The Wurzels

"I'm The Captain Of The Dredger"


This would have been the first single released by The Wurzels after Adge Cutler's death: Although reaching the acetate stage it was never released as a single in its own right.

The Band:

At the time of the recording of this single The Wurzels were being presented as being 'Adge Cutler's Wurzels' and consisted of Pete Budd, Tommy Banner and Tony Baylis.

The Track:

In 1975 The Wurzels released their first album since the death of Adge Cutler in 1975 - 'The Wurzels Are Scrumptious'. The ‘live' sequences were recorded in a north Devon holiday camp, the remainder in the EMI Studios. One of the tracks, I'm The Captain Of The Dredger, was selected to be the first single by the band but in the event it only reached the acetate stage of production and its release was shelved. The album was released with no promotional single and this track remained as just one of the tracks on the vinyl. The track on this acetate was lifted straight from the album with just the introduction removed - the playout and applause is identical to the album track.

The song had been written by Adge Cutler and Henry Davis. Adge's original sheet of lyrics still remain in the pile of papers in his archives - he never recorded the song himself.


A close-up image of the handwritten acetate label:   Dated the 21 May 1975 and recorded at EMI studios, Abbey Road, London, the details indicate that the disc is a 45rpm acetate, stereo, of 3mins 20sec duration