By: Palfrey
Category: General discussion

January 16, 2018

@ Rob Reynolds – Did you know Guy produced that Album, and it was recorded at BG? only kidding ( the thought of that). But MK can bang out anything he wants to, I thought "Beryl" was a reminder of what he can still give us DS die hards. Let the man do his thing now, he has earned the right to become selfish and do what he wants to do !!!!! Everything he records is a gem.

By: Rob Reynolds
Category: General discussion

January 16, 2018

Hello Guy, Following my previous post regarding your influence as a producer, the reason why I asked this was basically to bring up the "elephant in the room" namely the new release by some of your friends (Legacy). I have to say (if I may) that I wasn't really looking forward to my first listen as I have a great amount of respect for the majority of the members of Legacy and I didn't want to hear themselves selling their talents short. I have to say however that I have been very surprised. I have now given this album a little more time and given it a good few listens and it keeps getting better.

Now don't get me wrong some of the lyrics are not great and definately some of the vocals are bordering annoying but there are gems contained within. For me personally as a lover of MK and your work in a previous life this is right up there, there is a very distinctive DS flavour clearly eminating from under the influence of Alan Clark. In fact some of the arrangements may be a bit too close to some previous DS releases (including a reference to Telegraph Road in one track!). That said, unlike an MK release which seems to meander from one track to the next, Three Chord Trick is upbeat, there is variety, there is a beautiful track Magdalene (sung beautifully by the way) stripped right down to a fairly simple but effective production, melodies and some proper banging tunes with some great guitar work including the odd sax in there for nostalgia!

I'm convinced that this album will be best heard live because the sounds and arrangements will suit the live environment and I think the audiences will thoroughly enjoy hearing it played live. I have had this on loop in my car now for a week or so and apart from the odd track I find myself enjoying it nice and loud. I guess what I'm trying to say here is that for me this is an album I have been waiting for Mark to put out for years and years. This is as close to Dire Straits as we are ever going to get – hence my original question regarding influences in the studio. To me it is now clear that Alan Clark was a huge huge influence in creating the DS sound and I would urge you all to take a peek at it (have you Guy?).

Such is the quality and famiiarity with the musical direction and arrangement I'm convinced that if MK was the voice singing the lyrics and MK was behind the guitar solos and the sleeve was rebranded as an MK release this forum (and others) would be going crazy thanking and congratulating MK on his long awaited "return to form".

For all of the familiar sounds and arrangements this is in no way a "tribute album" I have been VERY impressed. Yes I get it that they may not be everyones cup of tea on here (no need to revisit why), however for those of you starved of the original DS sound (lets face it for the majority of us that is why we still idolise MK) this is for you. Take away the negativity and loyalty and give it a listen, you might be surprised.

By: Palfrey
Category: General discussion

January 15, 2018

OMG – Dolores O’Riordan, another sad end to a great artist. I loved the Cranberries so much. Guy it mentioned she was here in London recording, was it at BG by chance, just curious?

Yes, very sad. No, she wasn't here.

By: bombur
Category: Competition

January 15, 2018

Hi Doc – hope all good in the land of musicality! Just wondering if there is an iota, sliver, possibility, whisper, hint, indication, gossip, shred, scrap, prospect of ‘news’ in of announcements in terms of everyone’s efforts in BG at the moment – particularly in terms of the amount of tea being consumed!!!!

Tons, literally tons of tea going down as well as the usual moderate, acres-session intake of delicious Pride and ESB at the Mawson Arms. Musically, all is very exciting, can't wait to share it.

By: Jackal
Category: General discussion

January 15, 2018

Doc, looking at which of Mark’s solo albums that are available on Tidal, Sailing to Philadelphia and Tracker are missing (Altamira is there). Do you have any clue why those two are not available?

No idea, not sure how Tidal is administered

By: mario
Category: Gear

January 13, 2018

Hello Guy,
I‘m wondering (after watching the beautiful pics in the studio diary), which amp is currently used the most in the studio? Komet, Reinhardt, Toneking? Or even something like a bassman?
Cheers

By: Echowolf_77
Category: Miscellaneous

January 13, 2018

I really do appreciate the cooperation MK / Tommy Emanuel As I have learned now it must have been a wonderful atmosphere in BG studio when two brilliant character and musical brilliants are together and record note for note! more please! Also like the faster pieces -wunderbar! lovely regards Arne

» https://youtu.be/S33tWZqXhnk

By: volker.krueger@me.com
Category: Gear

January 12, 2018

Dear Guy,
Can I quickly ask your for your advice? I can get a used Reinhard Talyn for 2500€.
what is your opinion about the Reinhard Talyn? Is it really that good (and worth the money)? Or does it just happen to suit your needs in terms of headroom, etc?
best regards from Malmö,
Volker

They are great amps but I can't speak for your needs or requirements. Also, all amps are different. If you love it and can afford it, buy it.

