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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 (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Standard Edition
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0086449YA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. Redbud Tree
2. Haul Away
3. Don't Forget Your Hat
4. Privateering
5. Miss You Blues
6. Corned Beef City
7. Go, Love
8. Hot or What
9. Yon Two Crows
10. Seattle
Disc: 2
1. Kingdom Of Gold
2. Got To Have Something
3. Radio City Serenade
4. I Used To Could
5. Gator Blood
6. Bluebird
7. Dream Of The Drowned Submariner
8. Blood And Water
9. Today Is Okay
10. After The Bean Stalk

Product Description

Privateering is the seventh studio album from former Dire Straits guitarist and frontman Mark Knopfler. The follow-up to his successful 2009 release Get Lucky, this two-disc album was co-produced with regular collaborator Guy Fletcher and features guest appearances from Kim Wilson, Ruth Moody and Chris Botti.

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy C. on 6 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
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
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Kelly on 1 Oct. 2012
Format: Vinyl
It is very refreshing to find that even in today's digital world major artists are still releasing their work on the vinyl format. This latest offering from Mark Knopfler comes as a double ca 200g vinyl edition with a very solid heavy-weight cover to support the vinyl. The inner sleeves are thick cardboard which I changed for antistatic, plastic lined paper to minimise accidental damage to the vinyl records.

Both records are near perfectly flat and background noise on my pressings is very low. The sound quality is brilliant. As with previous MK albums you get a very wide range of musical styles ranging from local tradition ballads to more rocking style from his past Dire Straits days. No matter what the style you cannot help but wonder at the excellent quality of analogue sound coming from the speakers. The voice is clear, balanced and every note audible. Guitars (electric & acoustic) sharp, intense and well spaced across the sound-stage. Drums/bass, clean and intense driving the music along. The quiet and loud parts of the record are very well defined and there appears not to be any significant detectable compression in the sonic quality. The high frequency notes throughout the album really test the speaker tweeters.

In conclusion, two glorious slabs of vinyl heaven. Highly recommended.
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