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Editors’ Notes

While they are both distinctive stylists — one only has to hear a few notes to identify either — they are also both chameleon-like in their ability to blend into nearly any situation. Knopfler and Harris have guested on many albums, happily serving as that special ingredient. Together here under equal billing with songs from sessions that span over seven years, Knopfler and Harris seem a natural pair. The supple guitar stirrings Knopfler brought to Dire Straits and his later solo work are in full evidence along with what has always been his limited vocal range (often accurately described as a ‘drawl,’). Harris is a natural sweetener, softening hard moments with a moment’s hesitancy, holding back on notes until all meaning is wrung. The material, primarily supplied by Knopfler, who wrote ten to Harris’ two, is solid if slightly underwhelming. There’s a majestic, traditional beauty to many of the tunes. They sound as if they’ve come through the ages (“Beachcombing,” “Rollin’ On”), but none expend that moment of epiphany. Which says much about what we’ve come to expect from these incredible talents. 99 and a half just won’t do?

Customer Reviews

A wonderful collaboration

My wife and I totally enjoyed this album, which is a wonderful collaboration, blending two unique and established voices.

Born to keep running

This album continues the varied path that Emmylou has treated us to through her musical career. I bought it this week to prepare for the tour launch with her and Mark which began last night in Toronto. And the show was all that could be expected and more. In addition to selections from this fantastic album, they both performed some of their individual repetoire. An evening to remember and I know that's a cliche but there is no other way to say how great it was to hear this music. So glad I have the album.

A Prarie landscape

Like the prairies this is a subtle landscape. All the Roadrunning is a mature, quiet record from two artists you might not immediately think of putting together. Their voices don’t exactly mesh together on every line but this only adds to the earthy ambiance. I think Emmylou can make anyone sound great and having her ride shotgun was a brilliant idea. I recently reviewed a recording by Mark’s brother David which I quite liked and wondered out loud what it might be like if Mark took the road less travelled and made a songwriters record. Well this is it and although Mark’s famous guitar sound is here it’s not overpowering. The songwriting is all Mark’s and many of the songs are unpolished gems. If you like either of these artists or are a fan of the first Dire Straits album this album is a must.


Born: April 02, 1947 in Birmingham, AL

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though other performers sold more records and earned greater fame, few had as profound an impact on contemporary music as Emmylou Harris. Blessed with a crystalline voice, a remarkable gift for phrasing, and a restless creative spirit, she traveled a singular artistic path, proudly carrying the torch of "cosmic American music" passed down by her mentor, Gram Parsons. With the exception of only Neil Young -- not surprisingly an occasional collaborator -- no other mainstream star established a similarly...
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