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Privateering

Mark Knopfler

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Since officially embarking on a solo career in 1995, former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has been quietly and consistently amassing an unassuming horn of plenty, maintaining his prior outfit's penchant for fusing meticulously crafted English blues-rock with sardonic, radio-ready AOR pop, while introducing elements of traditional folk and country with the effortless gait of an artist who has spent his years as both a student and a professor. On Privateering, his seventh solo outing, Knopfler has crafted his most ambitious and pugnacious collection of songs to date, going all in on a two-disc set that pits all of the aforementioned influences against each other without ever succumbing to the convenience of their architectures. 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. Could the album use some trimming? Sure, but Knopfler is that rare gunslinger who can make even the wildest shot look like it was completely intentional, and his steady voice, mercurial lyrics, and instantly recognizable guitar tone, that latter of which falls somewhere between the rich, lucid beauty of David Gilmour and the Pan-like spell-casting of Richard Thompson, provide just the right amount of ballast to keep a ship as big as Privateering buoyant.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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1
Redbud Tree
00:03:17

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Harmonium, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ruth Moody, Harmonium, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

2
Haul Away
00:04:01

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cunningham, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

3
Don't Forget Your Hat
00:05:13

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tim O'Brien, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

4
Privateering
00:06:18

Richard Bennett, Bouzouki, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Oliver, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cunningham, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Cooper, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Rees, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emlyn Singleton, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Parker, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sonia Slany, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Daniels, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Gregson-Williams, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - William Schofield, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, String Arranger, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Reiad Chibah, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Hawkes, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Tunnell, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dods, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - John McCusker, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Rusen Gunes, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGoldrick, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona McNaught, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Humbey, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Orton, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Wilson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Bozidar Vokotic, Strings, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

5
Miss You Blues
00:04:17

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Tim O'Brien, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

6
Corned Beef City
00:03:31

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

7
Go, Love
00:04:51

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ruth Moody, Harmonium, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

8
Hot Or What
00:04:53

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Piano, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

9
Yon Two Crows
00:04:26

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cunningham, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGoldrick, Pipe, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

10
Seattle
00:04:16

Richard Bennett, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Jane Oliver, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Cooper, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Rees, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emlyn Singleton, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Parker, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sonia Slany, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Daniels, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Gregson-Williams, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - William Schofield, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, String Arranger, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Reiad Chibah, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Hawkes, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Tunnell, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dods, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Rusen Gunes, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona McNaught, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Humbey, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Ruth Moody, Harmonium, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Orton, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Wilson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Bozidar Vokotic, Strings, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

11
Kingdom Of Gold
00:05:22

Richard Bennett, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cunningham, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Gregson-Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John McCusker, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

12
Got To Have Something
00:04:00

Richard Bennett, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tim O'Brien, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

13
Radio City Serenade
00:05:13

Jane Oliver, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Cunningham, Accordion, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Botti, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Nigel Hitchcock, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Nick Cooper, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Pleeth, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Rees, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, String Arranger, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emlyn Singleton, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Parker, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Sonia Slany, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Daniels, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Rachel Robson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Rupert Gregson-Williams, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - William Schofield, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, String Arranger, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Reiad Chibah, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Hawkes, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Tunnell, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Alison Dods, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - John McCusker, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Rusen Gunes, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Mike McGoldrick, Whistle, AssociatedPerformer - Fiona McNaught, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Humbey, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Orton, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Perry Montague-Wilson, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Bozidar Vokotic, Strings, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

14
I Used To Could
00:03:36

Richard Bennett, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

15
Gator Blood
00:04:14

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

16
Bluebird
00:03:26

Richard Bennett, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Guitar, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

17
Dream Of The Drowned Submariner
00:04:56

Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, Harmonium, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - John Charnac, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

18
Blood And Water
00:05:18

Richard Bennett, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Percussion, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

19
Today Is Okay
00:04:44

Richard Bennett, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

20
After The Beanstalk
00:03:53

Richard Bennett, Ukulele, AssociatedPerformer - Tim O'Brien, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Thomas, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glenn Worf, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kim Wilson, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Cox, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Will D. Side Limited

Album Description

Since officially embarking on a solo career in 1995, former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has been quietly and consistently amassing an unassuming horn of plenty, maintaining his prior outfit's penchant for fusing meticulously crafted English blues-rock with sardonic, radio-ready AOR pop, while introducing elements of traditional folk and country with the effortless gait of an artist who has spent his years as both a student and a professor. On Privateering, his seventh solo outing, Knopfler has crafted his most ambitious and pugnacious collection of songs to date, going all in on a two-disc set that pits all of the aforementioned influences against each other without ever succumbing to the convenience of their architectures. 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. Could the album use some trimming? Sure, but Knopfler is that rare gunslinger who can make even the wildest shot look like it was completely intentional, and his steady voice, mercurial lyrics, and instantly recognizable guitar tone, that latter of which falls somewhere between the rich, lucid beauty of David Gilmour and the Pan-like spell-casting of Richard Thompson, provide just the right amount of ballast to keep a ship as big as Privateering buoyant.
© James Christopher Monger /TiVo

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