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Interesting, but a bit of a con.
on 26 June 2006
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.