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Mark Knopfler, The Ragpicker's Dream

Audio CD

Disk ID: 984935

Disk length: 56m 4s (12 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 2002

Label: Unknown

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“The Ragpicker's Dream” Tracks & Durations

1. Why aye man 6:16
2. Devil baby 4:07
3. Hill farmer's blues 3:47
4. A place where we used to live 4:36
5. Quality shoe 3:58
6. Fare there well Northumberland 6:31
7. Marbletown 3:35
8. You don't know you're born 5:23
9. Coyote 5:58
10. The ragpicker's dream 4:22
11. Daddy's gone to Knoxville 2:50
12. Old Pigweed 4:34

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Review

Even at the peak of Dire Straits' fame, Mark Knopfler's music often seemed informed by a restless worldview as abstruse as his guitar playing was fluid and expressive. This follow-up to his impressive 2000 collection, Sailing to Philadelphia, finds Knopfler chasing a similar musical and lyrical muse, with results that are even more surprising and loose-limbed. "Why Aye Man," the bracing opening chantey that sets much of the album's tone, draws parallels between Geordie pub-speak and Native American chants whilst lamenting economic refugees of Thatcherism forced to ply their blue-collar trades--and keep their Brit pub culture alive--deep in the Fatherland. From there, Knopfler takes us by "A Place Where We Used to Live" for a lounge-y, Jobim-inflected reminder that one can never really go home, drops in on "Quality Shoe" for a tribute to Roger Miller, and gives us a typically dry, so-deadpan-it's-funny rundown of his Circus Sideshow pals on "Devil Baby." "Marbletown," a graveyard folk-blues, showcases the musician at home on solo acoustic guitar, while the loping, laconic "Coyote" draws its good-natured inspiration from a beast named Wile E. But it's the way that Knopfler connects disparate cultures and histories with subliminal, deceptively effortless grace on "Fare Thee Well Northumberland," "You Don't Know You're Born" (both of which feature Knopfler's signature languorous, blues-inflected soloing), the folksy "Hill Farmer's Blues," and the country-fried "Daddy's Gone to Knoxville" that make the album a triumph of understatement. --Jerry McCulleyThird solo album from the acclaimed leader of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, a rootsy American-leaning epic about the working man. 2002. Warner.

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Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream

Tracks: 12, Disk length: 56m 3s (-1m 59s)

Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream

Tracks: 12, Disk length: 56m 3s (-1m 59s)

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Tracks: 12, Disk length: 56m 18s (+0m 14s)

Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream

Tracks: 12, Disk length: 55m 41s (-1m 37s)

Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream

Tracks: 12, Disk length: 55m 41s (-1m 37s)

Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream

Tracks: 12, Disk length: 55m 36s (-1m 32s)

Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream

Tracks: 15 (+3 tracks), Disk length: 1h 14m 8s (+18m 4s)

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Tracks: 15 (+3 tracks), Disk length: 1h 16m 8s (+20m 4s)

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Tracks: 15 (+3 tracks), Disk length: 1h 18m 11s (+22m 7s)

Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream

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Mark Knopfler - The Ragpicker's Dream

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