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#2475928 - 03/05/13 05:22 AM Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist
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On his birthday, some props to a great 80's keyboard player... And a great band as well!



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#2475930 - 03/05/13 05:34 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Hammonddave]
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Yes indeed...phenomenal and just tasty player. And yes, great band, and wonderful songwriter/guitarist. Love Mark Knopfler...

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#2475944 - 03/05/13 06:49 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: B3Nut]
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Yeah... Truly a great band... And Mark also composed the soundtrack for Princess Bride...
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#2475948 - 03/05/13 07:18 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Hammonddave]
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An old hero of mine and a paradigm (along with fellow DS keysman Guy Fletcher) how two keyboardists can work together with taste.
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#2475949 - 03/05/13 07:19 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: yannis D]
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Thanks for the reminder - I'd forgotten about him. And DS were a big influence on my teenage years.

Cheers, Mike.

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#2475970 - 03/05/13 09:16 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: stoken6]
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I love that band - got to see them live. Nice piano.
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#2475979 - 03/05/13 09:53 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: David Loving]
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Got to see them in the late 80s....KILLER band. A little too subtle for outdoor sheds, but really great.
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#2475993 - 03/05/13 10:21 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: David Loving]
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The first time I heard Dire Straits I had a very talkative lady friend in the car. The Sultans of Swing grabbed my attention. I turned the radio up and asked her to be silent for a few minutes. That didn't work, so I told her to either shut up or get out and walk home. That worked.

She was nice, but I'd rather listen to Dire Straits.
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#2476037 - 03/05/13 03:33 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: wmp]
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brings back a nice memory for me. I was 17, my best friend who played guitar in the band we were in, bought me a ticket for my birthday to see DS with him at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Brothers in Arms tour. They played 21 consecutive nights. It was the 1st concert i ever attended. I was just in awe. smile Loved it.

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#2476041 - 03/05/13 04:18 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: gino]
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Brothers in Arms was the 2nd album I heard on CD... the first was The Nylon Curtain... Both incredible digital recordings. Love DS...
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#2476046 - 03/05/13 05:02 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Hammonddave]
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Big fan of DS and Mr. Knopfler. This too brings back strong memories for me. I was in high school when Brothers in Arms was released and this album led to my discovery of the Alchemy Live audio and more importantly video recordings. I watched Alan's live work almost daily. Also at this time I began taking guitar lessons with a good friend. We would try to cop Knopfler's licks. On a sad note, this same friend took his own life a few years ago. I will always remember my friend and DS fondly.


Bill


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#2476047 - 03/05/13 05:08 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Hammonddave]
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Glad to see someone beat me to bringing up Guy Fletcher, a great player, a great guy, and offspring of a great mad scientist cool


Edited by Steve Nathan (03/05/13 05:08 PM)

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#2476053 - 03/05/13 05:41 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Steve Nathan]
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This thread will inspire me to break out a much-remembered Keyboard Magazine from about 1985 that has a feature on the DS keyboard players. They had awesome rigs and great tasteful playing. I read the article countless times. I think it was the same issue with Kenny Kirkland (RIP) during the Dream of the Blue Turtles era.
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#2476057 - 03/05/13 06:28 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: eric]
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Making Movies is one of my all-time favorite CD's.

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#2476073 - 03/05/13 08:09 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: dongna]
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His playing on Love Over Gold had a huge influence on how I hear things.
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#2476103 - 03/06/13 05:33 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: kanker.]
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Mark made me love listening to electric guitar....

Interesting how Telegraph Road sounds like a Springsteen song (in composition and orchestration)... but it has so much more taste to it....
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#2476106 - 03/06/13 05:37 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Hammonddave]
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So much more taste.. that's debatable but if you must know Roy Bittan played a lot of their stuff and one album in particular.


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#2476112 - 03/06/13 05:57 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Outkaster]
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"Money For Nothing" is one of the biggest turds ever recorded.

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#2476115 - 03/06/13 06:08 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: D-Bones]
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Originally Posted By: D-Bon
"Money For Nothing" is one of the biggest turds ever recorded.


Of course, it was huge when it came out (but so was We Built This City - HA!)
The 80s was unkind to many reputable acts. I'm sure there's a tune or 2 that Steve Winwood would like to forget. wink

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#2476117 - 03/06/13 06:24 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: ABECK]
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I found Mark's work on Brothers in Arms to be some of my favorite rock/blues guitar ever. It reminded me of what Clapton could have become.

