Archive for August, 2013

Jaywalking . . . . .

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, the preparations for this week’s Cruising with the Commissioner were pretty ‘focused’, because the Cruising entourage has returned with broad smiles from the sojourn across the channel and some splendid days in the Loire Valley. Plenty of good company, great food, excellent wine and some sounds from a two day festival. The Cruise Mobile was laden with booty for the journey back to the Grand Duchy, which will ensure that Mr Merlot and The Cruisettes will be even happier on our Thursday night adventures. As you might expect, our continental cruising was accompanied by a varied playlist and provided an opportunity to check out some albums that just might get sampled on future shows. So, when Thursday rolled around and the sun was shining, we were well placed to extend cheery greetings to one and all.Cruising #82

It seems our feature on the Piccadilly label was well received and this week we decided to trawl through some of the 45s bagged on our recent rambles around the record shops, not least, because the pending tray was getting dangerously overloaded. We had the good company of The Vikster with her latest Three From Me selection and another little glimpse into Johnny Alpha’s rare and exotic record collection with our latest visit to Killer Diller Korner.

So, with squeals from the wheels of the Cruise Mobile, we set off on our cruise with Wynona Carr and one of her late 50s recordings for Specialty records, ‘Finders Keepers’, and with but a few words more, we found ourselves in the company of Eddie Daniels (with Eddie Cochran on guitar) and a fine piece of rockabilly called ‘I Wanna Know’. If that sounds good, we recommend you sit back and relax in the sumptuous comfort of the Cruise Mobile and enjoy the rest of our playlist:

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Finders Keepers – Wynona Carr
I Wanna Know – Eddie Daniels
Have Mercy Baby – Buddy Lamp
‘Til Broad Daylight – Buster Smith & His Heatwaves
I Take What I Want – Sam & Dave
My Life – Joe Jama
She Caught The Katy – Taj Mahal
Yellow Moon – The Debra Farris Band
Bull Doze Blues – Henry Thomas
54 -46 That’s My Number – The Maytals

Three From Me  . . . . . with The Vikster
Leonard Cohen – Big Boy Bloater & The Limits
(I Want To be Your) Sattelite – Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition
Hipslicker – The Hoax

Cruising with friendly faces . . . .
Safronia B – Calvin Boze & His All Stars
Look At That Chick – Johnny Wright
It’s Needless To Say – Bernard Williams & The Original Blue Notes
Hit & Run – Rose Battiste
I Want To Feel I’m Wanted – Frankie Beverly & The Butlers
Your Love Has Got Me Down – The Blenders
Look At What I Almost Missed – Pat Lewis
Dancing In the Street – Martha & The Vandellas
Whispers Getting Louder – Jackie Wilson
Shake A Tail Feather – James & Bobby Purify
Jaywalking – The Upsetters
Don’t Freeze On Me – Jessie Mae

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Much More – Unidades

Cruising for home . . . . .
Where Did Your Love Go – Delroy Wilson
This Little Light Of Mine – The Gospel Dream Choir
Pride Of Man – Quicksilver Messenger Service
Bread – Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Do You Love Me – The Rayons
It’s Growing – Margie Johnson
I’m Into Something Good – Earl Jean
Needle in a Haystack – Tawney Reed
Flaming Mamie – Billy Hambric

For our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature this week, the spotlight fell on Derba Farris, who leads her own Santa Barbara based band, which is well established around California. She’s been recording albums since 1998 and we picked a track, ‘Yellow Moon’, from her 2006 album ‘Gotcha Covered’.

For some scratchy blues, we went in search of the origins of Canned Heat’s ‘Goin’ Up The Country’, which led us to the song “Bull Doze Blues” recorded by Henry Thomas in the late 1920s. We found a copy with Henry Thomas accompanying himself on guitar and quills and enjoyed listening to the original.

Even a malfunctioning chatroom couldn’t dampen our spirits, but all too soon, some familiar faces and places came into view, signalling that we were coming to the end of our cruise. So, as we finished with Billy Hambric’s ‘Flaming Mamie’, we were hoping that there had been plenty in our playlist to tantalise your musical tastebuds. If so, then perhaps you’ll be tempted to join us again next week, when we’ll call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, to take you Cruising with The Commissioner.

