Such a night . . . .

Posted: July 9, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Well, we approached the appointed time and day for Cruising with The Commissioner in very good spirits this week. The sunshine has lingered longer than we expected in the Grand Duchy and delivered plenty of opportunities for relaxed evenings on the South terrace with some ‘refreshments’. We also enjoyed an excellent time at ‘Blues on the Meadow’, which kicked off with a first class set by Bristol band, Redhouse. http://www.redhouse3.co.uk/ They had the crowd up and dancing from the start. If you missed them there, you can catch them here on our playlist with a great rockabilly track from their album ‘In The Red’.

We found time to catch up with the latest posting on one of our favourite websites, ‘The Immortal Jukebox‘. http://theimmortaljukebox.com/?s=doug+sahm It featured a rather fine piece on Doug Sahm, which inspired us to play Doug Sahm’s version of ‘Buzz Buzz Buzz’. There were also a few birthdays to inspire our choices this week, including Bill Haley, Gene Chandler and what would have been the 100th birthday of bluesman Willie Dixon. So, they each got into our play list and Mr Dixon got a little trio of his songs to celebrate the occasion.

Our weekend was cheered by Craig Hannington’s Wall of Sound on Miskin Radio, which featured three hours of sensational Northern Soul choices, which sent us searching for a few gems that didn’t get into Craig’s show, but we kicked off this week’s cruise with Plas Johnson and his 1959 Capitol 45 ‘Downstairs’ . . . .

Cruising for the sunset . . . . . clyde-mcphatter-and-the-drifters-such-a-night-atlantic
Downstairs – Plas Johnson
Such A Night – Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Teenage Heaven – Eddie Cochran
Long Black Shiny Car – Redhouse
We Need Love – Ray Scott & His Combo
Buzz Buzz Buzz – Doug Sahm
Thirteen Women – Billy Haley & His Comets
Salty Lips – Sahara Hotnights
Don’t Want To Know – Ruthie Foster
Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes – Duncan Berryeddie-cochran-i-remember-liberty

Killer Diller Korner . . . . . with Johnny Alpha
Tecumsah – The Spacewalkers

Cruising with soulful sounds . . . .
Gonna Fix You Good – Little Anthony & The Imperials
Why Weren’t You There – Thelma Lindsey
Tear For Tear – Gene Chandler
Wang Dang Doodle – Dave Edmunds & Love Sculpture
I Love The Life I Live’ by Mose Allison
Ruthie FosterI Want to Be Loved – Muddy Waters

Three From Me . . . . . with DJ Leyton Rocks
American Soldier Boy – Edgar Broughton Band
American Ruse – MC5
Tu Vuo Fa L’Americano – Renato Carasoni

Cruising to the swirling lights . . . .
Toyland – Alan Bown Set
Fox On the Run – Tony Hazzard
Pamela Pamela – Graham Gouldman
Muddy Waters - Hard AgainGrazing In The Grass – Friends Of Distinction
You’d Better Move – Bobby Brookes
Ring A Ling – Johnny Otis

Well, sometimes things just don’t happen the way you plan and last week’s show was a case in point, because one or two of you were quick to point out that we missed our Girls & Guitars feature. So, this week we made amends with double bubble, starting with all girl group from Sweden, Sahara Hotnights. We picked their track ‘Salty Lips’ from their 2007 album ‘What If Leaving Is A Loving Thing’ and followed up with a real contrast. Our second choice came from American singer, songwriter and guitarist Ruthie Foster with her sultry version of John Martyn’s ‘I Don’t Want To Know (About Evil) from her 2012 album ‘Let It Burn’.

Our good pals DJ Leyton Rocks and Johnny Alpha called by with their contributions to the show and very welcome they were too, but all too soon the sands of time were running out on our cruise and we had to head back to Cruise Control in the company of Johnny Otis with his 1958 Capitol 45 ‘Ring A Ling’. Then, we parked up the trusty Cruise Mobile for another week, gave it a quick polish, so it was all ready for next week’s adventure.

So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . . remember . . . . have fun!

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