Sailing to Philadelphia

Sailing to Philadelphia

by Mark KnopflerMark Knopfler


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In the long history of British rockers mimicking the sounds of America's South (Rolling Stones, the Animals, Eric Clapton, etc.), no limeys whistled Dixie as convincingly as Dire Straits, who broke onto the American charts in 1978 singing the line "Way on down south." In that song, "Sultans of Swing," Straits' frontman Mark Knopfler may have been singing about London, but his bluesy honky-tonk inspiration clearly came from an ocean away. On only his second non-soundtrack solo album, Knopfler's muse is firmly planted on American soil -- as evidenced by tracks such as "Do America," "Sands of Nevada," "Prairie Wedding," and "Sailing to Philadelphia." On the title track, Knopfler plays Dixon to guest vocalist James Taylor's Mason, as the two turn the mundane history lesson of "drawing the line" into a poignant ballad. Speaking of guests, the mighty pipes of legendary Americaphile Van Morrison transform the laid-back "The Last Laugh" into an inspired spiritual, and Squeeze's Chris Difford and Glen Tilbrook add a little vocal punch to the already punchy "Silvertown Blues." But for Straits' fans, the standout track is likely to be the infectious, "Sultans"-like hoedown rocker "What It Is," on which Knopfler's guitar-pickin' sounds more like fiddle-bowin'. Way on down south indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2000
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624775324
catalogNumber: 47753
Rank: 168

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Knopfler   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Richard Bennett   Guitar,Strings
Jim Cox   Piano,Hammond Organ
Chad Cromwell   Drums
Danny Cummings   Percussion
Chris Difford   Vocals
Guy Fletcher   Keyboards,Vocals
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Mike Haynes   Flugelhorn
Jim Hoke   Harmonica,Autoharp
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Van Morrison   Vocals
Frank Ricotti   Marimbas
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Glenn Tilbrook   Vocals
Chris Willis   Vocals
Glenn Worf   Bass
Aubrey Haynie   Violin
Duawne Starling   Vocals
Gillian Welch   Vocals

Technical Credits

James Taylor   Composer
Mark Knopfler   Composer,Producer
Chuck Ainlay   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Williams   Portrait Photography

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