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Local Hero


Download links and information about Local Hero by Mark Knopfler. This album was released in 1983 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 14 tracks with total duration of 43:31 minutes.

Artist: Mark Knopfler
Release date: 1983
Genre: Rock, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 14
Duration: 43:31
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No. Title Length
1. The Rocks and the Water 3:29
2. Wild Theme 3:38
3. Freeway Flyer 1:49
4. Boomtown (Variation Louis' Favourite) 4:07
5. The Way It Always Start 4:06
6. The Rocks and the Thunder 0:40
7. The Ceilidh and the Northern Lights 3:55
8. The Mist Covered Mountains 4:59
9. The Ceilidh: Louis' Favourite Billy's Tune 3:40
10. Whistle Theme 0:52
11. Smooching 5:03
12. Stargazer 1:34
13. The Rocks and the Thunder 0:41
14. Going Home (Theme of "Local Hero") 4:58



After the international success of Dire Straits’ Love Over Gold, bandleader Mark Knopfler took a sabbatical to compose music for Bill Forstyth’s 1983 film Local Hero. Beyond adding atmospheric color to this beguiling tale of a small Scottish town, the score stands on its own as an evocative, subtly-textured showcase for the guitarist’s composing gifts. Knopfler’s pieces draw upon Celtic elements, with intimations of the blues flashing in the Highland mists he conjures up. He enlists the aid of bandmates Alan Clark and John Illsley (on keyboards and bass, respectively) to fill out the mostly guitar-centered melodies, creating a shimmering wash of sound on “Stargazer” and invoking rugged Northern coastlines on “Rocks and Thunder.” Tracks like “Wild Theme” highlight his deft finger-picking and ruminating melodies. Gerry Rafferty (of “Baker Street” fame) contributes his vocals to “That’s The Way It Always Starts,” a Latin-shaded serenade. Knopfler has since taken on other worthwhile cinematic projects, but this poignant and often magical recording continues to represent his soundtrack work at its finest.