All around the world . . . 

Posted: August 17, 2016 in Hear This . . . . !

Listen here to this week’s Cruising with The Commissioner:

Well, the Grand Duchy has been bathed in sunshine this past week, which had the potential to make life cheery and relaxing as we approached our latest Cruising with The Commissioner. However, you might have to forgive a little deflection from our usual rummaging and listening activities. The cause has Cruising #134been a worthy, but (as it transpires) an all-consuming enterprise of digitalising the contents of the Cruising Library and checking the contents to ensure order and accuracy. On more than one occasion, this has brought to mind a well-worn phrase about ‘the road to hell being paved with good intentions’, so (in the interest of retaining our loose grip on sanity) we are taking this in stages.

With this background, there was a notable measure of surprise when we finalised our playlist in good time for this week’s cruise. On reflection, our ‘other enterprise’ did pay some passing dividends, because it revealed plenty of tracks that had been forgotten, or maybe never played before. So, a few of those crept into our playlist, along with a couple of original U.S. songs that made little or no dent in the charts when first released, but gained much acclaim (and royalties) when they re-appeared via a couple of British ‘beat bands’.

But, before any of those, we kicked off on our Cruising adventure in the company of UK sax man Pete Thomas and a little number that we assume to be a tribute to US sax man, Lee Allen, called ‘Cookin’ with Mr Lee’ . . . and it all rolled on from there . . .

Cruising and cooking . . . million-dollar-tones-crazy
Cookin’ With Mr Lee – Pete Thomas
Jerry Jerry – Million Dollar Tones
Rockin’ The Joint – Esquerita
Red Tape – The Chavelles
Ooky Ook – The Penguins
All Around The World – Li’l Millet & His Creoles
Devil In His Heart – The Donays

Girls & Guitars
Mojo Mama – Laurie Morvan & Her Band

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Telephone Baby – Werly Fairburn
Let’s Go To Hawaii – The Vibrants
Pretty Flamingo – Tommy Vann & The Echoes
Anna – Arthur Alexander
Mr Big Wheel – Christine Kittrell
A Night With Daddy G – The Church Street Five
Big Game Hunter – Steve Gibson & The Red Caps
Mr Blues – Damita Jo Sugar Bee – Cleveland Crochet & All The Sugar Bees
Tear Stained Letter – Jerry Williams
One of our The Vibrants‘rediscoveries’ in this week’s rummaging in the Cruising Library was something that our good pal Pete Hall pointed us to a while back. This features The Church Street Five along with sax man Gene Barge with their first 45 called “A Night with Daddy “G” (Daddy G being Gene Barge), which re-appeared later as Gary US Bonds hit single “Quarter to Three”. 

Guitarist and singer, Laurie Morvan, was our Girls & Guitars feature this time around and to show off her talents, we chose the bluesy ‘Mojo Mama’ from her 2011 album ‘Breathe Deep’.

After a fairly haphazard route, we found ourselves heading for home with some rocking Cajun tunes, accompanied by something of a masterclass in mayhem and madness, with The Cruisettes turning up and enticing Mr Merlot into some dangerous dancing. So, to the great relief of our insurers, we arrived back from our cruise safe and sound and ever mindful that if you enjoyed the music and excitement along the way, you might be tempted back again, same time, same place, next week. If so, we’ll be rolling by in the Cruise Mobile with a seat saved especially for you. So, until the next time we go Cruising with The Commissioner . . . remember . . . have fun!

Broadcast by Cruising Radio
on 17 August 2016

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