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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B008HOR7VQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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.

This Deluxe Edition contains an additional CD of live recordings, as well as the 2CD album.

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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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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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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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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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As I reach a "certain" age I eventually have to appreciate that the majority of what the kids are listening to is not going to be to my taste, and that I have to learn to love a more mature sound. To be fair, I've always enjoyed some "mainstream" sounds, even in my youth, (It was definitely NOT hip to like Supertramp round our way in the seventies, but I did - and still do) but I never really enjoyed Dire Straits after Sultans of Swing - not for any snobby or posey reasons - I just didn't like them. Looking back though, one can begin to appreciate what I missed then and on listening to this album I certainly "get" and enjoy what Mr knopfler is currently producing. A quite American sounding album to my ears, a bit Dylany here, a bit John Hiattish there, many of the lyrics are firmly British such as reference to "Bacon, egg and sausage, double chips and beans" on Corned Beef City. There are pretty Peter Greenesque sounds on "Go love" and "Bluebird", some chugging up-tempo numbers eg "Gator Blood" and "I used to could", and a nod to a laid back celtic sound on tracks such as "Haul away".

I have to assume that Mr Knopfler doesn't require the money so this album should be seen as a heartfelt take on the folk/blues that he so obviously loves, and if a sometimes jaded listener such as myself is convinced that this is a great album then I suppose I can give it no higher praise.
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