Local Hero [Original Soundtrack]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler's intricate, introspective fingerpicked guitar stylings make a perfect musical complement to the wistful tone of Bill Forsyth's comedy film, Local Hero. This album was billed as a Knopfler solo album rather than an original soundtrack album, with the notation "music...for the film." Knopfler brings along Dire Straits associates Alan Clark keyboards and John Illsley bass, plus session aces like saxophonist Mike Brecker, vibes player Mike Mainieri, and drummers Steve Jordan and Terry Williams. The low-key music picks up traces of Scottish music, but most of it just sounds like Dire Straits doing instrumentals, especially the recurring ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler's intricate, introspective fingerpicked guitar stylings make a perfect musical complement to the wistful tone of Bill Forsyth's comedy film, Local Hero. This album was billed as a Knopfler solo album rather than an original soundtrack album, with the notation "music...for the film." Knopfler brings along Dire Straits associates Alan Clark keyboards and John Illsley bass, plus session aces like saxophonist Mike Brecker, vibes player Mike Mainieri, and drummers Steve Jordan and Terry Williams. The low-key music picks up traces of Scottish music, but most of it just sounds like Dire Straits doing instrumentals, especially the recurring theme, one of Knopfler's more memorable melodies. Gerry Rafferty remember him from "Baker Street"? sings the one vocal selection, "That's the Way It Always Starts."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992382724
  • Catalog Number: 23827
  • Sales rank: 4,291

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Knopfler Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Linn Drum
Gerry Rafferty Vocals
Michael Brecker Saxophone
Eddie Gomez Bass
John Illsley Bass
Ed Bicknell Drums
Alan Clark Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Track Performer
Alan Darby Guitar
Neil Jason Bass
Tony Levin Bass
Hal Lindes Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Mike Mainieri Background Vocals, Vibes
Roddy Murray Guitar
Brian Rowan Bass
Terry Williams Drums
Dale Winchester Accordion
Mark Winchester Violin
Jimmy Yuill Whistle (Instrument)
Acetones Track Performer
Steve Jordan Drums
Technical Credits
Djam Karet Composer
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Mark Knopfler Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dale Winchester Contributor
Acetones Contributor
Denis Waugh Cover Photo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He got it exactly right

    Local Hero was a cool little film that bears watching again and again. It was obviously the inspiration for "Northern Exposure." And the music is at least half its appeal. The soundtrack combines the Chieftains' loyalty to tradition with Mark Knopfler's gnarled but smooth musical skills, to make a real listenable album. And it reminds you of every little small lake or coastal town you've ever visited, where you wondered if they could survive the tourists. Plus, hearing Gerry Rafferty as Muzak is a nice little irony for those of us who dated and married in the 70's.

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