Thursday, 9 October 2008

We Have a Dream Goes Full Circle!

The rerecording of the 2008 version of We Have A Dream featuring a host of artists and 50,000 Scottish fans tonight joins a circle that has been twenty six years in the making.

The track, part of which, is being recorded and mixed at the famous Ca Va studios in Glasgow is being engineered by studio owner Brian Young who was involved – at a very early age he points out! - in recording the original single with the Scottish Football Squad and BA Robertson.

Brian will be sitting alongside Pudsey Bear for the next couple of days pulling elements of the final track together, with a whole host of Scottish talent already having laid down their vocals. The last twenty four hours has seen Scottish musical legends Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham lay down the instruments for the new version supported by young bagpipe maestro Lorne MacDougall from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

Brian was pleasantly surprised at the request to rerecord We Have A Dream and it took him back to the early eighties and the recording with all the stars of the time.

“The original track featured most of the Scotland squad in the studio and a few other personalities including Miss Scotland, singer Christian, boxer Jim Watt, jockey Willie Carson and sprint gold medallist Alan Wells. It was all really good to do and the Scottish squad at the time had legends like Alan Rough, Gordon Strachan, Willie Miller and Alan Hanson. Some of them could even actually hold a note!”

Brian’s lasting memory however was of Big Jock Stein acting as bandleader and keeping his vocalists in line! “Even in the studio they knew who was in charge!” said Brian.
“We knew we had a great football song on our hands but I’m not sure that anyone expected the longevity of the song and how it has become part of football legend. Certainly never thought we’d be rerecording it more than quarter of a century later!”

The song is being rerecorded at Ca Va and will feature the backing vocals of the Scotland crowd, the Tartan Army, at Hampden on Saturday during the half time break against Norway.
The match which is important to the World Qualifying will provide a superb backdrop to the backing vocals and it is hoped that the song which is due for release on the 10th of November ahead of the Children in Need bight will become a hit once again following in the top ten success for the Tartan Army with Runrig last year.

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