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Mark Knopfler is a great guitar player and songwriter. And apart from being a lefty playing right-handed, he never took a lesson in his life. He has superb feel and finger tone.
Didn't know about the lefty/righty part, but I have always liked his music. I play mostly finger-style, so that's and added attraction for me. The tongue in cheek lyrics that meet up with reality are also great.
"But he's mostly rhythm, he doesn't want to make it cry or sing."
Nobody thinks much of Sultans of Swing now except as elevator and dentist office music, but when that song came out it was electrifying. Driving, strong rhythms, heavy emphasis on the rhythm guitar and less on the lead, and the key lyric "They don't give a damn about any trumpet-playing band. It ain't what they call rock'n'roll" as a dig at Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
I still think it's one of the greatest cuts of all time.
me too. Knopfler is very skillful. There's some wonderful sax playing on the live album that makes it worth the price of admission, too. (I think it's Mel Collins)
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