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I miss Matt Rollings' playing. I sometimes play the Real Live Roadrunning album only to listen to his Romeo and Juliet intro.
In this specific case of Our Shangri-La, I also love the violin interaction during the outro.
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I agree. This "Our Shangri-La" recording is absolute perfection and comes to mind when thinking of a perfect live performance. And a perfect rhythm section at that.

A simple organ/piano intro with quiet drums and dreamy "The Shadows" inspired guitar, then a verse with the second voice getting a bit louder and including more instruments, then the bridge to break up the repeats of verses, the solo getting even louder with ride cymbals, to a verse with the snare drum that leads to the best 2-chord outro I ever heard. Every musician shines in this arrangement, the pacing is perfect.

Another one I would mention is "Golden Heart", the album version because I'm positive it's the one-take live recording of the song, and a perfect arrangement.

A lot of DS tracks could go in that category... Romeo, Tunnel, Brothers. But that's such big songs you sort of assume they are perfect and take it for granted.
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What is your take on this ?
I do not mean what your favourite live song is. I am thinking more specifically of what you think is the very best live composition of any MK song, combined with the best live execution by the band members ?
What comes to my mind is this one:

 

Not my absolute favourite live song, but the live composition and execution is absolutely awesome, simply done to perfection in my ears. Whether MK´s guitar, Matt Rollings piano or the fiddle by Stuart Duncan. They just all fall together at a higher level.   

I am not a musician or audiophile, so I cant hear the mistakes (if there is any). These kind of tracks should be played loud on a good surround system ;)
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They advertised for it back in November and the ad was taken off the website before Christmas.
I don't understand why they make such a secret out of it every year and announce these RAH charity (!) events only about a month before they happen. :think

Those events are special and I guess they want to do it short notice to avoide reselling, maybe?
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They advertised for it back in November and the ad was taken off the website before Christmas.
I don't understand why they make such a secret out of it every year and announce these RAH charity (!) events only about a month before they happen. :think
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: No Tour with the new album.
« Last post by hunter on January 25, 2023, 11:51:05 am »
If you're not a guitar player (or musician) and don't hear any mistakes, just smile and be happy. He still has the "touch", and on slower songs, where he has time to meander and search, he still sounds great. But on things that need more dexterity and precision, he stumbles and/or resorts to stock, stale blues licks. Though no-one expects him to play as he did in his prime, it is quite sad, actually.
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The RAH dates from March 20-26 are "official" since TCT was advertising for volunteers for these 7 nights on its website.
But since Guy stated that nothing was planned regarding live performances I don't think we'll see an MK performance in less than 8 weeks for which the planning would be complete by now. Otherwise he would have said something like "a one-off night is always possible".

I'm on that website and don't see that advertising but, yes, it just confirm my guess, lol

However, the only way I see MK taking part on this is playing a couple of songs himself or with other musicians, that only would need a week or a couple of days to rehearse, like when he played at the Bill Wyman 80th birthday.
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: No Tour with the new album.
« Last post by jbaent on January 25, 2023, 11:35:15 am »
Yes, he did some mistakes here and there, but I enjoyed the shows anyway, if he can deliver something of even that standard quality, I'm in.
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Mark Knopfler Discussion Forum / Re: No Tour with the new album.
« Last post by dustyvalentino on January 25, 2023, 11:18:59 am »
For those who don't recognise MK making mistakes, I present MK royally fucking up the MFN riff in Glasgow.



No further questions m'lud, your witness.

That's indeed concerning. I think people who are complaining are just comparing "modern MK" with past MK, which is this guitar god who makes no mistakes, and have the right to ask questions. But regardless, Mark even at 70 is way over the majority of guitar players: still amazingly creative, a great improviser, classic MK, with a patina of age which does affect his playing. Personally, I think an old man shouldn't play "silly" songs like MFN and sing about faggots and microwave ovens. But he has to play the hits, and this again is the whole point about his tours becoming a little stale and predictable. I would take an odd show with surprises and rarely played songs and healthier and happier MK every time over this overplayed and frustrating big tour thing.

Except he doesn't have to play the hits, this was the first tour in ages when MFN was played and it was a surprise to see it back, so not predictable at all!
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The RAH dates from March 20-26 are "official" since TCT was advertising for volunteers for these 7 nights on its website.
But since Guy stated that nothing was planned regarding live performances I don't think we'll see an MK performance in less than 8 weeks for which the planning would be complete by now.
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