The Wurzels

"The Tractor Song" b/w "Funky Farmyard"


This was the seventh 7" 45rpm vinyl single released by The Wurzels after Adge Cutler's death. It was released on 28th April 1978 on the EMI record label, catalogue number EMI2792.

The Band:

At the time of the recording of this single The Wurzels consisted of Pete Budd, Tommy Banner and Tony Baylis, all of who had been supporting Adge Cutler at the time of his death in 1974.

The Tracks:

Both tracks on this single - The Tractor Song (the 'A' side) and Funky Farmyard - were new and previously unreleased tracks. They were both studio recordings made at EMI's Abbey Road Studios - the band were booked for sessions from January 16th 1978 to make a start on their next album. The title track appeared on the 'I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here' LP released a  later in the year but had a clean ending with no audience clapping on the single version.

Disc and Label Variations:

The examples below are taken from the collection of Professor Wurzel and represent what a collector should expect to find. Generally The Wurzels' vinyl single releases from 1975 onwards tended to have an initial pressing run and were then taken off the catalogue. Matrix, Mother and Stamper codes were still used on the vinyl and the information centred around Adge's 1960's recordings that can be found on the Main Menu under 'Vinyl Collecting Guides' remains relevant (with minor changes between different record labels).

Image 1:

EMI2792 was issued on the standard EMI red/tan label. It is not clear who mastered the previous Wurzel singles but this one was mastered by the renowned EMI Engineer Harry Moss. He may well have mastered earlier discs but this was the first where he left his initials - HTM - in the runoff area of the vinyl.


'A' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 A-1 1 M

'B' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 B-1 1 A              

Image 2:

Example of a demonstration (or promotional) copy of EMI2792. These copies were produced for radio stations etc. ‚Äč DEMO RECORD NOT FOR RESALE has been printed on both sides. The title track of the single has been highlighted with a large 'A' on the appropriate side. The release date can be seen on both sides of the disc 28.4.78.


'A' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 A-1 1 R

'B' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 B-1 1 G   

Image 3:

As can be seen by the sticker on this example of EMI2792 this is a 'factory sample' - a disc removed from the production line at random to have quality checks carried out on it.


'A' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 A-1 1 O

'B' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 B-1 1 A  
    

The Record Sleeve:

This single came in the standard EMI company sleeve - front as shown top of page, the rear as shown right. This sleeve was first used on 1st July 1973. Early sleeves look very much identical except that the text 'EMI Records' is followed by The Gramophone Company Limited' on the earlier 1970-73 sleeve.

Collectors' Extras:

Autographed copy of EMI2792 by all the band. This example, unusually, is dated - 10th May 1978.


'A' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 A-1 1 A                 'B' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 B-1 1 M      

A unique copy of EMI2792. This was owned by Bob Barratt the record producer and good friend of both Adge and The Wurzels. His distinctive handwriting can be seen on the sleeve.

'A' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 A-1 1 R                'B' Side Matrix: EMI 2792 B-1 1 G