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"I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver"     4-track EP CD

This was first CD single by The Wurzels. It was released on 7th August 1995 on the Loose Records record label, catalogue number WURZELCDS1. Unusually this single was simultaneously released in the 7" vinyl, CD and cassette tape formats.

The Band Line-Up:

At the time of the recording of this single The Wurzels consisted of Tommy Banner, Pete Budd, John Morgan and Dave Wintour.

Of interest are the numerous credits on the sleeves notes for all four tracks which include only two Wurzels - Pete Budd and Tommy Banner. In full the credits given are: Tommy Banner (accordion, keyboard, harmonies), Geoff Betsworth (acoustic guitar, dobro, steel guitar, harmonies), Pete Budd (banjo and lead vocal) and Malcolm Mason (guitar, sequences, harmonies). Becky Hutchison, Emma Richardson, Anna Chaddock and Sarah Clarke - backing vocals and cheers on 'I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver'.

The sleeve artwork - for all formats - shows a cartoon of all four members of the band.

Track Listing:

  • 1. I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver
  • 2. You Can't Kid A Kidder
  • 3. 40 & Bone Dry
  • 4. Rig Jig.

The Tracks:

There were four new and previously unreleased tracks on this EP - I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver, You Can't Kid A Kidder, 40 & Bone Dry and Rig Jig. They were all studio recordings, recorded at the Lemon Grass Studio in Cumbia. The title song was the brainchild of Loose Records owner Andy Titcombe. Issued in three formats the EP was an entry in the lower reaches of the UK Top 100. Although the sleeve notes claim that the tracks were taken "from the forthcoming album 'Wurzel, Hits, The Road' " - this album (WURZELCD201) was never recorded.

Disc and Label Variations:

In common with all The Wurzels' EMI album releases from 1975 to 1980 this album remained 'on catalogue' for many years. Unlike the Adge Cutler / Wurzel albums from 1967 onwards The Wurzel albums have few variations in labels and sleeves. By 1975 all album sleeves were of the wrap-around type and most were laminated. Tax codes on vinyl records had been discarded and the vinyl weights - which were now generally the same on all records - were on the light side when compared to the high-quality heavy vinyl of the 1960s. Matrix, Mother and Stamper codes were still used on the vinyl and the information centred around Adge's 1960's recordings that can be found on the Main Menu under 'Vinyl Collecting Guides' remains relevant with minor changes between different record labels. The inner sleeves changed little over the period. Unlike the 1960s, which saw inner sleeves bearing advertising information, the 1970's to 80's were white company sleeves with minor variations. The 'Dating Record Sleeves' guide (in the Main Menu) indicates which inner sleeves would be expected to be found between 1974 and 1983 (types H,J,K, AND L).

Disc & Sleeve:

Typical of early CDs this single was manufactured with black font on silver background.

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The case insert was produced on thin glossy card with the same information was can be found on the cassette insert (there was no sleeve or insert with the vinyl version of this single)

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