Too much . . . .

Posted: August 10, 2015 in Hear This . . . . !

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Listen here to this week’s show:

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Well, the Grand Duchy has been enjoying some good weather lately and a few relaxing evenings on the South terrace with some fine music and we were not short of fine music for this week’ Cruising with The Commissioner.

Our playlist included a good few covers of well known songs, along with a few little known originals. including Vikki Nelson’s ‘Like A Baby’ that got covered by Elvis on his album ‘Elvis Is Back’. The devotees of Buddy Holly will have recognised Johnny Angel’s ‘Baby It’s Love’ as a song that got covered by Buddy Holly in his early days with Bob Montgomery . . . . and for the real anoaraks, Johnny Angel was an alias for rockabilly singer Jimmy Lee Fautheree. For the curious, there was the original 1954 recording of ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Italian-American band, Sonny Dae & His Knights.

We put together a rather fine UK soul selection, with Dusty Springfield Chris Farlowe, Elkie Brooks and Jimmy James. The Kinks were well-represented too this week with two covers of theirs songs and one from them, but we kicked off this week’s cruise with Ernie Maresca and his hit ‘Shout Shout’ . . . .

Cruising with the crew . . . . .
Shout Shout – Ernie Maresca
Rock Around The Clock – Sonny Dae & His Knights
Daddy Cool – The Rays
Too Much · Rex Masters & The Four Jacks
Baby It’s Love – Johnny Angel
I’ve Got My Sights On Someone New – Roddy Jackson
Like a Baby – Vikki Nelson & The Sounds
Mama Said – Dusty Springfield
Open The Door To Your Heart – Chris Farlowe
Hello Stranger – Elkie Brooks
Ain’t No Big Thing – Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
Cricket Champions – Lord Kitchener
Stormy Times – Pacific Gas & Electric
That’s Alright Mama – Mike Bloomfield & Al Kooper

Cruising into the sunset . . . . .
Le Nouveau Monde – Alice
High Flyin’ Bird – The Boot Hill Five
Let Me Down Easy – Liquid Smoke
Down The Road – Steamhammer
Tired of Waiting – Helmet Zerllet & Band
Days – Kirsty McColl
Supersonic Rocket Ship – The Kinks
Till The Wheels Come Off – Lisa Mann
Hallelujah I Love Him So – Timi Yuro
Fever – Trini Lopez
Lucky Is My Name – Bruce Cloud
Work Song – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

With all due commiserations to our antipodean chums, it was just too tempting not to mark recent events with a bit of calypso. Without Lance Percival to give us something very topical, we pulled out something by Lord Kitchener with a story of other ‘Cricket Champions’.

We may have been late, but we didn’t forget our Girls & Guitars feature, which this week focused on singer, songwriter and guitarist, Lisa Mann. She was born in West Virginia and got her first guitar at the age eleven. She began playing professionally at the age of 19 and released her first commercial album, Satisfied, in 2012, which is where we found our choice ‘Till The Wheels Come Off’.

Mr Merlot is showing his usual anxieties about our time keeping, not least because he saw we had cued 7 minutes and 53 seconds of unsurpassed excellence from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, with their 1966 album East West and their version of ‘Work Song’. Then it was all over, except to say our farewells and park up the Cruise Mobile until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner. Until then . . . . have fun!

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