Mark Knopfler, Local Hero (Soundtrack) (1983)
The early 1990s was the peak of my Dire Straits fandom. I had collected all of the band’s music – on cassette tape – and attended the Auckland show of the band’s NZ leg of the tour in support of the On Every Street album. I had also started purchasing Mark Knopfler’s soundtrack work, starting with the Local Hero album. Even when I grew out of Dire Straits fandom (those first four albums are still superb, but I only feel the need to listen to them every now and then; mostly just the first two now) I carried on listening to the Mark Knopfler soundtrack work, especially Local Hero. It was years before I ever saw the film. When I did it was fine, decent-enough, good to see the music fitting in around the scenes. It used to seem so important to see the movie if I liked the score – makes sense, right? See how it all comes together. Now I’m not so worried. I created The Solaris Rule, something I now adhere to. In no way do I feel the Local Hero score was ruined by seeing the film but pulling out my LP copy and listening through in the weekend I didn’t really think about the movie at all (the way you might do when listening to a soundtrack having seen the film). I thought only of the music, from the evocative opening piece, The Rocks And The Water (something a dub or ambient producer could have a lot of fun with) through to the one everyone knows. It’s one of my favourite soundtracks, one of my favourite scores to listen to. It was a great thrill to interview Mark Knopfler in recent years but, unfortunately, he didn’t really want to talk about his soundtrack work. That said, it speaks for itself.
Sample Track: Wild Theme
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