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Local Hero (1983 Film)

LP (12" album, 33 rpm)

4.1 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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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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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,117 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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