Long time gone . . . .

Posted: May 13, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, like world politics, the weather around the Grand Duchy has become pretty unpredictable, but it has undoubtedly contributed to the lush greenery on the South terrace and beyond. Despite these and other distractions, we have tried not to let it deflect from our particular objective . . . . to bring you some of the best in rock, soul and rhythm and blues. In the end, we found it most enjoyable pulling together this week’s 90 minutes of Cruising with The Commissioner.Cruising #66

Now, our Brothers & Sisters track last week certainly got some feedback, which was very welcome indeed, because it dispelled my belief that it was Merry Clayton taking the lead on ‘All Along The Watchtower’. Amigo assured us that it was Darlene Love’s younger sister, Edna Wright. . . . and that sent us searching for some other stuff by her.

Eric Burdon was celebrating a birthday this week, so we pulled out his reworking of ‘Sixteen Tons’, a song that was a hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955, but originally recorded by Merle Travis in 1946. Before we got to that, we kicked off our cruise in jazzy mood with the great Jimmy Smith and ‘The Cat’ and then so much more. . . . .

Cruising for some fun in the sun . . . . .Jimmy Smith
The Cat – Jimmy Smith
Walking In The Park – Colosseum
Get Out Of Denver – Bob Seger
Everyday I Have To Cry Some – Ike & Tina Turner
Long Time Gone – Crosby Stills & Nash
Tomorrow Will Never Come – Edna Wright
It’s In His Kiss – Ramona King
Straighten Up – Connie Kilgore
Let Love Go By – Jeanette (Baby) Washington
Anyone – Weeping Tile
T’ain’t Nobody’s Business – Frank Stokes
Baby Come Back – Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny AlphaFrank Stokes
The Zombies

Cruising where we please . . . .
She’s Gone – The Soft Machine
A Memory – Thor’s Hammer
Sixteen Tons – Eric Burdon
Race with The Devil – Gene Vincent
Midnight Shift – Buddy Holly
May This Be Love – Nawfel
Run Baby Run – The Newbeats
It Hurts Me So Bad – Lattimore Brown
Put Yourself In My Place – Ann Peebles
I Fell Apart – Drizabone Soul FamilyRamona King - It's In His Kiss (2)
Wait a Minute – The Coasters
I’ll Love You Till The Cows Come Home – Clyde McPhatter
Incense – The Anglos
Polly Molly – The Five Masks

This week’s ‘Girls & Guitars took the opportunity to shine the spotlight on singer, composer and guitarist Sarah Harmer. She hails from Ontario and joined her first band, The Saddletramps, at the age of 17. She then went on to form her own band with several other Ontario musicians and settled on the name Weeping Tile. She has gone on to forge a solo career, but we took a track from her time with Weeping Tile called ‘Anyone’.

This week’s venture into scratchy blues, featured Frank Stokes, who is considered by many musicologists to be the father of the Memphis blues guitar style. All told, he cut 38 sides for the Paramount and Victor labels and his guitar style and vocals have been claimed to have influenced many other artists of the time. We chose his track ‘T’ain’t Nobody’s Business’, which shows off his vocals and mastery of the guitar.

Well, it’s always surprising just how quickly our 90 minutes of cruising passes, but be assured that although we ran out of time, we most certainly did not run out of music, so there’s plenty more in store for your listening pleasure . . . . and next week we’ll be starting our tour of the Southern States of America and sampling the sights and sounds of the places we visit along the way. So, until the next time we all go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . . have fun y’all!


  1. The Shake says:

    Top show Commissioner!

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Oh top show TC 🙂

  3. The Vikster says:

    Love the new opener TC 🙂 And some fab tunes this week (like there’s ever a week when there aren’t)… my faves were Baby Come Back, Long Time Gone, The Zombies track and Sixteen Tons

    • The Commissioner says:

      Well, there’s a fine collection of tunes and genres. Glad you enjoyed them and there more store!

  4. Amigo says:

    Another interesting and engaging show. A fine old blues track from Frank Stokes and Ann Peebles and the Hi Rythm Section are always worth hearing.

    Once again you brought back recollections of that wonderful Sue album with the Anglos ‘Incense’. (Still in my possession and it might be getting a play now that the turntable has been returned to it’s proper location.) Those rumours of Stevie Winwood singing lead on ‘Incense’ should be finally laid to rest. Try checking out the few tracks by the Soul Duo with Little Ida and Little Daddy(Joe Webster) or the other fine Anglos record ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ to hear more of Joe Webster’s distinctive voice.

    Incidentally, General Johnson co-wrote the Anglos ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ with Joe Webster and he was later responsible for co-writing and co-producing many of the Honey Cone hits featuring Edna Wright, as well as his own group Chairmen of the Board.

    • The Commissioner says:

      Oh that Sue album . . . . it is still a cherished item on the shelves of the Cruising Library and I recall Mike Raven’s words that the album was worth buying just for that tracks . . . . and he wasn’t far wrong!

      That Edna Wright track got a positive reaction in the chatroom on Tuesday night and thanks again for the suggestions of The Soul Duo and the other Anglos tracks with Joe Webster.

      Can we keep up? . . . . well, we are sure gonna try!!!!

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