In the meantime, why not leave us some feedback and comments, but until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

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Well, the summer is lingering awhile here in the Grand Duchy and we’re making it very welcome . . . . and its providing nearly as warm a welcome as you get when you go Cruising with The Commissioner. Around Cruise Control, it has been a good week for music and social events, with a fair bit of travelling and several birthdays to celebrate (although, sadly, we couldn’t get along to them all). So, as Thursday rolled around, we were hoping that we would also find you thriving and eager for some more of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues. As always, we called by for the Cruising Crew with a cheery invitation to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and join us on our musical adventure as went Cruising with The Commissioner.
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Our gig list this week included Booker T, who was in town promoting his new album ‘Sound The Alarm’. We caught up with him at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in that part of London that never sleeps . . . . and the crowd quickly warmed to his performance and his setlist. Indeed, the failure of the club’s air conditioning system ensured that the whole show proved to be breathtaking. He played some past favourites and several numbers from his new album, which features a number of collaborations with other artists. We chose one of the instrumental tracks on the album, called ‘Fun’, not least because we like a little fun here.

Well, regular members of the Cruising Crew will know that from time to time, when the mood takes us, we present a profile of one of those record labels that has brought us some of the music we like here. This week we decided to do it again . . . . featuring a few rock, soul and R&B releases by the UK Pye Records subsidiary, Piccadilly. The label first appeared in 1959 and became Pye records main outlet for Brit beat groups that provided a new voice for American soul and R&B music. But, to start our cruising off in fine style, we had a famous son of New Orleans (who happened to be a cousin of Dr John), Jerry Byrne, with his 1959 Specialty 45 ‘Carry On’ and more to follow, as you can see:

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Carry On – Jerry Byrne
Rubber Biscuit – The Chips
No Help Wanted – The Crows
Walking Alone – Willie Mitchell & The Four Kings
Can’t Stand It Anymore – Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
Rocket To The Moon – Chris Kenner
What Am I Gonna Do Without You – Chuck Jackson
Fun – Booker T
Get My Hat (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) – Major Lance
Oil & Water – Erja Lyttinen
Trying To Get To You – Gillan
Three From Me  . . . . . . with Joe Duckworth
L.A. Woman – The Doors
Jealousy – The Stereophonics
Goin’ Up The Country – Canned Heat
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Boys – Jeannie & The Big Guys
Parchman Farm – Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers
Daydreaming Of You – The Hellions
I’m A Lover Not A Fighter – Brand
Teenage Letter – The Sorrows
Backstreet – Felder’s Orioles
I Wanna Be Your Everything – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
Que Sera Sera – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Ain’t That Peculiar – The Loving Kind
Wait Just A Minute – Traffic Jam
Invitation – A Band Of Angels
When Love Slips Away – Margo & The Marvettes
Stubborn Kind Of Fellow – The Bystanders

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
I Got The Blues – Della Reese
Cruising for home . . . .
Smiling Phases – Blood Sweat & Tears
Love Her With A Feelin’ – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Fever – Alvin Robinson
Topsy 65 – The Mustangs
Everyday I Have To Cry Some – Steve Alaimo
Hop, Skip & Jump – Anita Tucker
Sweet Sue – Big Joe Turner

Well this past week back in 1969 has become famous now for the Woodstock festival, which had an impressive line up of thirty-two acts, including Blood Sweat & Tears and Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band. So, we took the opportunity to play something by both bands . . . . and we felt so much better for it too!

Our ‘Girls & Guitars’ feature this week focused on Finnish singer and guitarist Erja Lyytinen, who started playing guitar at the age of 15, and who cites Bonnie Raitt amongst her early influences. She was signed to Ruf Records in 2005 and toured Europe and American in subsequent years. We chose her track, ‘Oil & Water’, from her 2012 album ‘Songs For The Road’.

We had to move quickly to track down Joe Duckworth, our Three From Me guest this week, but we cornered him in his palatial property in the stockbroker belt and he took the opportunity to recount the playlists from some early car trips and chose three as a taster.

All too soon, we had to start heading for home and as some familiar places and faces soon started coming into view, we pulled out a 1960 Atlantic 45 from Big Joe Turner, ‘Sweet Sue’, to bring us back safe and sound. As the Cruise Mobile rolled gently to a stop, we braced ourselves to say our sad farewells for another week, but with the hope that you enjoyed our cruising playlist enough to be enticed back again next week. If you do, it should come as no surprise to hear, that we can promise you even more rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot were quick to disappear to organise the after show party, but not before we all gave a cheery wave and an invitation to come back again next week, when we’ll call by, same time, same place . . . . to take you Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then . . . have fun!

Hit the road Jack . . . .

