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"The Combine Harvester" LP


This was the second album to be released by The Wurzels following Adge Cutler's death in 1974. It was released in July 1976 as a 12" vinyl stereo LP on the EMI 'One-Up' record label with catalogue number OU2138. The album was simultaneously released on cassette tape and 8-track cartridge.

The Band Line-Up:

At the time of the recording of this album 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) all of who had been supporting Adge Cutler at the time of his death. On this recording they were assisted by Andy White (drummer), Dougie Wright (drummer) and The Keith Monk Sound.

Track Listing:

  • Side 1
  • 1. The Blackbird (new music and lyric
       adaptation P Budd - T Banner -T Baylis)
    2. Somerset Born And Proud (Pete Budd) 
    3. Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny (Alex  Glasgow) 
    4. Crabapple Hill (Sammy King)
    5. Middle For Diddle (Kevin Sheldon-Adrian  Beecham)
  • Side 2
  • 1. The Combine Harvester (Brand New Key
        - Melanie Safka) 
    2. Let There Not Be Light (Kevin Sheldon- 
        Adrian Beecham) 
    3. Down In Nempnett Thrubwell (Davis-Adge  Cutler)
    4. Call Of The Wild (Sammy King) 
    5. My Somerset Crumpet Horn (T Baylis - T Banner)

The Tracks:

This 'live' album was recorded at the Yew Tree Country Club in Langford, Avon. The recording includes the between-song banter amongst the band. Although publicised as 'live' many of the tracks were actually studio recordings. The album contains The Wurzels' UK number one hit single The Combine Harvester (Brand New Key), and the equally popular The Blackbird. It is also notable for the classic Adge Cutler song Down In Nempnett Thrubwell, previously unrecorded. The release was promoted by a single with tracks taken from the album - The Combine Harvester and The Blackbird.

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).

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Stereo pressing of OU2138 on the EMI One-Up label.

A Side: Matrix OU 2138 A-1 HTM 2 OO

B Side: Matrix OU 2138 B-1 HTM 2 CC

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

This LP entered the UK Albums Chart on 3 July 1976 for 20 weeks, reaching number 15. 

Album Sleeve Rear:

The sleeve, manufactured by Garrod and Lofthouse in July 1976, was of the wrap-around style and fully laminated. The artwork shows a photo of the band taken at Failand Lodge Farm (courtesy of Mr Mervyn Down) by Peter Vernon. The cover included a warning: "This picture was specially posed and should on no account be imitated"!

The cartoons on the reverse side of the album sleeve were drawn by 'Larry': Terence "Larry" Parkes was an English cartoonist. His work, consisting largely of single drawings featuring an absurdist view of normal life, was published in many magazines and newspapers in the 1970s.

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Collectors' Extras:


Interesting collector's item - factory sample example of this album. Factory samples were taken from the production lines for a quality check.

In this example, and unusually, both the sleeve and the vinyl itself both have  'factory sample' stickers applied.

A Side: Matrix OU 2138 A-1 HTM 3 HR
B Side: Matrix OU 2138 B-1 HTM 2 PT

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

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Interesting collector's item - sleeve artwork autographed by all three Wurzels.


A Side: Matrix OU 2087 A-1 RJL 1 G
B Side: Matrix OU 2087 B-1 RJL 1 G 

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With the huge success of the Combine Harvester single release some early sleeves had a sticker attached as shown on this example.


A Side: Matrix OU 2138 A-1 HTM 1 G
B Side: Matrix OU 2138 A-1 HTM 1 T

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This is 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. The reverse of the disc also has a white label but again with no information written on it.

A Side: Matrix OU 2138 A-1 HTM 1 G
B Side Matrix OU 2138 A-1 HTM 1 R

The Combine Harvester - Song Lyrics

  • Side 1
  • 1. The Blackbird (new music and lyric
       adaptation P Budd - T Banner -T Baylis)
    2. Somerset Born And Proud (Pete Budd) 
    3. Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny (Alex  Glasgow) 
    4. Crabapple Hill (Sammy King)
    5. Middle For Diddle (Kevin Sheldon-Adrian  Beecham)
  • Side 2
  • 1. The Combine Harvester (Brand New Key
        - Melanie Safka) 
    2. Let There Not Be Light (Kevin Sheldon- 
        Adrian Beecham) 
    3. Down In Nempnett Thrubwell (Davis-Adge  Cutler)
    4. Call Of The Wild (Sammy King) 
    5. My Somerset Crumpet Horn (T Baylis - T Banner)

