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Wurz 'Ee II!
released on Loose Records (LSECD94) on 24th July 2009
Wurz 'Ee II (LSECD94)
is The Mangledwurzels' second full album release. It was
recorded at Handsome Llama studios in Frome, Somerset between
July 2008 and May 2009, and produced by Will Angeloro.
Inspired by the legacy of Adge Cutler’s songwriting,
the trio have put together a collection of their own compositions
which they hope will stand up alongside the songs of the
original 'Bard of Avonmouth' as a Scrumpy & Western
album in its own right.
‘Ee II is a wholly studio-based album allowing
the band the luxury of including much more instrumentation
than you would expect to hear from them at a normal Mangledwurzels
and composer of half of the album’s tracks, Seth Pitt
explained: "We wanted to record an album which
showcased our songs, so have taken advantage of the studio
setting to do this. We’ve done most of the instrumentation
ourselves; and drafted in friend and session musician Dozy
Trowel to do the drumming and percussion which adds a new
dimension to the recording."
Tool, the band’s keyboard player and songwriter, was
jubilant at the release of Wurz ‘Ee II: "It’s
took rather longer to record than we had hoped, but now
it’s complete we are all tremendously proud of the
new album. There are fifteen songs on the album, and they
are a cross-section of the Scrumpy & Western genre with
a sprinkling of folk, a pinch of country, even a gob of
punk! – all served up with plenty of cider, local
character, rural humour and charm. We like it – and
hopefully so will our fans."
‘Ee II is released on Loose Records – the
record label who had the real Wurzels on their books in
the 1990s. It is now only available as Download
from iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com,
or to hear on Spotify and Napster.
The album’s artwork was shot in the fields of Somerset
cheese makers Wyke Farms - the bands’ new sponsors
– and gives the whole album a real rural West Country
I Can Drive A Tractor [Blades] 4:19
Shepton Sheep [D.J. Sampson] 2:52
Cider Be Good For 'Ee [Blades, D.J. Sampson] 3:20
The Poacher & The Gamekeeper [D.J. Sampson] 2:48
No Sheep 'Til Ammerdown [Tristan O'Neill, adapt. Blades] 2:17
Valleys Girl [Blades] 2:35
Listening To The Archers [D.J. Sampson, Steffe] 2:55
Porthemmet [Blades] 3:56
Five Miles An Hour [Blades] 3:04
Farrington Gurney [D.J. Sampson] 3:38
I Likes Cider (The Flatulence Song) [Blades] 2:33
The Rat Song [D.J. Sampson] 3:56
I've Been Everywhere (In Somerset) [Geoff Mack, adapt. Blades] 4:07
Somerset Maid [Blades, S Carroll] 3:04
Beta Vulgaris Vulgaris (The Mangold-wurzel) [D.J. Sampson] 0:51