Compiled by Terry Kilburn
June 1, 2021
Dire Straits’ live EP ‘Encores’ for Record Store Day 2021 will now be released on Black Friday. Originally released in 1993, this limited edition reissue has been newly remastered and pressed on beautiful pink vinyl. This release also comes with an exclusive embossed lithograph – well worth waiting for. Save the date and get a copy from your local independent retailer on November 26th. https://RecordStoreDay.lnk.to/StoresEMComment
May 12, 2021
A friendly reminder to all Mark Knopfler fans that the only official and legitimate Mark Knopfler social media accounts bear the blue verification tick:
Fake and imitation profiles are an unfortunate inevitability online, but you should always remain vigilant. If you receive a direct message from anyone purporting to be Mark, and at any point asking you for money, we recommend that you do not reply to them. Block and report the account through the relevant social media platform’s reporting process.Comment
March 24, 2021
To celebrate 25 years of Mark’s debut solo album ‘Golden Heart’, watch his 1996 ‘A Night In London’ concert in its entirety, this Friday 26th March. The full concert will be available to watch on Mark’s YouTube channel from 5pm GMT / 10am PT for 48 hours only. Subscribe and set a reminder hereComment
March 19, 2021
Mark’s debut film soundtrack for Local Hero and Dire Straits’ record-breaking Brothers In Arms are out today on half-speed mastered vinyl. Both albums have been remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, and are pressed on 180gsm black vinyl.
Originally released in 1983, the Local Hero soundtrack went on to be nominated for the BAFTA award for Best Score for a Film in 1984. The album’s signature theme tune Going Home is played before every home game of Mark’s home team, Newcastle United FC.
Order your copies of both half-speed masters here. [link: https://direstraits.lnk.to/HalfSpeedMastersEM]
To celebrate the Dire Straits Brothers In Arms half-speed master release today, stream on Spotify on your mobile to explore a new visual experience for the album, featuring new Canvas and Storylines giving insight into each song.Comment
March 6, 2021
‘Trombonist Chris Barber, who passed away on March 2nd, aged 90 was a pivotal figure in the shaping of modern rock music, from playing bass on the first British rock record, Rock Island Line with Lonnie Donegan in 1954, to organising tours of the U.K. by many major US blues artists.
I have happy memories of getting to know Chris as well as playing with him when he was a guest of The Notting Hillbillies at Ronnie Scott’s in 1998.’