The Wurzels AVES Germany Releases
Record releases by The Wurzels outside the UK are poorly documented as this was something managed by EMI worldwide rather than something that the group themselves were able to control - so this may be a page that will be updated and expanded as more information becomes available!
So far it appears that EMI Germany released two singles of Wurzels material - unless you can tell us more of course!
1976: I Am A Cider Drinker b/w The Back Of My Old Car
This first single released by The Wurzels in Germany in 1976 was a straight copy of the UK equivalent. Unlike the UK version it was marked as 'stereo'. It was released by Metronome Records on the Aves record label, catalogue number 39.013,. Aves specialised in German-speaking releases by foreign groups. However, on this single, the vocals were in English.
Side A Matrix: 0105 840 S1 PF 39.013-A C
Side B Matrix: 0105 840 S2 PF 39.013-B C
The picture sleeve for this single is interesting in that it has a clear spelling error in the title of the B side track ('Pack' instead of 'Back'). This error is on all printed sleeves but does not extend to the label on the record itself.
March 1979 : O Du Schoner Westerwald b/w Das Humbta Tatara
This was the only single released by The Wurzels sung in a foreign language! Both tracks are in German and were only released in Germany on this 7" single - they have never been re-released elsewhere so are something of both an oddity and a rarity! As per their first German single this was released on the Aves record label, catalogue number INT 111.505.
Side A : O Du Schoner Westerwald
Matrix - IP INT 111 505 A
Side B: Das Humbta Tatara
Matrix - IP INT 111 505 B
The picture sleeve for this release had exactly the same image back and front, the photo coming from a promotional shoot made in the UK in 1977....and as Pete Budd said in conversation with Professor Wurzel:
"The recording of this single was arranged by Bob Barratt of EMI records. EMI Germany sent someone across to the UK to teach The Wurzels to sing in German, the backing band being English session musicians. We had a lot of fun with that [session] and a while after I wrote the words for Weston-Super-Mare using the ‘umpta umpta ta ta ra’ which was a German marching song. Also, we got to wear leather lederhosen with Wurzel scarfs. What a gas! and as Tom used to say my legs looked as though they were pinned to my shirt-tail, how sexy was that!"