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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00006L3SV
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
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Up until now, Mark Knopfler seems to have had three separate modes of operation: there's been the moody rock style of Dire Straits, the quieter introspection of his soundtracks and the more boisterous lads-down-the-pub humour of his solo outings. With The Ragpicker's Dream, his third solo album, he indulges in all three, often to great effect. Naturally, the humorous tracks (the "King of the Road"-like "Quality Shoe" and Auf Wiedersehen Pet theme "Why Aye Man") are throwaway items. But when Knopfler mixes his two dearest loves--American roots music and the "real" life of the working-man--he produces some of his most heartfelt material to date. The title track is a sweet Christmas narrative, a downbeat "Fairytale of New York". "Marbletown" and "Coyote" are both Southern-style travelling songs, the latter being like an up-tempo "Ode to Billie Joe". Best of all, though, is the mournful and slightly loungey "A Place Where We Used to Live", in which the protagonist looks back on the poignant moments of a hard life. It's a beautiful song, almost matched by the delicate, and sorely troubled "Hill Farmer's Blues", the only track to feature major bursts of that trademark Dire Straits ambient guitar. Knopfler fans will love this album, and there's plenty for roots aficionados, too. --Dominic Wills

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By A Customer on 3 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was not a big fan of his 'Golden Heart' album and certainly preferred 'Sailing to Philadelphia'. However, this is certainly his best solo album yet. In this new album, there is a complete mix of all his styles from the electric blues guitar sounds of later straits tracks to acoustic country sounds. He has produced some wonderful new tracks and, as usual, seems to get the instruments talking between themselves, with superb build-ups starting with a quiet acoustic beat to a full blues electric guitar. All this linked together with some particularly good singing.
The only criticism that I would have is that there is not enough of it and the songs end too quickly. I miss some of those long guitar solo play-outs of old (Telegraph Road etc).....these will have to be witnessed live next year.
In conclusion, this is a must for anybody who appreciates true music.
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I lost interest with Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler pretty soon after "Brothers In Arms" but this solo collection was a pleasant surprise. It may not cause your jaw to drop but it's a really easy listen, immaculately played and produced and with enough little nuggets to warrant the investment (I bought the special 2 CD edition cheap here on Amazon which was a real deal.
Most of the tracks are laid back, rootsy blues and folk tunes with simple but effectrive arrangements that won't challenge but sooth. "You Don't Know You're Born" and "Coyote" are straight out of the J.J.Cale songbook, "Quality Shoe" wouldn't have sounded out-of-place on George Harrison's last album and there's a fair sprinkling of Geordie blue collar songs ("Why Aye Man" the theme from Auf Weidershen Pet is the only really upbeat track on the collection).
The mixture of North East folk and Americana works quite well, but some of the lyrics begin to grate for me after a while. At times it sounds a little like Springsteen -lite ("A Place Where we Used To Live")but overall it's a gentle, undemanding listen and quite refreshing compared to some of the more overblown corporate rock I began to associate with Dire Straits.
The Special Edition CD contains a live version of "Brothers in Arms" which still sends a shiver down my spine and is worth the purchase price alone.
If you like country blues, a bit of ragtime, a lot of J.J.Cale and some tasteful, un-pretentious guitar playing, this is a good buy. Don't expect to be blown away, play it on a Sunday morning reading the papers and you won't be disappointed.
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It's no use comparing Knopfler's solowork with Dire Straits. The Straits are history, and they are relevant only to the extent that you can hear where Mark came from. His ever-brilliant playing now suits his songwriting. Less is more, I know.
I am really only interested in discovering where Mark wants to go to, what he is searching for. And ever since his solo debut "Golden heart", his musical horizon (and mine) has only become wider.
From blues, rock, country, folk... his songs have only become richer and Mark's latest work sounds like he's finally managed to do what he always wanted to do: sailing between the roots of American and European music and becoming better as a musician and guitarplayer.
This albums sounds very natural, very acoustic and that is why I think "The Ragpickers..." sounds better than "Sailing to...", which still has some poprock-feel to it, but the songwriting on "Sailing..." (my personal favourite up til now) was stronger.
Still, this is a must have for any Knopfler-fan. Take your time to get into it, you won't be disappointed.
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Knopfler continues to write excellent melodies and will keep long time fans happy with the shades of blues not forgotten in his latest gift, the Ragpickers Dream. Listening to this album will remind you once again what drew millions to the Dire Straits of years ago. He shows us once again his brilliance for lyrics and his maturing sense of style that will tug at your soul. With a tale woven with music, he has captured the feeling of this theme with songs like "Why Aye Man" and "Quality Shoe". "The Ragpickers Dream" will forever be a favorite holiday song for me for years to come and "Coyote" is just a fun jam altogether.
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Here is a man at peace with himself. Nothing to prove, happy to play simple, often quirky (eg. Why Aye Man and Quality Shoe) country-blues songs that appeal to him and blow what anybody else thinks. In fact, while the lyrics sound closer to his Geordie roots than ever, the music sounds deeper into the roots of southern USA than you may have thought possible.
The growling bluesy guitar allied to singing barely above a whisper contrives to make Knopfler sound increasingly like a latter day JJ Cale, while the material sounds fresher than most recent MK albums. Some songs are as beautiful as any the great man ever wrote (try the deceptively lilting A Place Where We Used To Live), but many more explore the outer boundaries of the chosen genre successfully.
This package is good value, particularly when you add the live bonus CD, including an 8-minute version of Brothers in Arms. And let's face it, Knopfler is always a live player, be it in the studio or with an audience.
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