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Golden Heart

Mark KnopflerAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 26, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002N25
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,675 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
Format:Audio CD
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cajun Salad a la Knopfler, part 1.. March 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you've been following Mark Knopfler's habit of making albums from Dire Straits, chances are you can see a pattern. There's some swampy blues, some gritty rock, and at least one uptempo happy tune. You can count on a few scattered love songs that are either touchingly powerful or nauseatingly sappy (depending on your opinion). If you don't like that particular side of Mark, chances are you'll skip at least half of Golden Heart.
The gravelly voice and unmistakable Fender licks are still here. An unknowing fan could hear "No Can Do" or "Don't You Get It" and still tell (as I did the first time) that it was Knopfler playing. And though some of the others may take a little more getting used to (there's also a generous helping of Cajun spice and a touch of Irish soul added to this album), in their own way they're just as much a seamless part of the whole. Mark has a way of making stories come alive through the lyrics: and in addition to the candlelit dinners and dusty country roads, this one takes you as far away as rustic Ireland in summer or the middle of the French Revolution.
Which side of Dire Straits do you like more? Some tracks here will please you if "Walk of Life" and "Calling Elvis" are among your favorites, but you may prefer the followup Sailing to Philadelphia first. If you've found yourself spinning "Why Worry" and "Romeo and Juliet" more than anything else on your DS albums, this one will be well worth the cost.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff from MK
I enjoy this CD immensely. Bought this to fill in some of the older Mark Knopfler solo recordings that I missed when they were released. Read more
Published 8 days ago by RobDog
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my second copy of Golden Heart. That ...
This is my second copy of Golden Heart. That should say it all. Knopfler is the only guy that I'll pay money to see.
Published 21 days ago by Panama
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 2 months 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 2 months 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 8 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 8 months ago by kidbuck
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