Sounds like movin’ . . . .

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, here in the Grand Duchy it’s been a week crammed with activities, due in no small measure to some long awaited re-construction work around CruiseControl, with all the associated moving, packing and inevitable re-discovery of long forgotten items. We are hanging onto the belief that it will be so much more wonderful when it’s done . . . . . but there have been many moments of doubt !!!!
Cruising #193
So, the prospect of good company and good music brought us to Tuesday night in good spirits and we were pleased to find some familiar faces ready to jump aboard the Cruise Mobile and join us on our musical adventure. This week, our search for some of the best in rock, soul and ‘real’ rhythm and blues was guided, in part, by our gig list, and the Cruise Mobile clocked up some miles this past week, as a result. On the list was a Saturday night with our good pal Max Quirk, where he pulled out some of the good stuff for the crowd and we remembered Edwin Starr’s ‘Agent Double O Soul’ for our playlist. We also got to see the great Albert Lee in the good company of Hogan’s Heroes and we decided to feature them with that old Fats Domino favourite ‘I’m Ready’.

This week, Johnny Alpha’s ‘Killer Diller Korner’ selection brought us a real soul gem from Betty Harris and we delved into the Cruising Library for a selection of our own from a 70’s double CBS sampler album called ‘Rock Buster’ . . . . and it was jammed with superb tracks and artists. But, we started our cruise with Jackie Wilson and his Brunswick 45 ‘Shake Shake Shake’  . . . . and the rest is laid out for your listening pleasure, as always:

Cruising for the country . . . . . .
Shake Shake Shake – Jackie Wilson
Monkey’s Uncle – Ray Sharpe
Sounds Like Movin’ – Sounds Incorporated     Tee shirt - sounds good
Boo-Ga-Loo Sue – Lattimore Brown
Wild Wild Young Men – Ruth Brown
I Wanna Be Loved – Ricky Nelson
Mellow Moonlight – Leon Haywood
I’ll Do A Little Bit More – The Olympics
Respect – Jennifer Batten
Shake ‘Em On Down – Doctor Ross
Money In My Pocket – Dennis Brown

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha   
Mean Man – Betty Harris

Cruising with the crew . . . .
Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
She’s The One – The Chartbusters
Time Will Tell – Chris Youlden
Guess I’ll Go Away – Johnny Winter
An Awful Lot Of Woman – Skid Row
Something’s Coming On – Blood Sweat & Tears
Agent Double O Soul – Edwin Starr
I’m Ready – Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes
Don’t Lie To me – Chuck Berry
Elijah Rock – Jean Shy
Baby Boy’s In Love – Jimmy Holliday
Check Yourself Baby – Tony Allen & The Chimes
About That Girl Called Lou – The Cadillacs
Knock Knock Rattle – The Barnshakers
Vip A Dip – The Mint Juleps

Well, just in case you didn’t know, Chuck Berry was celebrating his 87th birthday this week and it happened that in our radical tidying up here this week, we came across the programme and flyer for a package show, billed as Chuck Berry’s first appearance in the UK, and your’s truly was there . . . . a good enough excuse to play something by the ‘duck walk’ man.

This time around, our Girls and Guitars feature focused on American rock guitarist, Jennifer Batten. She began to play guitar at the age of 8 when she got her first electric guitar. As she developed her guitar skills and her reputation as a  session musician and solo artist, she went on to work with Michael Jackson and as a member of Jeff Beck’s Group. We chose a track from her 1992 debut album, ‘Above Below & Beyond’ and her take on the classic soul song, ‘Respect’.

We also found time for some scratchy blues from Mississippi born one man band, Doctor Ross.  He was one of the truly original personalities on the postwar blues scene. He produced some of the most hypnotic boogie rhythms from the Mississippi Delta, including our choice, ‘Shake ‘Em On Down’.

All too soon, we noticed the sands of time are running out for us and we had to turn the Cruise Mobile for home. But we cruised on home with some fine company and the sound of The Mint Juleps, with their 1956 Herald recording of ‘Vip A Dip’.

If there were plenty of tracks to your liking, then perhaps we can entice you back again next week, when we’ll call by, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you, to go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, remember . . . . have fun!

  1. Mumbles says:

    Nice show . . . . been listening in bed

  2. Damon says:

    Good show Commish

  3. The Shake says:

    Spot-on show Commissioner!

  4. Vickytoriaworld says:

    Good show Commissioner… i love the style of music you play.. and its nice to hear songs i have never heard before… as i tend to listen to my itunes and the same things over again… seen as we now have no music shop that i can browse.. :/

  5. Lil-Sis says:

    Listening to Cruising Radio whilst on a boring bus ride home from work . . . . foot tapping all the way.

  6. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Good stuff Emp

    Dr Ross the ‘harmonica boss’ was entertained in Exeter by Paul Oliver, Toddington College or somewhere like that ( Oliver I believe was a lecturer there). My mate’s wife was in attendance when Oliver introduced him to her arty farty set !!

    What came first Monkeys Uncle or Roll Over Beethoven? . . . . and not a lot of difference betwixt Mellow Moonlight and The Midnight Hour!

    No griping yet again Emp . . . . . best go back to the 2 hour set I can’t stand all these pleasantries!!!!

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      I think I’ll stick with the winning formula for now, but I’m tempted to give you notice of a Halloween special next week and the inclusion of I’m Your Witchdoctor!


      • Arfa Pinetop says:

        Oh dear the version byJM I presume, or have you found an even worse rendering by that actor chappie whose blues show I gave up on?

        Keep on rockin’ Emp, Matt and I off to Ronnie Wood, Mick Taylor tribute to Jimmy Reed next week don’t know who else is in the band but knowing my luck it’ll be JM and HL !!

  7. The Commissioner says:

    Most esteemed Arfa

    Enjoy the Jimmy Reed tribute . . . . . I note you avoided the Van Morrison and Mick Hucknall tribute to Bobby Bland!

    Saw the Nimmo Brothers at The Borderline last night and they put on a stonking set (as usual) and mixed some great musicianship with some witty banter with the enthusiastic crowd. A great night.

    I won’t spoil the surprise about ‘I’m Your Witchdoctor’, but in deference to your oft aired sensitivities, it won’t be the JM version . . . . on this occasion.


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