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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by Terry01 on Today at 07:43:43 pm »
In my opinion, the best drummer (tecnhically talking) it´s Pick. The elegance of Pick was really nice.
In my personal preference, i think Terry Williams was the best drummer for the live situation. The force that Terry give to all songs, it´s awesome. And chris witten.. it´s a great drummer too, for sure, but i don´t like it. I think Chris Whitten ruined some songs, for example Sultans.. or the final solo on Money for Nothing.. i dont know if the concerts from 1992 sounds bad due a mix thing (on the BAsel recording, the drums sounds average, without power, but On the night, the drums sounds very very processed, and when the instruments sound very processed, they lost the  beauty of the natural sound).
But it´s my humble opinion, in terms of groove and technique, Pick is the best. But for the live shows, for me, Terry was the best. I think that Alchemy, witout Terry, doesnt the same!

Greetings all from Argentina and sorry for my bad english
Enzo
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by Lucas_99 on Today at 06:41:51 pm »
@hunter Havent figured out how to upload a picture. Its says, that it wont upload but i will check...

Well they all never have been that much excited in interviews... But yeah, the way, they gave interviews in 92, it rlly seems like a "job to be done".
I didnt know, that Vince Gill was asked to join the Tour...
aaand i found that interview here:

Its very similiar to David saying, that he "doesnt just want to be a strummer in someone elses dream"

Regarding Chris, i see what you mean... Comes down to taste i guess. In general, i like when songs are played faster than usual so yeah.. :D
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by Love Expresso on Today at 02:35:03 pm »
Looked for it, from min 4:40



Memory served pretty well..  ;D

LE
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by Love Expresso on Today at 02:28:52 pm »
During the OES tour, there was an MTV special and I remember a short interview clip with John Illsley about the new tour and his voice and body language said it all.. "we needed a new drummer, Chris was available, nice chap (shrugging shoulders) so he is on board.." in a very bored, unfriendly manner. It seems they saw the whole tour as "a job to be done" from the very beginning.

LE
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by Love Expresso on Today at 02:21:35 pm »
To a man like MK who has obviously a problem with drummers and the meaning of drumming in general ("the best drummer is no drummer at all"), Chris Whitten or also Manu Katché, to whom his music meant nothing, were the perfect drummers.

Chris Whitten definitely delivered the best Live Sultans apart from Terry Williams.

LE
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by hunter on Today at 01:22:19 pm »
@Lucas_99 - You should change the size of your avatar. It's too tall.


As for drummers, I love Pick's work on the first two albums in particular. His style works especially well in a small-ensemble setting. On the "big" songs, like TOL and TR, I'm not so sure.


Terry's work on Alchemy though is just amazing. Totally love his drumming on OUATITW. He's not the man for subtleties and intricate studio work, but live he kicks butt.


Chris Whitten probably shouldn't have been chosen in the first place as, by his own admission, he wasn't keen on the music OR working with Mark. Obviously, he's not a bad drummer, and there's a lot of great stuff of his from the OES recordings. I honestely think he fit rather well to the "studio-style sound" Mark wanted for that tour, but I think Terry would have brought a lot more "fun" to the gig.
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by jbaent on Today at 01:11:04 pm »
I always says that Chris Whitten drumming in SOS is like he was trying to hunt a flie around his drumkit with his drumsticks...
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by straitsway75 on Today at 11:24:57 am »
It is well known that after the recordings of on every street, Mark found himself receiving many no's in forming the band for the tour. Two names above all: Jeff Porcaro and Vince Gil. Obviously we will never know how it would have been with their contribution, but certainly a different sound.
The fact that Mark got tired right away is a sign that at some point the sound probably no longer satisfied him. I remember that on the no listing sos  for otn he charged it precisely to the fact of the unsatisfactory sound.
Then in my opinion a heavy presence of pedal steel on everything, made that tour still adorable for us, but targeted by general critics.
 :thumbsup
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Very very nice Pavel. Congratulations. Always a pleasure to hear you and play so smoothy touch.  :thumbsup :thumbsup
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: Dire Straits and...Drums
« Last post by the visitor on May 16, 2021, 10:39:20 pm »
Pick and Terry had soul, no offence to Chris, but it didn't sound like he really liked playing the songs and his sound was technically very good, but to me felt clinical and the songs suffered as a result on the OES tour.  However, this was also combined with pedal steel and percussion additions which over complicated the sound on this tour, as well as MK not enjoying the tour.

Terry was a pure powerhouse, in a good way, and I liked his drumming on tours the best - Alchemy would not be what it is without Terry at the helm.  Pick was more of a jazz drummer and his contributions to 4 out of 6 studio albums should not be understated; really intricate.
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