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Privateering is simply brilliant. As a longtime guitarist, I've admired Knopfler's playing since I first heart Sultans of Swing in For me, Privateering is a double dose of goodness. Fabulous songwriting, first and foremost. MK is my favorite songwriter and one of my favorite guitarists. His covers so many musical styles with authority and taste.
A very pleasant surprise was the healthy dose of bluesy material on the album. The band is world-class, including Kim Wilson Fabulous Thunderbirds, etc. What I appreciate most about MK's playing is his superb tone.
Acoustic or electric, the man knows what he's doing, and does his thing as well or better than anybody. This is a great collection of excellent music performed by stellar musicians, and I'm glad to add it to my collection.
Of late, I've been thinking that I really need to move on from Mark Knopfler's solo stuff. This album proves me wrong!! I was also worried that this new release, a song double disc wouldn't be all that strong. Wrong again! About the only thing that's "off" about this disc is the title and the cover photo. Other than that, this disc is on: a solid, classic Knopfler offering. Fans will remember how great discs like "Golden Heart" and "Ragpicker's Dream" were.
There ain't a clinker on either of these discs, folks. This is far and way my new favorite Knopfler disc. Way to go, Mark! There's no one quite like Mark Knopfler, and if you're a fan of his solo works, you will not be disappointed.
This two-album collection is unmistakably Knopfler. If fact, it's "so Knopfler" that you begin to wonder if that's a good thing or not. Has his originality become predictable? Nah - still great. The majority of these beautifully recorded, mostly-acoustic, tracks lean towards slower ballads, which is fine by me. Of the handful of faster tempo songs, many have a funky Bourbon Alley feel to them "I Used to Could", "Gator Blood" and merely rate an "adequate" on initial listen.
In fact, if I had to name a theme to the album after a single listen, I'd say it's backwoods, southern US, honky tonk "After the Beanstalk" , which I would not normally like, but somehow he makes it work for me. But it's the ballads, which as usual, always excel.
Not many write such wonderful lyrics that paint such colorful pictures in your mind Remember "Ragpicker's Dream"? My very favorite Mark Knoplfer tunes almost always have the wonderful Celtic-inspired instrumentations that he and his band does so very well, and this collection includes a couple of those as well. Often I don't like an album the first time I hear it, so it amazes me how I can listen to new Mark Knopfler album and instantly like it.
I can tell whether each song will be extraordinary, or merely average in the first few measures of the track. Just from the name, I knew "Dream of the Drowned Submariner" would be the kind of song that has earned Mark Knopfler the top place in my favorite artist list, and I was not wrong. So, while there's nothing especially new or experimental here, you can rest comfortably knowing that these beautiful tunes will embrace you like an old friend. Mark's not for everyone, but if you're already a fan, do not hesitate.
You will love this album. The release history of this great work is a real shame. It's U. It's not because of the music, because this is some of his greatest work. This is a tremendous double album, don't let it's relative obscurity here keep you from giving this a shot. A listen with some nice headphones is rewarding.
As we have come to know and respect this giant musician. What I wouldn't give for that talent as a foundation Here in Privateering we find Mark at some of his finest,his mellow moods,his laughter expressed with a guitar pick and his serious side is right there on his thumb. Red Bud tree takes us to the hollow down by the river,Privateering is a scene shot at my house up the river,the van,the barrel,the tune,the flashy finger work.
I will keep playing because it is a sin to not follow this guided tour on to the next cd and onwards after that. There are several different versions: . Privateering was not initially released in the United States due to a "contractual dispute" between Knopfler and his longtime U. The photograph used for the album cover was taken by Johnnie Pilkington, and shows a battered van amidst old tires and wheel rims beneath a bleak sky, with a small dog walking away from the van. The photograph is an HDR type image.
In the album's title, Knopfler used the idea of a "privateer"—a privately owned ship or its captain authorized by a government during wartime to capture enemy vessels  —as an analogy for modern rock-and-roll musicians who make their way in the world in a spirit of independence and adventure.
