The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley Classic BBC kid's animation by Michael Bond
On this page ...... it wasn't only 3rd party licensees that grabbed a slice of the merchandising pie. Cue BBC Records.....
Adventures of Parsley LP
It's sometimes easy to forget that in the time before cd's,and right upto the 1980's,most kids series usually had some kind of spin-off vinyl record.Anything from a single of the theme tune to the re-telling of complete episodes-as is the case here.
It's the only piece of vinyl specifically devoted to either series,so there's nothing at all for The Herbs.But,fortunately,the sequel's far better-suited to some visual-free vinyl verbals in any case.In fact I can highly recommend it,even to an adult. Because without the "distraction" of the pictures,you can fully appreciate the quality of Michael Bond's writing which,it should be remembered was aimed at a far more adult audience because of the sequel's early evening timeslot.And Gordon Rolling's narrative performance just helps to cement the overriding fact that storytelling on vinyl is just so darn evocative.
That said,it helps if you've still got a record player of course.And our old family one was sold ages ago,together with quite a good record collection.Which wasn't one of our smartest moves.Particularly as I now feel strangely compelled to start buying them all back again.
But what price memories eh ? Well,considering some of the gems we let go,quite a lot unfortunately.But at least you can still pick this one up quite easily and shouldn't have to pay more than a fiver for the privilege.And there are plenty of very nice,unscratched examples out there too.
Children's TV Favourites
Admittedly this is a little tenuous,because it's just a compilation album of kid's tv signature tunes (well,mostly- see blurb)
But Parsley's theme is on there,so here it is.
And there's quite a nice cross-section on offer actually.Although it's a rather bizarre experience if you listen to it all the way through in one sitting.But if you tell your doctor "it hurts when I do this" then you have to expect him to say "well,don't do it then !" Which is sound advice of course and something I really must try and remember before I do these things !
I should also Google Track 9,Side One,as I can't be the only one who's never heard of it.But I kind of like the mystery associated with such a bizarre title.And theories are usually far more interesting than the truth anyway.
And if you think you've also seen it on cassette,then you'd be right.But it's considerably harder to find for some reason.
Details 12" Vinyl LP GH547 on the Pye Records Label under their "Golden Hour" banner.
1972 release date. 60 minutes total runtime.
1) Sesame Street
2) The Tra-La-La Song
3) Medley -Play School & Magic Roundabout
4) Rupert the Bear
5) The Cuckoo Clock
6) Medley -Joe & Trumpton
7) Hatty Town
8) Felix the Cat
9) Lollipop Loves Mr. Mole
10) Sir Prancelot
11) Old MacDonald
14) Oh Susanah
15) Shaun the Leprechaun
16) Andy Pandy
2) Scooby Doo (Where Are You)
5) Aqua Marina (from 'Stingray')
6) Captain Scarlet
7) The Virginian
9) Pink Panther
10) Song of the Diddymen
Details 12" Vinyl LP BBC Records,'Roundabout' Series No.18 Mono. 1973 release date.
1) The Conch Shell
2) Dill's Who's Who Entry
3) The Theatre Show
4) Dill's Paintings
5) Fortune Telling
1) The Quiz Programme
2) Dill's Laundry
3) Parsley's Illness
4) Dill's Pop Group
5) Mr.Onion's Karate Lesson