Little by little . . . .

Posted: January 20, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s show:


Well, a certain chill descended on the Grand Duchy this week, almost as a reminder that we have enjoyed rather un-seasonally mild weather just lately. The chill brings with it a small and possibly perverse benefit in quelling the enthusiasm of political interests from disturbing our tranquility too early, in pursuit of their competitive electioneering. Of course, we tell them all that we are staunch supporters of the ‘all-night party’ and most slink away looking slightly confused.Cruising #2005

One of the joys of the week was our cheery postman delivering the new album by The Hoax, ‘Recession Blues’, which happens to be a tribute to B B King and we chose ‘You Upsets Me Baby’, along with another very fine cover from Katie Bradley with Junior Wells’ ‘Little By Little’,

This week has seen its fair share of birthdays and anniversaries, including 50 years since The Who released their first single ‘I Can’t Explain’, which had Jimmy Page on guitar and the Ivy League on backing vocals. Singer/songwriter Allen Toussaint was also celebrating a birthday and we found one of his lost recordings from 1975, Shoo Rah Shoo Rah’, and then there was Maggie Bell also celebrating a birthday, so we pulled out her version of the JJ Cale’s ‘After Midnight’. Last week also happened to be the birthday of Laurens Hammond whose electric organ we know so well . . . . and demonstrated to great effect by Jimmy Smith with his classic ‘The Cat’ . . . .

Cruising down around the bend . . . . .The Hoax
The Cat – Jimmy Smith
All For You – Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers
Hard Work – Smoove & Turrell
Pretty Red Balloons – Rosetta Hightower
Fever – Arthur Brown with Jimmy Carl Black
Bang Bang – The Jimmy Castor Bunch
I Can’t Explain – The Who
One Dime Blues – Etta Baker
Something’s Gotta Hold On Me – The Kinky Coo Coos

Three From Me . . . . With The Vikster
Insame In The Membrane – Prince Fattyalice
Down Down – Status Quo
Zebra – Bjorn Berge

Cruising where we don’t care . . . .
Le Nouveau Monde – Alice
Lost – Lowell George & The Factory
Just One Look – The Shanes
Walk Don’t Run – The Ventures
After Midnight – Maggie Bell
You Upsets Me – The Hoax
Little By Little – Katie BradleyWalk,_Don't_Run_1960

Killer Diller Korner . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Take Me Back – David Clayton-Thomas & the Shays

Cruising for the city lights . . . .
Shoo Rah Shoo Rah – Allen Toussaint
The Fives – Cripple Clarence Lofton
You’re Such A Sweet Thing – The Marvellos
If You Gotta Make A Fool Somebody – Eddie Floyd
Meet Me Down At Soulville – Little Joe Cook & The Thrillers
One Day Love – Tommy Dodson
I Ain’t Giving Up Nothing – The Hi Liters

Our rummage in Cruising blues bag found some scratchy blues from boogie woogie pianist and singer Cripple Clarence Lofton, who cut some fine sides for Vocalion Records, including his 1943 recording ‘The Fives’. Strangely, we could easily have played our Girls & Guitars choice as our scratchy blues selection too. But, we settled on it as a Girls & Guitars item, because it comes from Etta Baker who played in the Piedmont Blues style, as demonstrated by her signature piece, “One Dime Blues”.

Before we knew it, we were heading for home along with The Hi Liters and their 1956 Celeste 45 ‘I Ain’t Giving Up Nothing’, but we’ll be back next week to go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . ‘til then . . . . have fun!

  1. Mumbles says:

    Am enjoying the songs

  2. The Vikster says:

    Another very fine show TC. Keep ’em coming!

  3. Arfa Pinetop says:

    Amazing that “Hard Work” track 2011, I thought it was the 60’s. Enjoyed that Emp.

    As for a bloody tennis player recording . . . . a track about a pedestrian crossing. New balls please! I’d have to be well-oiled a-fore listening to Mr Castor again.

    That Etta Baker track is lovely Emp. Can’t think who’d be griping about you playing it as your scratchy blues track! I mean they’d have to be “Insane in their men brain” enuff said!

    Take me back to Katie Bradley mmm nice . . . . as was the Hoax .

    Charity shops, looking for vinyl . . . I’ve never heard the likes !!

    Ta Emp

    • Most esteemed Arfa

      I confess, I may have experienced a fleeting and uncharitable thought, when I heard you liked hard work, but I’m over it now! There was a much earlier version of ‘Hard Work’ by saxman John Handy in 1976.

      Etta Baker does a very nice version of Candy Man and perhaps we can come back to that on another occasion.

      The Hoax album is well worth a listen, particularly if you like some BB King’s earlier work and Katie Bradley is a real joy. Nice harp playing.

      Charity shops . . . . I worry that they may keep you in!

      Have fun


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