Posted: August 15, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, this week seems to have been pretty significant in past years in terms of musical events. We got the Cruising time machine to take us back to this week in 1967, when the Marine Broadcasting Act came into force and all the UK pirate radio stations closed down, except Radio Caroline. It was a power-blow to those who had enjoyed the wall-to-wall pop music and the specialist DJ shows that came with it, like John Peel, Mike Raven, Emperor Rosko and others. So, we decided to mark the occasion with a few of the tracks that you could have heard on the pirate stations in that last week of broadcasting freedom . . . . and at the start of BBC Radio 1.
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We twiddled the controls of the Cruising time machine to take us across time zones to this day in 1965, which was when The Beatles played in front of 55,600 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City. Sharing the bill with them on that occasion were, Brenda Holloway, The King Curtis Band, The Young Rascals and Sounds Incorporated. By some cunning planning we just happened to have something by each of them lined up for our playlist.

The Cruising time machine also took us back to 1941 for some scratchy blues from Big Joe Williams and “one of the most played, arranged, and rearranged pieces in blues history”, ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’, which included Sonny Boy Williamson on harmonica.

But before we got to any of that, we were inviting one and all to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and join us as we went Cruising with The Commissioner. We set off on our musical adventure in fine style with New Orleans band, The Upsetters, and their  ‘Pigtails & Blue Jeans’, followed fast with another piece of New Orleans, ‘Roberta’, which came with some belated birthday wishes for Frankie Ford.

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Pigtails & Blue Jeans – The Upsetters
Roberta – Frankie Ford
Strange Kind Of Feeling – Sonny Boy Williamson
Hit The Road Jack – The Swing Cats
I Brought It On Myself – Little Richard
Birth Of The Blues – King Curtis
When I’m Gone – Brenda Holloway
Too Many Fish In The Sea – The Young Rascals
I’m Coming Through – Sounds Incorporated
Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
Fight – Joanna Conner
Please Don’t Go – Big Joe Williams
Nothing Takes The Place Of You – The Dualers
Three From Me . . . . . with Arfa Pinetop
Don’t Hang Up – The Dacrons
Down At Poppa Joes – The Tennessee Six Plus Four More
Tell Him – Peggy Gaines

Cruising where we please . . . .
I Can Hear The Grass Grow – Status Quo
Hole In My Shoe – Traffic
My Back Pages – The Byrds
007 – Desmond Dekker & the Aces
Pictures Of Lily – The Who
Flowers In The Rain – The Move
Baby Let’s Play House – The Thunderbirds
Trying To Get To You – The Eagles
One Night – Smiley Lewis
Diddley Daddy – Bo Diddley
I Wish You Would – Billy Boy Arnold
Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Telephone Call From Istambul – Tom Waites

Cruising for home . . . . .
Hipslicker – The Hoax
Fire – Arthur Brown
The Shadow Knows – The Coasters
The Way You Do The Things You Do – Rita Coolidge
My Baby Must Be A Magician – The Sapphires
Come Here Girl – Brenton Wood
Hands Off – Betty Everett
My Love – Hayward Lee
Sugar Sugar – The Cadillacs

Along for the ride this week came the esteemed Arfa Pinetop, who brought us some selected samples of the Girls of Hit Records, with some familiar songs from artists we not have heard before. Our good pal Johnny Alpha returned to his Killer Diller Korner with a mighty fine choice from the catalogue of Tom Waites.

Our girls and guitars feature turned the spotlight on New York born, singer/guitarist, Joanna Conner. After moving to Chicago when she was 22, she began sitting in with Chicago regulars like James Cotton, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. She soaked up the influences, as you can hear in the title track from her 1992 album called ‘Fight’, which happens to be a Luther Allison song.

All too soon, we found ourselves on the home stretch of our cruise and closing our playlist with a song title ‘Sugar Sugar’, not from The Archies, but a much earlier song from The Cadillacs. As the music ended, The Cruisettes and Mr Merlot were off into the distance to organise the after show party, leaving us to give a cheery wave and thank you to all the Cruising Crew, along with the promise to call back next week, same time, same place, when once again we can go Cruising with The Commissioner. So, until then, remember . . . have fun!

I can dig it . . . . .

