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hey does anyone out there listen to dire straits... they are a great band and mark knopfler is (was) the coolest guitarist... and what genre would you classify them (for those listeners)

Thanks
#3
Yeah kinda Jazzy rock

Knophler is definatley one of the worlds best guitarist, he was better before he went to country music, even though thats where his roots are

some of those finger picking solos are crazy
#4
they are amazing.

Knopflers guitar playing is amazing and then they do sax solos, and even crazy lap steel solos

I would classify them as jazz-swing-bluesbased-rock-kinda-thing
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#6
This band is just amazing, great songwriting and amazing guitar. If anyone hasn't heard their live album Alchemy, I demand you listen to it now. It's spectacular. As for genre, I would say..... classic rock.
#7
sultans of swing!! hell yea such an intense song
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hey does anyone out there listen to dire straits... they are a great band and mark knopfler is (was) the coolest guitarist... and what genre would you classify them (for those listeners)

Thanks


Okay, let's tackle these topics 1 by 1...

1. Yes, I do listen to them. No suprise there.
2. Knopfler IS the coolest guitarist. No "was" involved. (BANDANA POWER!)
3. I don't like classifying things, but if I had to it would be some weird fusion of Bar and Arena Rock (Is that even possible??!! )
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#9
I really like Dire Straits, and Mark Knopfler is probably one of my favorite guitarists ever.

My favorite album of theirs is either their debut Dire Straits or Love Over Gold.

I was recently in a Hard Rock Cafe at La Jolla, California, and the first guitar I saw when I went in was Mark Knopfler's, and I was extremely tempted to tear it off the wall and run away.
#12
His voice is some what samey, but the sound of his guitar is some what endless! He has so many wierd effects. I managed to get the ones for Money for Nothing, that was fun playing, but any others were too daunting to try and go through.
#14
I love the dire Straits. Sultans of Swing, Romeo and juliet, Tunnel of Love, Money for Nothing...all such wonderful songs.
#15
I have every album from the debut to On Every Street and they're all awesome. Favorite album is Love Over Gold
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#16
My absolute favourite band and my guitar-hero. He is not making a big deal of singing ("I am not Dolly Parton here ") but his guitar does cry and sing and does whatever sound Mark has planned to be there.
Do not limit yourself to "Money for nothing" album only, discover "Sailing to Philadelphia", Golden heart", "Boom! Like that" and "All the roadrunning" with Emmylou Harris.
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#17
Everyone knows that the Dire Straits are my all-time favourite band, and Mark Knopfler is my all- time favourite guitarist. I think he's still churning out some great music.
I myself am rather partial to Dire Straits, Making Movies and Love Over Gold; but I like songs from all over the band's career. I can't actually think of any songs I don't really like apart from Les Boys which is just a bid odd.
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This band is just amazing, great songwriting and amazing guitar. If anyone hasn't heard their live album Alchemy, I demand you listen to it now. It's spectacular. As for genre, I would say..... classic rock.



Amen brother. That album is definately one of my favorite live albums of all time. The 10 minute version of Sultans of Swing is my new favorite jammin' song. I could steal Knopfler's licks all day and never end up repeating myself. Which speaks a lot to his talent as a guitarist.
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#20
Dire straits got me into guitar.
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#21
Sultans Of Swing and Money For Nothing- both great songs
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Sounds like yet another album to add to my wanted list...




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#24
Sultans of Swing and Romeo and Juliet are two classic songs!

Yay for Dire Straits.
Nay for Mark Knopflers solo project!

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Sultans of Swing and Romeo and Juliet are two classic songs!

Yay for Dire Straits.
Nay for Mark Knopflers solo project!

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I say yay to both, but I've heard a lot of people say they don't like his solo career. Is it because he's gone a bit more towards country style music?
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Everyone knows that the Dire Straits are my all-time favourite band, and Mark Knopfler is my all- time favourite guitarist. I think he's still churning out some great music.
I myself am rather partial to Dire Straits, Making Movies and Love Over Gold; but I like songs from all over the band's career. I can't actually think of any songs I don't really like apart from Les Boys which is just a bid odd.

I agree with all of that. I don't really like his solo career. Too country like you said. EXCEPT for the song What it is. That song is one of my favorite songs of his including dire straits.
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#28
When you guys say Mark's solo career sounds "country", do you mean like Southern rock or coumtry-rock, such as The Allman Brother Band, The Band, The Byrds, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc., or more like pop country such as, uh... *goes onto Wikipedia* Tim McGraw?
#29
More of in between. No really that rockish but still countryish. The new CD is really country. Sailing to Phillidalphia isn't really.
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#31
They are a great band. I especially like that song called Money for Nothing.
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#32
Walk Of Life and Telegraph Road are fantastic songs

EDIT- oh yeah, and so is Industrial Disease. Awesome song.
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I say yay to both, but I've heard a lot of people say they don't like his solo career. Is it because he's gone a bit more towards country style music?


Actually, that's one of the reasons..

I think that with Dire Straits it was not only his own touch, it was 4 or 5 (can't remember how many members there were) people that put their touch on some awesome guitar riffs and crazyass lyrics.
I think with his own touch it's not that good.

You know what I'm saying? Well, I can't explain it better than that..

I like some of his solo songs though..
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#35
Not only is Mark Knopfler underrated as a guitarist and singer, but he's underrated as hell as a lyricist/songwriter.
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#37
look at guitar george
he knows all the chords
you told him to try to build bricks without straw
he asked you to build cities without bricks
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When you guys say Mark's solo career sounds "country", do you mean like Southern rock or coumtry-rock, such as The Allman Brother Band, The Band, The Byrds, Lynyrd Skynyrd, etc., or more like pop country such as, uh... *goes onto Wikipedia* Tim McGraw?


brilliant style of country - country rock and rockabilly, the ones he did with Chet Atkins
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#39
I think they are brilliant band. I also think Telegraoh Road, is one of their best songs. The piano in it is amazing.
#40
^^Telegraph Road is my favorite song by them. Not only is the piano great, but I love the song lyrically, because you can imagine everything happening at Mark unfolds the "story" of the Telegraph Road.

His guitar playing on the song is excellent too.

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brilliant style of country - country rock and rockabilly, the ones he did with Chet Atkins


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