Mark Knopfler Cancels Shows in Russia

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Mark Knopfler canceled two concerts in Russia on Thursday to protest what he sees as the government’s harassment of human rights groups there, the BBC reported.

Mr. Knopfler, the former Dire Straits frontman, said he was calling off his performances planned for June in Moscow and St. Petersburg because Russian authorities had searched the offices of several organizations, among them Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. He called the searches a “crackdown.”

“I hope the current climate will change soon,” he wrote on his Web site. He added, “I have always loved playing in Russia and have great affection for the country and the people.”

Human rights groups and other non-governmental organizations have complained recently about unwarranted searches by prosecutors, the justice ministry and tax officials. But Russian officials say the searches are routine and legal. Pavel Chikov, a member of the country’s presidential Human Rights Council, said about 2,000 organizations have been inspected and searched in the last month.

An Evening With Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler… always touched my heart in his concerts, among the best shows I’ve ever seen. He really is the only ”SULTAN OF SWING” with his amazing and unique style playing the guitar, his music, his lyrics, his voice and his band. Enjoy!

Setlist: 0:00 Intro – Going Home (Theme from “Local Hero”) 0:52 Sailing To Philadelphia 7:18 “The thing about the guitar is…” 9:12 Sultans Of Swing 11:50 “When I started…” 13:50 Romeo And Juliet 17:33 Get Lucky 22:15 Why Worry 27:28 Money For Nothing 29:17 “Actually, ‘Money For Nothing’ was a situation…” 31:25 Monteleone 34:57 “When I was a kid…” 36:39 Song For Sonny Liston 43:08 “It was difficult after 9/11…” 44:15 If This Is Goodbye 49:18 Brothers In Arms 55:23

Mark Knopfler An evening with Mark Knopfler

A younger Sultan rocker… and his great band

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold SHM-SACD reissue & Live DVD & Blu-Ray reissue

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold SHM-SACD reissue
Released date: July 20, 2011

Originally released in 1982. Reissued by Universal Music Japan (cat. nbr.UIGY-9505) and featured the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format.

Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file. Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called ‘Onsho Shiyou,’ which minimizes diffuse reflection. Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes.

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Alchemy: Dire Straits Live DVD & Blu-Ray reissue
Release date: May 03, 2010

The legendary live concert is released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The picture of the original record have been restored by restoration specialist and live concert director Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison).

The audio was mixed by Chuck Ainlay, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album (Brothers In Arms – 20th Anniversary edition).

The bonus contains live TV performances including Tunnel Of Love (The Old Grey Whistle Test 29/11/1980), Sultans of Swing (The Old Grey Whistle Test 16/05/1978) and Documentary BBC Arena: Dire Straits (22/12/1980).

DVD is available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de; Blu-Ray at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de

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Mark Knopfler soundtracks re-issue

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Mark Knopfler – Privateering
Release date: September 03, 2012

‘PRIVATEERING’, Mark Knopfler’s latest album, his seventh solo recording, will be released on September 3rd.

The Mark Knopfler soundtracks ‘Local Hero’, ‘Cal’, ‘Last Exit to Brooklyn’ and ‘The Princess Bride’ will be released as SHM-CD by Universal Music Japan on September 26, 2012. The re-issue features 96kHz/24bit remastering using the analogue masters from the Japanese editions LP.

The ‘Cal’ re-issue comes with a bonus – three original tracks from the ‘Comfort and Joy’ soundtrack previously never released on CD.

Twenty new songs were recorded at the artist’s British Grove Studios in London with the following players: Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano) Guy Fletcher (keyboards), John McCusker (fiddle) and Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), Glenn Worf (bass) and Ian Thomas (drums).

In addition to what has become Mark’s long-time house band, hand-picked guest aces include Kim Wilson (harmonica) of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tim O’Brien (mandolin) singer Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys, Paul Franklin (pedal steel) and Scotland’s Phil Cunningham (accordion).

Produced by Mark and assisted by co-producers Chuck Ainlay and Guy Fletcher, this is the artist’s first double album of originals. The songs cover a wide variety of subjects seen through the eyes of many characters, evoking locations on both sides of the Atlantic and moving through a number of genres, including several blues originals. ‘PRIVATEERING’ is a soulful and heartfelt collection, each song masterfully performed by a group of outstanding players.

The album will be released as:
Standard Edition (2CD)

Mercury Rec. 6025-37043217. Available for pre-order at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de
Standard Edition (2CD)

Mercury Rec. 6025-37079353. TBA.
Vinyl Edition (2LP)

Mercury Rec. 06025-37087785. Available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de
Japan SHM (2CD)

Universal Music Japan UICR1098. Features the high-fidelity SHM-CD format. Available for pre-order at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de
Limited Deluxe Edition (3CD)

Mercury Rec. 06025-37081189. Includes bonus CD. Available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de
Super Deluxe Box Set

Mercury Rec. 06025-37043231. Contains: 2CD album; 2LP vinyl; Bonus CD; DVD EPK; Numbered art print; Card with exclusive code for customer to download a full concert. Available for pre-order at Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de