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Golden Heart

Mark KnopflerAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WEA/Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002N25
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,380 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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152 of 154 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit of Everything October 2, 2000
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Released back in 1996, Mark Knopfler's first official solo effort, "Golden Heart," defies classification. Since the songs range across such a wide spectrum-Celtic, Cajun, rock, and country (styles which Knopfler so obviously cherishes)-you can't really call this a "rock album."
It's just MUSIC, pure and simple. And as the title suggests, more love songs than you'd normally find on a Dire Straits record. The opening track, "Darling Pretty," is rife with Knopfler's usual guitar artistry. But his message of being able to draw strength from love and thus overcome life's adversities is remarkably touching: "Love will find a way, my Darling Pretty/Find a heaven for you and I." (An aside here: my wife and I actually chose this one as our wedding song four years ago. It may not be the easiest thing to dance to, but it fit our situation perfectly.)
The title track is equally moving, and so gentle, it actually brought a lump to my throat the first time I heard it. And if you've got an ounce of Irish in you, "A Night in Summer Long Ago" might also get you misty. I once worked with a fellow Irishman, who admitted that this one actually had him sobbing, since it reminded him of the songs he grew up with.
But before you start thinking Knopfler's gone completely soft, check out "Imelda," which could be his hardest rocking and most satisfying tune since "Money for Nothing." The song climaxes in a solo that sounds like a guitar duel between Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, and it had me smiling.
"Don't You Get It" is another fine example of his approach to straightforward rock-and-roll, but songs like "Cannibals" and "Je Suis Desole" represent something new for Knopfler fans: a Cajun influence! What's even more surprising is that he is able to pull it off so convincingly.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
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Mark Knopfler laid Dire Straits to rest some time after their last, 1992-93 tour which had produced the "On the Night" live album. By that time, he had written several film scores; including one, 1984's "Cal," which was set in Northern Ireland and prominently featured a large dose of Celtic music, after his first film score (1983's "Local Hero") had already been for a movie set in Scotland. He had temporarily gone Missing (Presumed Having a Good Time) with the Notting Hillbillies. He had taken a plunge into the Nashville scene and recorded "Neck & Neck" with country star Chet Atkins (and thus effortlessly added two more Grammies to the one for their 1985 collaboration on "Cosmic Square Dance," and to Dire Straits' 1985-86 awards for "Money for Nothing" and for the "Brothers in Arms" video). His voice had darkened by yet another couple of notches. Last but not least, he had remarried.

The artist who emerged from all this for the production of 1996's "Golden Heart" was, of course, still the guitar whiz who had founded Dire Straits 19 years earlier; as amply demonstrated throughout the album, from the first track ("Darling Pretty"), dedicated to wife Kitty Aldridge, to the closing "Are We in Trouble Now." But in the attempt to, as he said, "just move forward" and "be better," Knopfler also went ways that he would probably not have been able to go with Dire Straits. "Darling Pretty" and even more so, "A Night in Summer Long Ago," explore the musical influences Mark Knopfler first experienced as a kid in Glasgow, featuring a number of renowned Celtic musicians; most notably perhaps Chieftains Derek Bell (harp in "Darling Pretty") and Sean Keane (violin in "A Night in Summer Long Ago").
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Classic! January 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have been a Mark Knopfler fan since the first notes of Sultans of Swing came across the radio in 1978. I've seen him in concert several times and have purchased every piece of music he's ever touched, including all the Dylan pieces and The Notting Hillbillies. I even have the hard-to-get video of him doing songs of this album.
Golden Heart is clearly one of his finest! It's a classic! It's all there: the guitar, the voice, the tight back-up, the songs. Everything you like about Mark Knopfler is on this CD.
The first time I heard it I was in tears...before Darling Pretty was even two verses along. And since that time, I have made a point to listen to this collection almost daily. (I even allude to this CD in the amazon.com interview for my books.)
Here is my opinion: BUY THIS CD! If you are a Knopfler fan, this collection has it all!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disc! November 14, 2002
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.... 1) One of the few discs I would want if I were stranded on a desert island ... 2) a must-have disc if you own top-shelf audio gear... 3) This disc is worth the price of admisson just for the title track, in my opinion one of the most understated, heartrending, beautiful love songs ever written.
A great mix of styles and a great performance by a true songwriting and guitar-playing genius.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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This solo album shows that as Knopfler ages, his music just gets better. Golden Heart is still loaded with the cheeky, fun stuff for which MK is famous (Cannibals). However, he also takes a stab at several other musical styles and lyrical themes. Where else are you going to hear a pop song about what life was like as a soldier in Napoleon's Army??
The tunes and themes have a definite Cajun and French twist (Done with Bonaparte, Golden Heart, Je Suis Desole, Night in Summer Long Ago), but that's not all you'll get with this CD. MK throws in a bit of his now classic "country twist" (Are We in Trouble Now), his standard slow and smoky musical tours (Rudiger, Vic and Ray, Nobody's Got the Gun) and a sweet love song tribute to his wife Kitty (Darling Pretty).
The musical quality of this album shines from the first run through the album. The miracle of Knopfler music however is that the songs continue to grow on you each time you listen -- instead of getting tired of the tunes, you listen harder each time because you pick up some new wrinkle to his works every time you listen.
A highly recommended CD for any fan of adult rock and roll, guitar enthusiasts, former Dire Straits fans or folks who enjoy creative musical cross-over works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
Nice to listen to some of Mark's older stuff. This album goes very well with the "Private Investigations" 2 CDs no overlap.
Published 1 month ago by Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars knopfler scores
always been a fan of Mark Knopfler since his days with dire straits; his gutiar playing is stellar and his voice still melodious;
his song lyrics touch a wide variety of... Read more
Published 1 month ago by gellerfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Knopfler creates another gem
I missed the album along the way and was amazed at how consistently good, inspiring and alluring all of his work has been.
Published 3 months ago by Jeffrey R Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I continue to be amazed at Knopfler's range and versatility. His lyrics are epic and his finger work is remarkable.
Published 3 months ago by Anthony Pinto
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
There are some voices that provide the soundtrack to the lives of millions of baby boomers, and this is one of them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Customer49
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
He is so talented-not the best lyricist but what great music! would love to see him in person. YOu get it Mark!
Published 5 months ago by Tim Turton
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a Gift
Never listened to this CD. It was purchased as a gift.Since the person it was purchased for never complained, I assume all is well with it
Published 7 months ago by John=My Wife's Yank
3.0 out of 5 stars As with so many of us, Mark's best work is behind him.
Nothing approaches Sultans of Swing. Yet, Sultans of Swing is enough legacy for any 50 men. I'm not complaining, things average out.
Published 7 months ago by kidbuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark is a truely Great Artist.
Mark Knopfler sounds sooo good on high-end equipment. We have all of his music some in SACD. I highly recommend
Published 8 months ago by Pressuraide
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to my Mark Knopfler Collection
I have all of the Dire Straits album and also all of Mark Knopfler's albums, but somehow I missed "Golden Heart". It is vintage Mark Knopfler. Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Kley
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