Marty Wilde's 'Abergavenny' is one of those songs that never fails to get me in a good mood. I love its kitsch appeal and the pure craftmanship of the songwriter. Marty entered the 1968 Knokke festival in Belgium with this song. This single is a Belgian pressing of 'Abergavenny', released on the occasion of that festival. Subsequently Marty had a European hit. Meanwhile, 'Abergavenny' was criminally overlooked in the UK.
A similar fate befell the album 'Diversions', also released in 1968. It features 14 tracks that are equally fascinating, including the melancholy B-side 'Alice in blue' and the songs 'Ice in the sun' and 'Jesamine', hits for Status Quo and the Casuals respectively. So when is this album finally released on cd? One can only hope.
My collection: 7" single no. 5263
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, November 19, 2011
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Abergavenny' / 'Alice in blue'