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on October 5, 2004
I eagerly awaited this fourth release by Mark Knopfler. I will say that Golden Heart and Sailing to Philadelphia it isn't.
This album is much more in line with his last release The Ragpicker's Dream and Neck and Neck.
Gone are the upbeat fast paced songs like Darling Pretty, What it is, Speedway at Nazareth, and Why Aye Man. Instead we are treated to a much more mellow album on par with songs such as Tahitian Skies, There'll be some changes made, and Daddy's Gone to Knoxville.
Gone too are the folk like songs, Je Suis Desole, Done with Bonaparte, Prairie Wedding, and Fare thee Well Northumberland, that, for me, are what really makes Knopfler so great.
That being said, this is still a great album. I especially enjoyed 5.15a.m., back to tupelo, and song for sonny liston. There is a ghost of his former songs in this new collection and if you listen really hard, you can still hear snippets of guitar riffs from previous Knopfler songs.
I'm happy I bought this album. Will I play it as often as often as Golden Heart and Sailing to Philadelphia, probably not, but it will still come out, especially when I want to introduce friends to the beauty and diversity that is Mark Knopfler.
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on November 17, 2004
First off I must admit I am the world's biggest fan of MK.
Loved the DVD, real personal, great to see him and the band and hear his thoughts.
My favorite tune is Shangri-La. Just sooooo beautiful !!
5:15 am , cool start to the album, whatever guitar he used weaves a fantastic beat and melody.
As usual the songwriting is superb, but what sends me into my MK funk is his suttle but oh so cool guitar playing.
I'm so glad to see he has recovered from his accident.
I guess now I just have to wait another couple years for his next masterpiece.
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on January 4, 2006
I admit - I purchased this album the day it was released with great anticipation...and was disappointed. It sounded homogeneous - nothing that hooked me by standing out. My compatriot from Coquitlam's review was excellent and summed up my feelings.
2 months ago, I bought the "One Take Radio Sessions EP" which contains 7 of the songs from "Shangri-La". Suddenly I was listening to all these songs differently - notably "Song for Sonny Liston" and have now gone back and played "Shangri La" many times over. Perhaps this is the genius that is Mark Knopfler and his guitar work.
In 1978, I didn't care for the first Dire Straits album either. Mark hooked me with his soundtrack for "Local Hero" and then I discovered "Love over Gold" and the rest, as they say, is history.
I encourage you to follow me on this. I guarantee you, Mark does not disappoint. Here's to album #5!
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on October 22, 2004
What a piece of work. This cd is wonderfully produced and mixed as are almost all of Knopflers albums. No it is not Ragpickers Dream, or Sailing to Philadelphia, but he has already done that. This album is Mark continually maturing into a musical icon, with diversity. Todays pop stars can't touch the talent that this guy has. This is a well rounded album from the pop hit " Boom like that " to a beautiful easy tune like "Whoop de doo" . You will not be unhappy with your purchase. It also comes in SACD, and vinyl of you can find it.
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on June 6, 2014
I've owned the deluxe CD/DVD set since release but the SACD seemed to be OOP for some time. For a long time it was only available for unreasonable prices from product flippers.

It was a happy day for Knopfler fans when Universal decided to re-release this SACD (in an actual SACD case).

This is a timeless album of which I never grow tired. Simply great music from a great artist in the best format. My advice is to buy it before they stop selling it again!
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on February 8, 2006
Hello Guys,
This last SACD from Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler is just GREAT. There are all ingredient of what were popular with Dire Straits: amazing guitar with a lazy voice in background.
With his 4th solo album, Mark Knopfler shows us that is still on the track better than never.
The songs pass from rock and roll (Boom Like That) to folk (Whoop De Do) to blues (Song For Sonny Liston) with such a facility that several musicians must be jalous of that!
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on November 11, 2013
Seems Mark Knopfler has embraced the 5.1 format with releases of this and most of the DS library. Well balanced without being imposing, the vocals are just so clear compared with my standard CD of this.
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on April 12, 2015
Beautiful, lyrical, thoughtful music...and of course nobody plays the guitar like Mr. Knopfler! Loved the title song, 5:15 A.M., and whoop de do.
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on June 22, 2014
Incredible songwriter and musician. I enjoyed every track on this CD. If you enjpoy Mark Knopfler, this is a must have for your cxollection
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on May 8, 2005
Un retour réussi pour l'ex-leader de dire straits. Du grand Mark Knopfler, tant au niveau de son jeu de guitare toujours aussi génial, que de la qualité de ses mélodies. Un incontournable !
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