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#2476118 - 03/06/13 06:24 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: ABECK]
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Punchestown Racecourse 17th July 1983 - the sound was so good I could make out lyrics I'd never been able to work out before (1983 the days before you could just google lyrics).

Heard "The Straits" at an 80s festival last year (Rewind Perth). Don't want to say too much because I'd pay to hear them on their own and I'd like them to come back to Perth - but they were pretty ropey to be honest. Maybe it was a bad night. Alan Clark was on stage. He sounded fine.
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#2476119 - 03/06/13 06:31 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Outkaster]
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Originally Posted By: Outkaster
So much more taste.. that's debatable but if you must know Roy Bittan played a lot of their stuff and one album in particular.


Roy Bitton is a god! Love his playing....
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#2476150 - 03/06/13 09:42 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Hammonddave]
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funny, never noticed keyboard in Dire Straits playing...
I guess it's art of being a background cool

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#2476153 - 03/06/13 09:54 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: zapper]
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Originally Posted By: zapper
funny, never noticed keyboard in Dire Straits playing...
I guess it's art of being a background cool


Me neither...and apparently there were two of them.
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#2476156 - 03/06/13 10:21 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Bill W]
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Originally Posted By: Bill W
Originally Posted By: zapper
funny, never noticed keyboard in Dire Straits playing...
I guess it's art of being a background cool


Me neither...and apparently there were two of them.


Really?

Organ & Synth intro on Walk of Life? Synth intro on "Money for Nothing? Organ intro & piano outro on "Tunnel of Love"? Hammond on "Brothers in Arms"? Piano hits on "Private Investigations"? Piano on "Romeo and Juliet?"
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#2476158 - 03/06/13 10:42 AM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: The Skinner]
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Originally Posted By: Skinny

Really?

Organ & Synth intro on Walk of Life? Synth intro on "Money for Nothing?


from Money For Nothing I remember only chicks for free...

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#2476181 - 03/06/13 12:25 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: zapper]
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Yeah, I dug DS in my youth too.

They were a bit of a gateway band for me, and I don’t really listen to them much anymore. However, Alan Clark’s response on the Hammond to Knopfler’s line “Oh but it’s a sad reminder when your organ grinder has to come to you for rent” on “It never rains” (Love over gold album) really grabbed me. What was making that sound? We had a Wurlitzer home organ at home, so I thought I knew what organs sounded like – but this sound that I was hearing on the record was changing and morphing - while it was being played! What voodoo was that?

That little sound-bite, plus other things I was hearing on other records at the time, led to me finding out about Hammonds and Leslies, and all things keyboard-related. Haven’t really stopped since.

Thanks Alan!
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#2476189 - 03/06/13 12:40 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: The Skinner]
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Originally Posted By: Skinny
Originally Posted By: Bill W
Originally Posted By: zapper
funny, never noticed keyboard in Dire Straits playing...
I guess it's art of being a background cool


Me neither...and apparently there were two of them.


Really?

Organ & Synth intro on Walk of Life? Synth intro on "Money for Nothing? Organ intro & piano outro on "Tunnel of Love"? Hammond on "Brothers in Arms"? Piano hits on "Private Investigations"? Piano on "Romeo and Juliet?"





..and there were TONS of synth on Money For Nothing
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#2476234 - 03/06/13 04:17 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: The Skinner]
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Quote:
funny, never noticed keyboard in Dire Straits playing...


While technically not a Dire Straights record, there was plenty of great keyboard playing on Golden Heart, Guy Fletcher plus some classic Pig Robbins ("Are We in Trouble") Barry Beckett, Matt Rollins (Rudiger!) and even little old me laugh

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#2476239 - 03/06/13 04:40 PM Re: Alan Clark - Dire Straits Keyboardist [Re: Steve Nathan]
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Back in the day my band did "Money for Nothing" (sans intro......). I recall there was a patch I copped for my DX-7 that nailed that metallic-sounding, octave bass part that intermittently punctuates the song. Made me happy. smile

We also did "Walk of Life" which I recall being challenging in terms of covering all of the parts (e.g., the synth harmonies). The still-relatively-new MIDI was a big help!

To this day I never get sick of hearing Sultans....musician's song!
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