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#1 of 13 OFFLINE   Scott DeToffol

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Posted October 02 2002 - 02:51 AM

Mark Knopfler - A Ragpicker's Dream

This is a great album, and I've heard almost nothing about it!

The album is a mix of blues and folk, driven by the songs and Knopfler's distinctive guitar style. It's much less produced than his last effort, "Sailing to Philadelphia," which I liked. But this album is much better and seems to go for strong songs, not hits.

The first cut, "Wye Aye Man," has a Dire Straits feel. The second song, "Devil's Baby," has a John Prine flavor. This is a great mix of songs. Highly recommended.

http://www.mark-knop....eam/index.html

#2 of 13 OFFLINE   John Watson

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Posted October 02 2002 - 05:56 AM

Hadn't heard of it. I'll look that one up! A great guy.

It's a fact of life tho, we get our day in the sun, then the world forgets. Every generation throws a new hero up the pop charts.

Its neat to follow a career, and realize all that someone has done after their "success" - it's sometimes better than what they are best known for.

#3 of 13 OFFLINE   Ian Garton

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Posted October 02 2002 - 06:34 AM

Thanks for the review. I went to A&B Sound yesterday, but they said it's been delayed here until October 8 due to all the Canadian copies being defective.

The version in Canada appears to be a limited edition version with a bonus CD or DVD that contains live versions of:
  • Why Aye Man
  • Quality Shoe
  • Sailing To Philadelphia
  • Brothers In Arms
  • Why Aye Man (live video)
Additionally, I believe the Why Aye Man single contains a live version of So Far Away so I may think about picking that one up too. It's one of my favourite Dire Straits songs and when he played here in May 2001, he closed the show with that song. The crowd was standing up and singing along. Nobody wanted the show to end.

#4 of 13 OFFLINE   Dan Joy

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Posted October 03 2002 - 03:25 AM

I picked this up yesterday and really havn't been able to give it a thorough listen. Sailing to Philadelphia is a great disc IMHO.

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The album is a mix of blues and folk, driven by the songs and Knopfler's distinctive guitar style. It's much less produced than his last effort, "Sailing to Philadelphia," which I liked. But this album is much better and seems to go for strong songs, not hits


I didn't hear any hits off the last album, in fact I think I am the only one in Tulsa that purchased itPosted Image
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#5 of 13 OFFLINE   Greg_Y

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Posted October 03 2002 - 09:39 AM

I heard some tracks from an instrumental (?) soundtrack album that Knopfler did after Sailing to Philadelphia. Is this the album? If not, does anyone know the album I'm talking about? I heard a few tracks on the radio and they were quite good.

#6 of 13 OFFLINE   Scott DeToffol

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Posted October 03 2002 - 09:51 AM

Nope, this one has words.

According to allmusic.com, Knopfler did a soundtrack for "A Shot At Glory" in 2002. Possibly the instrumental tracks come from that.

http://www.allmusic.....=Ajbd0yl63xpmb

#7 of 13 OFFLINE   Greg_Y

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Posted October 03 2002 - 10:07 AM

That's probably it. Thanks.

#8 of 13 OFFLINE   wayne p

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Posted October 03 2002 - 01:25 PM

Thanks for the link. I think I will have to pick this one up.

As it would happen, I had dug out my Brothers in Arms disc this evening for my daily dose of after work tunes. I forgot how well recorded that disc is. From track three onward I cranked it way up and let the music adjust my attitude.

A Ragpicker's Dream sounds like a winner.

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#9 of 13 OFFLINE   John Tillman

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Posted October 05 2002 - 06:02 AM

I stumbled upon this yesterday and gave a listen last night. Feels like an old favorite already, great voice & talented musician.
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#10 of 13 OFFLINE   John Watson

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Posted October 25 2002 - 08:29 AM

Glad to have seen this thread. Finally got the disk a couple of days ago.

I'm amazed that MK could write all those songs. Reminds me a bit of THE NOTTING HILLBILLIES, but that album featured old songs, whereas Ragpicker's Dream is made of original compositions. (Tho one song makes me think of King of the Road as it starts - maybe there is no original music..)

Overall, it's superb, good companion on a multiple disk player to the Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, because of the rootsy atmosphere, and believable lyrics.

PS When will we get a Dire Straits DVD?

#11 of 13 OFFLINE   Anthony Stephan

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Posted October 25 2002 - 09:10 AM

Not many Knopfler fans are familiar with a disc that came out mid-nineties (I think) called The Notting Hillbillies.

A quante album full of cool shuffles and acoustic stuff.
One of my favs.

#12 of 13 OFFLINE   John Watson

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Posted October 25 2002 - 09:45 AM

MISSING, PRESUMED HAVING A GOOD TIME is the name of The Notting Hillbillies only album. Its still available, and is brilliant, as you say Anthony.

Someone else mentioned soundtracks. MK has done several, recently WAG THE DOG. The cd is really short, and not much variety on it, but its tasty

#13 of 13 OFFLINE   Paul Boyle

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Posted October 25 2002 - 06:57 PM

Rag Pickers Dream is a great album & I prefer it to the "Sailing to Phily" but my fav is still his first "proper" solo album "Golden Heart" which has some great tunes & the tracks with Irish pipes really get the hairs standing up on the back of your neck ...
BTW the MK web site advises of a concert DVD in early '03 ...
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