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When they agreed the unwritten law that time-honoured artists with brilliant track records get less creative as they go on, Mark Knopfler obviously wasn't paying attention. He was too busy writing, recording, touring and enjoying it all.

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B009FB1BYO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By pete clack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Mark Knopfler is one of the finest and most consistent artists Britain has ever produced, from the early Dire Straits albums, listen again to those releases they bare still as great today as when they first appeared. Then The Notting Hillbillies, sadly only one album but still superb, onto the solo years.This is the latest in the solo years, a double album and twenty tracks including folk,blues,rock,and a tinge of country.The title track is as good a piece of MK writing as you'll ever get.The playing throughout is as one would expect superb, the addition of Kin Wilson on harmonica is a masterstroke by one of the best bluesmen on the scene. Having just taken this album away with me and listened to much of it several times now,for me it gets better all the time. There are songs that are immediately enjoyable,others that the melodies and others that take a few plays to realize the full quality of them.Naming songs when they are all new, and where all of them are so good would be a shame.Do please listen to one of 2012's best albums by an absolute master of his craft at the peak of his form, An album of truly lasting pleasure.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Andy C. on 6 Nov. 2012
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This really is a great example of a musician at the peak of their powers.

Mark Knopfler, like a good whiskey, matures beautifully with age.

I was never a massive Dire Straits fan (though I did like them), and Marks music now is just so much more together and inspiring. I think the step away from Stadium mega-stardom has allowed him to flourish.

For me, the folksier numbers are better than the bluesy ones, but that's just personal preference. All the songs are excellent in truth, and the guitar work, whilst very understated is exceptional as always.

Tough to pick a favourite track, but you'd have to go a long way to hear a better tune than the title track. Exceptional
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "RALB" on 2 Dec. 2012
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There is now a timeless, familiar feel to all his work, a continuity of sound and enjoyment over the years. One is never short-changed; a seasoning of rhythmic, percussive pepper and salt brings this album alive.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 7 Sept. 2012
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It's been a long wait for Knopfler's latest album, his seventh solo release, and it has been worth it. It's another sublime piece of understated music that somehow manages to synthesise all the previous influences on his music into one perfect whole. There is a preponderance towards blues on this album, but wry rockers such as `Corned Beef City' remind one strongly of the Dire Straits days (indeed, I have this image in my mind that before recording 'Corned Beef City' Knopfler went to the special box at the rear of the studio, took out the famous headband and placed it on his head with some ceremony before stepping up to the mike), `Haul Away' and others utilise the celtic moods he has been enamoured of for so many years, there are country influences and folk trimmings all through. But it is the blues sound that is at the heart of this album, with Knopfler taking inspiration from a variety of blues styles to deliver a heartfelt album of tracks. There are nods to some of the blues greats, with tracks that in tone and style pay homage to Robert Johnson, Albert Collins, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker among others. Knopfler has written a strong set of songs that deal with love, regret for days gone by and other blues staples. Usually with a broad dash of his wry humour and a keen eye for the everyday detail.

As usual, even in the faster rockier pieces, Knopfler's playing and singing is elegant, with some beautifully intoned guitar solos. There is a decent production on the album, which underscores and supports Knopfler's work. It's a really classy record from one of Britain's finest. Personally I am a huge blues fan, and much as I have enjoyed his recent releases such as Get lucky and Ragpicker's Dream, this is the record that I have enjoyed most on the first couple of listens.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Sutherland VINE VOICE on 6 Sept. 2012
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Quite a few reviewers here and elsewhere sounding pleasantly surprised to discover the unassuming Dylanesque low-key country/blues 'sound' on this, Knopfler's 7th solo record proper (excluding his many soundtracks)... but that's been the case for pretty much everything he's done post-Dire Straits, and definitely all the records since The Ragpicker's Dream have been roughly in this mould, that is, a mix of trad. British/Celtic folk and Americana, country roots, soft ballads and swinging blues. Ok, there's fewer folkie numbers in 3/4 time here than previously, and the leaning on blues structures is a fair bit heavier here... but the same Celtic stylings on this LP (e.g. on the melancholic 'Haul Away' and 'Kingdom of Gold') have been unmistakable since his debut, Golden Heart, and particularly on his last album Get Lucky. As for the Americana... well, Shari-La (my favourite of his albums) was a very easygoing, rootsy American sounding record (in the best possible sense). Anyway, the important thing is that there's been a near-total non-appearance of extended soloing and Dire Straits-style showtunes ever since he wound that band up (maybe even before if you think about On Every Street's lower-key songs) and for that reason Privateering should be considered a logical continuation for Knopfler; bluesier than before but really still just the latest in a mounting body of low-key gems from one the few truly masterly songwriters currently active, still unfairly critiqued ... but mostly by people who've not heard anything he's done except Brothers In Arms. Half a dozen listens in and Privateering already looks set to be my record of the year (depending on Dylan's latest next week). Better still, it's a double!Read more ›
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