All the Roadrunningby Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris
This duets collection, which was recorded in fits and starts over the course of six years, affirms it: Good things come to those who wait. Guitar guru Knopfler and honky-tonk angel Harris have long run in the same circles and share a common sensibility about what constitutes lasting listening. The earliest of the tracks captured here -- the Cajun-styled "Red Staggerwing" and the dusty, high-lonesome "Donkey Town" -- date back to Knopfler's Sailing to Philadelphia sessions, but unlike the work of more ephemeral artists, they could've been recorded last week or a half-century ago. The same can't be said, however, of "Beachcombing," one of several tracks to vividly spotlight Knopfler's deft (and immediately recognizable) finger-picking. That's not a complaint: The song's wistfully panoramic vistas of "wreckage washing up all along the coast" is one of the most moving post-Katrina musings you're likely to hear. All the Roadrunning covers plenty of stylistic ground. The Harris-penned "Love and Happiness" -- a manifestation of motherly love wrapped in a two-stepping Texan melody -- may be the most old-school country song of her long career, while the waltz-time title track conjures up images of a misty Irish hillside. Much like its creators, All the Roadrunning never calls attention to its charms, instead simply laying them out without pretense, allowing the pleasures to seep into the system on their own.
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- Universal Int'l
Performance CreditsMark Knopfler Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Memphis Horns Horn
Glen Duncan Fiddle,Mandolin
Bill Ware Triangle
Richard Bennett Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Steve Conn Accordion
Jim Cox Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Chad Cromwell Drums
Danny Cummings Drums,Tambourine
Dan Dugmore Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,6-string bass
Stuart Duncan Fiddle,Violin
Guy Fletcher Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Jim Horn Horn
Glenn Worf Bass
Mark Kapps Horn Engineer
Technical CreditsEmmylou Harris Composer
Kimmie Rhodes Composer
Guy Fletcher Engineer
Mark Knopfler Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chuck Ainlay Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mark Kapps Engineer
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Although Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris receive equal billing, this is really a Knopfler dominated project. His guitar is front and center and he sings lead much of the time. Harris sounds fine, but those hoping for something resembling her duets with Gram Parsons will be disappointed. However, this is a good example of what is called alt country, and if you are looking for music for grown-ups, it fills the bill. I am thinking of buying their followup concert album, Live Roadrunning,
As a fan of both of these artists, individually, I can honestly say that this collaboration did not disappoint. From the minute I put it on I knew it was a winner. Bravo!
Mark and EmmyLou are wonderful musicians individually, but they've spun magic in this collaboration. Their harmonies are as smooth as silk, each one's timing perfectly compliments the other. This CD is a treasure - Bring on the awards!
WOW!!!! This is a wonderful collaborative work by two of the great ones.
I bought this because I love "This is Us," but ... wow, every track on this CD is just wonderful! Lyrics are clever, fun, poignant -- there's not a bad song in the bunch. Great driving music, too!
I bought this not knowing anything about the CD other than the reviews on the B&N website. It's awesome. I highly recommend it. From the opening song, all the way to the end, this CD is wonderful. The melodies are beautiful.
A perfect weaving of male and female vocals that gives a real look at mature relationship. "Beyond My Wildest Dreams" is exactly that!
Great music. I can listen to it over and over again. I wasn't sure what to expect, but as soon as I started listening, I was hooked. Highly recommended.
The right vibe at the right time by two greats who no longer need to prove it. There's enough space between the notes to drive a truck through, and the harmonies... well, just listen!
This is simply one of THE best recordings of all time. And I am not exaggerating. This is one that you can listen to over and over and never get sick of it. The voices, the songs, the guitar...awesome, incredible, fantastic.