Mark Knopfler Privateering 180g 2LP
180 Gram Double Vinyl! 8th Studio Solo Album from Dire Straits' Frontman!
One of the Greatest Guitarists in the World! Lyrically Sound and Musically Flawless!
Mark Knopfler's eighth solo studio album shows he's still going strong 35
years after his start with Dire Straits.
"A privateer is what I am, really," says Mark Knopfler.
The title track of the legendary singer-songwriter and guitarist's eighth solo
album evokes a swashbuckling era of seafaring plunder, merchant raiders and
licensed pirates. But Mark finds an analogy with the modern rock and roll life.
"I really get a buzz out of having this little group of people that sallies
forth across the world. I enjoy being in command of it, the band, the crew,
traveling through this ever changing landscape and playing in all these
different places. You get where you get without any kind of assistance, really,
making your own way in the world. There are no government grants to play this
music. You're a privateer. And that's the way I like it."
Privateering is Mark Knopfler's first double album in a 35-year recording
career. "The older I get, the more I want to write," he says. "Whether
that is just panic at time running out, I'm not sure. I'm enjoying the process
more than ever, writing, recording and playing live, I enjoy all of it. I'm
almost tripping over songs."
These 20 tracks of consummately crafted folk, blues, country and rock originals
reflect the creative exuberance of an artist whose exceptional abilities were
recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos. He
has performed live in front of countless millions. He has collaborated with
artists of the stature of Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Emmylou Harris and Van
Morrison. He has composed distinctive soundtracks for such classic films as
Local Hero, The Princess Bride, Last Exit To Brooklyn and Wag The Dog. He has
been regularly acclaimed as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. But
what he sees himself as, first and foremost, is a songwriter. And this may be
his finest-ever collection.
"Thirty-five years since Dire Straits first came together, guitar legend
Knopfler is still going strong with this... solo studio album and it's
a double. His voice is sounding more like Leonard Cohen than ever and while the
melancholy flavor we expect of this all-time great is still very much in
evidence, there are forays out into classic blues and bluesy rock, both of which
suit him down to the ground.
"Lyrically sound and musically flawless, there’s nothing here that won’t
delight Knopfler fans and it’s abundantly clear there’s still plenty of mileage
in the 63-year-old yet." - Simon Gage, express.co.uk, August 31, 2012
"Relieved to shrug off the Dire Straits brand in 1995, Knopfler has relaxed
into an admirable solo career of low-key country blues. His seventh solo outing
is a backwoods ramble through two discs of the rootsy Anglo-American sounds in
which Knopfler is now (mostly) so comfortable. There’s old-timers’ country,
roadhouse blues, a Tom Waitsian piano ballad and yearning Celtic pipe.
"One of Knopfler’s skills is to write melodramatic folk lyrics then deliver
them like he’s leaning against a petrol pump. Yon Two Crows is a grim shepherd’s
tale, while Redbud Tree finds him “pledged” to a tree “as to my only one”. Some
of the noisier blues are cheesy, but, in the main, this is a warm, authentic and
durable record: the musical equivalent of a well-worn plaid shirt." - Helen
Brown, telegraph.co.uk, September 5, 2012
"Redbud Tree," a highlight of Mark Knopfler's eighth solo album, could've been written 100 years ago. But given our ecocrisis, this tree-hugging folk gem, embossed with a shimmering fingerpicked Strat, feels cannily modern. Knopfler's sueded voice has changed little since his 1980s heyday, and his elegant electric-guitar work sounds better than ever. The 20 songs, most top-shelf, are a textbook of folk styles, from Irish ballads ("Kingdom of Gold") and country-flavored weepers ("Seattle") to slide-driven blues ("Don't Forget Your Hat") and Tin Pan Alley nostalgia ("Radio City Serenade"). On the title track, he shows off his acoustic playing, a folk-rock vet returning to the source." - Rolling Stone
"For a fan of folk and blues, we can’t recommend Mark Knopfler’s latest enough. Whilst the days of Dire Straits are behind this inspiring songwriter, no matter what internet rumours say, there’s a lot left in this legitimate legend." - bringthenoiseuk.com
"Privateering is Mark Knopfler’s eighth studio album and his first double album. Packing in twenty songs, it’s a record that has soul, is relaxed and shows off an impressive collection of great musicians including Kim Wilson on harp, mandolin player Tim O’Brien, and vocalist Ruth Moody along with his regular band. Mark is an absolute master in what he does and it’s such a rare beauty that he continues to have the passion to create the types of songs on Privateering with the highlights ‘Don’t Forget Your Hat’ ‘Miss You Blues’ and ‘Seattle’." - beatreview.com
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Gatefold Jacket
LP1 - Side A:
1. Redbud Tree
2. Haul Away
3. Don't Forget Your Hat
5. Miss You Blues
LP1 - Side B:
1. Corned Beef City
2. Go, Love
3. Hot or What
4. Yon Two Crows
LP2 - Side C:
1. Kingdom of Gold
2. Got To Have Something
3. Radio City Serenade
4. I Used To Could
5. Gator Blood
LP2 - Side D:
2. Dream of the Drowned Submariner
3. Blood and Water
4. Today Is Okay
5. After the Beanstalk
|Song after song, scene after scene, story after story - Mark Knopfler is better than ever. I have it for more than a month now, and still I spin at least one of the four sides every day. And it does not matter what kind of the music you are fan of; this album is so much more than just a few superbly recorded songs. Like a reading a great collection of short stories which you cant put down: long after the last notes decay, you wonder and think about those stories. That is art.|
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