The Wurzels

"Give Me England" Cassette


'Give Me England' was the fourth post-Adge Wurzel album. Its main release was as a 12" vinyl LP in December 1977 - this cassette was issued around the same time on the EMI Notes label, catalogue number TC-NTS 138. The tracks are identical to the vinyl release.

Track Listing:

  • Side 1
  • 1. Give Me England! (Orginal theme from the
        Columbia film "Confessions from a Holiday Camp")
       Welch Barratt) 
    2. Willie Friese-Greene (Christie)
    3. Sally-Army Teacher (Taylor) 
    4. Tremble On (Cook) 
    5. The Mixer Man's Lament (Cutler) 
    6. Speedy Gonzales (Kaye-Hill-Lee)
        (New lyric by The Wurzels)
  • Side 2
  • 1. Farmer Jonesies' Travellin' Disco Show (Moody) 
    2. Sousaphone Sam (Bentley-Orchard-Shaw)
    3. The Jubilee Day (Banner-Baylis-Budd-de  Sylva)   
    4. Hey, Come With Me (Baylis)
    5. Nellie The Bionic Cow (Baylis-Budd) 
    6. Haggis Farewell (Banner) 
    7. Farmer Bill's Cowman (I Was Kaiser Bill's  Batman) (Greenaway-Cook-special lyrics by Banner-Baylis-Budd-Barratt)

The Cassette :

This design of cassette shell was introduced in early 1977 and was produced in both grey (as above) and cream coloured plastic. The text was printed directly onto the cassette body in blue (as in this image), red or black ink. As can be seen on the images the tape was produced with the Dolby noise reduction system to improve the quality of the sound when played on suitable players (noticeably to reduce the hiss associated with tape playback). Cassette cases were used with clear fronts and black bodies with a lightly mottled effect on the back face.

This particular album release appears to be only found with blue text on the grey shell.

Cassette Case Insert:

This style of cassette case insert was introduced by EMI in early 1977. It was printed by Garrod & Lofthouse (who also produced the vinyl album sleeve) in December 1977 as indicated by the line 7712 G&L.

Like the LP sleeve for this album there were no sleeve notes on this cassette insert and song credits were abbreviated to surnames only. 


Beneath the catalogue number TC-NTS 138 appears another code number OC 258-06 556. Between 1969 and 1982 EMI had an international coding system which they hoped would get adopted industry wide, and they used it worldwide for their own releases. In fact, the numbers used formed the basis of the 7-digit numbers adopted in 1983 and inserted into EAN/UPC barcode-based cataloguing, used to this day.

The back of the card sleeve had a few explanatory notes about cassette tapes in general and a list of the publishers of the music tracks.