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Missing... Presumed Having a Good Time

Notting HillbilliesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 22, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002LKU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Railroad Worksong
2. Bewildered
3. Your Own Sweet Way
4. Run Me Down
5. One Way Gal
6. Blues Stay Away From Me
7. Will You Miss Me
8. Please Baby
9. Weapon Of Prayer
10. That's Where I Belong
11. Feel Like Going Home

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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As other reviewers have written here, this is one that will grow on you. The Notting Hillbillies are Mark Knopfler, Steve Phillips, Guy Fletcher, and Brendan Croker. Fletcher plays piano, the others are guitarists. Paul Franklin is credited for pedal steel guitar, but doesn't rate a photo on the cover. Bass and drums appear on many of the songs, but no musician is credited. Knopfler is the only one of these guys I know of in any other context. The strength of the album, for me, is the beautiful guitar work, and slow easy but always tight rhythmns.
The album is a collection of traditionals & classics arranged by the band, and some originals (only one by Knopfler). Musical styles vary from one song to the next, but the album as a whole has a bluesy folksy sound to it that just can't be beat. Vocals are mostly handled by Knopfler's 3 band mates (he sings his own composition, "Your Own Sweet Way" and harmonizes on some others); I can't recognize who is who, but the voices are excellent and fit perfectly into this music. Some of the songs feature nice harmonies.
A bit about a few of the songs: "Railroad worksong" is a traditional, with a bit of a bluegrass feel (including banjo); acoustic guitar, pedal steel, and Knopfler's unmistakable electric lead weaving softly through it. "One Way Gal" has a subdued calypso sound, with acoustic (?) slide and electric guitar. The singer reminds me of Levon Helm of The Band. "Run Me Down" has a Texas swing sound that will remind you of Bob Wills. "Will You Miss Me" is as near to a country song as any of these tracks; the vocal is excellent and it's a nice understated arrangement. "Please Baby" is a soft ballad that evokes Jimmie Rodgers's "Miss the Mississippi and You.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't you have this cd? August 20, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Mark Knopfler's beautifully restrained guitar sketches send this traditionalist/blues/folk album over the top to a must have cd. This is a cd that you come back to and it stays in rotation for awhile, but each time you come back to it, you wonder why you haven't listened to it for some time. It is a beautiful Sunday morning,late night working background, candlelight dinner music (ie, anytime is the right time for Notting Hillbillies).Knopfler doesn't sing on every song, but his voice and guitar are what ties the traditional songs together to form a complete musical atmosphere. Go missing, and have a good time listening to this understated, smooth masterpiece.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Sleeper of a CD February 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a real sleeper of an album. Don't jump to any conclusions just on the group's name or even the cd's title. Look at the talent. Mark Knopfler, a fine artist, has collected some great musicians who can play guitar and harmonize like they've worked together for years.
"Railroad Worksong," the opening cut, superbly blends soft electric guitars and vocal harmony. The theme, drawn from a typical blues or folk ballad, is one that is easy to relate to regardless of one's occupation: we are ALL "working on the railroad for a dollar a day" and we all "got to get our money, gotta get our pay." I can listen to "Blues Stay Away From Me" everyday as the soft harmony and strong guitar work never fails to mellow and de-stress me. "Please Baby" sounds like a modern electric version of an old folk or blues ballad. "Weapon of Prayer" sounds like like a modern electric version of an old gospel song. The album is full of great harmony, excellent multiple electric guitar work that is soothing and melodic, and shows strong production work. And hats off for including printed lyrics! This is one of my personal favorite albums.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is missing here... December 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Notting Hillbillies, was one of the projects Knopfler worked on while he was away from Dire Straits after the release of Brothers in Arms, and on this he admits his heart to the country/blues/roots music. Knopfler always had this in his heart and it gets more apparant on the last Dire Straits album, On Every Street.
Here he is together with Steve Phillips, Guy Fletcher, and Brendan Croker, and together they make up the Notting Hillbillies, and don't let the name cheat you! There is nothing low about these gentlemen, all exeptional musicians and they seem to work together perfectly on this album, starting out with the brilliant Railroad Worksong and ending in the fantastic Feel Like Going Home. This is a fantastic album that should be in any collection, of country/blues. It really served Knopfler well to do this project before returning to Dire Straits for their final album.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected April 23, 2004
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Take four Brits who call themselves "The Notting Hillbillies" and you'd expect a parody of American country music or -- worse -- slavish imitation. Not so with The Notting Hillbillies; they've made a CD that's dignified and classy and country-tinged. This is a CD that is original enough to listen to over and over.

I especially liked the first and last songs on the CD. "Railway Worksong" features extraordinary bluegrass banjo, guitar, and steel guitar runs and a strong vocal. I would assume that most of the fancy guitar work is by Mark Knopfler. The steel guitar is played by an American, Paul Franklin, who's as good as they come. The second great song is "Feels like Going Home" which is bluesy and sung a bit like a hybrid of Joe Cocker and Van Morrison. The notes to the CD, unfortunately, don't identify which of the Notting Hillbillies is the lead singer of these two songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by Janio Villar Sanjuan
4.0 out of 5 stars The is a nice country/folk album by one of my top 5 favorite ...
The is a nice country/folk album by one of my top 5 favorite artists. The assembled band are talented and blend together well. Can't say I disliked any of the songs. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Moodies forever
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite cd's.
one of my favorite cd's's worth it.
It's not too loud, like most rock albums, nor is it too soft like classical. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruce77ch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great musicians, great music!
Published 1 month ago by L. Tobias
5.0 out of 5 stars it is good stuff.
I never heard of this in the day it was new, it is good stuff.
Published 2 months ago by paul r shaar
5.0 out of 5 stars It grows on you
Quite different from Knopflers other work but stands on its own. I had never known the Brits had their own country music genre and I like it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Raymond
2.0 out of 5 stars Not realy memorable
The only very good performance seemed to be from Mark Knoffler, a few of the songs were ok, but none were memorable.
Published 7 months ago by John A. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Knopfler music is always good
Railroad Worksong (1), Will you miss me (7) and Feel like going home (11) are great songs. Overall a good listen.
Published 7 months ago by Vijay SRINIVASAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Got to be in my collection!
This will be the fourth time I've purchased this CD. I keep wearing them out. Remanicent of Dire Straits with powerful folk, blues & mountain music.
Published 8 months ago by Patrick Z. Word
5.0 out of 5 stars Presumed Having a Good Time
I sure have been having a good time since I bought this CD. I have been looking for it for a long time and am very glad I found it here. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joseph
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