Thanks for that The Toad. Interesting that EMI allowed Norman Smith the opportunity to indulge in these odd recordings when a few years earlier they gave Mark Wirtz hell for "misusing" studio time for his "Teenage Opera" recordings.
I assume the B side here then is the exact same recording as the Amos Gherkin single? If so, wonder how it was re-copyrighted as a 1972 recording?
What on Earth was Norman thinking when he did this as a single? I get the distinct feeling he probably thought a piano based novelty might hit since by my reckoning this would date from around October 1972, the era when the infamous "Mouldy Old Dough" ended up reaching number one. Either way, it flopped and I'm not remotely surprised.
The whole "Hurricane Smith" chapter is downright peculiar. Norman Smith was a very gifted man but he did not have a good singing voice and his solo output makes for eccentric listening almost 40 years on.