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Album: Shangri-La
# Song Title   Time
1)    5:15 am More Info... 5:54
2)    Boom, Like That More Info... 5:49
3)    Sucker Row More Info... 4:55
4)    The Trawlerman's Song More Info... 5:00
5)    Back To Tupelo More Info... 4:28
6)    Our Shangri-La More Info... 5:41
7)    Everybody Pays More Info... 5:22
8)    Song For Sonny Liston More Info... 5:06
9)    Whoop De Doo More Info... 3:49
10)    Postcards From Paraguay More Info... 4:04
11)    All That Matters More Info... 3:08
12)    Stand Up Guy More Info... 4:32
13)    Donegan's Gone More Info... 3:00
14)    Don't Crash The Ambulance More Info... 5:06
Product Details


1. 5:15Am

2. Boom, Like That

3. Sucker Row

4. Trawlerman's Song

5. Song For Sonny Liston

6. Whoop De Doo

7. Postcards From Paraguay

8. Back To Tupelo

9. Our Shangri-LA

10. Everybody Pays

11. All That Matters

12. Stand Up Guy

13. Donegan's Gone

14. Don't Crash The Ambulance

Performer Notes
  • Mark Knopfler's first excursions outside of Dire Straits were film soundtracks, where his guitar mastery served him well. Starting in the mid-1990s, he embarked on a proper post-Straits solo career. By the time of 2004's SHANGRI-LA, Knopfler had almost entirely left behind the expansive instrumental textures of his former band in favor of a more straight-ahead singer/songwriter approach, which works wonderfully here. Knopfler keeps things low-key throughout most of SHANGRI-LA, with quietly intoned, often drolly sardonic lyrics, supple finger-picked guitar lines, and songs full of subtly crafted surprises.
  • There's a wealth of unusual topics on offer here; "Boom, Like That" is a first-person monologue by Knopfler in the voice of Ray Kroc, the man behind the McDonald's fast-food empire. The bluesy "Song for Sonny Liston" chronicles the famed boxer's brushes with the underworld. "Donegan's Gone" laments the passing of British folk/skiffle pioneer Lonnie Donegan, a key influence on Knopfler and scores of other British rockers. Departing from the more folk-oriented sound of its predecessor, THE RAGPICKER'S DREAM, SHANGRI-LA more fully develops the detail-oriented, irony-laced songwriting style Knopfler first hinted at in Dire Straits tunes like "Money for Nothing."
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.102) - 3 1/2 stars out of 5 - "Mark Knopfler has grown into one of rock's more mature and sharp-eyed writers....[The album] mixes sunniness and darkness in artful ways."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 - "There is genius in here....It also serves up three beguiling gasps of Tyne/Delta blues bewitchery."
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