The Wurzels


"I Am A Cider Drinker" LP


This was the first compilation album to be released of Wurzel material. It was released in June 1979 as a 12" vinyl stereo LP on the EMI Encore record label with catalogue number ONCR523. The album was simultaneously released on cassette tape.

The Band Line-Up:

At the time of the recording of all tracks on this compilation the Wurzels consisted of Tommy Banner (piano, organ, accordion, vocals), Tony Baylis (bass, bass guitar, sousaphone and vocals) and Pete Budd (banjo, guitar and vocals).

Track Listing:

  • Side 1
  • 1. I Am A Cider Drinker (Paloma Blanca)   (Hans Bowen:new lyrics by The Wurzels) 1976
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP76 
  • 2. Down Our Street (Sammy King) 1978
    Taken from the I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here LP 
  • 3. Springtime (Banner-Baylis-Budd-De Sylva) 1977
    'B' side of the single Farmer Bill's Cowman  
  • 4. The Back Of My Old Car (Banner-Baylis- Budd) 1976
    'B' side of the single I Am A Cider Drinker  
  • 5. I Keep Smilin' (Bob Barratt) 1977
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP
  • 6. The Cabot Song (Big 'Ead) (John Christie- Pete Lawrence) 1977
    Taken from the Golden Delicious LP  
  • 7. Sousaphone Sam (Bently-Orchard- Shaw) 1977
    Taken from the Give Me England LP  
  • 8. Sally-Army Teacher Doug Taylor) 1977
    Taken from the Give Me England LP
  • 9. Nellie The Bionic Cow (Tony Baylis- Pete Budd) 1977
    Taken from the Give Me England LP 
  • 10. Farmer Jonesies' Travellin' Disco Show (George Moody) 1977
    Taken from the Give Me England LP

  • Side 2
  • 1. The Shepton Mallet Matador (Adge Cutler)      Interpolating Y Viva Espana (Caerts- Rozenstraten) 1975
    Taken from The Wurzels Are Scrumptious LP including intro and clapping at the end  
  • 2. Who Needs Summer (Ed Welch) 1975
    Taken from The Wurzels Are Scrumptious LP including intro and clapping at the end
  • 3. Gotta Have Tenderness (M.Torok-R.Redd) 1975
    Taken from The Wurzels Are Scrumptious LP including intro and clapping at the end   
  • 4. My Somerset Crumpet Horn (T.Baylis-T.Banner) 1976
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP, same introduction but the ending is edited to allow next song to fit (it was the final track on the LP)  
  • 5. Crabapple Hill (Sammy King) 1976
    Taken from The Combine Harvester LP including intro and clapping at the end 
  • 6. Mevagissey (Pete Budd) 1978
    Taken from the I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here LP including intro and clapping at the end
  • 7. Drunk On A Saturday Night (Pam Warner- C.Warner) 1978
    Taken from the I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here LP including intro and clapping at the end

The Tracks:

An unusual compilation of Wurzels material, including a couple of sought-after gems not previously issued on albums (Springtime and The Back Of My Old Car - not really a "greatest hits" package as the title track is the only chart hit on the album.

The first side of the album consists of studio tracks and the second is made up of live tracks - these are edited together with chat between songs, which explains why there are fewer tracks on side 2.

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).

Stereo pressing of ONCR523 on the EMI Encore label.

A Side: Matrix ONCR523 A-1 HTM 1 R

B Side: Matrix ONCR523 B-1 1 AM

(HTM - Harry Moss, EMI's most respected mastering engineer)

Album Sleeve Rear:

The album sleeve, which was of the wrap-round style and laminated, had little information other than the LP tracks, the name of the producer - Bob Barratt, and the three band members.

Collectors' Extras:


A nice collector's item - a copy autographed by all three band members - Tommy Banner, Pete Budd and Tony Baylis.

A Side: Matrix ONCR523 A-1 HTM 1 C

B Side: Matrix ONCR523 B-1 1 R

This next example is a quite a unique collector's item - a 12" double-sided white label record. This is a pre-production test-print of the album. The vinyl itself is the same as the one that went into production. Additionally the sleeve is also a 'test' item being an unlaminated and 'unfolded' example.

