Six vinyl LP's were produced in total. And,incredibly,Chigley got top or joint billing on half of them !
1. If you're interested in the track listings then click on the pics to see the backs of the sleeves.
The pics are large to ensure all the text is fully legible,so if it isn't then your browser has automatically reduced the size.
2. They're listed in chronological release date order.Oldest first.
The first 3 releases covered all the music from each series in turn.
2 further albums both included all the music from 2 of the 3 series.
And the remaining one was different as it adopted a storytelling format.And also highlights why it was strange they didn't do more of them,because it was re-released .... twice. Once on vinyl and once on cd.And they're both featured as well.
" Welcome to Camberwick Green " - above left - reference no. MFP 1109.
It was the 1st of the 6 to be released,and came out in 1966 to cash-in on the series stellar tv debut.
The label was "Music for Pleasure",which was an EMI subsiduary.
And the publishers,Paul Hamlyn,also get a credit,as all 4 sleeve pics come from 2 of their books -"Peter the Postman" & "Windy Miller's Birthday"
It was mono,not stereo.
And it slotted into a very varied MFP stable that went from pre-school right through to high-brow opera,and most points in between -according to the ads on the interior record sleeve.
There's no track listing on the sleeve,but they're shoe-horned onto the labels on the vinyl.And basically what you get is every tune that appears in Camberwick Green.
Each character's song is simply listed as "Thomas Tripp" etc but,for some reason, Mr.Crockett's is singled out with a particular flourish as "Crockett's Polka" Which,according to my ancient copy of the Concise Oxford Dictionary,is a "lively dance of Bohemian origin in binary time" .And could equally be applied to most of them I'd have thought.
In other words, "a good time had by all ! "
" A Visit to Trumpton " - above right - reference no. MFP 1189.
This was the second one that came out.And apart from being Trumpton rather than Camberwick,it was very similar to the one above ie.it was again released on the MFP label -this time a year later in 1967 to coincide with Trumpton's tv debut- and,again,showcases all its music.
" Camberwick Green " Mark 2 - above left
1977 re-release of the 1972 one of the same title.
Exactly the same contents too.
Just a different sleeve photo which,incidentally,was originally used for one of the Hamlyn picture books and is duely credited.
BBC Records & Tapes and distributed by Pye. Ref. REC 263 Mono.
" Camberwick Green " Mark 3 - above right
The 2nd re-release of the eponymous 1972 issue ....... only this time as a CD in 2010. [re-uses the 1972 sleeve too.]
Issued as part of a range of "Classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now on CD for the first time ever"
The collective marketing title was "Vintage Beeb",and it encompassed all sorts of other BBC entertainment from the vinyl era.
Ref. "BBC Audiobooks" ISBN: 9781408427408
" Come to Chigley " - above left - reference no. MFP 1352
This Chigley effort completed the Trilogy,and followed exactly the same format as the previous 2 -again released on the MFP label -this time in 1970 to coincide with Chigley's tv debut in autumn 1969- and,again,showcases all its music.
Unlike the other 2 though,this was actually in stereo.But,being Chigley,it still didn't sell as well.
" Camberwick Green " - above right - reference no. BBC RBT 13
A 1972 release by BBC Records.And part of a series of releases they put under the collective title of "Roundabout",hence the "RBT" reference.
Unlike all the other 5 Trumptonshire releases,it does away with wall-to-wall music and just has recordings of 2 full Camberwick episodes - "Peter the Postman" and "Windy Miller".Although it does include their musical bits as well.
And not only is it the only bit of storytelling vinyl,but it also makes it even harder to answer the obvious question of "why ?" because ..... it was actually re-released ..... twice ! Details of those 2 are directly below .......
" Songs from Chigley and Trumpton " - above left
The first 3 Trumponshire releases were all under the banner of an EMI subsiduary called "MFP"
This one was produced by another EMI subsiduary,"Starline"
Ref. SRS 5085 -and in stereo.
Strangely,there's no mention of the release date anywhere to be found.Just the original copyright dates for both series.
But I have heard it suggested that it was actually 1971 and that the next one,discussed directly below,is actually just a later re-release of this one under a different label ....
" All the Music from Trumpton and Chigley " - above right
Folowing on from my comments about the previous release,what we do know for sure about this one is .....
it's a 1976 effort produced by BBC Records & Tapes and distributed by Pye.
Ref. REC 234 Mono. And also available on cassette -ref. MRMC 044.
Featuring all the music from both series,with Side 1 for Trumpton,as listed on the sleeve front.
And Side 2 for Chigley as listed on the back.
Regarding the conspiracy theory .....
Obviously both these last 2 releases feature exactly the same content.
So the only issue is whether the BBC version is officially classed as a re-release .... by them or anyone else.
But if a tune's worth whistling,it's worth re-releasing ! ....... even if they did both ignore Camberwick for some reason.