Let it rock . . . .

Posted: July 18, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, we very much hope that all is well in your corner of the universe (and beyond, if you’re picking up FM waves out there somewhere). After many weeks of gentle (and not so gentle) references to the absence of summer, it has arrived turbo charged and even melting some parts of ‘the road to hell’. But, we’re not complaining, merely using the excuse to quaff a few chilled glasses of something good and, if you feel in the mood, we recommend you do the same, while relaxing and enjoying this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner.Cruising #122

While we were resting rather easy here in the Grand Duchy, our sunny days got brighter still, with the arrival of a very cheery DJ Leyton Rocks. He regaled us with stories of his latest adventures as an aspiring movie mogul. We made him sufficiently welcome for him to take position in the executive recliner and adjust the microphone to deliver his latest Three From Me.

So, when Thursday rolled around, we were well prepared . . . . we had the Cruise Mobile ready, with its top down and purring nicely, along with a pile of fine records to ensure a joyous journey and a long list of birthdays to celebrate. So, we called by for the Cruising Crew and whisked them off across musical frontiers, in and out of time zones and jumping genres . . . . and all in the interests of bringing you some of the best in rock soul and real rhythm and blues, starting with TV Slim and ‘Flat Foot Sam Meets Jim Dandy’.

Cruising for the horizon
Flat Foot Sam Meets Jim Dandy – TV Slim
Jumping From Six To Six – Colin James
I Get The Blues When It Rains – Alonzo Stewart
Loud Mouth Lucy – Roy Gaines
Tear For Tear – Gene Chandler
Games People Play – Bettye LaVette
The Spider & the Fly – Kenny Wayne Shepherd & James Cotton
You’re Gonna Need Me – Albert King
Gangster Of Love – Chris Farlowe
Shake Your Hips – Joan Osborne
Summertime Blues – Big Bill Broonzy & His Rhythm Band

Three From Me . . . . . DJ Leyton Rocks                                                         tee-shirt-shimmy
Find Out What’s Happening – Tiffany & The Thoughts
Anniversary Of Love – Ice
Summertime – David Hess

Cruising with friends . . . . .
Don’t Be Misled – Five Day Rain
Kinda Wasted Without You – Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends
Under Your Spell – Bob Dylan
Tumbling Dice – Linda Ronstadt
Mr Spaceman – The Byrds
Coming Into Los Angeles – Arlo Guthrie
Third Finger, Left Hand – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Private Number – William Bell & Judy Clay
Summertime Blues – Dion
Frenzy – Screaming Jay Hawkins
Wham – Lonnie Mack

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Mogambo – Sounds Incorporated

Cruising for home . . . . . .
Nothing I Can Do – Al Hill & The Love Butlers
Rockin’ Robin – Rod Piazza & The Blues Instigators
Shake & Finger Pop – Junior Walker & The All Stars
All Night Worker – Rufus Thomas
What Did I Do Wrong – Paul Flagg
Do I Make Myself Clear – Sugar Pie DiSanto & Etta James
That’s Me Boy – The Memphis Soul Band (ft. Ingfried Hoffman)
Let It Rock – Chuck Berry
To Prove My Love To You – Joe Jones
Do Lord – Jackie Wilson & Linda Hopkins

Bettye Lavette’s was on our giglist this week, as she was in town on her current tour. She did a really soulful set which was dripping with emotion, and she was very well received by the London crowd. She was backed by a really great four-piece band, led by Al Hill, who I remember seeing with her many years ago on one of those late night TV music shows, where he opened up for her with his own number ‘Nothing I Can Do’. So, I was a bit disappointed that he didn’t do the same this time, but we went a-rummaging in the Cruising Library and found that track on the album ‘Willie Mae’ by Al Hill and The Love Butlers . . . . . and I think it was worth it!

Well this week’s Girls & Guitars feature, threw the spotlight on Kentucky born singer/songwriter and guitarist, Joan Osborne, who started recording in the late 80s. Her catalogue ranges across country, rock, soul and R&B, so there’s plenty to choose from. We picked a track from her own 2012 album ‘Bring It On Home’ and her cover of the old Slim Harpo number, ‘Shake Your Hips’ . . . . and we encouraged everyone to do just that!

All too soon our time ran out and we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home. Taking us all the way home was Mr Excitement himself, Jackie Wilson, with Linda Hopkins and their 1963 Brunswick release ‘Do Lord’. Then, as the Cruise Mobile glided effortlessly to a halt, our thoughts were already turning to the juicy gems we might include in next week’s playlist. We very much hope you enjoyed this week’s selection and, if its ok with you, we’ll call by for you once again next week, same time, same place, so we can the pleasure of your company once again to go Cruising with The Commissioner.

So, until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

  1. Auburn Phantom says:

    You have a new convert TC, Faye is enjoying the show.

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Thanks for short big relaxing cruise 🙂

  3. Lil-Sis says:

    Chilled and tanned from my hols. Good to listen in again tonight.

  4. The Shake says:

    Great stuff Commisssioner

  5. The Vikster says:

    Glad I caught up on the start of the show online. Jumping from six to six had me jiving all over the office 🙂

  6. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well where shall I start

    Farlowe yes , Bill Bill oh yes would love to hear him doing my old signature tune “When I’ve been drinking”. Roy Gaines . . . once had an album by him where he was backed by some whiteboys and oh how he didn’t like them to lead. His remarks were all left on the recording . . . “you don’t lead you MF white boy” and more. Oh, if only Russell Profitt was about! Rod Piazza sooper

    My thoughts for Tiffany stick to breakfast, Ice put ’em out in sun , As for David Hess, about as entertaining as his Uncle Rudolf and Five Day Rain did they inspire Wet Wet Wet . . .both very drippy!

    All the best Emp

  7. The Commissioner says:

    Most esteemed Arfa

    Sounds like Chuck Berry gets off clear and free, with Albert King, James Cotton, Al Hill, Joan Osborne and others doubtless grateful to have got through ‘under the radar’. So, a pretty good result! 🙂


    • Arfa Pinetop says:

      Thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the show Emp though Chuck very rarely gets off clear and free especially when he’s popping over the state line with a James Saville castoff !

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