Side 1

Side 1, Track 1 - The Blackbird

(Chorus)
Where be it blackbird to, I know where he be
'Ee be up yon Wurzel tree and I be after 'ee
Now I sees 'ee, and 'ee sees I
Buggered if I don't get'n
With a gurt big stick I'll knock'n down
Blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee
Na na na na na na, na na na na na na
How's yee Father, all right

All me life I'm on the farm, working for me keep
Tending pigs and chickens, and they cows and sheep
But everywhere I'm working, there's one who always mocks me
He's hiding somewhere in the trees, blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee

(Repeat Chorus)

Underneath the open sky in Spring we loves to dine
We likes to hear the flapping of the missis' washing line
We listens to a tuneful song, a blackbird or a tit
But on me vest and underpants he's scored a direct hit

(Repeat Chorus)

If I goes out poaching, a-creeping through the fields
With me old retriever, a-following at me 'eels
If I aim me shotgun, at a pheasant in the hay
That bloody blackbird start’n his row and frightens him away

(Repeat Chorus)

No longer can I sleep at night, get peace of any kind
That bird'll be the death of me, he's preying on me mind
If I chase him long enough, I'll get'n by and by
And celebrate me victory with a gurt big blackbird pie

Where be it blackbird to, I know where he be
'Ee be up yon Wurzel tree and I be after 'ee
Now I sees 'ee, and 'ee sees I
Buggered if I don't get'n
With a gurt big stick I'll knock'n down
Blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee
With a gurt big stick I'll knock'n down
Blackbird I'll 'ave 'ee
Na na na na na na, na na na na na na
How's yer Father, all right



Side 1, Track 2 - Somerset Born And Proud

One night down in Zummerzet
A thousand cider drinkers met
And village folks from miles around
Sipped their cider down
The do went on, right through the night
Blokes was falling left and right
When up stepped George, of ninety-two
He showed 'em what to do
He said….

(Chorus)
I'm Somerset born and proud, that's what I am
And I travelled every town throughout this land
With me sousaphone accordion banjo band
I'm Somerset born and proud, that's what I am
La la la la la la la, la la la la la la la
La la la la la la la, la la la la la la la

Now George he had, an Uncle Ernie
He kept a pub down Farrington Gurney
They found him floating in a cider vat
With nothing on but his hat
Now Auntie Lil, at a hundred and five
Could out-scrump any man alive
A superstar, without no doubt
And they sang as they laid her out
She said….

(Repeat Chorus)

Now back last week, old Uncle George
He tried to jump the Cheddar Gorge
He oodn't listen, to I nor thee
Now that's the end of me family tree
Singing Somerset born and proud, that's what I am
And I travelled every town throughout this land
With me sousaphone accordion banjo band
I'm Somerset born and proud, that's what I am
La la la la la la la, Somerset born and proud I am
La la la la la la la, I'm a Somerset man



Side 1, Track 3 - Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny

(Chorus)
Keep yer ‘and on yer ha’penny
Cover it well with yer palm
La la la la la
Keep yer ‘and on yer ha'penny
And Molly will come to no harm

[Spoken] Ha ha, that's what you think mate, I'll tell 'ee

When Molly began to go courting
Her Mother was anxious to tell
How certain young fellas would want her
To stray down the pathway to hell

So, Molly's old Ma used to sing….

(Repeat Chorus)

They'll hug you and kiss you so sweetly
Make you feel ever so nice (oh)
But handle the fellas discreetly
And follow this simple advice

And follow this simple advice….

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] I know what you'm after kid, oh bad luck

Now Molly and me went out courting
I told her she'd nothing to fear
[Spoken] Liar
But down in the meadow last Sunday
I whispered these words in her ear

Take yer ‘and off yer ha'penny
Look into me bonny blue eyes
Take yer ‘and off yer ha'penny
I'll give you a lovely surprise

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Hang on there

And Molly will come to no harm
[Spoken] Wanna bet
And Molly will come to no harm

Keep yer ‘and on it Missis, I can tell 'ee, now bad luck mind, ha ha ha



Side 1, Track 4 - Crabapple Hill

Pictures in my mind of Grandma, in a rocking chair
Sipping from a cider jug, of ancient earthenware
Grandpa standing on the porch, his pipe between his teeth
Watching little Elmer get himself into mischief

(Chorus)
On Crabapple Hill in Strawberry Valley where the air is fresh and clean
Crabapple Hill, where time stands still, and the grass is greener than green
Crabapple Hill in Strawberry Valley where the birds and butterflies
Flutter around without a sound, in the warmth of the Summer skies

I wonder what my folks are doing, right now back home
I wonder if they know I'm feeling, lost and alone
The city's fine, but not the line that, life set out for me
The more I think about my home, the more I long to be

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken]
I wonder what me folks are doing, right now back home
I wonder if they know I'm feeling, so lost and all alone
The city's fine, but not the line, that life set out for me
Cos the more I think about me home, and the more I feel I long to be

(Repeat Chorus)

Have you ever been have you ever seen Crabapple Hill?



