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The Wurzels and Adge Cutler Discography

Cutler Of The West (Recorded LIVE at the Webbington Country Club, Loxton, Zummerzet)
Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

Columbia SX6263 (mono)
Columbia SCX6263 (stereo)

Release Date: 1968

Adge Cutler & The Wurzels' third album was, like its predecessors, recorded in front of a live audience. By this time, their huge local popularity required more space than the Royal Oak pub in Nailsea could provide. The lucky venue selected for this historic occasion was the Webbington Country Club, Loxton in 'Zummerzet'. This album was the first (and for a long time, only) one of Adge's albums to have been re-issued on CD.

As usual, the album included some of Adge's humour and banter between songs, to give listeners to the album the impression of being there at a live show. The album features more compositions by other writers but nonetheless includes some of Adge's classics, notably Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n, Hassn't? and Adge's Rock 'n' Roll number Up The Clump.

Band line-up: Adge Cutler (vocals), Reg Quantrill (banjo and guitar), Tommy Banner (accordion and piano) and Henry Davis (tuba, bass and violin).

The addition of Tommy and Henry to The Wurzels line-up added a new dimension to the band's sound. This is especially seen on In The Haymaking Time where we have Tommy on accordion and some nice tinkley piano (which I suspect was added in the studio later!), while Henry's upright bass is bowed for the sad finale. A Pub With No Beer sees Tommy on piano and Henry on violin; as there is no obvious guitar or banjo on this track, so maybe Reg was covering on bass.

Introduction by Mike Reasons
Musical Director: Henry Davis
Producer: Bob Barratt
Drummer: 'Dapper' Dan (on Up The Clump)

Brian Patten's rather rambling sleeve notes from the back of the album are reproduced below.

Side 1

  1. Drink Up Thy Zider (Play On)"
  2. The Charlton Mackrell Jug Band
  3. In The Haymaking Time
  4. Five Foot Flirt
  5. Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n Hassn't?
  6. Dorset is Beautiful
  7. Up The Clump

Side 2

  1. Drink Up Thy Zider (Play On)"
  2. The Chandler's Wife
  3. The Bristol Song
  4. The Marrow Song (Oh! What A Beauty)
  5. A Pub With No Beer
  6. Oh! Sir Jasper
  7. The Wurple-Diddle-I-Doo Song (The Village Band)
  8. Drink Up Thy Zider (Play Off)"

* these tracks were not by Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, but were played as the lads came on and off stage by the Webbington house band.

Singles

Cutler Of The West

album cover artwork (same for mono and stereo release)

Cutler Of The West

Album back cover (mono version)

Cutler Of The West

Album back cover (stereo version)

Cutler Of The West

Side 1 of the mono version of the album (SX6263)

Cutler Of The West

Side 2 of the mono version of the album (SX6263)

Cutler Of The West

Side 1 of the stereo version of the album (SCX6263)

Cutler Of The West

Side 2 of the stereo version of the album (SCX6263)

Sleeve Notes

In July 1968 the Government said a final "no" to the Bristol Port Authority's far-seeing scheme for 3 new dock at Portbury - just a mile or two from the natural habitat of Adge Cutler and The Wurzels.

There has been great groaning down Gordano way as the new scheme seemed more and more likely to be squashed. Up and down the West Country M.P.s, County Councils, Corporations and even Rural District Councils have been demanding, debating, declaring and discussing ways of showing this country what Somerset is made of.

At last, through the good auspices of EMI and in particular Bob Barratt, the West comes fighting back with another L.P from its greatest ambassador, "Cutler of the West'.

It all began with a typical Somerset protest meeting at the Webbington Country Club on the edge of Mendip. There could be no mistaking the force of local feelings that evening. Far into the night there were cries of "Long live the Portbury Dock expansion" all, of course, in so strong a dialect that an outsider might have been forgiven for imagining he heard "I thought you said you 'ad an extension'.

Throughout the evening the local W.I. representatives' oft-revealed chant "We want another Port' was mistaken by the barmaids for an order for more beverages, to the dismay of their curate, whose table was already loaded. Adge's "Wurple Diddle I Doo" set the mood of the occasion and as excitement mounted Aldermen could be seen lulling trance like to the floor murmuring such phrases as "This is going to show 'em' and "Cutler for P.M." Later Adge sang "Thee's Got in Where Thee Cassn't I Back’n Hassn't" which very roughly translated means "You're are not going to get out of this one very easily" and deep regret was expressed that the Front Bench could not be there in person to acknowledge the dedication!

As Adge and the Wurzels led us rocking and rolling over Mendip to the strains of "Up the Clump", we could not help wondering where this magnificent evening of protest would end. Westminster? The Palace? Would Somerset rise and occupy all Britain? Would we build dock after dock all over the land just to show them?
Or would we continue with the second side of the record?

As you will know, if you've turned over Side 1, we continued. I'm glad, because if we hadn't you would miss the eight splendid sings on Side 2.

This really is a West Country record. There's never been one like it; songs like Trevor Crozier’s "Dorset is Beautiful" and Cyril Tawney's "Five Foot Flirt"; songs of the Somerset villages like Kevin Sheldon's "The Charlton Mackerell Jug Band" and Adge's "In The Haymaking Time", and of course several in the unique Bristol dialect. No-one has ever put us on the map in quite the same way. No-one has been so dedicated a West Countryman.

And if this record has the success I think it will have, no?one else need bother. Like his two previous L.P s. this one will be played wherever there are West Countrymen and wherever there are people who know the land.

It will bring a breath of fresh air to thousands of exiles and it will be treasured and enjoyed all over the world.

Adge is no stage countryman. He’s real. He’s Cutler of the West.

Brian Patten

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