The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley
On this page ...... 2 vinyl lp's -one series-centric release and one theme tune compilation
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 tv 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 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,had to cater for an adult audience too because of the sequel's early evening timeslot.
And Gordon Rolling's narrative performance just helps to cement the overriding feeling that kids' storytelling on vinyl is just so darn evocative.
All of which is great if you've got a record player of course.And,thankfully,that's not nearly the niche item it used to be. Because,in the audio world,vinyl is once again "the new black",with interest spiralling in recent years.
And it's nice to think that examples like this one can still be sourced and enjoyed for just a few pounds.
Details 12" Vinyl LP BBC Records,'Roundabout' Series No.18 Mono. 1973 release date.
Children's TV Favourites LP
Admittedly this is a little tenuous,because it's just a compilation album of kid's tv signature tunes.
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 go.
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 !"
One other thing I should really do is Google Track 9,Side One,as I won't be the only one who's never heard of it.
But I haven't bothered,simply because the truth will probably be far less interesting than the conjecture.
And if you think you've also seen this on cassette,then you'd be right.But it's considerably harder to find for some reason.
Details 12" Vinyl LP GH547 Pye Records Label under their "Golden Hour" banner. 1972 release. 60 minutes.
1) Sesame Street
2) The Tra-La-La Song
3) 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
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
Below. Back of sleeve. Large pic,fully legible.