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"The Wurzels"  Cassette


This compilation cassette was released in June 1981 on the EMI Ideal record label, catalogue number IDL22


This cassette release - a strange compilation of Wurzel tracks mainly from LPs but two from 7" singles and one previously unreleased track - is one of the rarest of Wurzel albums. Issued on cassette in June 1981 it was purportedly re-released in 1988 on CD with an additional track (Farmer Jones' Travelling Disco Show). The conclusive evidence to verify this has not yet been uncovered.

Side 1 tracks are all taken from studio recordings and as such are stand-alone. Of interest to collectors is that tracks 1 and 3 were previously unreleased. On Side 2 each track has been lifted from the original album and a small part of either the beginning or end audience sounds and inter-track chat by the band for each track has been retained to give the impression of this side being a continuous live performance.

Track Listing:

  • Side 1
  • Who Put The Bomp  
    Don Juan Of The West 
    The Wurzel Rock 
    Willie Friese-Greene 
    Tremble On 
    Base Over Apex 
    Pheasant Plucker's Son 
    Good Old Somerset 
    Short Time Livin' 
    Drink Up Thy Zider (Disco Version) 
  • Side 2
  • The Market Gardener  
    Ferry To Glastonbury
    Somerset Born & Proud 
    Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny 
    Middle For Diddle 
    Down In Nempnett Thrubwell   
    Call Of The West   
    Two Milk Churns 
    Somerset Jigolo 

  • Previously unreleased
    Taken from the single of the same name
    Previously unreleased
    Taken from the Given Me England LP
    Taken from the Given Me England LP
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
    Taken from the Greatest Hits Album 

  • Taken from The Wurzels Are Scrumptious LPaken from the I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here LP
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP 
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP 
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP 
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP
    Taken from the I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here LP
    Taken from the I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here LP 

The Cassette :

This design of cassette shell was originally introduced in early 1977 and was by 1981 was normally produced in grey (as in the images immediately above and below). The text was printed directly onto the cassette body in blue, red or black ink. As can be seen on the images here 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.

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This album can also be found on a white cassette shell, and in this case the album details have been printed on paper that has been glued onto the shell

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Cassette Case Insert:

The cassette case insert follows the standard EMI Ideal label design.

There are two different versions of this insert to be found. The second shown here has a misspelling in track 3 'The Wurzel Rook' instead of 'Rock'. This error occurs in both panels.

Track 2 also has a misspelling of Tony Baylis - with a double 's' being used.

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