Tim Renwick

Band members                              Related acts

- Tim Renwick -- vocals, lead guitar


  supporting musicians

- Gary Brooker -- keyboards

- Mick Burns -- drums

- Mo Foster -- bass

- Noosha Fox -- vocals

- Tim Gorman -- keybaords

- Charlie Harrison -- bass

- Bruce Rowland -- snare drums

- Henry Spinetti -- drums

- Dave Wintour -- bass




- The Hype

Junior's Eyes

- Lazy Racer

- Little Women

- Quiver

- Sutherland Brothers and Quiver

- Wages of Sin





Genre: rock

Rating: 2 stars **

Title:  Tim Renwick

Company: CBS/Columbia

Catalog: 84082

Year: 1980

Country/State: Cambridgeshire, UK

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: UK pressing

Available: SOLD

Catalog ID: SOLD 5172

Price: SOLD $25.00


Tim who?  An understandable question.  Even though he's been an in-demand guitarist since the mid-1960s and provided support to an amazingly diverse segment of the industry (David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, Roger Waters, etc.), Renwick's all but unknown to American audiences, and probably not much better known in the UK.  


Renwick's solo debut didn't appear until 1980 and the collapse of the band Sutherland Brothers and Quiver.  Released in England by CBS, (the set apparently never saw a US release), the cleverly-titled "Tim Renwick" offered up a modestly engaging collection of AOR oriented material.  At a minimum the set was interesting in that it revealed Renwick in the role of writer and singer; facets of his character he'd never previously displayed.  As a singer Renwick wasn't half bad.  On rockers like 'Members of the Hard School' his voice bore a mild resemblance to Dire Straits Mark Knopfler.  On the quirky 'When He Rides Away' Renwick sounded like 10cc's Eric Stewart, while on ballads like 'Perfect Strangers' and 'Alison's Cold Tonight' a good comparison point was that of a subpar Al Stewart.  (Regardless of his limitations Renwick was a much better singer than guest vocalist Noosha Fox.)  As a songwriter Renwick was competent, though nothing here was truly exceptional.  Best of the lot was Renwick's cover of Gallagher and Lyle's 'Stay Young'.  The biggest disappointment was Renwick's decision not to showcase his strat.  With the exception of the Celtic influenced instrumental 'Dark Island' and 'Nobody Here', nothing here showcased his always tasteful chops. 


In the UK two singles were pulled from the LP:

- 'Perfect Strangers' b/w 'Crazy For Your Love' (CBS catalog number 8185)

- 'Dark Island' b/w 'Lip Service' (CBS catalog number 8537)


"Tim Renwick" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Members of the Hard School   (Tim Renwick - Davis) - 3:38

2.) Perfect Strangers   (Tim Renwick - Davis) - 3:55

3.) Alison's Cold Tonight   (Tim Renwick - Davis) - 2:34

4.) Stay Young   (Gallagher - Lyle) - 3:26

5.) Lip Service   (Tim Renwick - Davis) - 2:37

6.) Dark Island (instrumental)   (Tim Renwick) - 2:35


(side 2)
1.) Two Way Track   (Tim Renwick - Davis) - 2:35

2.) When He Rides Away   (Tim Renwick - Davis) - 2:33

3.) Speak Louder

4.) Havana Moon   (Chuck Berry) - 3:58

5.) Nobody Here   (Tim Renwick - Davis) - 3:56