C’est la vie . . . . .

Posted: March 25, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, here we are with March running out fast and some good weather to encourage us to wind the windows down on the Cruise Mobile and turn the volume up. Amongst the pleasures of the week was hearing from our good pals DJ Leyton Rocks, Johnny Alpha, Jazzy G and The Vikster, all of whom have contributed tasty treats for our future playlists. Meanwhile, our attentions have been turning to preparations for forthcoming journeys to Europe and America and tying up the final details. Another project in the planning is the up-coming third anniversary show for Cruising with The Commissioner. So, if you’ve got any suggestions for our anniversary playlist, or anecdotes to share, get in touch.

Now, one of highlights of the week was catching up with the 2014 Blues Caravan organised by Ruf Records. In the past, the Blues Caravan has boasted some talented artists, who have gone on to greater success . . . .and this year’s artists were undoubtedly keeping up that tradition. The show kicked off and finished with Christina Skjolberg, Albert Castiglia and Laurence Jones on stage together and then in individual showcases in between. A very fine night it was too, with a good deal of stomping and cheering from the crowd at the end of the show. We’ve heard Christina Skjolberg on the show before, so this time our playlist included a track from Laurence Jones with the title track from his current album, ‘Temptation’ and a track from Albert Castiglia from his debut album ‘Burn’ that shows off his guitarwork and vocals rather well.

We launched our cruise with a most frantic welcome from Little Richard and yours truly and went rolling on down the road with Bob Seger and where we’ll end up you never can tell !!

Cruising where we please . . . . Laurence Jones
Hey Hey Hey Hey – Little Richard
C’est La Vie – Bob Seger
Come On Home – Louis ‘Blues Boy’ Jones
Trickle Trickle – The Videos
Downstairs – Plas Johnson
Fever – Patti Drew
What’s Wrong – James ‘Sugar Boy’ Crawford
I Can’t Hear You No More – Betty Everett
Let Love Come Between Us – James & Bobby Purify
Wondrous Place – Jimmy Jones
Tell Me How Do You Feel – Billy Fury
A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Francesca De FaziAlbert Castiglia
Falling Down Blues – Furry Lewis
My Boy Lollipop – Barbie Gaye

Killer Diller Korner  . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Harpsichord Shuffle – Wynder K Frog

Cruising on down the road . . . .
Back Seat ’38 Dodge – Opus 1
What Am I Without You – Clockwork Orange
Temptation – Laurence Jones
No One To Blame – Albert Castiglia
Hey – Barbara Mercereli
Michael (The Lover) – Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band
Pink Champagne – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
You Can’t Sit Down – The Phil Upchurch Combo
Shock To The System – Eli Paperboy Reed
Let Me Know – Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker

This week our Girls & Guitars spotlight fell on Italian, Francesca De Fazi, whose style has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin . . . . and we chose a track from her 2002 live album called ‘Blues Dues’ and her rather excellent take on ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’. The scratchy blues aficionados got their fix in the form of Furry Lewis and his 1927 Chicago recording of ‘Falling Down Blues’.

We turned for home and completed our cruise in fine style with some high energy R&B from Eli Paperboy Reed, followed by Oscar McLollie & Jeanette Baker and their 1958 Class recording ‘Let Me Know’. Before we knew it,  we were home safe and sound from our cruise and already thinking about how to pass the next seven days before we can do it again. So, if you’ll be there, we’ll be here, with a seat saved especially for you in the Cruise Mobile. Just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . until then . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Top show TC 🙂

  3. Johnny99 says:

    Love that Whiter Shade of Pale version

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well Emp,

    Aa very enjoyable playlist this week no gripes from your Stanmore correspondent.

    A difficult task re your 3 year anniversary. Well the airtime you so generously gave me was fantastic really let my broadcasting talent shine through!!!! Rambin’ Sid playing Green Door of all things!!! But without sounding too patronising, I think the thing that comes through on all the shows is your wealth of musical knowledge it is on a par with my ken of the turf!!! Oriole records prog was great, did you play any Spotniks? Remember their version of “Orange Blossom Special”? One you might want to “check out, “Darkness Darkness ” by The Youngbloods. first released in 1969 but a hit in 1970.

    Happy Anniversary


  5. The Commissioner says:

    Ta muchly. The Sage of Stanmore signals satisfaction . . . . perhaps we should quit while we’re ahead!!! It’s your influence that keeps sending us to the darkest corners of the Cruising Library and it can bring on a bout of dangerous deja vu.! 🙂

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