Jimmy Dewar (1942-2002) possessed one of the sweetest and most soulful voices in all of rock’n roll. Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1942, Jimmy’s career started with Lulu and The Luvvers in the early 1960s, graduating to vocals and bass in Stone The Crows with Maggie Bell, and ultimately to fronting the Robin Trower Band in 1973. Jimmy’s vocal prowess can be heard on such legendary RTB tracks as “Daydream”, Bridge Of Sighs”, “I Can’t Wait Much Longer”, “Too Rolling Stoned”, Hannah”, “Long Misty Days”.
In 1986, Jimmy traveled to Northern California with the possibility of restarting his solo career after leaving the Robin Trower Band. He recorded a song called “Word For Word”, written by two San Francisco songwriters - Janet Minto (the famous “Janet Planet” - the former Mrs. Van Morrison), and Pam Barlow (married to Bruce “Buffalo” Barlow from Commander Cody). It was produced and recorded by John Rewind, a Bay Area producer and old friend of Jimmy’s from his RTB days. After the session was completed, Jimmy, who was having some health problems, returned to his family in Glasgow. The session was shelved and forgotten.
Fast forward to January 2015. John was taking inventory in his studio tape vault and noticed an unmarked box of 1” tape. Curious, he threaded up the tape. After one listen, he realized what he had and it all came rushing back to him. There was no doubt that Jimmys’ vocal performance on the track was inspired, but the music needed some serious updating. After all, it had been intended to be only a demo and needed to be brought up to master quality.
John Rewind called me and told me about his find. We're both Dewar fanatics and the chance to work on a song of his was a dream come true. John transferred the tracks to digital, and after a lot of listening and editing, I completely rearranged the song. Great care was taken to enhance and polish Jimmie’s vocal. I recorded fresh guitars, keyboards and backing vocals, and my good friend David Clark came in to play the rock solid bass line. Hearing Jimmie's soulful voice coming at me over my studio monitors everyday was such a thrill, that I was truly sorry when the project finally came to an end
The finished track was then mastered by Paul Stubblebine, from the San Francisco Bay Area,. Paul is one of the premier mastering engineers in the world, and one of the owners of The Tape Project, a boutique music company that releases many of the great recordings of history on two-track reel to reel tape.
The result is a modern/classic track that, though originally recorded in 1986 and lost for 29 years, Has been restored, and released for all his fans to enjoy. A true labor of love. .
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