The Wedge: So Long Marianne (1969)

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The Wedge: So Long Marianne (1969)

Two decades before Straitjacket Fits did their version of this Leonard Cohen classic – which ended up as the b-side to their single Hail and on their Hail album – Wellington's The Wedge had a big horny crack at it.

Produced by the very reputable Alan Galbraith (formerly of Sounds Unlimited and who became an in-house producer at EMI), the Wedge had some of the cream of the capital's musicians in their ranks for this, their sole single (b/w Bubble Gum).

The members who had passed through previous bands – and would move on to others -- were trumpeter Geoff Culverwell, bassist Graeme Thompson, drummer John Lang, keyboardist Warren Willis, saxophonist Matt Milton (actually Matt McMillan who worked at Internal Affairs, according to Roger Watkins' '89 book When Rock Got Rolling) and guitarist Milton Parker.

More than one Milton, right?

Not sure who of them sang on this, Thompson, Willis and Culverwell were all credit as vocalists in Watkins' book.

Just the one single, here recorded from original and slightly scratched vinyl for your listening pleasure.

Make what you will. We kinda like it.

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