Superwombling

Superwombling was the fourth and final studio album released by the Wombles. The songs were recorded by Mike Batt (vocals/keyboards) with session musicians Chris Spedding (guitars), Les Hurdle (bass), Clem Cattini (drums), Ray Cooper (percussion), Rex Morris (sax), Eddie Mordue (sax) and Jack Rothstein (violin).

Superwombling
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1975
RecordedWessex Studios, Olympic Studios, February-June 1975
LabelCBS
ProducerMike Batt
The Wombles chronology
Keep On Wombling Superwombling

The various musical styles of the songs include rock, pop, blues, reggae, barbershop harmony, James Bond themes.[1]

"The Myths and Legends of King Merton Womble and His Journey to the Centre of the Earth" is a parody of two contemporary concept albums The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and Journey to the Centre of the Earth both by Rick Wakeman.

Despite having several successful singles, the album did not chart but did eventually go Gold.[2]

Track listing

All tracks written by Mike Batt.

Side One

  1. The Womble Shuffle (In Which Everybody Shuffles) (2:49)
  2. The Myths And Legends Of King Merton Womble And His Journey To The Centre Of The Earth (In Which Wellington Imagines The Round Knights Of The Table) (5:27)
  3. Down At The Barber Shop (In Which We Meet The Wombling Barber Shop Quartet) (1:59)
  4. The Empty Tidy-Bag Blues (In Which Orinoco Reveals His Taste For Underground Music) (4:11)
  5. Wombling White Tie And Tails (In Which Orinoco Fancies Himself As A Film Star) (3:32)

Side Two

  1. Superwomble (In Which Orinoco Dreams About The Mighty Superwomble) (3:23)
  2. Miss Adelaide (She's Got A Lot Of Knowledge) (In Which We Meet Miss Adelaide, The School Teacher And Mistress Of The Womblegarten) (3:57)
  3. Wombles On Parade (In Which The Wombles Follow The Band) (3:41)
  4. To Wimbledon With Love (In Which Wellington Fancies Himself As A Secret Agent) (3:50)
  5. Nashville Wombles (In Which We Meet The Guitar Pickin' Wombles From Nashville, Tennessee) (4:55)

Singles

"Wombling White Tie And Tails", "Superwomble" and "The Womble Shuffle" were released as singles. "Down At The Barber Shop" was later released on the B-side of "Let's Womble To The Party Tonight".

"Wombling White Tie And Tails" was used in the soundtrack of the 1977 film "Wombling Free".

References

  1. Kim Cooper; David Smay; Jake Austen (2001). Bubblegum Music Is the Naked Truth. Feral House. pp. 160. ISBN 0-922915-69-5.
  2. Neil Warwick; Jon Kutner; Tony Brown (2004). The Complete Book Of The British Charts: Singles and Albums. Omnibus Press. pp. 1203–1204. ISBN 1-84449-058-0.
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