Side 1, Track 5 - Middle For Diddle

Now our village dart team it meets at The Rose
When the landlord calls time and the pub has to close
We join in the chorus that everyone knows
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away

If there's tough opposition and nobody twigs
Why they loses their form when they've had a few swigs
We've laced all their bitters with syrup of figs; ha ha
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away

(Chorus)
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away
We knows all the fiddles wherever we play
We'em top of the league and we're aiming to stay
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away

When they need a double and you need the same
The visitor's captain steps up to take aim
A nicely timed [fart sound] puts him right off his game; ha ha ha
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away

Old William Tell at an apple let fly
To repeat this performance old Ted had a try
And that's why his eldest has got a glass eye
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken]
There was a breathless hush in the pub last night
The atmosphere was tense
Our skipper kept 'em waiting
While he popped out to the Gents
He waited till the other side had truly lost their grip
Returned and said “I'm sorry chaps had a bit of trouble with me zip”

Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away

When we're playing away we comes back in a bus
With a load of supporters, we don't give a cuss
If we wake up the village, they'll know that it's us
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away

They say that this country is going to pot
At football and cricket we may not be hot
But there's one game that England can whitewash the lot; [Spoken] They're good an' all
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away
We'em top of the league and we're aiming to stay
[Spoken] Try'n get'n in the double top young 'un
Sing middle for diddle, sing mugs away

[Spoken] Come on there young 'un! Hey hey




Side 2

Side 2, Track 1 - The Combine Harvester

I drove my tractor through your haystack last night (oh ar oh ar)
I threw me pitchfork at yer dog to keep quiet (oh ar oh ar)
Now something's telling me, that you'm avoiding me (oh ar oh ar)
Come on now darling you got, something I need

(Chorus)
Cos I got a brand-new combine harvester and I'll give you the key
Come on now let's get together in perfect harmony
I got twenty acres, and you’ve got forty-three
Now I got a brand-new combine harvester and I'll give you the key

[Spoken] She made I laugh, ha ha

I'll stick by you, I’ll give you all that you need (oh ar oh ar)
We'll have twins and triplets, I'm a man built for speed (oh ar oh ar)
And you know I'll love you darling, so give me your hand (oh ar oh ar)
But the thing I want the most is all they, acres of land

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Cor she's a lovely bit of stuff an' all

For seven long years I've been alone in this place (oh ar oh ar)
Pigs sleep in the kitchen, it's a proper disgrace (oh ar oh ar)
Now if I cleaned it up would ya, change your mind (oh ar oh ar)
I'll give up drinking scrumpy and that, lager and lime

(Repeat Chorus)

[Spoken] Who loves 'ee baby, ha

Weren't we a grand couple at that last Wurzel dance
I wore brand new gaitors and me corduroy pants
In your new Sunday dress, with your perfume smelling grand
We had our photos took of us holding hands

Now I got a brand-new combine harvester and I'll give you the key
Now that we'em both past our fifties I think that you and me
Should stop this gallivanting, and will you marry me
Cos I got a brand-new combine harvester and I'll give you the key

[Spoken] Arr you're a fine-looking woman, and I can't wait to get me hands on your land
Ha ha ha


Side 2, Track 2 - Let There Not Be Light

On market days and Saturdays, the bus comes round at ten
Takes the housewives into town and brings them back again
There's a little shelter where passengers can sit
They built it fifty years ago and it's never yet been lit

(Chorus)
Well, what do we want with a light
In the dark we can manage all right
If they had one when, all our Dads were young men
Most of us wouldn't be here tonight
A rumper die dumper die dumper die doh
And a rumper die dumper die doh

It's used for other purposes than waiting for the bus [Spoken] Oh ar
Until about a week ago there'd never been no fuss
We've got our own unwritten rule, to break it is a sin
Until the other pair comes out, the next pair can't go in

(Repeat Chorus)

