarist and singer, Ruthie Foster, who has a recording career that started in 1997. But we took a track from her 2011 album ‘Live at Antones’ and played her version of ‘Up Above My Head (I Hear Music In The Air)’. There was more music in the air, when Mrs TC took over Cruise Control (after some protracted negotiations), while Mr Merlot joined me in making a hurried exit to go foraging for vittles as she delivered her latest Three From Me.

Flicking through the TV channels during the week, revealed a repeat showing of the first Blues Brothers film, which is highly rated here at Cruise Control. So, with little encouragement, we took the opportunity to reprise a few of the great musical moments from the film and we could have lifted just so many more, but there will be other occasions!

All too soon, we were running out of time on our cruise. So, we decided to go out in style with a track from The Powder Blue Band, a Canadian R&B band who had great success at home in the late 70s. Now, it may have surprised some, but we arrived back safe and sound from our cruise . . . . and the Cruise Mobile has glided gentle to a stop, we prepared to say our sad farewells for another week. As ever we trusted that there were some ‘goodies’ in our play list that might entice you back next week, when we can call by for you, same time, same place, to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

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

  1. Damon says:

    Good show Commissioner and 3 great tunes from Mrs TC. Great trip . . . love it . . . . Cruising

  2. Lil-Sis says:

    Well TC, good Three From Me from Mrs TC and The Vikster will be pleased with the Blues Brothers tracks :). Please accept my advance apologies for not being able to be in the chat room with you next week. I will be thinking of you whilst I enjoy the sunshine in Malta 🙂 Have a good week.

  3. Vickytoria says:

    Good tracks… particularly old Dusty…. 😀 xxx

  4. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner.

  5. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Have listened to the show. Powder Blue excellent although I thought they were Powder Blues and as I’m in holiday mood I’ll make no mention of Mrs TCs Frog selection !!!


    • Most esteemed Arfa

      The holiday spirit has clearly affected your natural measured outlook on life (as we know it). I enjoyed listening to this week’s selection and I’ve got a CD coming from Canada, so more Powder Blue(s) Band in prospect.

      Have a great time in Cyprus and . . . . have fun!


  6. The Vikster says:

    Something about Boppin’ with the Blues reminds me of Elio Pace…

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