Turning my heartbeat up . . . .

Posted: March 18, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, it has been a week packed with plenty of travel, some notable gigs and some very enjoyable social events . . . . and the diary seems to be filling up further for the next month or so too. The sunshine has encouraged some al fresco quaffing and scoffing on the South terrace here at Cruise Control and the folks around the Grand Duchy seem to have become much brighter and cheerier, as a result. The sunshine filled the weekenCruising 36d and gave a real boost to our visit to the annual Country2Country festival. Most of the music would be out of place in our Cruising playlist, but the Dixie Chicks were pure joy and Raintown were stunning .

This past week included a number of birthdays for music people that have featured on our playlists here, such as blues guitarist and singer Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins, Wilson Pickett, Sly Stone, Ry Cooder and John Sebastian . . . . . and, if he had lingered longer, Leonard Chess would have been celebrating too.

Despite the busy schedule, we found the time to rummage in the Cruising Library to pull together our Tuesday night playlist and there was a pleasant reminder of past delights when we re-discovered an Elektra sampler album called ‘What’s Shakin’’. It arrived in the library shortly after its release in 1967 and proved to be a bit of a collectors items, since it included tracks that weren’t available elsewhere and didn’t appear again until many years later. We selected early tracks by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the Lovin’ Spoonful and a specially assembled UK studio group that were dubbed Eric Clapton and The Powerhouse. Good stuff indeed!

So, while the spirits were with us, we set off on our cruise with Leon Russell and a song called ‘I Put A Spell On You’, but not the song of the same name that we know so well, then Rufus Thomas gave us his take on ‘Rocket 88’ and it all rolled on from there . . . . !

Cruising for the border . . . . Christina Skjolberg
I Put A Spell On You – Leon Russell
Rocket 88 – Rufus Thomas
Mr Blues – Damita Jo & The Merry Melody Singers
Sorry About That – Mable John
Backfield In Motion – Mel & Tim
Girl Watcher – The O’Kaysions
Midnight In New Orleans – Long John Baldry
Don’t Let me Be Misunderstood – Nina Simone
Close The Door – Christina Skjolberg
Eyesight To The Blind – The Larksmother tucker
Montego Bay – Freddie Notes & The Rudies

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Fi-Yi Dance – Soulful Two

Cruising with a warm breeze . . . . 
Times Are Changing – Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck
Whatcha Gonna Do About It – The Small Faces
Rosalyn – The Pretty Things
Start Me Up – Beverley Skeete
Crazy ‘Bout An Automobile – Ry Cooderwhat's shakin'
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Good Time Music – Lovin’ Spoonful
Crossroads – Eric Clapton & The Powerhouse
Wherever I Lay My Hat – Marvin Gaye
Turning My Heartbeat Up – The MVPs
Hold On To My Baby – The Cavaliers
Why Do Me This Way? – Solomon Burke
My Guardian Angel – The Monorays
I’m Slippin’ In – The Spiders

For those with a keen interest in music trivia, this was the week back in 1965 when the Rolling Stones were each fined £5 for urinating in a public place, by a petrol station after a gig at the ABC Theatre in Romford, Essex, England.

Our girls and guitars feature this week focused on Christina Skjolberg, who was born and raised on the northwest coat of Norway. She’s a left-handed guitarist who appeared on the Norwegian blues scene a couple of years ago, and is currently touring the UK. She’s just released an album called ‘Come & Get It’ and we chose a track from it called ‘Close The Door’. Meanwhile, our cruising time machine took us back to1951 for our scratchy blues selection this week, because it was then that The Larks first appeared on record with their version of the Sonny Boy Williamson song ‘Eyesight To The Blind’.

Well, finished with a flourish with The Spiders, bringing us home safe and sound from our cruise and leaving just enough time to park up the Cruise Mobile. We had already started thinking about a few ‘toons’ for next week’s playlist, in the hope that, if you enjoyed this week’s choices, we might persuade you to join us, same time, same place, next week. In anticipation of your good company, we’ll call by in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you, just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then, remember . . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner

  2. The Shake says:

    Ta muchly and it’s always good to have your company. But, you and Brother Jonno set the bar pretty high on ‘Out Of Sight’, so we had to work hard to follow you. I shall cherish the mental picture of you singing bass to ‘My Guardian Angel’ !!! Have a great week.

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:


    Not got arfway thru the prog., but forced to write re your comments on Dr Nina Simone and her dreadful version of “Don’t let me be misunderstood”. Now, don’t you let me be misunderstood, the Animals version is by far the best Mr Burdon’s vocals superb.

    Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck . . . . try saying that after a couple of Jameson, mind you I would need at least that amount to listen to ’em!

    Pretty Things . . . . nice to hear one of the only 2 decent records they made the other being “Don’t Bring Me Down”.

    Loved The Larks and Paul Butterfield. Talking of rawness Emp, the first CD of The North Mississippi All stars has it in abundance “Coal Black Mattie ” in particular and, whilst on the subject of NW Miss., how about some RL Burnside?

    Off now to listen to Mr Burdon !!

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      I can’t say that I’ve been a big fan of The Pretty Things over the years, but (on this occasion) I share your preferences.

      I think I may still be an undischarged member of the Ovaltinys and The Animals fan club, but I still think I prefer Ms Simone’s version of ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’.

      I was very pleased to discover The Larks’ version of ‘Eyesight To The Blind’ and rather enjoy that sort of Mills Brothers vocalising.

      Glad you enjoyed the Paul Butterfield Blues Band track and I note that your thoughts on the ‘What’s Shakin” sampler do not reflect on your long-time appreciation of PJ. Clearly, you are mellowing in your views, as the years pass by.

      I remember well going to see the North Mississippi All Stars at a London gig in your good company some years back. (I think it’s still your round btw.) . . . . and who knows . . . . they might make a cruising return sometime soon! As for R.L. Burnside, I seem to remember giving away one of his albums, but I’ll take your hint (with menaces) and take another listen . . . . never say never.

      Now, go forth and leave no charity shop un-plundered! 🙂



  4. Dee says:

    Good to hear Beverley Skeete, who has been on stage with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings many times when we’ve seen them. Just seen Christina Skjolberg last night and it was a great show.

  5. Johnny_Alpha says:

    Top show TC, went down great as i was a cookin’ some chilli.
    The Pretty Things only made 2 good 45s!

    Think i need to give you two an education 😉


    • The Commissioner says:

      Never thought of Cruising as an accompaniment for quaffing and scoffing. Hope the chilli was good and spicy! I will slip away quietly now, humbled by your admonition . . . . . 🙂

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