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-12" Vinyl LP - Columbia Records SX6126 (mono) 1967
-12" Vinyl LP - Columbia Records SCX6126 (stereo) 1976
-Cassette tape SCX-6126
(stereo)
- CD - CIA007 Absolute. (Digitally remastered) 2009

 

"Adge Cutler And The Wurzels " - Adge Cutler & The Wurzels
(Released: 1967)

Side 1
1. Twice Daily*
2. Tanglefoot Twitch
3. When The Common Market Comes to Stanton Drew
4. Thee Cassen't Kill Cooch
5 .The Champion Dung Spreader
6. Drink Up Thy Zider*

Side 2
1. Pill Pill
2. Mabel, Mabel
3. The Chew Magna Cha-Cha
4. Hark At 'Ee Jacko'. The Mixer Man's Lament
6. Virtute Et Industrial

All Songs Composed by Adge Cutler
Produced by Bob Barratt 1966* 1967
Recording Engineer - Geoff Emerick

(LP Mono)
(LP Stereo)
(Cassette)
Click on a photo to enlarge.


Sleeve Notes:

"The finest voice since Caruso": "the greatest singing discovery since Sinatra": "a paragon of teetotalism": these are just a few of the things were never said of Adge Cutler. But when it came to entertaining, whew !

And 2nd November, 1966, was a night of entertainment to remember in Nailsea. For a studio recording you can reckon on allowing thirty minutes or more until the audience warms up and you begin to feel atmosphere. For a Somerset pub recording it took thirty seconds. The audience were a cross section of cider quaffing Wurzel lovers from every corner of Somerset, from Weston Zoyland to Monkton Combe. Nailsea's oldest inhabitant, wearing a top hat for such a special occasion, was flanked by long haired youths and mini skirted girls.

At first the broadcasting men and journalists from rival stations and newspapers eyed each other somewhat coldly: the locals wondered if they should be on their Sunday best behaviour with them thar record men from Lunnon in town. By nine o'clock the journalists and television men were clinking glasses like old friends as the TV cameras whirred; by 9:30 the locals were proving that not all the best voices are t'other side of the new Severn Bridge. At ten o'clock we sent out for fresh supplies of cider and beer and the landlord's wife was dancing a Highland fling with Adge; the cameramen complained that the room was too smokey for photographs then lit up fresh cigarettes. At 10:30 the Wurzels did a third encore of 'Drink Up Thy Zider' and the Nailsea Mixed Voice Choir raised the rafters on the chorus.

Then, sadly, it was all over ....

The recording team enjoyed their safari deep into Wurzel territory. Adge took us on a tour of the cider factory (where he once worked on the presses) which ended in the tasting room.

All the songs are Adge's own work. Who else could have dreamed up such unforgettable lines as

"Some say they seen a tank...Of Portuguese vin blanc...Jammed Pensford High Street t'other night"?

Some of the dialect words are peculiar to Somerset (others are just peculiar), but the songs are still intelligible to foreigners. (That is, those living south and east of a line drawn from Weston-Super-Mare to Limpley Stoke via Shepton Mallet.)

It is impossible to define Wurzel music. It's not really pop - it's not really comedy. It has been disowned by the West of England Folk Song Society and Adge was blackballed from the Long Ashton Jazz Appreciation Group on account of it. So lend an ear to this album and decide for yourself!

P.S. There aren't many horses left now, even in the heart of Wurzel country. The horse in our cover picture is managed by Mr. Isaac Hardwick and is called Duke. He lives happily at Happerton Farm, Easton in Gordano (delicious cream teas); his favourite singer is Adge Cutler and his favourite food is Wurzels. What an intelligent animal!

BOB BARRATT


Band line-up:

Band line-up: Adge Cutler, Reg Quantrill, Reg Chant, John Macey and Brian Walker.

Professor Wurzel's Disc Notes:

November 27th 2009 saw the release for the first time on CD of four of Adge Cutler’s original albums, including this one, and the Wurzels first solo album, making them all available as an exclusively licenced re-release with the original artwork and digitally re-mastered.It had taken several years of difficult planning and hard negotiating by Sil Willcox of Cruisin’ Music, close friend and manager of The Wurzels to reach this point. Although EMI had produced Adge Cutler’s third album in CD format back in 2003 they had showed no signs of intending to repeat this with anything else from the Wurzel back-catalogue; Sil, together with the Wurzels themselves, was keen to see that more of the band’s work was reproduced in this modern format!

Having obtained the copies of the original artwork Sil Willcox entrusted the task of digitally re-mastering the original vinyl LPs to Louie Nicastro: After many long sessions Louie produced a superb set of 5 CDs to allow Wurzel fans to be able to hear these iconic albums in high quality sound without the need for a record player! – much to the delight of many young fans who had never been able to hear these songs and the older fans who had lost their ability to play old vinyls!

The remastered CDs were released in stereo and the original sleeves and sleeve notes faithfully reproduced.

Additional credits on the re-releases were:

Digitally Remastered by Louie Nicastro
Sleeve reproduced by Phil Johnson
Managed by Sil Willcox at Cruisin' Music Management
Thanks to Al Hale, Jonathan Conibere & Marcus Tripp

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