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Missing... Presumed Having A Good Time [CD]

Notting Hillbillies Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000025Z2D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. Your Own Sweet Way 4:320.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. One Way Gal 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Blues Stay Away From Me 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
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Conceived (so it was rumoured) as a riposte to the George Harrison-led Travelling Wilburys, Mark Knopfler's one-off side-project was actually an attempt to acknowledge the importance of American country music--from bluegrass through to white gospel--in the evolution of rock and roll. Joined by fellow guitarists Brendan Croker and Steve Phillips--and by Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher--the result was an affectionate, occasionally over-reverent collection: a showcase for acoustic guitar virtuosity and endangered notions of songcraft. In terms of mood, tracks like "Bewildered" and "Your Own Sweet Way" were not so far removed from the increasingly mellow, introspective sound of the later Dire Straits albums--though this group's smooth four-part harmonies helped overcome the inherent limitations of Knopfler's gravelly murmur. Unsurprisingly, however, it made more of an impact at home that in the US, where this brand of folksy traditionalism seemed both archaic and redundant. --Andrew McGuire

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CD Vertigo, 842 671-2, 1990 11 Track

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of the all time classic albums. It wasn't ever at the top although it should've been - it'll never get to the top although it should do. A sublime blend of country/western/blues/Dire Straits...ish kinda music. Treat yourself to this album and a bottle of Jack Daniels and take the afternoon off work to listen and enjoy.....trust me.....you'll love it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb knopfler 17 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a stunning album, a combination of clasic folk songs (given a new twist) and new songs which should be old folk songs. A lot different than the Dire Straits material, but this just shows the range of the gnius that is MK. Buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening gem! 5 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
You can put this on any time and it will bring a smile to your face. The production is very good, the choice of songs varied, the style decidedly country. Any fan of Mark Knopfler will love it. I heard it years ago but only bought it recently and it is living almost full time in my car enhancing my journey to and from work.
This is easily worth the 5 stars I gave it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing - presumed 12 July 2003
By Vawnog
Format:Audio CD
Very good, if you like laid back country/blues music buy it you will have no regrets.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pleasure 12 Sep 2008
By Antonio
Format:Audio CD
An album of pure pleasure. Pleasure of those who made it and pleasure to all of us who enjoy it.
Knopfler's discretion is one of the secrets of quality of the album.
Very, very good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Notting Hill is a colourful district of London west of Bayswater, more Bohemian in the 1980s than its fashionable and affluent modern face might suggest. This unlikely metropolitan enclave was the inspiration for the "Notting Hillbillies" moniker chosen for this superb bluegrass-country band formed by Mark Knopfler together with Steve Phillips, Guy Fletcher and Brendan Croker in 1988. Knopfler's idea was to create a kind of counterpoint to the then enormously successful Dire Straits: a laid-back, guitar-based country band which could play smaller and more intimate venues and which might attract a slightly different audience. "Missing" is the only album the band ever released, and it's a gem.

The tracks are a mixture of traditional, mainly American, country/bluegrass numbers and a few new songs by the band members in the same idiom. "Your Own Sweet Way" is Knopfler's only composition on the album and the only one on which he sings the lead: a slow, harmonious minor-key beauty with a haunting quality all its own. All the songs are good, and the guitar work stands out as truly exceptional. A few of the songs clearly date from the early part of the 20th century and the lyrics are often delightfully innocent and archaic ("Workin' on the railroad for a dollar a day, gotta get my money, gotta get my pay...").

The album has a real laid-back feel and can be listened to any time of day or night. Many of the songs are poignant and all instantly memorable, with vocal harmonies overlayed with understated but virtuoso melodic guitar accompaniments. It never ceases to sooth, to brighten the mood, to bring a smile. It's quality music for all occasions, with a quirky feel all its own, and you'll never tire of it.

A second album would have been welcome, but alas "Missing" was a one-off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good time had by all 9 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this album. I listen to it in my car every day driving to work and back. It's wonderful with many songs that continue to play in your mind throughout the day.
It arrived quickly and packaged well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mark and gang,something different 3 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like it,if you like dire straits and knoffler you will like this.Some tracks the voices are pushing it but mostly good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All perfect
Published 17 days ago by Jan H. Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class.
Brilliant album!
Published 1 month ago by Alan Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars good music
bought this on spec and really like the cd. i found it easy to listen to and play it often both in the house and car. was not sure if i would but enjoy but really glad i bought.
Published 3 months ago by JAMES KAMARIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine music
we had the vinyl record but it belonged to our son and when he got himself a record player we returned it to him and bought the CD because of the fine music!
Published 5 months ago by Melis Simonne
5.0 out of 5 stars music
Heard this and bought it. Love it. Great music and musicians. Don't know what else to say. I thank you.
Published 6 months ago by Kate Kato
5.0 out of 5 stars Rollicking good music!
Mark Knopfler & co away from Dire Straits having a good time- it's brilliant. My version is on tape so it doesn't get played as often as it should.
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. S. M. Walden
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillbillies
Mark Knopfler can do no wrong for me ,his guitar riffs are the best in the whole world.Listen to Love and Happiness with Emylou Harris.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Aurelio D'agrosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel-good music at it's very best.
My Wife and I both adore this music. (we are both the wrong side of 50). It makes for great background music or full on at a higher volume. We so crave for more of the same. Read more
Published 12 months ago by motorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Hillbillies
What a lovely CD, it sounds as if they are all having a good time, this comes through the music beautifully. I have played it many times already.
Published 12 months ago by Dyanarod
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Knopfler fans.
I was a bit late in getting round to buying this album. While a bit of a "tangent" to the Dire Straits material - Mark Knopfler shines trhough! Good price and fast delivery
Published 13 months ago by M. Kelly
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