Are you ready . . . ?

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

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, we’ve been resisting the temptations fairly well around the Grand Duchy, but the evident ‘forward creep’ of the festive season’s preparations seem to have caught up with us! So, you’re in good company, if the everyday demands of life are starting to be extended by ‘seasonal’ tasks! But, rest assured, we’re reviving the Cruising Counselling Service to help you wrestle with youCruising #185r priorities, resolve your conflicting demands and bring you a healthy dose of that soothing elixir called Cruising with The Commissioner. Perhaps we should be marketing this as an Xmas gift, because it comes with carefully blended sounds, discerningly selected company and all expertly designed to restore your optimum balance and full capacity to ‘boogie on down’.

Here in the Grand Duchy, there’s been more than enough domestic projects to keep our attentions from wandering and the social diary has been more than usually. We’ve coped well, but things are getting even busier and it’s looks like it will get a deal more lively in the weeks to come. Although there have been a few pinch points to resolve, you may be re-assured to know that they didn’t detract from our compilation of this week’s play list. Our selections included a few acknowledgements of friendly faces we encountered, some choices from our giglist, a sad farewell and a birthday.

We got our musical adventure off to a good start with a cheery greeting and some ‘Gumbo Ya Ya’ from Andrew Mazzone and we followed that with a rather rare ’Soul Stomp’ from Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames . . . . and here’s the rest . . . .

Cruising where we please . . . . Flavor
Gumbo Ya Ya – Andrew Mazzone
Soul Stomp – Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames
Black Talk – Charles Earland
Sally Had A Party – Flavor
In Your Spare Time – Cindy Scott
Stop Hurting Me Baby – Purpl Mundi
What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted – Chris Farlowe
Farewell Is A Lonely Sound – Jimmy Ruffin
Are You Ready – Dani Wilde
Take Care Of Business – Nina Simone
It’s My Own Business – The Balham AlligatorsBerkeley Kites
You Can Call Me Al – Pamela Maynard
Love Me Like A Rock – The Dixie Hummingbirds

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Soulin’ – Sir Stan & The Counts

Cruising way out there . . . . .
Dancing In The Street – LaBert Ellis
All Along The Watchtower – Bob Dylan
Alice In Wonderland – Berkeley Kites
Tobacco Road – John D LoudermilkJoe Simon
Shake – Ray Charles & The Raelettes
Down In The Valley – Timi Yuro
Cold Cold Cold – Dr John
Hush Oh Hush – Roosevelt Sykes
Speak Of the Devil – John Mayall
Can’t Keep From Trying – King King
(Just) Call My Name – Joe Simon
Butterball – The Penguins

Well, this week’s Girls & Guitars focus happened to fall on singer and guitarist, DanI Wilde. She‘s appeared on Ruf Records Blues Caravan, and has shared a stage with some very notable names. She hails from Brighton, and says she spent half of her childhood sitting in front of her Dad’s record playing, listening to everything from Etta James to Lyle Lovitt. She’s released three of her own albums to date and we chose a number titled ’Are You Ready’ from her album with Samantha Fish and Cassie Taylor, appropriately called ’Girls With Guitars’.

Our dip into the scratchy blues bucket this week, took us back to hear from bluesman Roosevelt Sykes . . . . also known as “The Honeydripper”. From the age of 15, he’s been on the road playing barrelhouse blues piano. His first recording was “44 Blues” in 1929 for Okeh Records and we featured his 1955 Imperial recording called ‘Hush Oh Hush’.

As time was running out on our cruise, we decided to finish with a flourish and headed for home with The Penguins and their 1958 recording ‘Butterball’. So, having travelled far and wide on our cruise this week, we’ve arrived back home safe and sound and with plenty more music in the pending tray for next week. So, we fully intend to call by in the Cruise Mobile, same time same place next week, with a seat saved especially for you . . . . . just so we can go Cand until then . . . . remember . . . . have fun


  1. Totally Fuelled says:

    Cruising Radio is excellent. Love “real” R&B. Fave album is King & Queen album by Otis Reading and Carla Thomas

  2. The Vikster says:

    Really enjoyed that TC. Good to be in the chat room and listen live for once.

  3. The Shake says:

    A great show Commissioner. Many thanks.

  4. The Spinmeister says:

    The Spinmeister enjoying a track from uncle Bob on Cruising with The Commish.

  5. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Hi Emp, Cheers for the mench and The Balhams. Used to c them at the Dublin Castle Camden.

    Chris Farlowe a great version of that classic as is his of Paint it Black (knock knock hint hint)

    Timi Yuro superb picked up a mono album of hers in the week not played it yet .

    JDL I really liked that version of Baccy Road. That track with Sally in the title reminded me (not musically just the name) of another Sally track no not Our Gracie but ‘Sally Go Round The Roses’. Can’t remember who done it.

    Now Speak of the Drivel:

    MAY ALL your future shows steer well away from him aagh!!! and as for Berkley whoever, they created about as much interest as my Barclay savings account!

    Not too sure whether or not this would be up your street Mike Henderson ‘Wouldn’t lay my guitar down’ from a cd Edge of Night. He’s more a C&W bloke. Did do an album some time ago featuring a track ‘Pay Bo Diddley’.

    Rock on old chap

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Got the GENTLE hint about Chris Farlowe . . . . and The Jaynettes ‘Sally Go Round The Roses’ . . . . . We’ll see what we can do!

      I strongly recommend digging out your Timi Yuro album and giving it a spin. Top stuff imho.

      Mrs TC would doubtless enjoy Mike Henderson’s C&W style more than me and she probably will. But I was taken by your reference to ‘Pay Bo Diddley’ and I’ve found another version that I might find a slot for in the next show.

      In the meantime, have fun!


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