Sometimes too much ain’t enough . . . .

Posted: January 6, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, we arrived at the appointed hour with cheery greetings to one and all . . . . and we were very pleased to find so many familiar faces along for our adventures in 2015. In the Grand Duchy, we started as we mean to go on, because we rolled by in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you and the more attentive of you may Cruising #2003have noticed that we’d given it a thorough clean and managed to remove most, but not all of the debris from our previous adventures. Of course, some things remain the same and our playlist was jammed with tasty treats, which included some great tracks that have gone onto our wish list for our cheery postman to deliver.

We started with our commitment from 2014 to pay our respects to the late Joe Cocker, because when we marked his passing, we said we’d return to his catalogue and its many great tracks. So, we picked out three, starting with the very appropriately titled ‘Now That The Magic Has Gone’. Sadly, we began the new year with another farewell . . . . to guitarist Jeff Golub, but before that, we kicked off our 2015 Cruising with The Rock & Roll Society and their take on The Champs ‘The Midnighter’ . . . . and the rest just came spilling out to take us all the way . . . .

Cruising into 2015 . . . . . Rock & Roll Society
The Midnighter – The Rock & Roll Society
Boppin’ The Blues – Carl Perkins
The Sheik Of Araby – Diz & The Doormen
Lovely Dee – The Untouchables
My Life -Joe Jama
In My Tenement – Clyde McPhatter
Now That The Magic Has Gone – Joe Cocker
Lie To Me – Joe Cocker
Delta Lady – Joe Cocker
Sam’s Boogie – Sam ‘Suitcase’ JohnsonDizAndTheDoormenBlue_383_383
Please Help – J.B. Hutto & His Hawks
A Little Sugar In My Bowl – Hadda Brooks
How Long – Jeff Golub & Brian Auger

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Troubles – The Rollers

Cruising where we please . . . . .
Sometimes Too Much Ain’t Enough – The Excitements
Mind Over Matter – Del Shannonthe-rollers-troubles-belstar
Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly) – Caravan
Hello Stranger – Yvonne Elliman
Who Do You Think You Are – Sass Jordan
Wondrous Place – The Last Shadow Puppets
No Turning Back – Cliff Richard & The Drifters
It Should Have Been Me – Little George Benson
Dear Dad – Chuck Berry
We Make A Good Gumbo – Tab Benoit & The Voices Of The Wetlands
Deep In The Heart Of Texas – Dave Edmunds

For our Girls & Guitars features, we chose to revisit British born Canadian rock singer songwriter and guitarist, Sass Jordan. When you hear her, you may not be surprised to know that she’s played the role of Janis Joplin in the New York show called ‘Love, Janis’. We found three albums by her and we listened to all three albums before choosing a track titled ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ from her 1992 album ‘Racine’.

Our dip into the scratchy blues bag this week pulled out something by Texas bluesman Sam Rainey. There’s little or nothing known about him, except that he recorded only two songs in his career, both for Sittin’ In Records under the name Sam ‘Suitcase’ Johnson. Not surprisingly, we chose one of those called ‘Sam’s Boogie’, which was released in 1951.

It came all too soon, but some familiar faces and places started coming into view on our cruise, which meant we were heading for home . . . . but we kept our spirits up with a Geraint Watkins song, delivered by Dave Edmunds and the thought that we can all come back next week, same time same place, for our next opportunity to go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . until then . . . . have fun!

  1. The Shake says:

    A great show Commissioner, really enjoyed it

  2. The Vikster says:

    Fab show TC. Thanks for the music. Until next time… adieu!

  3. The Spongeman says:

    Top show sir 🙂

  4. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Was looking in me blues oos oo book couldn’t find owt on Sam Johnson but did find someone who might be interesting Merline Johnson . . . . one album Yas Yas Girl.

    First arf of da show, did not augur well for a griping New Year . . . enjoyed ’em all. I last saw Brian Auger at The Mean Fiddler playing with Spencer Davis who was dire, but the support band were great …Brian Knight !!

    Sass Jordan YAS YAS more ta and Tab Benoit superb, as were Hutto and Edmunds, but please hook up the Caravan put Ms Ellerman and The Last Shadow Puppets inside and drive off to Beachy Head where I’ll be awaiting with me tipper truck !

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      Glad you enjoyed it . . . . well most of it! Little by little we’re mapping out your musical preferences and what gets your gripe juices flowing . . . . and rest assured we are committed to ensuring unrestricted flow for the future. So, we will respectfully decline your invitation to clandestine meetings on Beachy Head.

      I think you’ve found us our next scratchy blues selection  . . . . from Merline Johnson. Seems she was born in Mississippi around 1912 and became a blues singer in the 1930s and 1940s. She was billed as “The Yas Yas Girl”. (“Yas Yas” being a common blues reference to “ass” (hence Blind Boy Fuller’s “Get Yer Yas Yas Out” and Tampa Red’s “The Duck’s Yas-Yas-Yas”).

      There seems to be little is known of her life, except she was the aunt of LaVern Baker and recorded between 1937and 1947.

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