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The Wurzels and Adge Cutler Discography

The Combine Harvester
The Wurzels

EMI One-Up OU2138 (vinyl)
EMI TC-EXE 203 (cassette)

Release Date: July 1976

A live album recorded at the Yew Tree Country Club in Langford, Avon. The recording includes the between-song banter among the boys, hence the smaller number of songs included than usual. Contains their UK number one smash hit single The Combine Harvester (Brand New Key), and the equally popular The Blackbird. Also notable for the classic Adge Cutler song Down In Nempnett Thrubwell, previously unrecorded.

Band line-up: Tommy Banner (piano, organ, accordion, vocals), Tony Baylis (bass, bass guitar, sousaphone and vocals) and Pete Budd (banjo, guitar and vocals).

Producer: Bob Barrett
Recording Engineer: Tony Clark

Producer: Bob Barrett
Recording Engineer: Tony Clark
Assistant Engineer: Alan Rowse
Mastering at EMI's Abbey Road Studios: Harry Moss
Introduced by Mike Palmer
With thanks to Andy White (drummer), Dougie Wright (drummer) and The Keith Monk Sound (???) for their support!

Front cover photo by Peter Vernon, taken at Failand Lodge Farm (courtesy of Mr Mervyn Down).
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', and are enlarged below.

John Miles' sleeve notes from the back of the album are reproduced below.

Side 1

  1. The Blackbird (new lyrics & adaptions: Banner, Budd, Baylis)
  2. Somerset Born And Proud (Budd)
  3. Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny (Glasgow)
  4. Crabapple Hill (King)
  5. Middle For Diddle (Sheldon, Beecham)

Side 2

  1. The Combine Harvester [Brand New Key] (Safka)
  2. Let There Not Be Light (Sheldon, Beecham)
  3. Down In Nempnett Thrubwell (Cutler, Davis)
  4. Call Of The West (King)
  5. My Somerset Crumpet Horn (Baylis, Banner)

Singles

No other singles were released from the album. The two follow-up singles I Am A Cider Drinker c/w Back Of My Old Car and Morning Glory c/w Rock Around The A38 released in the autumn of 1976 were not included on any albums at the time.

The Combine Harvester

LP sleeve artwork

The Combine Harvester

LP sleeve reverse side

The Combine Harvester

Side 1 of the album disc

The Combine Harvester

Side 2 of the album disc

The Combine Harvester

Front of the cassette sleeve

The Combine Harvester

Back of the cassette sleeve

The Combine Harvester

Side 1 of the cassette release

The Combine Harvester

Side 2 of the cassette release

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Sleeve Notes

Adge Cutler called at my office one sunny afternoon in June 1966, stoney broke but for some songs he had written. In the next couple of hours the idea of Adge Cutler and The Wurzels was conceived.

The next eight years are now history, but on May 6th 1974 Adge was tragically killed in a road accident.

It was felt there was no way could we replace a character like Adge so The Wurzels decided to continue on their own and develop a new act with some of the old format and plenty of their own new material, which I am very pleased to say is proving very successful as they work constantly all over the country in a wide variety of venues from the best cowsheds to top theatres.

The Wurzels, in case you don’t already know, are three very talented and funny young men on and off stage, and consist of:

Pete Budd, nicknamed Rose because of his surname. He sings and plays guitar and banjo. Played for many years in a number of different bands before becoming a Wurzel. Spends ten per cent of his spare time catching fish and the other ninety per cent eating them.

Tommy Banner, who sings, plays accordion, organ and piano, and has been a Wurzel for nearly ten years. Plays most sports including football, tennis, squash and golf.

Tony Baylis, who sings, plays bass guitar and Sousaphone, and has been a Wurzel nearly as long as Tommy Enjoys selling and spends ninety per cent of his spare time catching lash and the other ten percent eating them. (Not as good a fisherman as Pete)

May I thank you for purchasing this album, as you have proved beyond doubt that The Wurzels made the right decision to continue, and I hope you will enjoy the songs and humour of The Wurzels for many years to come.

JOHN MILES
Personal Manager for THE WURZELS

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Cartoons by 'Larry' from the reverse side of the album sleeve

The Combine Harvester
The Combine Harvester
The Combine Harvester
The Combine Harvester

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