Let it roll . . . . .

Posted: February 11, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, just when we thought February might bring some better days, the winds and rain arrived in the Grand Duchy to keep our optimism in check.  We have fared better than many for sure and, undaunted by the disruption of the Tube services, we were out and about with friendly faces enjoying some socialising and a gig or two. One of which featured some fine Tex Mex music, followed by a 50s playlist from the resident DJ that went down well and it all proved to be an excellent night out. Indeed, it was a very social week, with a visit from The Vikster and some genial contacts with Johnny Alpha, The Spinmeister, Amigo, Miss Helen and the most esteemed Arfa Pinetop.cruisin12

There were a few birthdays this week, including Sheryl Crowe, Gene Vincent, Gerry Goffin, Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett, Al Kooper and Barrett Strong.  We couldn’t fit them all into our playlist, but it did give us an excuse to celebrate with some  music from Al Kooper, (ex Blood Sweat & Tears, Bob Dylan’s band and Super Sessions with Mike Bloomfield). We also featured Barrett Strong, who was the first artist to record a hit for Motown Records  and went on to write many Motown hits for other artists.

With the Cruise Mobile tuned up nicely, we kicked off our cruise with something from Alex Harvey, who is remembered well by those who saw him on 31 May in 1976 in concert at the Charlton Athletic Football Ground and on the same bill were The Who and Little Feat, who came along next.

Cruising beyond the city limits . . . . .The Who at Charlton FC
Giddy Up A Ding Dong – Alex Harvey
Let It Roll – Little Feat
I Can’t Explain – The Who
Look What She’s Doing – Eddie & The Hot Rods
Is Anyone Goin’ To San Antone – The Texas Tornados
Where Were You When I Needed You – Al Kooper
I Don’t Make Promises (I Can’t Break) – Shannon Curfman
It’s Done Got Wet – Mississippi Sheiks
Monkey Man – Jazz Jamaica

Three From Me . . . . . with The Vikster
The Keys – Matt Duncan
Pencil Full Of Lead – Paulo Nutini
Happy – Pharrell WilliamsStormy Monday Blues

Cruisng in good company . . . .
A Night With Daddy G – The Church Street Five
I Cried – Tammy Montgomery
Belle – Al Green
This Is The Night – Terry Dene
Rock With The Caveman – Tommy Steele

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . With Johnny Alpha
Midnight Blues – Charlie Rich

Cruising for home . . . .
Spider Jiving – Andy Fairweather-Lowe
Stormy Monday Blues – Little Joe Cook
Misery – Barrett Strong
Be Bop Grandma – Solomon Burke
Let’s Rock ‘n’ Roll – The Cadets
Reet Petite – Jackie Wilson

As the familiar faces and places came into view we knew we were heading for home and to finish with a flourish, we chose something that still gets instant recognition and inspires plenty of rhythmic movement, judging by our Friday night out . . . . this was Jackie Wilson with his classic hit ‘Reet Petite’.

Well, as the Cruise Mobile rolled to a stop, we reached for our pristine white linen hankies to dab away the tears as we thought of another seven days before we could do it all again. But, we were ever hopeful that our playlist was all that was needed to entice you back again next week to go Cruising with The Commissioner. In the meantime, don’t forget . . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Top marks tonight Commissioner

  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well Emp what with ” Its done got wet ” and ” Lead in my pencil ” I had to take a cold shower . Then had to return to the outhouse to wash me boat race as Messrs Dene and Steele brought tears to me ” 2 I’s ”

    A F Lowe set me a thinking afore they got too much of a pop group did not Amen Corner record a bluesy “Gin House ?”

    Al Kooper much preferred his comic magician Uncle as for the finger clicking on that track aagh !!! ( well be fair Emp I’ve not had a gripe for a while )

    Ta for the Sheiks great don’t know whether Sonny Boy the 1st and Big Joe Williams ” Bottle Up and Go ” was afore or after that but nowts new is it ?( no doubt they’ll be some Memphis Jug Band stuff soon ? )

    Little Joe disc picture great .

    This weeks poser Crispin St Peters “You were on my mind ” the USA original was it by the Wee Three ?

    • The Commissioner says:

      Most esteemed Arfa

      Well, thought you’d enjoy the UK rock items and The Mississippi Sheiks. ‘It done got wet’ seemed most appropriate, given recent events and the burgeoning sales of wellies amongst politicians . . . . . emphasising that ‘money is no object’.

      Although Crispin St Peters had the UK hit with ‘You were on my mind’, the US hit came from We Five in 1965 and you can feast your aural and optical organs on their performance of the song here:

      But, the song written by Sylvia Tyson in 1964 and was originally recorded in 1964 by her and Ian Tyson as the duo Ian & Sylvia. I’ve heard their version and it sounds very folky, in the style of The Seekers. There are a surprising number of covers of the song, including Barry McGuire, Jay & The Americans, Jonathan King and Nanci Griffiths.

      Yes, Amen Corner did a very creditable version of ‘Gin House’ and AF-L continues a willingness to sing it at the drop of a hat . . . . Indeed often before the hat has landed.

      Memphis Jug Band . . . . . Now there’s a thought!



  3. The Vikster says:

    Once again missed the live show but it makes a very enjoyable Wednesday morning listen. Especially enjoyed It’s Done Got Wet. More of that please!

    • The Commissioner says:

      Glad you enjoyed the show and your Three From Me was well received, judging by the chatroom chatter. We did miss your cheery contributions in the chatroom, but happy to follow up on more like ‘Its Done Got Wet’.

      Have fun


  4. Amigo says:

    Well the show sounded pretty good on a Thursday morning too.

    Great track from Tammi. I wonder whether the ‘romance’ between her and Sam Cooke would have developed had he not been killed. Just a thought for Valentine’s day!

    Albert Lee in The Thunderbirds on guitar on ‘Stormy Monday’ sounded good. I have always been amused by the misheard and misunderstood lyrics in that version (and Long John Baldry’s as well) and would put it a long way from being ‘the best British blues record’ as some people call it. Here’s a link to Chris’s story of what happened about the release of the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YyDT61VzwY if you have not seen it.

    Always good to hear the very under-rated Charlie Rich – good choice from Johnny Alpha.

    And what can you say about ‘Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone?’. Doug Sahm and Freddie Fender where are you now? I’ve always enjoyed Charlie Pride’s original release but country fans might like Jeannie Seely’s version as well. Jeannie might be too country for this show (although her version of ‘Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife’ is a gem) but Irma Thomas did a great version of ‘Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)’ which was co-written by Jeannie. Another thought for Valentine’s day?

    • The Commissioner says:

      I know what you mean about Jeannie Seely’s version of ‘Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone’ . . . . real country . . . . and Charlie Pride does it well too, but I just love that Tex Mex sound from Doug Sahm et al.

      Much enjoyed the youtube video with Chris Farlowe’s own words about ‘Stormy Monday Blues’ and have posted it on the Cruising Facebook page. Albert Lee’s guitar work is a joy on that original recording and he seems so ‘at home’ sitting and playing with Chris in the video. Ta muchly.

      Will check out the Irma Thomas track . . . . not one I’m familiar with . . . . but I will be soon!

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