I really get a buzz out of having this little group of people that sallies forth across the world. I enjoy being in command of it, the band, the crew, travelling through this ever-changing landscape and playing in all these different places. You get where you get without any kind of assistance, really, making your own way in the world. There are no government grants to play this music. You're a privateer. And that's the way I like it. Knopfler recalled the early days of his music career, when "if you had a van you could get into a group, so band wagons have always had a special place in my heart.
The back cover appears to show a section of the van's rear brake light and bumper with a weathered sticker bearing the letters "GB" Great Britain. Privateering was supported initially by Knopfler's North American concert tour with Bob Dylan , which started on 5 October in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and included 33 concerts in 31 cities, ending in Brooklyn, New York, on 21 November The concerts typically consisted of Knopfler and his band performing an song opening set, followed by Dylan and his band performing a song set, with Knopfler accompanying Dylan on guitar for the first four songs.
Knopfler's official Privateering Tour of Europe started on 25 April in Bucharest, Romania and included 70 concerts in 63 cities, ending on 31 July in Calella de Palafrugell, Spain. The tour included a six-night run at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In his review in The Gazette , Bernard Perusse gave the album four out of five stars, noting its continuity with Knopfler's previous solo efforts in its mix of "gentle folk rockers with moody portraits painted by acoustic guitars and whistles.
In his review in the Daily Express , Simon Gage gave the album four out of five stars, calling it "lyrically sound and musically flawless. His voice is sounding more like Leonard Cohen than ever and while the melancholy flavour we expect of this all-time great is still very much in evidence, there are forays out into classic blues and bluesy rock, both of which suit him down to the ground. In her review in The Telegraph , Helen Brown gave the album four out of five stars, calling it "a warm, authentic and durable record: the musical equivalent of a well-worn plaid shirt.
There's old-timers' country, roadhouse blues, a Tom Waitsian piano ballad and yearning Celtic pipe. In his review for AllMusic , James Christopher Monger gave the album four out of five stars, calling it Knopfler's "most ambitious and pugnacious set to date. Upon first spin, Privateering feels a little like a garage sale, offering up long cold plates of once warm, late-night porch jams that feel like pre-studio session warm-ups, but the album's stately, yet schizophrenic nature, which pits lo-fi, studious, yet ultimately forgettable exercises in rote American blues like "Hot or What" and "Gator Blood" with amiable, highway-ready rockers "Corned Beef City" and incredibly affecting, spooky folk-pop ballads like "Redbud Tree," "Kingdom of Gold," and the magnificent "Dream of the Drowned Submariner," all three of which owe a couple of polite high fives to Dire Straits songs like "The Man's Too Strong" and "Brothers in Arms," reveals an artist in complete control of his arsenal.
In her review in the Financial Times Ludovic Hunter-Tilney gave the album four out of five stars, calling it a "fine set of songs about masculine struggle and salvation.
In his review for Rolling Stone , Will Hermes gave the album three and a half out of five stars. Knopfler's sueded voice has changed little since his s heyday, and his elegant electric-guitar work sounds better than ever. On the title track, he shows off his acoustic playing, a folk-rock vet returning to the source. In his review for musicOMH , Andy Baber gave the album four out of five stars, praising Knopfler's ability to deliver "material of such high quality" with production that captures "the sound of Americana".
Knopfler's seventh studio album delivers two discs of songs that will take you back to when everything sounded less artificial. Privateering is arguably Knopfler's strongest solo effort and one which shows off his ability as a guitarist, a vocalist and a songwriter. It's a testament to his talent that he can pull off a double album with so few weaknesses and from this evidence, Knopfler has many more miles left in the tank.
On the review aggregator website, Metacritic , Privateering holds a Metascore of 77, meaning the album has received "generally favorable reviews". An additional track "Your Perfect Song" was available only as a bonus with the digital download of the album. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Privateer disambiguation. Mark Knopfler. Retrieved October 31, Mark Knopfler News.
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