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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 05:01 PM
Mark Knopfler is one of my favorite guitarists. He has a phenomenal finger picking style and a beautiful smooth feeling in his playing. Sultans of Swing deserves all the recognition it gets considering the amazing solo he takes during the song and at the end. In Dire Straits though he has so many other great solos and some great playing. In every song he adds fantastic fills that add so much to his music. The band has some 80's stuff that I don't like as much, but still they were a great band and Knopfler continues to make great music. The reason I started the topic though is no one around here seems to show much interest in them. In any of the 10 favorite guitarist lists or anything like that his name never seems to show up...is he not liked by a lot of Allman Brothers fans or just overlooked?

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 05:04 PM
He's on my top ten list for sure. He's one of those players that you can recognize on the first couple notes. Good call, Chadwick011, Mark Knopfler is the real deal!

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 05:06 PM
Dire Straits on the Night is the album I keep in my CD player at home and in the car. I really enjoy listening to Knopfler and I like his singing.....their songs aren't bad either....Calling Elvis oh, that's right...he's in the other thread !

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 05:20 PM
Dude he is in my top 5 and always will be Love his style tone and phrasing the guy rocks...

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 05:26 PM
I love the 1st Dire Straits album and the 2nd one isn't bad, either. The guitars on the 1st album just say "Stratocaster" the same way that LAFE says "Les Paul". It's the way a Strat should sound. Dire Straits later albums haven't held up as well over time, IMHO. I do overlook Mark Knoffler and I agree he's one of the greats.
 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 05:57 PM
I listen to Shangri La quite often. Song For Sonny Liston is my fav on that cd.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 06:02 PM
I was lucky enough to be 2 rows from the stage (my friend was an usher and hooked me up) when Mark toured as Clapton's 2nd guitar. Really nice style and sound, great player. If I wasn't so lazy I'd play more without a pick
 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 07:27 PM
Great singer, songwriter and guitarist! Hard to get a three-fer like that!

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 07:47 PM
One of the guys that send me to the woodshed...

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 07:59 PM
love his work with dire straits & solo............

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 08:00 PM
He was a buddy of Chet Atkins..so...he can't be all that bad. LOL!! Mark is an excellent musician.

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 08:08 PM
What a Breathe of fresh Air Dire Straits was when they emerged on the scene!
If you all remember it was mostly canned instuments there for a while and terrible music coming out for the most part (INHO). Hearing Sultans of Swing was so refreshing, though not now my favorite songs by Mark, but it was the first one at a time it was so needed..
I love one of thier least known albums..Communique. PotabellaBelle...Once upon a time in the West..man, he must have created thousands of tonal variations just on those two songs!

 

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  posted on 1/27/2007 at 08:39 PM
SkyPuppy, I agree totally. That's some of the most sensitive, nuanced playing on record!
 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 04:47 AM
I've had the good fortune to see Mark on the last two tours: Shangri-La and with Emmylou to promote All The Road Running. Just my opinion, but I'd say Mark is getting better and better as time goes on. Certainly I understand everyone's connection to him via Dire Straits. But his solo stuff since then is even better, IMO.

And he seems to be that rare artist who is becoming more productive with time. He's in the studio right now, recording for his next release (according to Guy Fletcher's website). That would make three releases in three years - who does that anymore.

Performance-wise, he surrounds himself with such good musicians, and his own touch is nothing short of phenomenal. Most of the time we pay attention to a guitarist's hand on the fretboard, but Mark is equally amazing with the sensitivity of his picking hand. His tone is just to die for - I don't know anyone who gets more emotion from fewer notes.

Lyrically, his songs are very well written. Melodically, there are few that can compare. There are very few who can command that full range of talent; performer, lyricist, and songwriter. But Mark does it all with understated and inspiring style.

