First off congrats to Justin Rose for winning the PGA Tour event in China. I believe he is the Honorary Pro at your Golf course Guy. Secondly finally got a chance to see Roger Hodgson (ex. of Supertramp) and what a great show it was. Superb entertainer, great back up band. 70 years old and still going strong. I truly believe the love of music and preforming it helps prolong one’s life. Cheers.
A little Halloween fun. I found this story on Joe Bonamassa's Facebook page. About musicians who supposedly sold their soul to the Devil for their musical talent.
PS. Was that you, Guy, that I saw in a news video surfing off Penzance as Hurricane Ophelia was approaching Great Britain? Sure looked like you! lol
Will you manage to get to any of John Illsley's gigs on hie present tour?
My son and I saw him and his superb band last night at Kinross.
They play a mixture of his own songs and a good selection of DS songs.
I recommend this gig to anyone who loves the classic Dire Straits stuff played with a bit of a twist.
And, I repeat, what a band!
Hello Guy, the news today about Fats Domino’s passing reminded me that I had read somewhere that MK’s uncle, Kingsley, had introduced boogie woogie piano to him, and that was the start of MK’s musical journey. I imagine Fats Domino’s boogie woogie style meant something special to MK and that he might be remembering his uncle and the music that launched rock and roll! Can’t help but hum ‘Blueberry Hill’ at work today! Hope you are all well. Best.
@Trawlerman – thanks, man, for mentioning the Trawlerman EP. I knew about this EP but have never actually listened to it until right now. Sounds very intimate and nice, but it doesn't differ that much from the Shangri La album in sound and feeling, though.
MK granted us with a whole 'live in the studio' mini album years ago. Somehow it went a bit unnoticed even amongst fans.
There are 2 versions available, The Trawlerman's Song EP (April 2005) which contains the album version of the Trawlerman's song + One take in the studio versions of 5 tracks.
The other EP is called 'One Take Radio Sessions' (June 2005) and is a somewhat extended version of The Trawlerman's Song EP and it offers one take versions of 8 tracks, including The Trawlerman's Song and Rüdiger.
This has been recorded in the Shangri-La Studios and it's a beautiful record to have as it has a unique atmosphere, it feels like you're in the same room.
I'm so happy the new album's title and track listing were finally revealed. Is this accurate?
Album title: the pros and cons of having BG
1. That's life I guess
2. Onwards and upwards
3. More fun making it
4. More in January
5. A long piece of string
6. Not done recording
7. Far more interesting now
8. It's a mistery to me
9. You'll know when you know
10. Band sessions and cups of tea
P.S.: I know it's pretty obvious but people are so oversensitive these days… please don't get triggered, dear forumers, this is just a silly season joke 😉
Just to remind you that there are many who are very grateful for what you do for us and who are content with what you are able to provide us. It hurts to see how some keep continuously bothering you again and again with questions most of us know show no behaviour in asking you. Thanks for your infinite patience and for not letting some spoil it for all.
“New album on April 1st? Working title ‘cullercoats’?” Way too early for April Fools, don’t you think? By the way. Albums get released on friday. April 1st is Sunday. belljon1, good try, but trolling must not be welcomed here.
Hello Guy, Good evening. How are you? I hope you are very well, doing a great job as usual and especially with this new album, I know it will be amazing. 🙂
I want to congratulate you for the entry of this week’s diary! It is gratifying to know that you have recently written, personally I have been reading it and it makes me very happy to know that the whole group is working on this new material. In addition to letting us to know the progress of the same, undoubtedly, there is a very good articulations with the photographs. In my opinion, I just can refer myself to say that it just has to continue with what remains and take all these experiences to a meaningful learning process, well, as you said once on the forum: “The more you learn, the more you discover that you have to learn” and all those experiences can take advantage fruitfully on that “playground” on BG as you mentioned too… simply great! 🙂
As always and with the best of my intentions I thank you for all your work and for informing us day by day. My best wishes to you and yours, big hugs and all the best, go ahead!
Mario, As I recall Doc said that "You can't beat the house" from Get Lucky was a first take live in the studio track. There may be others but that was the one I remember he verified.
hi guy, some time ago a forum member asked would you ever think mark and band might make a video from grove studios like mr illsley does and im sure you said it would be fun to do ,how about this time with new album,and 2 more things ,any word of unplugged session in line and have you any more news on other things .thanks .
So there are really songs without ANY overdubs? I can't imagine how MK can play such beautiful guitar rhythms and solos and singing all at the same time (because I'm not be able to do that 😉 Can you name us a few songs that are first-takes/one-takes?
Doc, has Mark ever considered a completely live studio album? I know you use first takes, but I mean no overdubs, “warts-n-all”? “Live from British Grove” – sounds very cool!
New album on April 1st? Working title 'cullercoats'?
I’ll take that as a ‘no’ then! I had been wondering whether working elsewhere and possibly having a more finite time limit would be one means of mixing things up and forcing a different sort of result, but I imagine that British Grove is so versatile that there is no longer any need to do anything like that. I think it is interesting how different locations can affect the atmosphere of a recording though. I had Shangri-La on my record deck just the other week. That album has a lovely, warm feel about it. Though it’s definitely fair to say you’ve taken things up a notch or two since 2004! The songs and the quality of the recordings just seem to keep getting better and better with each project.
Mark and Tina Turner’s collaboration is well documented. Just saw she has come out of the woodwork again. Have you ever had the honour of meeting this great lady? Incidentally, I was shocked by her recent photo. Not the Tina Turner I remember. Plastic sugery perhaps, live and let live I guess. I wonder if she can still strut it.
Dear Guy, long time no write, very pleasing to see a bit happening. I do have a wry smile at some of the comments regarding your record making techniques, the trials and technicalities thereof. While I appreciate this is a passion of yours too, I’d wager at least 80% of your listeners are similar to me, we don’t know our decompressions from our jack plugs, just hugely grateful for a decently recorded melody at the end of it. Not disrespectful of those that do care of course, always interesting, but nothing beats a great melody played by the talented team that you are. Don’t let me hold you up now…
Thanks for the diary entry. Great photos as ever. Always exciting to read about your work in the studio. Good to see Danny and Jim back in the studio too. Now, you’ll probably think I’m bonkers for asking this with the amazing facilities you have at your disposal at British Grove. All the albums you have recorded there sound phenomenally good – Tracker in particular is probably the best sounding record I’ve ever heard. However. Is working at a different location something Mark would still realistically consider, just as a means of getting a different sort of recording vibe? For instance, the general feel of the Shangri-La album was certainly influenced by the location as well as the simplicity of the studio where it was recorded.
And whilst I’m at it, I’ve heard a few good albums this year but of particular note was Ron Sexsmith’s newest record, The Last Rider. It is by far the best sounding album I’ve heard since Tracker. Ron is a brilliant songwriter and I’ve heard all of his previous three or four albums, but this one took me by surprise. There are so many beautiful songs on it and it is so well recorded. Nothing could possibly touch Tracker except another Mark Knopfler album but this one is not far off, unless my ears are deceiving me! All the best with the remainder of the work at British Grove. Looking forward to hearing the results.
Quick question about the studio set up. There are a lot of those square sound panels used throughout to isolate certain areas from each other. But there are one or two near the keys that are empty/see through. They look rather like square window frames sitting on the fllor. Can you provide a little info on what those are for? They look more like room dividers instead of providing any sort of sound isolation. Just curious. Also congrats on the cornucopia of vintage synths you have aquired. Sounds like time for the return of the Doc Fletch video documentary on just what kind of sounds you can get from the GS-1 vs. the CS-80. Keep having fun.