The Wurzels and Adge Cutler Discography
Of The West (Recorded LIVE at the Webbington Country
Club, Loxton, Zummerzet)
Cutler & The Wurzels
Columbia SCX6263 (stereo)
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
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.
Reg Quantrill (banjo and guitar), Tommy Banner
(accordion and piano) and Henry Davis
(tuba, bass and violin).
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.
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.
by Mike Reasons
Musical Director: Henry Davis
Producer: Bob Barratt
Drummer: 'Dapper' Dan (on Up The Clump)
Patten's rather rambling sleeve notes
from the back of the album are reproduced below.
- Drink Up Thy Zider (Play On)"
- The Charlton Mackrell Jug Band
- In The Haymaking Time
- Five Foot Flirt
- Thee's Got'n Where Thee Cassn't Back'n Hassn't?
- Dorset is Beautiful
- Up The Clump
- Drink Up Thy Zider (Play On)"
- The Chandler's Wife
- The Bristol Song
- The Marrow Song (Oh! What A Beauty)
- A Pub With No Beer
- Oh! Sir Jasper
- The Wurple-Diddle-I-Doo Song (The Village Band)
- 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.
cover artwork (same for mono and stereo release)
back cover (mono version)
back cover (stereo version)
1 of the mono version of the album (SX6263)
2 of the mono version of the album (SX6263)
1 of the stereo version of the album (SCX6263)
2 of the stereo version of the album (SCX6263)
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
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.