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This is an interesting album of some reasonable 'pub rock'. Mark Knopfler and Dave Edmonds have little to do with procedings though! The album was recorded by a band called Brewer's Droop, with whom Knopfler was guitarist before forming Dire Straits. And this was before he'd developed that unique guitar style, so none of his distinctive singing, writing or instantly recognisable guitar. Even worse he doesn't play on all the tracks! Dave Edmunds association is even more tenuous, he produced some of the tracks, and contributes guitar on one of them. Looking at the cover you might think you were getting some duets between the two, or at least some major contributions, but they hardly feature!

Having said all that this is a pretty good album of pub blues/rock. The songs are well written and performed with some vigour and passion by the band. For fans of that sort of thing well worth the money. For people looking for a Mark Knopfler album forget it. Unless you're a serious completist you'll be dissapointed.
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on 9 June 2006
I was very disappointed with the sound quality and content of this cd, and only gave it 1 star because that is as low as the scale goes. It was apparently recorded in the pub, and neither Knoplfler nor Edmunds are prominent. Knoplfer plays on 3 tracks, and Edmunds on 1. Save your money and don't bother with this con trick. Unless of course you actually want the pub band in which case.. .. ..
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on 8 December 2007
Don't buy this misleadingly advertised 1973 album just because you are a Mark Knopfler or Dave Edmunds fan. (Unless you are a real completist.) MK plays guitar on two tracks and DE on another. DE produced that one and three others. And that's it. The music itself is mostly pleasant enough although the style is a bit inconsistent. It went nowhere until it was packaged as if it was a duet album by DE and MK.
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I have to say that I agree with the very lukewarm reviews here. It's verging on the dishonest to present this as a Mark Knopfler and Dave Edmunds album - they make cameo appearances on three tracks between them. The rest is mediocre pub-rock which would actually sound OK in a pub compared to some bands I've heard, but as an album it's pretty dull overall once you've heard it a couple of times.

It's a curiosity, really. I'm glad to have heard it, but I suspect I won't be playing it again. If you're dead keen to have a couple of very early Knopfler tracks in your collection it may be worth buying, but otherwise I'd probably say don't bother. It's not actively bad, but there's nothing worth getting excited over here.
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on 11 May 2015
This is not a Mark Knopfler / Dave Edmunds album. It is a Brewers Droop album. Mark Knopfler joined them briefly, before his Dire Straits days, and he plays guitar on a few tracks. You even get Pick Withers (also Dire Straits) playing drums on a couple of tracks. Dave Edmunds produced a few of the tracks and he even played multiple instruments on one of them. There are no tracks that feature both Mark Knopfler and Dave Edmunds together. Having said that, the album is okay, but nothing special.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 October 2012
This album has recently been re-released by Angel Air Records. What sets their version appart from earlier releases is the inclusion of 4 bonus tracks.

The album, in truth, must be an irritation to Mark Knopfler with its spoof-Dire Straits cover - a blatant cash-in.

However, what lies beneath is actually a pleasant collection of songs. The style wanders from cajun to blues to light rock, but as an album, it is a nice, if unexceptional listen.
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on 7 August 2013
Well I never knew this album existed obiously when I saw it I had to have it, two big names in the rock industry.
When I played it I can't tell you how disappointed I was, expecting to be blown away I was left scratching my head .
Not what I thought it would be.
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on 10 December 2012
This is not as good as Mark Knoffler and Duane Eddy. Still quite playable to listen and fall asleep with
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on 20 October 2014
A little disappointing. Not as good together as their solo performances. Perhaps the titles tells a story?
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on 29 December 2015
great sound from Mark Knopfler again!
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