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  • Audio CD (June 21, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0009K7RES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,990 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tracks from acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark Knopfler's most rocking album since his halcyon days in Dire Straits are rock solid on the EP Live From Shangri-La. The EP features eight songs recorded live at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, CA, by the mulitple Grammy winner who has sold more than 110 million albums worldwide. Knopfler's signature guitar sound, instantly recognizable vocals and smart lyrics have made him one of rock's most admired artists. Warner. 2005.

Eschewing much of the stardust that the worldwide success of Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms virtually guaranteed him, Mark Knopfler's belated and halting solo career since has often seemed willfully spectral, if ever driven by a quietly intense musical restlessness. Taking "Rudiger" from his '96 solo debut and seven core tracks from his savory, thematically eclectic '04 collection, Shangri-La, Knopfler returned to the Malibu studio of the same name to forge these more focused, nigh-perfect live renditions with his bandmates. The intimate setting offers added poignancy to "The Trawlerman's Song" and casts "Back to Tupelo" in bluesier, more supple tones, while "Song For Sonny Liston" bristles with grittier energy. Fans of Knopfler's fluid, expressive guitar technique will find much to admire as well, from the sprightly, country-fied chicken-pickin' of "Donegan's Gone" to the tasteful, economic soloing on "Boom, Like That" and "Everybody Pays." But, as on the album that inspired this EP, the real star here is Knopfler the songwriter--an artist whose choice in themes and subtle wordplay has become the equal of his compelling fretwork. --Jerry McCulley

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If you liked Marks album "Shangri-La", you'll love this live CD.
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111 of 113 people found the following review helpful By AK on June 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a slightly tricky release to review. On one hand, if you're a big fan of Mark's solo work like myself; you're going to really dig this EP. I still play Shangri-La (the album which 7 of these songs came from) regularly and to hear these tunes in a "live" setting is a refreshing change. However, if you are new to Mr. Knopfler, you'd be better off picking up his Shangri-la album.

On to the actual content- the songs here are remarkably faithful to their original versions. While that is an impressive feat, the music here is almost too close to it's original form. The sound quality is fantastic, with just enough ambience to let you know that this was recorded live. Mark himself said much of the Shangri-La album was recorded in a live setting, so like I already said- don't expect too much variation here.

There are three songs that stand out to me as being `better' than the original album cuts. The opening "Trawlerman's Song" really benefits from Mark's excellent guitar tone cutting through a little louder and clearer than on the Shangri-La album. Mark gives a great vocal performance on "Song for Sonny Liston"- you can almost hear him smirking as he delivers the lyrics... very nice. Last but not least, "Donegan's Gone" manages to swing even better than the album cut- it just really comes to life here. It's something you have to hear to understand.

All things considered, I really dig this release. Excellent sound quality, great performances and a really strong vocal and guitar performance from Mark. The rest of the band sounds great as well, with the drums really coming through nicely with this live mix.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Matthieu P. Raillard VINE VOICE on July 5, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Knopfler fan, so this review might appear biased to some. That said, I am generally very happy with this CD. It's got eight great songs for a cheap price, and it's really nice to be able to hear the "rough cut" version of some of my favorites. If you don't like the songs on the CD in the original, produced and polished version, then you probably won't care too much for this LP. If you are a guitar fan or a Knopfler fan, you will definitely get a kick out of this album. The rougher texture and simpler background harmonies in this album give certain tracks ("Song for Sonny Liston" for one) a more intimate and bluesy feel. Highly recommended!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Drummy on February 1, 2006
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Hi! First off, if you're deciding between this EP and the full-length CD Shangri-La (7 of the 8 tracks on One Take Sessions are alternate versions of songs that appeared on Shangri-La), definitely buy Shangri-La, the full-length version. It's a beautifully cohesive album that you can get for a good price.

One-Take is for the Knopfler fanatic, and it is an excellent buy for such fanatics (like me), almost a gift from MK. The highlights are the rough, live "feel" of the music (as on "Trawlerman" and "Sonny Liston"); the mix, which has MK's guitar to the forefront and eschews overdubs; and Mark's playing: he adds more fills here than on the full-length releases, playing off of the lyrics, and that's sort of what MK is all about for a lot of us. "Tupelo" and the aforementioned two are good examples of this, making all 3 (and maybe Everybody Pays) superior to their Shangri-La versions.

But there are some odd decisions on One Track that keep it from achieving 5 stars. First, "Boom Like That" is disappointing, dropping 2 choruses and not adding much guitar-wise, tho the singing drips with vitriol. But then--and this is just my taste--I have to question including Rudiger, Donegan's Gone, and Stand Up Guy over so many other songs that we'd love to hear alternate versions of: 5:15 most obviously, but also Sucker Row and Shangri-La, to name the top three. These three songs are a lot more interesting musically and lyrically than the three that were included. And Rudiger really sticks out--if he's going to dig back into his solo catalogue for a song, I mean, we could all name 20 more interesting songs: Speedway, Silvertown, Old Pigweed, Hill Farmer's Blues, on and on.

So that's the quibble.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Herbert on August 23, 2005
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Having seen Mark in NYC (8th row!!) about six weeks before picking up this CD, I was yearning for something more like I heard that night in Radio City Music Hall. Something with a little more raw energy. This fits the bill nicely - albeit leaving the real fan just wanting more.

As others have said, these versions have enough new edge and energy to distinguish themselves from the originals, so that now when I listen to Shangri-La, I prefer these renditions more.

The standouts for me are a greatly improved "Song for Sonny Liston", which was one track from the original release that I found myself occasionally skipping over. Not so here. Mark's grittier guitar propels this tune with new vigor. "Boom" is much more like what I heard live, but for me the real winner is "Everybody Pays". I loved the original version, but this now classifies as a religious experience. An extra measure of solo at the end extends this versus the original, but I feel only teased. I want the solo to go on and on and on...

How about it Mark? Treat the diehards to something truly indulgent. Give us a 12-15 minute version of "Everybody Pays" with an extended solo at the end that explores this melody completely. A fan can only dream...
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