Fivepenny Piece Discography
Gold 5840162 (second issue)
Date: 18th October 2003
long-awaited CD reissue of the sought-after
1978 Lanky Spoken Here album was finally
available at the second attempt! After a "bit
of a cock-up on the mastering front" (to
quote an EMI spokesman), EMI have finally decided
to re-issue the original album without any changes.
It is a shame that there aren't any of the promised
extras, but at least fans have got the original
Lanky speech in all its glory.
EMI managed to repeat the "bit of a cock-up
on the mastering front" when re-printing
this title in 2008, so the currently available
CD release of this album is the original
Spoken Here! - Gary and Vera Aspey
Droop - Bob Williamson
Cowboys (interpolating The Magnificent
Seven) - The Fivepenny Piece
Luvs Sugar Butty - Bernard Wrigley
Powfagged - The Fivepenny Piece
Heavy Breather - Bernard Wrigley
Lanky Spoken Here! - Gary and Vera Aspey
The track listing here only lists the songs on
the album, not the spoken bits in between!
them as don't know, EMI had announced that the original
LP would be reissued on CD with extra tracks. In the
event, they did include extra material from The
Fivepenny Piece and Bernard Wrigley - but
in the process, almost unbelievably, all the spoken
material was discarded, thus completely defeating
the object of this record! I've been assured by the
aforementioned EMI spokesman that the producer responsible
for the fiasco has been "severely disciplined"
and is now reduced to sweeping the editing room floor.
A spokesman for the Atherton branch of EMI added "Yon
egg-wap favvers a one-legged man at an a**e-kickin'
contest". You can see the details of the original
CD reissue here.
note: The catalogue number and cover of the new
CD look identical to the first reissue without the
spoken parts, so you may have trouble telling them
apart. Luckily, the track listing on the back and
on the printed insert have been updated. If you have
one of the original copies, it might be worth a fortune
in years to come... And The Fivepenny Piece
completists will probably want both copies anyway!