Can’t do without you . . . .

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, we’ve nearly said goodbye to September and it seems to have treated us well here in the Grand Duchy and we seem to have heard from a number of the Cruising Crew this past week. Along the way, some even suggested a few tracks for our future playlists . . . . and very welcome they were too. Our cheery postman contributed to our good spirits this week, by delivering a sought after 45 that first came to our ears on one of those UK Sue Story albums issued in the 60s. This was Tommy Duncan . . . although not the country singer of that name . . . and ‘Dance Dance Dance’ which we decided to share with everyone on this week’s show.Cruising #191

Well, the keen eared amongst you will have noticed that we’ve been including a few tracks from the recent compilation album, Acid Jazz Mod . . . which has some very fine tracks indeed. This week we chose ‘Left Right & Centre’ which is credited to Lord Large, who is actually British keyboard player, Stephen Large and one time member of the band Electric Soft Parade. But, perhaps the more interesting feature of this offering is that the vocals on that one came from Dean Parrish . . . . who may be known for some celebrated recordings in his own right.

We also stumbled across an album issued by Charley Records and called The Scene Club, Ham Yard London. As the connoisseurs of all matters Mod will know, The Scene Club was a notable bit of London’s 60s Mod Scene and the album has some fine stuff on it, including a fine piece of R&B from Harold Burrage and my favourite Billy Preston number, issued on the famous Sue Record label in the UK, ‘Billy’s Bag’. But, before that we got into gear and kicked off this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner with Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames and ‘Soul Stomp’ and it all rolled on from there . . . . 

Cruising way out of town . . . .Billy's bag
Soul Stomp – Georgie Fame
When I Get Home – Dave Ferrato
I’ll Take One – Harold Burrage
Billy’s Bag – Billy Preston
The Healer – John Lee Hooker & Carlos Santana
Big Change Is Gonna Come – Peter Green & The Splinter Band
Waiting For The Sonrise – Isis
Left, Right & Centre – Lord Large
Dance Dance Dance – Tommy Duncan
Slip Away – Dobie Gray
Housewife’s Choice – Derek Morgan & Patsy ToddIsis
Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Can’t Do Without You – Dusty Wilson

Cruising where we please . . . .
In The Gym – Unicorn
High Flying Bird – The Boot Hill Five
I’m So Glad – Maze (featuring Frankie Beverly)
Fortune Teller – Tony Jackson & The Vibrations
Fixin’ To Die – Bukka White
Big Game Hunter – Steve Gibson & The Red CapsBukka White
Mr Blues – Damita Jo
You Really Got Me – The Buddy Miles Express
Are You Trying To Be Lonely – Andy Lewis & Paul Weller
Sweeter Than The Day Before – The Valentinos
Tear Stained Letter – Jerry Williams
Ko Ko Joe – The Righteous Brothers

Well, our Girls & Guitars feature this week offered double bubble, because we spotlighted two girls with guitars. You’ll remember that we recently focused on guitarist Carol McDonald, as a member of Goldie & The Gingerbreads, and when that band broke up . . . she went on to form her own band called Isis. They issued their own self titled album in 1974, with Carol McDonald on vocals and second guitar . . . and with lead guitar duties performed by Suzi Ghezzi. So, we took a track from that album called ‘Waiting For The Sonrise’ and you’ll quickly hear it’s definitely not the song made famous by Les Paul and Mary Ford.

Meanwhile, our venture into the realms of scratchy blues this week, featured a classic by American bluesman Bukka White. He was born in Mississippi in 1909 and he made his first recordings for Victor Records in 1930. But his career was interrupted by a two and one-half years sentence in Mississippi’s infamous Parchman Farm prison and, after his release, he wrote a song called “Fixin’ to Die”. It was recorded in Chicago for Vocalion records on May 8, 1940 and thave been many versions of the song by people such as, Bob Dylan, Buffy Sainte-Maries, Robert Plant, Country Joe McDonald and more, but we played the original from Bukka White

Now, we got some good feedback about our Righteous Brothers choice last week and so we were easily tempted to find another by them to bring us back home from our cruise . . . . this was their little rocker ‘Ko Ko Joe’.

So, if you enjoyed our cruising playlist this week, perhaps we can look forward to some more of your good company next week, when we’ll roll by in the Cruise Mobile . . . same time, same place . . . and with a seat saved especially for you . . . . just so we can all go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . have fun!


  1. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner, really enjoyed it

  2. The Spongeman says:

    ‘High Flying Bird’ was written by Billy Edd Wheeler, it got to Jefferson Airplane via Judy Hester . . . just so you know 😉

    It was featured on blog a few years back and we found about 20 versions from the 1960’s

  3. The Vikster says:

    What a great show TC! I’m always a fan of The Healer, and a lovely bit of soul to boot. Ta muchly.

    • The Commissioner says:

      A ‘bootful of soul’ . . . . sounds like my DJ days out on the road!

      ‘The Healer’ . . . . very hypnotic and with a great follow up from JLH and CS ‘Chill Out’ . . . . and we might just dig that out for another occasion.

      Have fun!

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