Real Live Roadrunning

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Real Live Roadrunning
Live album by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Released 14 November 2006 (2006-11-14)
Recorded Gibson Amphitheatre,
Los Angeles,
28 June 2006
Genre Country-rock, rock
Length 75:02
Label Mercury, Universal Music
Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer Guy Fletcher
Mark Knopfler chronology
All the Roadrunning
(2006)
Real Live Roadrunning
(2006)
Kill to Get Crimson
(2007)
Emmylou Harris chronology
All the Roadrunning
(2006)
Real Live Roadrunning
(2006)
Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems
(2007)

Real Live Roadrunning is a collaborative live album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler and American singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, released on 14 November 2006 by Mercury Records and Universal Music internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album was recorded live on 28 June 2006 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, at the end of their summer tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, All the Roadrunning. Real Live Roadrunning was released as a combined CD/DVD.

Artwork[edit]

The album cover is the second album release that prominently features Knopfler's National Style 0 Resonator guitar, the same that is featured on the cover of Brothers in Arms, the top-selling album with his former band, Dire Straits.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
The Music Box 3.5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [3]

In his review for AllMusic, James Christopher Monger gave the album three out of five stars, writing that the musicianship "is as flawless as expected, but there's not a whole lot to separate the tunes here from their studio sisters."[1] Mongers concluded, "The accompanying DVD is a much better example of the pair's quiet dynamic, allowing both the duo and its talented band a broader spectrum on which to emit their wry tales of love, loss, and life."[1]

In his review for The Music Box, John Metzger gave the album three and a half out of five stars, writing that although the performances are "impeccable", the set remains "a flawed affair".[2] Metzger believed that the songs and arrangements are too similar to the studio versions on All the Roadrunning, and that the differences between the live versions and the studio versions are mostly subtle.[2] Metzger believed that the true highlights of Real Live Roadrunning are the renewed versions of songs taken from the solo works of Knopfler and Harris, such as "Romeo and Juliet", "Speedway at Nazareth", and "Red Dirt Girl". Metzger concluded, "Understandably, in transforming their work for the stage, Knopfler and Harris were forced to swap subtlety for zeal, but as the accompanying video makes clear, they still succeeded in retaining the charming intimacy that made All the Roadrunning such a superlative collection in the first place."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated.

No. Title Length
1. "Right Now"   4:52
2. "Red Staggerwing"   4:53
3. "Red Dirt Girl" (Emmylou Harris) 4:31
4. "Done with Bonaparte"   5:16
5. "Romeo and Juliet"   9:13
6. "All That Matters"   3:20
7. "This Is Us"   5:18
8. "All the Roadrunning"   5:20
9. "Boulder to Birmingham" (Bill Danoff, Emmylou Harris) 3:39
10. "Speedway at Nazareth"   6:59
11. "So Far Away"   4:43
12. "Our Shangri-La"   7:56
13. "If This Is Goodbye"   4:53
14. "Why Worry"   4:09
Total length:
75:02

Personnel[edit]

Music
CD Production
  • Guy Fletcher – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Richard Cooper – assistant engineer
  • Graham Meek – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Danny Clinch – photography
  • Stephan Walker – art direction
  • Mark Holly – design

DVD[edit]

Real Live Roadrunning
Video by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
Released 14 November 2006 (2006-11-14)
Recorded Gibson Amphitheatre,
Los Angeles,
28 June 2006
Genre Country-rock, rock
Length 101:42
Label Mercury, Universal Music
Warner Bros. (USA)
Director Martyn Atkins
Producer James Pluta

Real Live Roadrunning is a collaborative live concert DVD by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler and American singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris, released on 14 November 2006 by Mercury Records and Universal Music internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The DVD contains a 91-minute concert, plus special features, including a documentary and interviews.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Right Now"    
2. "Red Staggerwing"    
3. "Red Dirt Girl" (Emmylou Harris)  
4. "I Dug Up a Diamond"    
5. "Born to Run" (Paul Kennerley)  
6. "Done with Bonaparte"    
7. "Romeo and Juliet"    
8. "Song for Sonny Liston"    
9. "Belle Starr" (Emmylou Harris)  
10. "This Is Us"    
11. "All the Roadrunning"    
12. "Boulder to Birmingham" (Bill Danoff, Emmylou Harris)  
13. "Speedway at Nazareth"    
14. "So Far Away"    
15. "Our Shangri-La"    
16. "If This Is Goodbye"    
17. "Why Worry"    
Total length:
101:42

Personnel[edit]

DVD Production
  • Martyn Atkins – director
  • James Pluta – producer
  • James Beug – executive producer
  • Diarmuid Quinn – co-producer
  • Peter Standish – co-producer
  • David May – post production producer
  • Ted Hall – post audio mixer
  • Richard Riqué Patier – hair and makeup (EH)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Albums[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Germany Albums Chart[4] 44
Italy Albums Chart[4] 87

Certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Monger, James Christopher. "Real Live Roadrunning (DMD Album)". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d Metzger, John (2007). "Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris: Real Live Roadrunning". The Music Box. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Real Live Roadrunning". aCharts. Retrieved 28 November 2012.