Here's a few photos I took from 6/22/06 at Radio City:






 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 06:48 AM
When Sultans of Swing was first released over here in the "post punk" period it attracted as much derision as acclaim. Dire Straits were for many a "guilty pleasure" Always loved Knopfler's songs and playing myself.
Was always impressed that unlike Sting, Mark Knopfler was never ashamed of his Geordie upbringing. (born in Glasgow but moved to Newcastle as a child)

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 08:21 AM
whenever a list of favorite players pops up, i will mention mark knophler...tunnel of love,
telegraph road, once upon a time in the west(alchemy), show the range of mark knophler and dire straits as one minute it is drop a pin quiet and then the next it is just a cose to rave up with knophler putting each note in its' proper place and adding to the new texrure of the song...shangri-la is one of the best albums i've heard in a long time...

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 08:28 AM
I think I'll go listen to some Dire Straights right now. It's been a while. Thanks for the thread and posts everyone.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 08:44 AM
Goldenheart! It's the best.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 08:51 AM
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whenever a list of favorite players pops up, i will mention mark knophler...tunnel of love,
telegraph road, once upon a time in the west(alchemy), show the range of mark knophler and dire straits as one minute it is drop a pin quiet and then the next it is just a cose to rave up with knophler putting each note in its' proper place and adding to the new texrure of the song...shangri-la is one of the best albums i've heard in a long time...



Tunnel of Love is about the old (now demolished) Spanish City fun park in Whitley Bay about 8 miles outside Newcastle on the coast. Used to spend a lot of time there as a kid. T.O.L is really evocative for me.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 09:12 AM
"Communique" is my favorite Dire Straits CD. What wonderful songs, and the playing is just right for the songs.

The "...Roadrunning" CD and recent live CD/DVD are growing on me, too.

Up until last year I frequently played gigs with a guitarist who could really play all of those solos on "Sultans of Swing".

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 12:35 PM
i have to say i'm enjoying ''all the road running" more than i anticapated.

i never tire of that first ''DIRE STAITS" record. but i do enjoy them all. he is a force to be reccond with on guitar.

 

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whenever a list of favorite players pops up, i will mention mark knophler...tunnel of love,
telegraph road, once upon a time in the west(alchemy), show the range of mark knophler and dire straits as one minute it is drop a pin quiet and then the next it is just a cose to rave up with knophler putting each note in its' proper place and adding to the new texrure of the song...shangri-la is one of the best albums i've heard in a long time...
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Tunnel of Love is about the old (now demolished) Spanish City fun park in Whitley Bay about 8 miles outside Newcastle on the coast. Used to spend a lot of time there as a kid. T.O.L is really evocative for me.


That's pretty interesting, thanks for the information. Tunnel of Love is probably my favorite song by Dire Straits. The Live version off Live at the BBC maybe my favorite song ever, the piano intro is amazing. Romeo and Juliet is another favorite off of Making Movies, my second favorite album. As a whole though I'd have to go with the self titled as my favorite album. You guys are so right about his tone, its marvelous.

 

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  posted on 1/28/2007 at 01:44 PM
Romeo and Julliet is about one of the best damn songs ever written. the melody in that will stay with me forever even if i never hear it again (as she goes and puts in on, just in case)


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Juliet when we made love you used to cry
You said I love you like the stars above Ill love you till I die
Theres a place for us you know the movie song
When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet



dire straits is one of my favorite bands of all time, easily.



i think the 'guilty pleasure' thing is just for those who are unaware of their cataloge prior to "money for nothing' - a pop culture phenom in and of itself.

 

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Romeo and Julliet is about one of the best damn songs ever written

I'm with you Linnie - I love when he pulls out the National resonator and does R&J. For a great version, pick up the recently released CD/DVD of the last tour "Real Live Roadrunning" - it's very well done.

 

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When Sultans of Swing was first released over here in the "post punk" period it attracted as much derision as acclaim. Dire Straits were for many a "guilty pleasure" Always loved Knopfler's songs and playing myself.
Was always impressed that unlike Sting, Mark Knopfler was never ashamed of his Geordie upbringing. (born in Glasgow but moved to Newcastle as a child)
hilton valentine and the rest of "The Animals" are also from Newcastle and proud of it!, im quite fond of newcastle beer myself.

 
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