I’m with you all the way . . . .

Posted: June 17, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, we have much enjoyed the warm weather around the Grand Duchy this past week. It has encouraged a rather more relaxed lifestyle, with some memorable summer evenings on the South terrace and a rather laid back approach to our preparations for this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner. The grounds of the estate are looking particularly colourful at present and our social diary has ensured a few opportunities to enjoy these in the good company of some friendly faces, who joined us to share a ‘quaff and scoff’ session.Cruising #135

The good weather was a welcome accompaniment for our giglist this week, which included some top sessions from Albany Down and the Billy Walton Band. We managed to get hold of a copy of the (as yet unreleased) new album by the Billy Walton Band, ‘Wish For What You Want’ and offered a taster called ‘True Lovin’ Man’.

This week, we decided to showcase some home grown talent, including a rather fine little groover from the short-lived UK band, The Steampacket, which featured the mighty Hammond of Brian Auger with his take on that Mod Scene classic ‘The In Crowd’, along with Adam Faith, Dave Berry, The Kinks and some ‘regulars’ who recorded live at Klooks Kleek  . . . .  John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Zoot Money and Ten Years After. Of course, whilst our good pals Arfa Pinetop and Johnny Alpha may have differing views on the great recordings of The Pretty Things, they do seem to share a greater affection for The Kinks . . . . ‘so that’s all good’!

We kicked of our cruise with a musical memory of our recent Stateside trip and Louis Jordan’s ‘Fat Sam From Birmingham’ and followed with the appropriately titled ‘I’m With You All The Way’ by Dorothy Berry & Jimmy Norman . . . .

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Fat Sam From Birmingham – Louis Jordan
I’m With You All The Way – Dorothy Berry & Jimmy Norman
Sugar Coated Love – Lazy Lester
The Twitch – Danny White
Top Notch Grade A – Al Reed
The In Crowd – The Steampacket
Watch Your Step – Adam Faith
Don’t Gimme No Lip Child – Dave Berry
That’s My Man – Cassie Taylor
Matchbox Blues – Blind Lemon Jefferson
The Grooviest Girl In the World – The Simple Image
Watermelon Man – The Baba Brooks Band
Louie Louie – The Kinks
True Lovin’ Man – The Billy Walton BandZoot Money

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
I’m On My Way – Barbara Dane

Cruising with the windows down . . . .
The Answer – Peter Bardens
Gingerbread Man – Dickie Loader & The Blue Jeans
The Zombies – Tell Her No
Just Your Fool – Cyndi Lauper
Chimpanzee – Count Yates
Crawling Up A Hill – John Mayall’s Bluebreakers
Barefootin’ – Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band
Rock You Mama – Ten Years After
It’s In His Kiss – Merry Clayton
On My WayDanny White – Al King
Ain’t I Talkin’ To You Baby – Sheri Washington & Band
Do Lord – Jackie Wilson

Now, this week, our girls & guitars feature took us to Kansas City, Missouri, which is where we’re likely to find Cassie Taylor, if she’s not off on tour with her band. She’s a singer-songwriter and guitarist, who was born in Boulder, Colorado and started her career in the early 2000s touring with father’s band. Since then, she has developed a style influenced by Delta Blues, indie rock and a touch of psychedelia. She’s released two albums, to date, and we took a track from her 2013 album, ‘Out Of My Mind’ called ‘That’s My Man’.

Now, our scratchy blues track this was a classic. It came from “Blind” Lemon Jefferson, who was born in 1893 in Texas and grew to be one of the most popular blues singers of the 1920s, being dubbed “Father of the Texas Blues”. The song we chose became a success for later blues and rock and roll musicians, like Carl Perkins, and was his 1927 recording of ‘Matchbox Blues’.

Despite a few moments of doubt along the way, we arrived back home safe and sound and we parked up the Cruise Mobile and started collecting up the records and CDs and putting them in those neat little piles that we always promise to file away ‘when we have a moment or two to spare’. To judge our success, you’re invited to tune into next week’s show, when we’ll call by for you in the Cruise Mobile, same time, same place, with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the nest time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . have fun!

  1. The Vikster says:

    t’was a particularly excellent show this week

    • The Commissioner says:

      We had fun putting the show together and glad you enjoyed it. We have a picture in mind of you playing along on your uke with some of the tracks 🙂

  2. The Spongeman says:

    Top show Commissioner

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Hi Emp

    Only listened to the first half so far but noted The Kinks seemed to be missing . . . . Water Melon Man . . . . no Kinks . . . . Billy Walton and then Johnny Alpha. Please explain or else I ‘ll have no option than to report you to both Kent Walton and Jack Jackson !!!

    On the record front here’s one for you to lookout for Emp “Strange ” by Screaming Jay Hawkins ” a flipside I know not of what, on The Roulette label possibly, but I think you may like it!

    P.S. Apologies forgot to say, to contact those DJays one has to go through (metaphorically speaking) their agent one Doris Stokes!


    • The Commissioner says:

      You always were a bit of a name dropper and you’ve done well this time . . . . . but how long have you been experiencing these ‘lost moments?’ Do you find yourself sifting through your purchases (or ‘gifts’) from the local music emporia, only to find some Mantovani, Des O’Connor, or Ken Dodd? Rest assured the Kinks remain safe in our playlist, along with an honourable mention for yourself, which may have undermined your carefully cultivated public persona and generated this ‘lost moment’.

      By the way, we asked Kent Walton, Jack Jackson, David Jacobs, and Sam Costa for their views, but we got a resounding ‘no comment’. I like my metaphorical contacts ‘well done’ rather than ‘medium’, which probably accounts for the ‘no comments’!

      ‘Strange’ was the B side of his 1964 Roulette 45 ‘The Whammy’, released in the UK on the Columbia label. I can hear him without remembering that he started off wanting to be an opera singer . . . . !

      We await your further instructions/comments (with the benefit of our retained defamation lawyer).

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