The Wurzels

"The Combine Harvester" b/w "I Am A Cider Drinker"


This 7" 45rpm vinyl single was issued by HMV on their Golden Greats label. It was released on 14th November 1980, catalogue number POP2017.

The Band:

At the time of the recording of this single The Wurzels consisted of Pete Budd, Tommy Banner and Tony Baylis, all of who had been supporting Adge Cutler at the time of his death in 1974.

The Tracks:

The two tracks on this double 'A' side single - The Combine Harvester and I Am A Cider Drinker - had both been issued previously in 1976 as the 'A' sides on two singles.

Disc and Label Variations:

The examples below are taken from the collection of Professor Wurzel and represent what a collector should expect to find. Generally The Wurzels' vinyl single releases from 1975 onwards tended to have an initial pressing run and were then taken off the catalogue. 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).

Image 1: In 1980 EMI/HMV released many popular singles on this 'Golden Greats' series. In this example the single was made using the original EMI masters for The Wurzels' singles as can be seen on the matrix information.


'A' Side Matrix: EMI 2450 A-1 2 G

'B' Side Matrix: EMI 2520 A-1 C 2


Both matrix also included the original humorous phrases from the masters.