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

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Just lately, the good weather and the school holidays have clearly had their influence around the Grand Duchy. The roads hereabouts seem to have had an unusual share of motorists cruising with their windows down and their sound systems turned up. So, the art of cruising is still alive and well, even if their choices of music don’t always match the rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues that we like on our playlists.
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The ‘seasoned’ members of the Cruising Crew will know that every once in a while we bring you a little feature on a particular record label that’s been influential in bringing us the music we like here on Cruising with The Commissioner. This week we decided to do it again, with the spotlight falling on that black and silver label that was Stateside records. The label was set up to become EMIs UK outlet for a host of American labels and we took an amble through the Stateside catalogue to bring you a few juicy gems.

Amongst our regular Three From Me guests, we have learnt to expect some excellent choices from our good pal The Majestic. He seems to have brought us, so often, a few surprises and some vinyl rarities. So, we were very pleased when we heard from him again and although he was in the midst of a heavy workload, he generously found time to offer us another selection of groovy grooves. For which we were duly grateful.

Despite the distractions, we were well prepared when Thursday rolled around, with the Cruise Mobile polished and gleaming as we set off on our musical adventure with Chuck Willis and his Atlantic release ‘My Baby’. It all rolled along very nicely and we squeezed in plenty of tasty treats along the way.

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My Baby – Chuck Willis
Over & Over – Bobby Day
I Feel Like A Million – Mamie Bradley
Hot Little Mama – Johnny Guitar Watson
Strange Kind Of Feeling – Big Tiny Kennedy & His Orchestra
Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
My Baby Left Me – Dave Berry
Strange Feeling – Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers
Shuffle – Sass Jorden
Mojo Boogie – J.B. Lenoir

Three From Me  . . . . . with The Majestic
Same Identical Thing – The Gillettes
Forever – The Seminoles
A Thing Called Jealousy – Buddy and Stacey
Cruising again with Stateside Records
Bama Lama Bama Loo – Little Richard
The ‘In Crowd’ – Dobie Gray
Baby Love – The Supremes
He Was Really Saying Something – The Velvelettes
The Cheater – Bob Kuban & The In Men
What’s Wrong With Me Baby – The Invitations
Harlem Nocturne – The Viscounts
Little Girl – The Syndicate Of Sound
Got Love If You Want It – Slim Harpo
Gonna Send You Back To Georgia – James Carr
Earthquake – Bobbi Lynn
Fly Me To Havana – The Grassroots
Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
The Tramp – Lou Gird

Cruising for home . . . .
Maydell – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – The Small Faces
Our Day Will Come – Pat Deville
I Can Dig It – Booker T & The MGs
After Midnight – Maggie Bell
Mama Said – Dusty Springfield
Please Mr Postman – Helen Shapiro
Tell It Like It Is – Eddie Bo
Lorain, Lorain – Eddie Clay
Grab Your Partner & Do You Own Thing – Baby Al & The Capps
Sticks & Stones – Jerry Lee Lewis
Keep It to Yourself  – The Raelettes
Yes, Indeed – The Isley Brothers

Our good pal Johnny Alpha returned from his sojourn overseas with plenty of music to entice us to drop by at his Killer Diller Korner. This week he was recalling a visit to Discos Juandó in trendy Born, where he’d been doing some rummaging amongst the vintage vinyl, under the watchful eye of Marcos Juandó, the owner. We were certainly the beneficiaries this week, with his Lou Gird track.

We let our fingers do a little walking along the shelves of the Cruising Library to put together a trio of tracks from three UK girls, including Dusty Springfield, Maggie Bell and Helen Shapiro. Each featured a rather good cover of a well known American hit and we know they will be well received amongst some of the Cruising Crew.

Our girls and guitars feature this week focused on British born Canadian rock singer songwriter and bass guitarist, Sass Jordan. When you hear her, it’s not surprising that she has played the role of Janis Joplin in the New York show called ‘Love, Janis’. So, we listened to her three albums to find something for our playlist and we were spoilt for choice. But, we settled on one called ‘Shuffle’ from her ‘Get What You Give’ album and hoped you’d enjoy it.

All too soon, we ran out of time before we ran out of music. So we turned the Cruise Mobile for home safe and prepared to say our farewells. Rest assured we’ll have it ready and raring to go next week, when we’ll call by to tempt you to travel with us again same time same place next week. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . have fun!

Get with it . . . .

