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Local Hero (1983 Film) Soundtrack

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Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler's intricate introspective fingerpicked guitar stylings make a perfect musical complement to the wistful tone of Bill Forsyth's comedy film Local Hero. This album was billed as a Knopfler solo album rather than an original soundtrack album with the notation 'music...for the film.' Knopfler brings along Dire Straits associates Alan Clark (keyboards) and John Illsley (bass) plus session aces like saxophonist Mike Brecker vibes player Mike Mainieri and drummers Steve Jordan and Terry Williams. The low-key music picks up traces of Scottish music but most of it just sounds like Dire Straits doing instrumentals especially the recurring theme one of Knopfler's more memorable melodies. Gerry Rafferty (remember him from 'Baker Street'?) sings the one vocal selection 'That's the Way It Always Starts.' ~ William RuhlmannComposed by Mark

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This soundtrack (along with Ry Cooder's for Paris, Texas and Ennio Morricone's for Once Upon a Time in America, to name two other examples) is the kind of music that CDs were made for. Some of it is so delicate, so quiet, that it could disappear underneath the rumble and noise of a vinyl LP. You'd never know this was the score to a comedy--even a gentle wisp of a comedy like Bill Forsyth's picture. Some of it could pass for Scottish- flavored ambient music by Brian Eno. "The Rocks and the Water" seems to rise up like the tide with electronic calls that suggest the music of whales or dolphins. The sound of the sea whispers behind several atmospheric tracks, but Knopfler's guitar is also featured up-front some of the more overtly melodic tunes. The overall impression is luminous and evanescent as the Northern Lights. --Jim Emerson


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  1. The Rocks And The Water 3:29$1.29  Buy MP3 
  2. Wild Theme 3:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
  3. Freeway Flyer 1:49$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Boomtown (Variation Louis' Favourite) 4:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. The Way It Always Start 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. The Rocks And The Thunder0:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
  7. The Ceilidh And The Northern Lights 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. The Mist Covered Mountains 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. The Ceilidh: Louis' Favourite Billy's Tune 3:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Whistle Theme0:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Smooching 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Stargazer 1:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. The Rocks And The Thunder0:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Going Home (Theme Of "Local Hero") 4:59$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: February 17, 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002KYZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Dire Straits notwithstanding, Mark Knopler's score for "Local Hero" is one of his most wonderful musical contributions. This film score is one of his finest, along with his scores for "Cal" and "Comfort and Joy". Did James Horner hear these Knopfler scores before his titanic "Titanic" score? I think so. But Horner was not able (or allowed) to communicate so simple and sweet a vision. "Local Hero" is one of the great films of the 80s, and so, too, is Mark Knopfler's score for that film.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
In 1983, at the height of the Dire Straights' reign of pop music ("Money for Nothing"), Dire Straights lead song writer Mark Knopfler scored the soundtrack of a delightful "little movie that could" called Local Hero.

"Local Hero" (14 tracks, 43 min.) creates the atmosphere of the Scottish scene in which the movie is set, in which a US expat is sent to convince a small seaside town to sell their interest in a beach so that a "big bad" US oil company can explore ir for oil. The mostly instrumental soundtrack is superb from start to finish, creating a wonderful mood. The opener "The Rocks and the Water" sets the stage, just superbly brought of what the Scottish seaside is like. Knopfler's guitar virtuoso gets a workout in a couple of tracks, but it never deteriorates from the overall mood. Other outstanding tracks include "The Mist Covered Mountains", gently bringing in a local band playing a sorrowful yet hopefull tune, and "Stargazer", in which you can just see and smell the open Scottish sky. There isn't a single weak track on the album, frankly. This album remains a soundtrack by which others should be measured by.

The best known track remains the very last one "Going Home (Theme of Local Hero)", which is as close as you'll get to the Dire Straights' sound, and it inevitably appears on Dire Straight live and compilation CDs. But it is the anamoly on this gorgeous soundtrack. This album was originally released in 1983, when I bought it on vinyl, and I bought it when the CD came out in 1990. Isn't it about time for a re-release on remastered sound?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Jeffrey Donahue on December 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Local Hero is one of my favorite film scores, and contains some of the best music Mark Knopfler has written. It is hedonistically enjoyable and bears repeated listening. The music is not anything like a Dire Straits album, but is beautifully evocative of the small town in northern Scotland where the movie is set.
Mark Knopfler is clearly the main the main songwriter, but Alan Clark (a founding member of The Hollies) collaborates with Knoplfer on some tunes, and contributes a few short pieces of music of his own, including the hauntingly beautiful "Stargazer", which actually sounds like the Aurora Borealis. Gerry Rafferty ("Baker Street") contributes vocals to one track as well. I am left with the impression that having other talented musicians to work with on this project (instead of sidemen) inspired Knopfler to create a great achievement not only in the music presented but in the quality of the audio production as well. Knopfler has not reached same heights again on any of his later soundtracks, although the music for "Wag the Dog" comes fairly close.
As much as I love my old LP version of this album I have to admit that the CD is stunning. The wide dynamic range of the music is what CDs were made for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite movie ever, so I'm biased. What the soundtrack brings to the table is dreamy, sensual, and romantic. Knopfler communicates much better through his guitar playing than singing (he does none here), and "Smooching", "Going Home", and "Wild Theme" are brimful of wistfulness, borrowing more from classical than folk. I listened to this album every night for the summer of 1983!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I loved the quirky Scottish movie Local Hero, because it was so pure Scotland, instead of what people think Scotland is. The music greatly added to the delightfully whimsical tale. It has a lot of great cuts, but it's with the old standard Mist Covered Mountains it really finds its soul. It's one of the best recorded versions of this beautiful song. It alone is worth the price tag!

It's a soothing score, making it one I play often. With his impressive Dire Straight credentials and a long line of musical scores since, this debut solo effort really showed his feel for how music can really set the tone for the movie.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Tugboat on August 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
...and a very good one at that.
People who are looking for a Dire Straits CD should not buy this. People who are expecting a soundtrack the way they are done today (nothing but a collection of singles) should not buy this. However, if you are looking for a hidden gem, filled with a tapestry of musical styles, then this is worth buying.
Does a common melody run through many of the songs? Yes. Are some the songs...er...ah, "subtle"? Yes. But that does not discount the fact that this is a very enjoyable CD.
While you certainly can pick out Mark Knopfler's guitar, this CD has much more than that. The theme song, "Going Home" is a strong instrumental that even made it to Dire Straits' set lists in the '80's (it is the last song on Alchemy). Gerry Rafferty's vocals on "The Way it Always Starts" would fit right on to his "Baker Street" CD.
Maybe it's becasue I have seen this movie a gazillion times, or maybe it is because I have visited the locations where the movie was filmed (aside: the beach is on the completely opposite coast of Scotland from the town), but I think this soundtrack captures the mood of the film and the gorgeous scenery perfectly.
This is a great CD to listen to when you are not really listening to it, if you know what I mean. Kind of like a soundtrack...Oh wait that what this is.
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