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Shangri La (2004)

Artist: Mark Knopfler
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Format: CD
Sku: 63791008
UPC: 093624885825
UPC 14: 00093624885825
Release Date: 9/28/2004
Sales Rank: 252
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. 5.15 A.M. ~ Mark Knopfler
2. Boom, Like That ~ Mark Knopfler
3. Sucker Row ~ Mark Knopfler
4. Trawlerman's Song, The ~ Mark Knopfler
5. Back To Tupelo ~ Mark Knopfler
6. Our Shangri-La ~ Mark Knopfler
7. Everybody Pays ~ Mark Knopfler
8. Song For Sonny LIston ~ Mark Knopfler
9. Whoop De Doo ~ Mark Knopfler
10. Postcards From Paraguay ~ Mark Knopfler
11. All That Matters ~ Mark Knopfler
12. Stand Up Guy ~ Mark Knopfler
13. Donegan's Gone ~ Mark Knopfler
14. Don't Crash The Ambulance ~ Mark Knopfler
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.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Recording information: Shagri-La Studios, Malibu.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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."

Producer: Chuck Ainlay; Mark Knopfler; Chuck Ainlay; Mark Knopfler

Engineer: Chuck Ainlay; Guy Fletcher

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Richard Bennett
Muze Guest Artist Glenn Worf
Muze Guest Artist Paul Franklin

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Austin Sessions
Muze Music Compilations Chet Picks The Hits
Muze Music Compilations 80
Muze Music Compilations Essential Chet Atkins
Muze Music Compilations From The Reach
Muze Music Compilations Burn Your Playhouse Down
Muze Music Compilations Just Across The River
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best/chet Atkins
Muze Music Compilations Uncovered
Muze Music Compilations Impressions
Muze Music Compilations Local Hero
Muze Music Compilations Songbird:rare Tracks & Forgotten Gems

Associated Artists and Works

Atkins, Chet
Block, Rory
Brewers Droop
Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & ~ Dire Straits
Edmunds, Dave
All the Roadrunning ~ Harris, Emmylou
Real Live Roadrunning (DMD Album) ~ Harris, Emmylou
Original Soundtrack
Screenplaying ~ Original Soundtrack
Local Hero (Original Soundtrack) ~ Original Soundtrack
Local Hero (Original Soundtrack) ~ Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/28/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 48858
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624885825

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)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "There is genius in here....It also serves up three beguiling gasps of Tyne/Delta blues bewitchery."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Knopfler,Mark
Product attributeLabel:   Warner/reprise/maverick
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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