And if the copper comes along, he'll give a gentle cough
In case there's something going on, or something coming off
He's very understanding, he sees our point of view
And if he's on the early shift, he's right there in the queue

(Repeat Chorus)

One morning at the bus stop there was found a pair of panties
And someone called a meeting of the village vigilantes
The matter was debated, under any other biz
“Let there be light” said the vicar's wife [Spoken] and light there bloody is

Well, what do we want with a light?
In the dark we can manage all right [Spoken] Altogether
If they had one when, all our Dads were young men
Most of us wouldn't be here tonight
What do we want with a light? [Spoken] We don't want no light
In the dark we can manage all right
If they had one when, all our Dads were young men
Most of us wouldn't be here tonight
If they had one when, all our Dads were young men
Most of us wouldn't be here tonight


Side 2, Track 3 - Down In Nempnett Thrubwell

If you find life a race, you just can't stand the pace
Come with me, to the Westcountry, the perfect hiding place

Pack your bag, and make your way, to Somerset, and I will lay
Ten-to-one you'll wanna stay, down in Nempnett Thrubwell
There's not a pub, there aint a shop, you never see a traffic cop
Drink up and no one says stop, down in Nempnett Thrubwell

That's where the cider's strong, the day's forty-eight hours long
They've got frogs as big as dogs, that harmonising song
The pheasants all take part in shoots, big barn owls don't give two hoots
And all the fleas wear hobnail boots, down in Nempnett Thrubwell

[Instrumental]

Now they don't care, for cows or car, as long as they've a cider jar
They've never heard of Ringo Starr, down in Nempnett Thrubwell
You never hear of rain or snow, no hail or sleet, or rough winds blow
You can hear the grasses grow, down in Nempnett Thrubwell

Rabbits there, as big as sows, the hens there look the size of cows
And all the pigs, do Irish jigs, and pigeons pull the ploughs
So, leave me there, let me grow fat, and live and laugh, and after that
Bury me in a cider vat, down in Nempnett Thrubwell
Sleepy Nempnett Thrubwell, dear old Somerset


Side 2, Track 4 - Call Of The West

Long ago I loved to roam, through the hills around my home
Seeking out the hidden wonders of the world
There were creatures of the land, some no bigger than my hand
And they seemed to understand my every word

(Chorus)
I know in my heart, there's a place set apart
All those things I remember were the best
So long ago, but when the wind begins to blow
I still hear the call of the west

There were always things to do when the early morning dew
Shone like diamonds in the early morning sun
I could rise up from my bed, sip my breakfast fore and stead
Eating apples in the wild was much more fun

(Repeat Chorus)

When my eyes are closed in slumber even then I find
Sailing out across the silent sea of night
That the fingers of the past reach out and touch my heart
And coax, the thought of wings to fly

If the Lord would give to me just one wish then it would be
To be wild and running free for evermore
Like a never-ending stream I could follow every dream
Do those little things I used to do before

(Repeat Chorus)

I still hear the call of the West
I still hear the call of the West
I still hear the call of the West


Side 2, Track 5 - My Somerset Crumpet Horn

I met a fair young maiden, as pretty as can be
I asked her very nicely, if she'd come home with me
She said kind Sir I'd love to, but I must be back by dawn
So, I took her home and showed her, me Somerset crumpet horn
I made a cup of cocoa, and sat her in the chair
She said I'd love to see this thing that you say is so rare
So, I took it out to show her, all cuddly and fat
She said I thought I'd seen a few, but never one like that Ha

She said she'd like to hold it, to see how much it weighed
I put it in her tiny hand and closed me eyes and prayed
I prayed she'd treat it gently, not bash it all about
Cos a crumpet horn is delicate, of that there is no doubt
She said she'd like to blow it, she said she'd like to try
She put her lips about it, in the twinkle of an eye
She took a mighty breath and, before I could've caught her
She played a tune so beautiful she made me poor eyes water

We played for hours and hours, in perfect harmony
We played in all positions, we played in every key
We played until the sun came up and the first grey light of dawn
She said I cannot leave you, and your Somerset crumpet horn
My love and I are married, we are of one accord
And with our mutual interest, we find we'em never bored
If discord ever threatens, we can weather every storm
And have a special session on the Somerset crumpet horn

Oh, me Somerset crumpet horn, me Somerset crumpet horn
We'll have a special session on the Somerset crumpet horn
Oh, me Somerset crumpet horn, me Somerset crumpet horn
We'll have a special session on the Somerset crumpet horn

Hooray




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

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