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"I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver"
4-track Cassette

This was the second of only two cassette tape singles released by The Wurzels. It was released 7th August 1995 on the Loose Records record label, catalogue number WURZEL CS1. Unusually this single was simultaneously released in the 7" vinyl, cassette tape and CD formats.

The Band Line-Up:

At the time of the recording of this single The Wurzels consisted of Tommy Banner, Pete Budd, John Morgan and Dave Wintour.

Of interest are the numerous credits on the sleeves notes for all four tracks which include only two Wurzels - Pete Budd and Tommy Banner. In full the credits given are: Tommy Banner (accordion, keyboard, harmonies), Geoff Betsworth (acoustic guitar, dobro, steel guitar, harmonies), Pete Budd (banjo and lead vocal) and Malcolm Mason (guitar, sequences, harmonies). Becky Hutchison, Emma Richardson, Anna Chaddock and Sarah Clarke - backing vocals and cheers on 'I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver'.

The sleeve artwork - for all formats - shows a cartoon of all four members of the band.

The Cassette :

There were four new and previously unreleased tracks on this EP - I Want To Be An Eddie Stobart Driver, You Can't Kid A Kidder, 40 & Bone Dry and Rig Jig. They were all studio recordings, recorded at the Lemon Grass Studio in Cumbia. The title song was the brainchild of Loose Records owner Andy Titcombe. Issued in three formats the EP was an entry in the lower reaches of the UK Top 100. Although the sleeve notes claim that the tracks were taken "from the forthcoming album 'Wurzel, Hits, The Road' " - this album (WURZELCD201) was never recorded.

The example below is taken from the collection of Professor Wurzel and represents what a collector should expect to find.

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This style of cassette was introduced in 1980 by EMI and was quickly adopted as the standard design for most record labels - the shell being translucent . The case was also of a design very much the standard by now with a clear front, the black body having a smooth surface finish. ‚Äč

Cassette Insert:

The cassette case insert was produced on thin glossy card with the same information as can be found on the CD insert (there was no sleeve or insert with the vinyl version of this single)

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Collectors' Extras:

Interesting promotional letter sent out to members of the Eddie Stobart fan club relating to the amended record release date. Of particular note is that the reason for the delay was that the discs were 'mispressed' and had to be destroyed. No copies of the mispressing have yet surfaced!

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