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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.

  Song Lyrics

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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The Wurzels - Song Lyrics

  • 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 album tracks:

Side 1  Track 1     Who Put The Bomp

I'd like to thank the guy, who wrote the song
And made my baby, fall in love with me

(Chorus)
Who put the bomp in the bomp a bomp a bomp
Who put the ram in the ramalam a ding dong
Who put the bop in the bop she bop she bop
Who put the dip in the dip dip dip dip dip
Who was that man, I'd like to shake his hand
He made my baby fall in love with me
Yeah

When my baby heard bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp
Every word went right into her heart
And when she heard them singing ramalamalam ramalam a ding dong
She said we'd never have to part

(Repeat Chorus)

Each time that we're alone, boogeddy boogeddy boogeddy boogeddy boogeddy boogeddy shoo
Sets my baby's heart all aglow
And every time we dance to do do do do do do do do do do do do
She always says she loves me so

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken]
Darlin', bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp
And my little flower, ramalam a ding dong forever
And when I say do do do do do do do do, you know I mean it
From the bottom of my boogeddy boogeddy boogeddy boot!

Who put the bomp in the bomp a bomp a bomp
Who put the ram in the ramalam a ding dong
Who put the bop in the bop she bop she bop
Who put the dip in the dip dip dip dip dip

(Repeat x 2)

[Fade out]


Track 2       Don Juan Of The West

For a man of my figure, I'm quite full of vigour
And this I have put to the test
In spite of the rigour, my appetite's bigger
Cos I am Don Juan of the West
Hilda's got bunions, and eats pickled onions
I wish I could love her to death
But she mucks out the sows, the hens and the cows
I can't stand the smell of her breath

(Chorus)
You, better believe me, the ladies all say I'm the best
When I gets a notion, I leaps into motion
They call me Don Juan of the West

Sweet Molly Perkins, she liked pickled gherkin
And lived on a farm with her Dad
Hedging and ditching, sewing and stitching
Just one of the girls that I've had

(Repeat Chorus)

[Instrumental]

(Repeat Chorus x 4)
[Fade out]

Side 1    Track 3     The Wurzel Rock

[Spoken] Down in Somerset 'bout this time of the year we do all go out in the fields and do the turnip dance

When it's Wurzelin’ time in Somerset
We goes out in the morning dew
Rubbing around in the Wurzel fields
Like Wurzel diggers do
Life can be so boring
Bending over in the fields all day
So, we 'as to think of something
To pass the time away
So, we do's the….

(Chorus)
Wurzel rock, ooh arr showaddywaddy
Wurzel roll with our boots wet and muddy
We boogie on up and we boogie on down
We do the Wurzel rock until the sun goes down

[Spoken] Ha ha, d'sound more like drunk rock to I, haw haw

When it's Wurzelin’ time in Somerset
We'll hide from the midday sun
In the bar of The Dog and Crumpet
We'll 'ave our lunchtime fun
When we starts back a-digging
Our faces are wreathed in smiles
And they say you can hear us singing
For miles and miles and miles
As we do the….

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Now 'ere's Ivor Dribble, with his Somerset crumpet horn, give 'em a blast Ivor, go on there my babby

[Instrumental]

We don't need a disco
As we dance into the night
We don't need no music
When the sun is shining bright

And we has to keep on dancing
Cos we knows just where we stands
Cos if we stops for a second
It gives the horseflies time to land
So, we do the….

(Repeat Chorus)

We boogie on up and we boogie on down
We do the Wurzel rock until the sun goes down

















Lyrics Kindly transcribed by M. Pelling & E.Bryant,
Verified by Professor Wurzel

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