A Side: Matrix ONCR523 A-1 HTM 1 C                  B Side: Matrix ONCR523 B-1 1 C

I Am A Cider Drinker - Song Lyrics

  • Side 1
  • 1. I Am A Cider Drinker
    2. Down Our Street
    3. Springtime
    4. The Back Of My Old Car
    5. I Keep Smilin'
    6. The Cabot Song (Big 'Ead)
    7. Sousaphone Sam
    8. Sally-Army Teacher
    9. Nellie The Bionic Cow
    10. Farmer Jonesies' Travellin' Disco Show

  • Side 2
  • 1. The Shepton Mallet Matador
    2. Who Needs Summer
    3. Gotta Have Tenderness
    4. My Somerset Crumpet Horn
    5. Crabapple Hill
    6. Mevagissey
    7. Drunk On A Saturday Night

Lryics for previously unreleased album tracks:


Side 1, Track 3 - Springtime

(Chorus)
Springtime, Springtime 
The bees in the honeysuckle, weather's fine
Everybody's high on last year's wine
Spring, spring time

Grandpa stood up t'other day
Threw his walking sticks away
And chased old Granny in the hay
Spring, spring time

Daisy Daisy our old cow
Went out courting, she knows how
She's got the old bull starting now
Spring, spring time

(Repeat Chorus)

Mother Nature shows her hand
Fertilizer on the land
Farmer says ooh arr smells grand
Spring, spring time

What we reap now we will sow
Come December we will know
Nappies hanging in a row
Spring, spring time

(Repeat Chorus)

Lovers like this time of year
In the fields the things I hear
They're not watching birds that's clear
Spring, spring time

Milkmaid Nellie she won't say
Why she's got rosy cheeks today
I think old Ernie been round her way
Spring, spring time

(Repeat Chorus)

Everybody's high on last year's wine
Spring, spring time


Side 1, Track 4 - The Back Of My Old Car

A pretty girl came up to me
What's that thing supposed to be
I stepped back and said with pride
You'll find out when you step inside
I've done eighty in this one
You can be number eighty-one
The little darling gave a yell
Jumped inside and we went like hell

(Chorus)
In the back of my old car
We won't be travelling far
We'll have a cuddle in the moonlight
In the back of my old car
We won't tell your Ma-ma
She won't know where we are
You'll be all right if you get inside
I'll give you an economy ride
Everybody's been satisfied
In the back of my old car

Into first and off we go
The engine shudders when the revs are low
Gasket's blowing, camshaft's worn
Gearbox grinds and me hood is torn
Just as she yells out don't stop
I get flagged down by a traffic cop
He said my son do you know you
Were nearly up to eighty-two

(Repeat Chorus)

The seatbelt's on so very tight
She looks a most attractive sight
Looking for a parking spot
In case me big end gets too hot
Me tank is empty, back end sags
All steamed up, exhaust pipe drags
Out of oil, me sump is dry
One more time we'll have a try

(Repeat Chorus)

Everybody's been satisfied
In the back of my old car




Side 2

Side 2, Track 1 - The Shepton Mallet Matador
[Originally issued on the album ‘The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!’ - Album 6, track (2.1)]

Side 2, Track 2 - Who Needs Summer
[Originally issued on the album ‘The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!’ - Album 6, track (1.4)]

Side 2, Track 3 - Gotta Have Tenderness
[Originally issued on the album ‘The Wurzels Are Scrumptious!’ - Album 6, track (2.5)]

Side 2, Track 4 - My Somerset Crumpet Horn
[Originally issued on the album ‘The Combine Harvester’ - Album 7, track (2.5)]

Side 2, Track 5 - Crabapple Hill
[Originally issued on the album ‘The Combine Harvester’ - Album 7, track (1.4)]


Side 2, Track 6 - Mevagissey
[Originally issued on the album ‘I’ll Never Get A Scrumpy Here’ - Album 10, track (1.5)]


Side 2, Track 7 - Drunk On A Saturday Night
[Originally issued on the album ‘I’ll Never Get A Scrumpy Here’ - Album 10, track (2.6)]





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

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