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"I'II Never Get A Scrumpy Here" Cassette

'I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here' was the fifth post-Adge Wurzel album. Its main release was as a 12" vinyl LP in November 1978 - this cassette was issued around the same time on the EMI Notes label, catalogue number TC-NTS 160. The tracks are identical to the vinyl release.

Track Listing:

  • Side 1
  • 1. Funky Farmyard (Baylis)
    2. The Tractor Song (I & E Jones) 
    3. Down Our Street (King)
    4. I'll Never Get A Scrumpy Here (Welch)
    5. Mevagissey (Budd) 
    6. Somerset Jigolo (Banner)
  • Side 2
  • 1. Our Village Band (Baylis)
    2. Two Milk Churns (McDonagh)
    3. Ferry To Glastonbury (Cutler-Thomas) 
    4. I Got Me Beady Little Eye On Thee (Owen-Budd)
    5. Wish I'd Stayed A Bachelor (Banner) 
    6. Drunk on A Saturday Night (P & C Warner) 

The Cassette :

This design of cassette shell was introduced in early 1977 and was produced in both grey (as in this image) and cream coloured plastic. The text was printed directly onto the cassette body in blue (as in this image), red or black ink. As can be seen on the images the tape was produced with the Dolby noise reduction system to improve the quality of the sound when played on suitable players (noticeably to reduce the hiss associated with tape playback). Cassette cases were used with clear fronts and black bodies with a lightly mottled effect on the back face.

This album release appears to be only found in the grey shell with blue text.

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Cassette Case Insert:

This style of cassette case insert was introduced by EMI in early 1977. It was printed by Garrod & Lofthouse (who also produced the vinyl album sleeve) in November 1978 as indicated by the line 7811 G&L.

Unlike the LP sleeve for this album there were no sleeve notes on this cassette insert and song credits were abbreviated to surnames only.

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Beneath the catalogue number TC-NTS 160 appears another code number OC 258-06 862. Between 1969 and 1982 EMI had an international coding system which they hoped would get adopted industry wide, and they used it worldwide for their own releases. In fact, the numbers used formed the basis of the 7-digit numbers adopted in 1983 and inserted into EAN/UPC barcode-based cataloguing, used to this day.

The back of the card sleeve had a few explanatory notes about cassette tapes in general and a list of the publishers of the music tracks.

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