Tracker [Limited Edition Box]

Tracker [Limited Edition Box]

by Mark KnopflerMark Knopfler

CD(Special Edition / Bonus DVD / ATTRIBUTE WLP)

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Scaled smaller than 2012's double-album Privateering, Tracker also feels suitably subtle, easing its way into being instead of announcing itself with a thunder. Such understatement is typical of Mark Knopfler, particularly in the third act of his career. When he left Dire Straits behind, he also left behind any semblance of playing for the cheap seats in an arena, but Tracker feels quieter than his new millennial norm. Some of this is due to the undercurrent of reflection tugging at the record's momentum. Knopfler isn't pining for the past but he is looking back, sometimes wistfully, sometimes with a resigned smile, and he appropriately draws upon sounds that he's long loved. Usually, this means some variation of pub rock -- the languid ballad "River Towns," the lazy shuffle "Skydiver," the two-chord groove of "Broken Bones" -- but this is merely the foundation from which Knopfler threads in a fair amount of olde British folk and other roots digressions. This delicate melancholy complements echoes of older Knopfler songs -- significant stretches of the record are reminiscent of the moodier aspects of Brothers in Arms, while "Beryl" has just a bit of the "Sultans of Swing" bounce -- and this skillful interweaving of Knopfler's personal past helps give Tracker a nicely gentle resonance. [Tracker was also released as a CD/DVD in a limited-edition box.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2015
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602547169839
catalogNumber: 4716983


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Knopfler   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin
Nigel Hitchcock   Saxophone
John McCusker   Fiddle,Cittern
Bruce Moisky   Banjo,Fiddle,Rhythm Guitar
Glenn Worf   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Phil Cunningham   Accordion
Ruth Moody   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Guy Fletcher   Bass,Keyboards,Ukulele
Mike McGoldrick   Wood Flute,Guitar (Tenor)
Tom Walsh   Trumpet
Ian Thomas   Drums,Washboard

Technical Credits

Mark Knopfler   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Guy Fletcher   Producer,Engineer
Basil Bunting   Poetry
Mike McGoldrick   Whistle
Kitty Aldridge   Cover Photo

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