By: scottahawk
Category: Miscellaneous

January 11, 2018

Doc .. Fuller’s winter ale. Super delicious. I’ll go back to ESB later.

yum

By: Rob Reynolds
Category: General discussion

January 11, 2018

Hello Guy, As the band sessions seem to be getting into full swing lately, I and I guess many followers of you are anxiously awaiting to see what kind of production you will deliver this time around. If I’m honest Tracker for all of it’s technical merit was just another regular MK sounding album (sorry). This led me to think exactly how much influence as a producer do you actually have? For example if you were let loose in BG last time around as a producer why did the record sound like every other MK release over the last 10 years? I have visions of you trying to make audible changes but for the boss to reject and “send for the pipes!”.

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I don't think it did.

By: Alex
Category: General discussion

January 11, 2018

Morning Doc, long time, no write. I hope you’re doing fine and BG finds you well and in good shape. My question touches the timing. I’m going to L.A. on April 10th and will cruise California and Oregon for a couple of weeks. So, how are the chances that the new MK album will come out of the car stereo on my trip? Thanks in advance and best wishes from Berlin, Alex.

Nice try

By: sofiane
Category: Guy Fletcher

January 11, 2018

Hello Doc,
I was wondering if you could name a word or a key word for the coming album, what would it be ??
Also, as mentioned by @Arthur Brendler, a big respect to Glenn and his dedication to his playing and of course his "big lady" he is a major addition to the band since day 1, sometimes I find myself trying to figue out what the hell is he playing and how he did that !! I'm pretty sure that the coming album will be a delight to our ears:
Again, thank you very much for your kindness and the time you spend anszering us, wishing you a happy new year and all the best to you and your family.

By: elliott hodges
Category: Guy Fletcher

January 10, 2018

Hi Guy, how is your ukulele playing going? I remember you saying that you see bass and ukulele as the two instruments you are really keen on. I love ukuleles and wondered what “deep” or “advanced” ukulele looked like for you. When playing uke, do you work on melodies and lead pieces or actual techniques such as split and fab strokes etc? Am Intruiged. While we are at it, how’s the clawhammer banjo going?

Well, it's stable.

By: Jackal
Category: General discussion

January 10, 2018

Doc, are you familiar with Bill Frisell? If yes, what do you think of his work and style of playing? I saw him in concert during the Guitar in the Space Age tour. The quartet played classic pop tunes from the 60s, but with the sensibility and improvisation of jazz musicians. Fantastic.

yes, very familiar with Bill

By: Arthur Brendler
Category: Guy Fletcher

January 10, 2018

Hi, Doc.
Please tell Mr. Worff that he is one of the most inspiracional bass players i ever listen.
His respect for each song that he played is really impressive.

cheers!

I tell him that just about every day i play with him...including today.

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

January 10, 2018

Hi Doc. About the Rock and roll hall of fame induction… Some of the bands already confirmed they would go (Bon Jovi, The Cars, Moody Blues…), even Richie Sambora had confirmed he would go and play with his old mates of Bon Jovi. Some of the Dire Straits members inductees had confirmed they would like to go, specially John, but it looks like all of them are waitig for MK's decision. It's on April so still four months to it but, I guess the Hall Of Fame kinds of also need confirmation of who's gonna attend, I don't know, it's just my guess, so… would MK confirm or not if he goes publicly? with an announcement in the official site or something similar?

By: Jackal
Category: General discussion

January 9, 2018

Doc, I didn’t mean to stir the pot, but I just felt it was wrong that people, even MK fans from the amarkintime forum, come on here to spew out malicious and unfounded theories and rumors about professional musicians, whom happen to be your colleagues, friends and previous bandmates. And when Phil now made a personal, clarifying statement, I only wanted to direct people to that. I promise not to mention this topic again.

That's cool. I appreciate it. Onwards

By: Julio
Category: General discussion

January 9, 2018

Setting up for two more band sessions weeks… Dear Doc, thank you very much for the insight information about the recording process. I read in Bennett’s blog that he was travelling to London in January, so it’s easy to think he´ll be there. Could you tell us who are going to be or should we wait until your new diary entry? Looking forward any news! Ps/ Happy New Year 🙂

Yes, I will be compiling another (large) diary entry...and yes, Richard is here!

By: Icelander
Category: Miscellaneous

January 9, 2018

Guy, when you mention you think of the North Shore of Maui are you referring to Napili Bay which I understand is a great surfing area or in the area east of the airport which I believe is where you stay? Also, which Wailea course did you play? I’ve played the Blue one. Sorry to hear of the passing of original Moody Blue member Ray Thomas just before their induction into RRHOF in April. Saw them a couple of times with our local symphony. Their music blends well with a symphony.

I am referring to the whole North shore with respect to windsurfing areas from Ho'okipa to Kanaha Beach. I think I played the blue one. yes, very sorry to hear about Ray Thomas.

By: leslie
Category: General discussion

January 9, 2018

Hope you are enjoying the new year and having a productive and rewarding recording session with the band. Can’t wait to hear the results! Anxiously awaiting some new music!

So have you decided to attend the Rock and Roll HOF Induction in the spring? Congrats, by the way. For both the recognition for your work from so long ago, and for continuing to forge ahead creating new music. Kudus to you all for not resting on your laurals, but keeping on moving forward.

Thanks Leslie, I would love to be there at the RRHOF