One Take Radio Sessionsby Mark Knopfler
It's a bit disingenuous to call this eight-song collection a live album, seeing as it was recorded in a studio, but it nonetheless makes good on Mark Knopfler's promise to eschew do-overs and present his tunes in completely unadorned form. Given his ability to conjure up guitar mojo at will, it's a rewarding if not particularly risky blend of smarts and passion. Knopfler and his backing quartet -- augmented on three cuts by multi-instrumentalist Doug Pettibone -- stick mostly to material from 2004's Shangri-La disc, putting a little extra spring in the step of some songs (such as "Boom Like That") and honing the sinew of others (like "Song for Sonny Liston"). While Knopfler's certainly the focus of the set, he's a generous enough leader to allow his mates some time in the spotlight, as Pettibone underscores with the mandolin parts he daubs onto "Stand Up Guy." The sole foray into Knopfler's back catalog -- the poignant character sketch "Rudiger," which dates back to his first solo disc -- rounds things out nicely, serving as a nod to longtime listeners and a link to the singer-guitarist's prodigious back-story.
- Release Date:
- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsMark Knopfler Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Matt Rollings Keyboards
Richard Bennett Guitar
Jim Cox Keyboards
Chad Cromwell Drums
Glenn Worf Bass,Bass Guitar
Doug Pettibone Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Technical CreditsMark Knopfler Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Chuck Ainlay Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
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Even though this cd is only 8 songs, they are all excellent songs done in true Knopfler style. If you are a Mark Knopfler fan, you must add this cd to your collection. If you are a new fan of Mark's, this is a great introduction to his music. I can play this cd every day and never get sick of it...it's just that good.