Mark Knopfler, Cal [OST] (1984)
What a prolific time it was in the mid-1980s for Mark Knopfler – he was running a band that became too huge and he was offering his guitar services and production/songwriting skills all over the place. Plus he was making soundtracks to idiosyncratic films; soundtracks that were purchased by people that probably didn’t always check out soundtracks. Well that was the case for me – an interest in Knopfler and Dire Straits got me hooked on contemporary instrumental music, after getting me hooked on soundtracks (scores – rather than compilations). And it introduced me to films I probably wouldn’t have watched otherwise – like the movie Cal. Which was a decent flick. I still go with this as my favourite of Knopfler’s soundtracks. The one that opened the door, lit the candle and made itself (and me) comfortable was the Local Hero soundtrack but this is the one I prefer. And it’s nice to be reacquainted with my LP of this really lovely album. Knopfler’s scores were a gateway for me, implausible though it might be for others, to ambient music and classical; to some techno and drum’n’bass. True. True.
Sample Track: The Long Road
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