Sunday morning music

I’m obliged to Michael Z. Williamson, author, blogger and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, for posting yesterday, on MeWe, this clip of a 2019 performance by Mark Knopfler of his 1982 masterpiece, “Telegraph Road”.  It was originally performed with his group Dire Straits.  It was the lead track of their album “Love over Gold“.

The album has always been one of my favorites, so I thought you might enjoy Mark’s rendition of the song, almost 40 years after it first appeared.  He’s grown older (a lot older!), but so have I;  and the song itself is timeless.

I daresay “Telegraph Road” will still be played a long, long time after I’m dead.  It’s a masterpiece of its oeuvre.



  1. It's interesting to see how Knopfler has changed over the years. He's probably gotten technically a bit better — some of the things he's been doing in the later version are probably a bit trickier than he was doing four decades ago. And, of course, he's touring with a much bigger band than Dire Straits.

    But there was an energy in the concerts four decades ago that you don't quite feel in recent tours.

    Contrast this version with what you heard on the Alchemy tour in 1983.

    Note that the band size also affected what he was playing. With the larger band, he stayed with the acoustic guitar until the 4:40 mark (you see him change during the piano solo), whereas he switches to his electric at the much earlier spot — 1:30 or so, while the melody switches from the introduction to the main melody.

    It's an interesting contrast. And, with either version of Knopfler, he's still in my personal top five rock guitarists of all time (and, unfortunately, two of them — Allman and Hendrix — are dead so people can't still hear them).

  2. And the versions of Sultans of Swing that Dire Straits did live show his talents far more than the version on the original studio release.

    And Alchemy is one of the great live albums of all time.

  3. Seen him twice, and he did this once. I enjoyed both shows very much, even if there was an a-hole in front of me for one of them…

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