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

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Well, a very warm welcome to one and all and here’s hoping that we find you in a groovy mood and ready for some good company. Just when we weren’t looking, August crept around the corner to surprise us, but not enough to make us forget the joys of Cruising with The Commissioner. For which, we went rummaging through the dark corners of the Cruising Library and found some treasured tracks to tantalise your inquisitive ears. So, we were ready and eager to roll out the Cruise Mobile, wind the windows down and turn the radio up . . . . all ready to embark on another musical adventure with some of the best is rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues.Cruising #184

The past week has been pretty lively, with some welcome gigs and some enjoyable encounters with friends, who called by at Cruise Control and didn’t miss the opportunity to suggest some choices for our playlists. We heard from our good pals Johnny99, The Majestic and The Spinmeister (who brought us his latest Three From Me selection). One of the joys of the past week was catching Taj Mahal on his UK tour. The gig featured him and trio and it went down well with the audience. He showed some rye humour in his exchanges with the crowd and drew on his considerable catalogue of recordings for his setlist, including ‘Paint My Mailbox Blue’, but we chose to feature another number on the show . . . . his version of ‘At Last (I Found A Love)’.

We celebrated the birthdays of Buddy Guy and Edd ‘Kookie’ Byrnes this week and we said our final farewell to T Model Ford and J J Cale. We saluted them with some tracks of theirs, as well as a couple of covers of J J Cale songs.

But we started it all with some squeals from our wheels, when we got the Cruise Mobile rolling along with the sounds of Artie Lewis and his Oklahoma 45 ‘Supposin’ and with barely a pause, we were motoring on with Pearl Galloway and her 1958 AMP3 release ‘Get With It’. But see what else we brought along:

Cruising in good company . . . .
Supposin’ – Artie Lewis & The Terry Tyler Orchestra  Tee shirt - Dive my car
Get With It – Pearl Galloway
I Ain’t Mad At You – Bobby Merrill
The Shape You Left Me In – Gene Simmons
You Gotta Go – Bobby Hebb
A Little You – Dakota Staton
My Oh My – Billy Floyd
Ooh Baby – Deon Jackson
At Last (I Found A Love) – Taj Mahal
Black Motorcycle Boots – Michelle Malone
Boom Boom Out Go The Lights – Little Walter
Hey Jude – Toots & The Maytals

Three From Me . . . . with The Spinmeister
John The Revelator – Blind Willie Johnson
Travelling Riverside Blues – Robert Johnson
Tomorrow Night – Lonnie Johnson

Cruising for fun . . . . .
Sensitive Kind – Santana
Cajun Moon – J J Cale
After Midnight – Eric Clapton
Sweet Jane – Mott The Hoople
Saturday Night On Sunset Strip – Edd Byrns
Gotta Go Back (And Watch That Little Girl Dance) – Otis Redding
Can’t Sit Down – The Bim Bam Boos
Rockabilly Fever – Carl Perkins
Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash
She’s Mine – Johnny Strickland

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Big Maybelle

Cruising for home . . . . .
To The Left, To The Right – T Model Ford
Show Me The Money – Buddy Guy
Maydell – The Allman Brothers Band
Only When You’re Lonely – The Royalettes
Nothing Takes The Place Of You – William Bell
Prisoner Of Love – James Brown
I’m Pleading Just For You – Larry Birdsong
Little Bit – Bobby Lonero
Hippy Hippy Shake – Chan Romero
The Shape I’m In – Johnny Restivo

Our Girls & Guitars feature this week focused on American singer/songwriter and guitarist Michelle Malone, whose music career has spanned over 20 years, so far. She’s been a member of several bands, including ‘Drag The River’, ‘Band De Soleil and ‘Low Down’. We went to her 2006 album ‘Sugar Foot’ for our sample of her work and we chose ‘Black Motorcycle Boots’.

Now, our musical postman recently delivered a biography of bluesman Little Walter, which reminded us of a little story recounted by the esteemed Arfa Pinetop about Little Walter. But, we said no more, in case the story might feature in a future Three From Me selection. It did send us looking for something from Little Walter’s catalogue and we settled on his 1957 Checker release, ‘Boom Boom Out Go The Lights’.

Well, we certainly clocked up a few miles on our cruise this week, but all good things have to come to and end and time eventually caught up with us. So we turned for home and when we rolled to a stop The Cruisettes were quick off the mark to get ready for the after show party and Mr Merlot was heading off too to ensure things are all as they should be.

So, if you’ve enjoyed our selection of rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues . . . . . then we very much hope that we’ll have some more of your good company next week when we’ll call by in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, all ready to take you Cruising with The Commissioner. If you can’t wait till then, why not check out some of the other radio shows we enjoy, including the Tuesday night mafia here on Wireless FM.

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