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"Golden Delicious" Cassette


'Golden Delicious' was third post-Adge Wurzel album. Its main release was as a 12" vinyl LP in April 1977 - this cassette was issued around the same time on the EMI Notes label, catalogue number TC-NTS 122. A release as an eight track cartridge was also made.The tracks are identical to the vinyl release.

Track Listing:

  • Side 1
  • 1. Drink, Drink Yer Zider Up (Greenaway - H. & R.   Barter)
    2. The Cabot Song (Big 'Ead) (Christie-Lawrence 
    3. Good Old Somerset (Banner-Dudd-Wright) 
    4. Rock Around The A38 (Banner-Budd-Baylis) 
    5. I Keep Smilin' (Barratt) 
    6. Pheasant Plucker's Son (Taylor)
  • Side 2
  • 1. Morning Glory (Fletcher-Flett)
    2. There's A Spider In The Bathtub (Baylis) 
    3. Base Over Apex (Barratt-Baylis) 
    4. Short Time Livin' (Spiro-King) 
    5. School Days, Young Days (King) 
    6. I Am A Cider Drinker (Paloma Blanca) 
        (Bowens;new lyrics by The Wurzels)

The Cassette :

This design of cassette shell was introduced in early 1977 and was produced in both grey (as below) and cream (as above) 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 album release appears to be only found with blue text.

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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 March 1977 as indicated by the line 7703 G&L.


Some inserts were poorly printed resulting in a blurring of the front image.
Unlike the LP sleeve for this album there were no sleeve notes on this cassette insert and song credits were abbreviated to surnames only. Interesting to note the misspelling on side 1 track 3 - 'Dudd' instead of 'Budd'. This doesn't seem to have been corrected on any other further pressings.

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Beneath the catalogue number TC-NTS 122 appears another code number OC 236-06 346. 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.

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Collectors' Extras:

Misprinted copy of the sleeve insert where the front is for 'Golden Delicious' but the rear, shown here, shows the information for the 'Combine Harvester' cassette sleeve insert ('Live Sequences..' etc).

This error can be found with both types of cassette shell (i.e. grey and cream).

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