Shangri La CD (2004)

Artist: Mark Knopfler

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The fourth solo excursion from acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Mark Knopfler, Shangri-La is perhaps his most rocking album since his halcyon days in Dire Straits. A four-time Grammy® winner who has sold some 110 million albums worldwide with that group and solo and whose signature guitar sound, instantly recognizable vocals and smart lyrics have made him one of rock's most admired artists. Knopfler offers an idyllic earthly refuge for the sophisticated rock fan with Shangri-La.


Label Warner/reprise/maverick
SKU 63791008
UPC 093624885825
UPC 14 00093624885825
Format CD
Release Date 9/28/2004
Author Mark Knopfler
Associated Artist/Work Atkins, Chet
Associated Artist/Work Block, Rory
Associated Artist/Work Brewers Droop
Associated Artist/Work Dire Straits
Associated Artist/Work Edmunds, Dave
Associated Artist/Work Harris, Emmylou
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Chuck Ainlay; Guy Fletcher
Producer Chuck Ainlay; Mark Knopfler; Chuck Ainlay; Mark Knopfler
CatalogID 48858
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 09/28/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624885825
Musical Guests
Richard Bennett
Glenn Worf
Paul Franklin
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Mark Knopfler (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bottleneck guitar, Spanish guitar); Mark Knopfler; Paul Franklin (pedal steel guitar); Jim Cox (harmonica, melodica, piano, organ); Glenn Worf (bass instrument, upright bass); Richard Bennett (guitar, acoustic guitar, steel guitar, tiple); Guy Fletcher (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harmonium, Clavinet, organ, Wurlitzer organ); Chad Cromwell (drums, percussion).
Recording information: Shagri-La Studios, Malibu.
Mark Knopfler's first excursions outside of Dire Straits were film soundtracks, where his guitar mastery served him well. Starting in the mid-1990s, he embarked on a proper post-Straits solo career. By the time of 2004's SHANGRI-LA, Knopfler had almost entirely left behind the expansive instrumental textures of his former band in favor of a more straight-ahead singer/songwriter approach, which works wonderfully here. Knopfler keeps things low-key throughout most of SHANGRI-LA, with quietly intoned, often drolly sardonic lyrics, supple finger-picked guitar lines, and songs full of subtly crafted surprises.
There's a wealth of unusual topics on offer here; "Boom, Like That" is a first-person monologue by Knopfler in the voice of Ray Kroc, the man behind the McDonald's fast-food empire. The bluesy "Song for Sonny Liston" chronicles the famed boxer's brushes with the underworld. "Donegan's Gone" laments the passing of British folk/skiffle pioneer Lonnie Donegan, a key influence on Knopfler and scores of other British rockers. Departing from the more folk-oriented sound of its predecessor, THE RAGPICKER'S DREAM, SHANGRI-LA more fully develops the detail-oriented, irony-laced songwriting style Knopfler first hinted at in Dire Straits tunes like "Money for Nothing."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.102) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "Mark Knopfler has grown into one of rock's more mature and sharp-eyed writers....[The album] mixes sunniness and darkness in artful ways."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "There is genius in here....It also serves up three beguiling gasps of Tyne/Delta blues bewitchery."
Disc 1
1 5.15 A.M.
2 Boom, Like That
3 Sucker Row
4 Trawlerman's Song, The
5 Back To Tupelo
6 Our Shangri-La
7 Everybody Pays
8 Song For Sonny LIston
9 Whoop De Doo
10 Postcards From Paraguay
11 All That Matters
12 Stand Up Guy
13 Donegan's Gone
14 Don't Crash The Ambulance
Product Attributes
Artist Knopfler,Mark
Label Warner/reprise/maverick
Music Format Compact Disc

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