Privateering [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Since officially embarking on a solo career in 1995, former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has been quietly and consistently amassing an unassuming horn of plenty, maintaining his prior outfit's penchant for fusing meticulously crafted English blues-rock with sardonic, radio-ready AOR pop, while introducing elements of traditional folk and country with the effortless gait of an artist who has spent his years as both a student and a professor. On Privateering, his seventh solo outing, Knopfler has crafted his most ambitious and pugnacious collection of songs to date, going all in on a two-disc set that pits all of the aforementioned influences against each ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Since officially embarking on a solo career in 1995, former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has been quietly and consistently amassing an unassuming horn of plenty, maintaining his prior outfit's penchant for fusing meticulously crafted English blues-rock with sardonic, radio-ready AOR pop, while introducing elements of traditional folk and country with the effortless gait of an artist who has spent his years as both a student and a professor. On Privateering, his seventh solo outing, Knopfler has crafted his most ambitious and pugnacious collection of songs to date, going all in on a two-disc set that pits all of the aforementioned influences against each other without ever succumbing to the convenience of their architectures. Upon first spin, Privateering feels a little like a garage sale, offering up long cold plates of once warm, late-night porch jams that feel like pre-studio session warm-ups, but the album's stately yet schizophrenic nature, which pits lo-fi, studious, yet ultimately forgettable exercises in rote American blues like "Hot or What" and "Gator Blood" with amiable, highway-ready rockers ("Corned Beef City") and incredibly affecting, spooky folk-pop ballads like "Redbud Tree," "Kingdom of Gold," and the magnificent "Dream of the Drowned Submariner," all three of which owe a couple of polite high fives to Dire Straits songs like "The Man's Strong" and "Brothers in Arms," reveals an artist in complete control of his arsenal. Could the album use some trimming? Sure, but Knopfler is that rare gunslinger who can make even the wildest shot look like it was completely intentional, and his steady voice, mercurial lyrics, and instantly recognizable guitar tone, that latter of which falls somewhere between the rich, lucid beauty of David Gilmour and the Pan-like spell-casting of Richard Thompson, provide just the right amount of ballast to keep a ship as big as Privateering buoyant. [A Deluxe Edition comprised three discs.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/10/2013
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602537081189
  • Catalog Number: 3708118
  • Sales rank: 31,761

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Redbud Tree (3:19)
  2. 2 Haul Away (4:01)
  3. 3 Don't Forget Your Hat (5:14)
  4. 4 Privateering (6:18)
  5. 5 Miss You Blues (4:17)
  6. 6 Corned Beef City (3:31)
  7. 7 Go, Love (4:52)
  8. 8 Hot or What (4:53)
  9. 9 Yon Two Crows (4:26)
  10. 10 Seattle (4:19)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Kingdom of Gold (5:23)
  2. 2 Got to Have Something (4:00)
  3. 3 Radio City Serenade (5:12)
  4. 4 I Used to Could (3:36)
  5. 5 Gator Blood (4:14)
  6. 6 Bluebird (3:26)
  7. 7 Dream of the Drowned Submariner (4:57)
  8. 8 Blood and Water (5:18)
  9. 9 Today is Okay (4:45)
  10. 10 After the Beanstalk (3:55)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Why Aye Man (7:12)
  2. 2 Cleaning My Gun (4:43)
  3. 3 Corned Beef City (4:25)
  4. 4 Sailing to Philadelphia (7:11)
  5. 5 Hill Farmer's Blues (5:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Knopfler Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Ian Thomas Drums
Kim Wilson Harp
Richard Bennett Bouzouki, Guitar, tiple
Chris Botti Trumpet
Jim Cox Organ, Piano
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Nigel Hitchcock Saxophone
John McCusker Fiddle, Cittern
Tim O'Brien Mandolin, Vocals
Glenn Worf Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Phil Cunningham Accordion
Rupert Gregson-Williams Vocals
Ruth Moody Vocals
Guy Fletcher Keyboards, Vocals
Mike McGoldrick uillean pipes
John Charnec Clarinet
Technical Credits
Mark Knopfler Arranger, Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dave Dixon Engineer
Chuck Ainlay Producer, Engineer
Rupert Gregson-Williams String Conductor
Guy Fletcher Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Mike McGoldrick Whistle
Johnnie Pilkington Cover Photo
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