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The Wurzels featuring Adge Cutler

"THE FINEST 'ARVEST OF THE WURZELS"   Cassette


This compilation cassette was released alongside a CD of the same name on July 3rd 2000. Issued on the EMI 'Gold' record label it featured well-known tracks by both Adge Cutler & The Wurzels and The Wurzels in their own right: It was reissued in August 2001 - with minor changes (track 12 changed and track 13 added on side 2) - following on from the success of The Wurzel's new single The Combine Harvester Remix 2001. 

The Cassette Release:

This cassette was issued in stereo: Of the tracks featuring Adge Cutler & The Wurzels some had been originally released in stereo, others were electronically reprocessed from the original mono to produce stereo sound.

By 2000 EMI had dispensed with the traditional catalogue numbering system for their releases - between 1969 and 1982 they had an international coding system which they hoped would get adopted industry wide, and they used it worldwide for their own releases. By 2000 this system had been generally adopted and became the EAN/UPC barcode-based cataloguing system. The 2000 release of this album was 7243 5 27046 4 4 and the 2001 re-release was 7243 5 34401 4 5. The EMI 'Gold' label had been set up for the issue and re-issue of existing albums and compilations, including some vinyl recordings previously unreleased on CD. 

It is worth noting the three song title spelling errors on all versions of both this cassette (and the CD):

Side 2 track 3 of the cassettes and track 15 on the CDs the track title is given as 'Down The Nempnett Thrubwell' instead of 'Down In Nempnett Thrubwell'.

Side 2 track 10 of the cassettes and track 22 on the CDs the track title is given as the 'Wurple-Diddle-I-Do-Song' instead of 'Wurple-Diddle-I-Doo Song'.

Side 2 track 4 of the cassettes and track 16 of the CDs appears the title ' I'd Love To Swim in The Zider Zee' which should read '...Zuider Zee'.

These errors appear to have remain uncorrected on all pressings.


Track Listing - 'The Wurzels' Tracks

  • Side 1
  • 1. The Combine Harvester
    2. I Am A Cider Drinker
    3. Morning Glory
    4. The Blackbird
    5. Farmer Bill's Cowman
    12. You Don't Get Drunk On A Saturday Night

  • Side 2
  • 3 Down The Nempnett Thrubwell
    5. I Got My Beady Little Eye On Thee
    6. Keep Yer 'and On Yer 'alfpenny
    7. Market Gardener
    8. The Back Of My Old Car
    11. I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here
    12. Rock Around The A38
    24. Drink Drink Yer Zider Up
    25. Combine Harvester - 2001 Remix

  • Taken from the single
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP
    Taken from the Give Me England LP
    Taken from the I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here LP


  • Taken from The Combine Harvester LP
    Taken from the Never Get A Scrumpy Here LP early fade
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP
    Taken from The Wurzels Are Scrumptious LP
    Taken from the single
    Taken from the single
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
    Taken from the single

Track Listing - 'Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' Tracks

6. Drink Up Thy Zider
Straight lift from the LP 'Carry On Cutler' side 2 track 7 - complete with end of track chat from Adge "thank you my darlings, thank you all very much, hope to see you all again, thank you my dears, goodnight, goodnight to you all"

7. Twice Daily
Straight lift from the LP 'Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' side 1 track 1 - complete with shortened/edited end of track chat from Adge "Ah, I thought ee'd like that one, I know you lot".

8. Chitterling
Straight lift from the LP 'Dont Tell I, Tell 'Ee' side 1 track 'd' - straight into song and fade out with applause

9. All Over Mendip
Straight lift from the LP 'Carry On Cutler' side 1 track 2 - straight into song and fade out with applause

10.The Champion Dung Spreader
Straight lift from the LP 'Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' side 1 track 5 - straight into song and fade out with applause

11. Don't Tell I Tell 'ee
 Straight lift from the LP 'Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee' track 'a' - with fade into song and fade out both with applause

13. My Threshing Machine
Straight lift from the LP 'Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee' side 1 track 'e' - straight into song then fade out with applause

14. Pill Pill
Straight lift from the LP 'Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' side 2 track 1 - straight into song and fade out with applause

16. I Love To Swim In The Zider Zee
Straight lift from the LP 'Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee' side 2 track 'b' - straight into song and fade out with applause

21. I Wish I Was Back On The Farm
Straight lift from the LP 'Don't Tell I, Tell 'Ee' side 1 track 'f' - straight into song and fade out with applause

22. Wurple-Diddle-I-Do Song
 Straight lift from the LP 'Cutler Of The West' side 2 track 7 - straight into song and fade out with applause

The Cassette Shell:

Below (top) the 2000 and below (bottom) 2001 release of this cassette: This style of cassette body was introduced in 1980 by EMI - the shell being translucent and the case with a clear front and black body with a smooth finish. The text is printed directly onto the shell in white, with a grey or black background inside the shell itself.

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The cassette case inserts for the two releases of this album are shown below - the 2000 release first followed by that of 2001. They aren't hugely different, just the expected alterations to track listing and also minor changes in the layout of the text.
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Collectors' Extras:

Image below is of the relatively rare 2001 reissue of the cassette to include a sticker on the case promoting the addition of the 2001 remix of 'Combine Harvester' to the tracklist. The same sticker was applied to the 2001 CD but that is the version more commonly found.

Thanks to Peter May for this example.

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