Much too much . . . .

Posted: September 5, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, the morning mists of Autumn seem to have arrived, signalling a few predictable changes around us (although it’s potential changes elsewhere that look pretty unnerving here). So, there was something reassuringly familiar and inviting as the time came for our weekly opportunity to go Cruising with The Commissioner. Through well ordered planning and efficient application (or sheer luck), when the time came, we found ourselves with a nice pile of records and CDs featuring some great rock, soul and real rhythm and blues.

Cruising #188

For those of a certain age, the sound of John Barry’s ‘Hit & Miss’ will bring back memories of the BBC TV show, Juke Box Jury, chaired by David Jacobs, who sadly passed away this week. There were many charming tributes to him and he will be remembered kindly here at Cruise Control. We also received sad news about Linda Ronstadt who revealed that she has Parkinson’s disease, which has affected her voice and, as a result, she can’t sing anymore. We have enjoyed her singing over many years and included a number of her tracks in our previous playlists and we went back into the Cruising Library to pull out some more to remind us of some of the great stuff in her catalogue.

One of the joys of the summer has been the friendly faces calling by here at Cruise Control and enjoying some relaxing moments catching up on events on the South Terrace. We were cheered by one friendly face who arrived from Oz and our good pal DJ Leyton Rocks took a break from his role as a future movie mogul to bring us another Three From Me . . . . and much enjoyed by all those in the Wireless FM chatroom during the show.

In between all this, we managed to find time to rummage in the Cruising Library for records and CDs that showcase the Immediate record label. We found plenty of examples from the mid to late 60s and once we started, we found there were too many to fit into one show . . . . so there’s another pile ready for a future show too.

Those waiting eagerly for something from Al Bowlly, may have been disappointed that we started our cruise with a couple fine pieces of rock ‘n’ roll . . . . with the sound of Chuck Berry’s ‘Maybellene’ and Eddie Cochran’s ‘Teenage Heaven’ . . . . and more:

Cruising with the top down . . . .                      Tee Shirt - Ride your dreams
Maybellene – Chuck Berry
Teenage Heaven – Eddie Cochran
Kansas City – Little Willie Littlefield
Time Is Tight – Booker T & The MGs
I’ve Just Gotta Tell Somebody – Gloria Lynne
With My Love And What You Got – Jean Wells
Heatwave – Linda Ronstadt
I Can’t Let Go – Linda Ronstadt
Europa – Kumi Adachi
Mercury Boogie – K.C. Douglas
Sucu Sucu – The Skatalites

Three From Me  . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks
Kimble The Nimble – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry
Falling Sugar – The Palace Guard
Girls Of Summer – David Hess

Cruising with Immediate Records
Hang On Sloopy – The McCoys
The Fifth Avenue – The Bells Of Rhymney
Cara-Lin – The Strangeloves
You Can’t Buy My Love – Barbara Lynn
I’m Your Witchdoctor – John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
I Feel So Good – Jo-Anne Kelly
Flapjacks – Stone’s Masonry
Out Of Time – Chris Farlowe
First Cut Is The Deepest – P.P. Arnold
Roll ‘Em Pete – The Dharma Blues Band
Lazy Sunday Afternoon – The Small Faces

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Dynamite – Rip Tide

Cruising for home . . . .
Hit & Miss – John Barry 7 plus 4
157 Riverside Avenue – REO Speedwagon
What Kind Of Man Are You – Genya Ravan
Jumping Jack Flash – Johnny Winter
Run Baby Run – The Newbeats
El Bandido – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Much Too Much – The Hollywood Flames
Big Time Operator – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

This week our girls and guitars feature threw the spotlight on Kumi Adachi from Osaka, Japan. She plays her stratocaster in a variety of styles that reflect the influences of Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and others. Indeed, if you check on You Tube, you’ll see her powerful interpretation of Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’. But, we picked another classic from her 2008 album ‘Winners’ which includes Santana’s ‘Europa’.

We did some zipping across time zones this week, including finding a little scratchy blues from 1949. It was an early homage to the American automobile, titled ‘Mercury Boogie’, written by K.C. Douglas. whilst working in a garage in Oakland, California. He recorded his version in 1949 and it was later renamed “Mercury Blues” and covered by Meat Loaf, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Alan Jackson and David Lindley. But, we found the original recording by K.C. Douglas (featuring harmonica from Sidney Maiden) and we enjoyed playing on the show.

But, even though there was plenty of road ahead and many more records to play, the sands of time eventually ran out for us on this week’s cruising adventure. So, as the Cruise Mobile rolled gently to a stop, we set about collecting up the records and CDs and putting them in those neat little piles that we always promise to file away ‘when we have a moment or two to spare’. If it all goes to plan (you can see that optimism still abounds here), we’ll have sorted most (if not all) of them in time for next week, when we’ll call by for you, same time, same place. In the meantime, why not leave us some feedback and comments here on our website. . . . . but, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC and a good 3 from Leyton Rocks

  2. The Shake says:

    Thanks for a great show. You were on fire tonight Commissioner . . . . cooking on gas!

  3. Lil-Sis says:

    TC, thanks for the good tunes and good company. Catch you next week.

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:


    I daren’t mention John Mayall in the vicinity of Tony ‘Blues Boy’ Barker, because the mere mention of him has caused Tony to pull out great tufts of his hair and beard, which have only just started to grow again after Tony’s recent encounter with JMs dreadful tribute to JB Lenoir track!

    So, I have no intention of mentioning him, as his track was swiftly erased from my mind by the great Miss Kelly. What a voice!

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, one ‘hit’, one ‘miss’ . . . . very ‘in keeping’ with the Juke Box Jury theme for our farewell to David Jacobs. Indeed, with no adverse comment on the rest of the playlist, we obviously struck a winning streak !!!! Maybe you will too, after your radio singing debut . . . . and perhaps a call from Simon Cowell!

      Have fun


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