Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

"UP THE CLUMP" b/w "ALOHA SEVERN BEACH"


This was the seventh 7" 45 rpm vinyl single by Adge Cutler & The Wurzels, released on 23rd August 1968. It was issued on the Columbia EMI record label in mono, catalogue number DB8462.

The Band:

At the time of both the recording and release of this single the Wurzels supporting Adge were Reg Quantrill, Henry Davis and Tommy Banner.

The Tracks:

Both the tracks on this single release were recorded at EMI's Abbey Road studio 3 in the first week of July 1968. Both were written by Adge Cutler in 1967/68. 'Up The Clump' was one of Adge's most upbeat numbers, the closest he got to rock and roll! It later appeared on the 'Cutler Of The West' album - that version appears to be live, but this single version with Tijuana brass and upbeat tempo is fascinating; it has not, to date, appeared on any other recording release.

'Aloha, Severn Beach' is a soothing little number of Adge's. The single version, which hasn't appeared anywhere else to date, has a soft feel to it with added strings. An alternate version, which appeared on the 'Carry On Cutler' album and some compilations, is slightly more 'rough around the edges' and without the strings, particularly at the end of the track. This version has the sound of the audience at the beginning and end but also with some superimposed laughter in places throughout the track. This was the first of Adge's singles where Bob Barratt was not credited as the producer. Instead Henry Davis is named as the musical director on the single.

In their November 1968 issue the 'Gramophone Magazine' reported:

Those liking rural humour will enjoy “Cutler Of The West” by Adge Cutler and the Wurzels (Columbia SX 6263 / SCX 6263) recorded at the Webbington Country Club, Loxton, Somerset and redolent of the best rough cider. A single culled from it is Up The Clump, coupled with Aloha, Severn Beach (Columbia DB 8462).

Autographed on the back by Adge and Tommy - with an interesting reference to their current single.

Promotional photocard issued by Columbia Records at the time of the release of this single - left to right Reg Quantrill, Tommy Banner, Henry Davis and Adge Cutler.

Disc and Label Variations:

This single was released on the standard Columbia EMI label and appears to have had only one pressing. Produced in mono only it was originally released on 23rd August 1968.

The examples below and the associated statistics are taken from the collection of Professor Wurzel and represent what a collector should expect to find. For more information on references to matrix information (including information on acetates), vinyl tax codes , album sleeves, singles sleeves, and Columbia album labels, then use these links or refer to the Vinyl Collecting Guides on the main menu.

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​1968 first pressing of DB8462 with the 7XCA 32185-1 and 7XCA 32186-1 matrix, pressed with a first master, first mother on both sides and a 'R' stamper on each side.


​This example has a four-pronged centre, with the embossed tax code 'KT' (indicating a pre-November 23rd 1968 pressing) and on both sides the standard 'sold in UK...' message across the centre of the label (indicating a pre-June 1969 pressing). The tax code 'KT' is also found on the run-off on both sides of the record. 

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​1968 first pressing of DB8462 with the 7XCA 32185-1 and 7XCA 32186-1 matrix, pressed with a first master, first mother on both sides and a 'R' stamper on each side.

​This example has a solid centre, with the embossed tax code 'KT' (indicating a pre-November 23rd 1968 pressing) and on both sides the standard 'sold in UK...' message across the centre of the label (indicating a pre-June 1969 pressing). The tax code 'KT' is also found on the run-off on both sides of the record. 

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​1968 first pressing of DB8462 with the 7XCA 32185-1 and 7XCA 32186-1 matrix, pressed with a first master, first mother on both sides and a 'G' stamper on each side. Demonstration (or promotional) copies were produced for radio stations etc. ​

This record, with the standard Columbia green demonstration label and a large white 'A' to show the primary track, has the British release date of 23rd August 1969 printed on both sides (23.8.69). The track timings are given as side A 2 minutes 57 seconds and side B 2 minutes 25 seconds. ​This example has a four-pronged centre, with the embossed tax code 'KT' (indicating a pre-November 23rd 1968 pressing) and on both sides the standard 'sold in UK...' message across the centre of the label (indicating a pre-June 1969 pressing). The tax code 'KT' is also found on the run-off on both sides of the record.

Adge Cutler & The Wurzels

Collectors' Extras:


Very rare 7" 45rpm single sided metal acetate for Adge's seventh single - with a white EmiDisc label; the title and artist appears typed. Unusually no other information is written on the label.

Very interesting item - the recording programme card for EMI's London Studios for July 1968.

Several of the big names at the time can be seem here - including the Beatles.


Adge Cutler can be seen pencilled in for studio 3 on the afternoon of the 4th. This is more than likely when this single - 'Up The Clump' and 'Aloha Severn Beach' was recorded