Just a little too much . . . .

Posted: November 11, 2014 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:

Well, a noticeable chill has come to the Grand Duchy this past week and it’s starting to look a bit like Xmas. . . . . but it’s still November . . . . isn’t it? Anyway, in anticipation, we’re getting our wish list up to date, although we have had some distractions, including Cruise Control getting a bit of a makeover in the past week. The smell of smoke and fireworks may have faded, but feint aroma of paint lingers in the air.
Cruising #110
Despite all this, interesting music has not been far from our ears. We discovered a rather fine number on a 1966 Columbia 45 called ‘Better Than Here’. It came from UK band, The Roger James Four, and if you come across an original copy, it’s worth picking up, especially if you can get it for less than £170. We also dug out the original recording of ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ by Jackie De Shannon. She co-wrote the song in 1974 with Donna Weiss and it is quite different from the hit by Kim Carnes.

Taking a brief moment to relax, I was watching an old episode of Suits, when Harvey throws a challenge to his driver to name an old blues track . . . . which he does. The track was ‘A Fool No More’ by Eddie Hope & The Mannish Boys. So, we included it in our playlist, because it was definitely worth another play. But, well before that, we kicked off our musical adventure with Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm and ‘Much Later’ and we followed fast with Willie Egan and his 1955 Mambo 45, ‘What A Shame’ . . . .

Cruising with the crew . . . .Graham Bond
Much Later – Ike Turner
What A Shame – Willie Egan
Last Night – Jimmy ‘Babyface’ Lewis
Pneumonia – Joe Tex
Somebody Stole My Thunder – Trummor & Orgel with Magnus Carlson
Walkin’ In The Park – The Graham Bond Organisation
Better Than Here – The Roger James Four
Bettye Davis Eyes – Jackie De Shannon
Second Time Around – Nell Bryden
Frenchman Street Blues – Jon Cleary
Twist & Shout – The Top NotesJohnny Jenkins
Big Time Operator – Charlie Rich
Dark End Of the Street – Ken Boothe

Killer Diller Korner . . . . With Johnny Alpha
I Walk On Guilded Splinters – Johnny Jenkins

Cruising where we please . . . . . .
Just A Little Too Much – Mac Curtis
Looking Towards The Sky – Davey Payne & The Medium Wave
I Got Your Love – Half A World AwayMick Clarke
Love Letters – Frankie Miller
Let That Liar Alone – Rev. Edward W. Clayborn
A Fool No More – Eddie Hope & The Mannish Boys
I Wish You Would – Billy Boy Arnold, with Tony McPhee & The Groundhogs
Baby You’ve Got It – Clyde McPhatter
He Will Break Your Heart – Jerry Butler & The Impressions
1000 Ways Of Loving You – Mac Kassoon
Go – The Refreshments
See You Later Alligator – Mick Clarke
Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels

This week’s Girls & Guitars feature focused on singer and guitarist, Nell Bryden. She hails from New York and was classically trained as a cello player and dreamed of becoming an opera singer before hearing Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin for the first time. She learnt to play guitar and in 2009, used her own money to record an album called, What Does it Take, and it includes our choice of track, ‘Second Time Around’.

In our scratchy blues bucket this week, we found the Reverend Edward W Clayborn . . . a fine guitarist and slide player, who billed himself as “the Guitar Evangelist”, with a blues gospel style not unlike Blind Willie Johnson . . . . as was demonstrated by his recording of ‘Let That Liar Alone’.

Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels brought us a fittingly frenetic finale and, if we didn’t fit in all that we wanted, there’s always next week, when we plan to swing by in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner, remember . . . . have fun!


  1. The Shake says:

    Great show Commissioner. Was the last one Bob Seger?

  2. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Well Emp, just listened to the show and first and foremost (Hello Little Girl) must offer my apologies re Nell Bryden. If she was the Yule Bryner clone we saw very little of at the RAH and if she’d of played that track, I’d of stayed for more.

    Now the last time I saw Trummar ,Orgel  and Magnus Carlson was on a Swedish vegetarian menu!

    ’Walk On Gilded Splinters’ . . . . I do believe Marsh Hunt done a fair version of that.

    Well Davey Pain sure had me looking up to the skies and never mind about a Medium Wave I gave him and his band a vigorous wave……….. goodbye sick rock indeed !!

    I love Frankie Miller but think its hard to beat the original of Love Letters.

    Do hope we’ll be hearing more of Eddie great stuff .

    Now, I wanna tell you a story. If I’ve got the right Mick Clarke did he play with Rory Gallagher? I saw him at 100 club a few years ago . . . . Superb. In his band was one Eddie Masters who was bass player in TB Blues and who was playing at Ham this year. I had a chat with him re Mr Clarke and he still plays with him and they had a gig in India this year owzabout that for Delta music.


    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Marsha Hunt did indeed have some success with ‘Walk On Gilded Splinters’ and maybe we should dig her version out for a future play.
      I did rather like that track by Nell Bryden and I think that one explains her inclusion in the BluesFest programme. As you say, we didn’t hear anything like that ‘Girls & Guitars’ track while we were in the audience.
      On your recommendation, I shall be taking a much greater interest in Swedish vegetarian menus, although I have always been wary of the ‘grabba dabba abba’ type offerings.
      Johnny 99 and Mrs TC are big fans of Frankie Miller and I am with them now. He has left us some inventive interpretations of well established songs, which is a challenge in itself.

      Not sure Mick Clarke played in Rory’s band, but his fellow ‘Killing Floor’ band mate Lou Martin did on keyboards. Certainly, Mick is still going strong, leading his own band and touring across Europe and US. He has an armful of albums to his name and he’s been a past guest on Cruising. Have seen Eddie Martin leading his own band and good stuff it was too!


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