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Mark Knopfler - Shangri-La - Warner Brothers

Named for the legendary Malibu, California recording studio where it was recorded, Shangri-La is a classic Mark Knopfler album. Including his great body of work with Dire Straits, Knopfler’s signature guitar sound, vocals and intelligent lyrics and songs have made him a favorite artist of XPN listeners and members.

On his fourth solo album, Knopfler is again joined by his band Richard Bennett on guitar, Jim Cox and Guy Fletcher on organ and piano, Glenn Worf on bass and Chad Cromwell on drums. Many of the songs on Shangri-La are charismatic stories about icons like Ray Kroc (“Boom, Like That”), Lonnie Donegan (“Donegan’s Gone”), Elvis and The Colonel (“Back To Tupelo”), and Sonny Liston (“Song For Sonny Liston”). Other songs like “5:15AM,” “Sucker Row,” and “Postcards To Paraguay,” rank with the best of Knopfler’s work from throughout his enduring career.

Like Richard Thompson and Steve Earle, Knopfler is a superb song "crafter" whose work almost always embodies the highest qualities of popular music.

Written by Bruce Warren

Release Date: 9/28/2004

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