Cal (album)

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Soundtrack album by
Released24 August 1984 (1984-08-24)
RecordedFebruary–March 1984 AIR Studios, London, England, United Kingdom
GenreCeltic music
instrumental rock
LabelVertigo Records
ProducerMark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler chronology
Local Hero
Comfort and Joy
Singles from Cal
  1. "Irish Boy"
    Released: August 24, 1984

Cal is a soundtrack album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 24 August 1984 by Vertigo Records. The album contains music composed for the 1984 film Cal, produced by David Puttnam and directed by Pat O'Connor. Puttnam also produced the film Local Hero (1983).[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

In a contemporary review in The New York Times, Janet Maslin called the album "an exceptionally lovely and haunting score."[2]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Steven McDonald gave the album four out of five stars and called it a "quiet, reflective set of cues that eschew false dramatics in favor of supporting the story."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music was written by Mark Knopfler.[3]

1."Irish Boy"3:55
2."The Road"2:08
3."Waiting for Her"0:38
4."Irish Love"2:24
5."A Secret Place / Where Will You Go"1:45
6."Father and Son"7:41
7."Meeting Under the Trees"0:48
8."Potato Picking"2:06
9."In a Secret Place"1:08
10."Fear and Hatred"2:18
11."Love and Guilt"3:04
12."The Long Road"7:13
Total length:35:08


  • Mark Knopfler – producer
  • Neil Dorfsman – engineer
  • Matt d'Arbanlay-Butler – assistant engineer
  • Steve Jackson – assistant engineer
  • John Dent – mastering at the Sound Clinic in London
  • Sutton Cooper – sleeve design
  • Brian Aris – photograph of Mark Knopfler[3]


  1. ^ a b c McDonald, Steven. "Cal". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet. "Screen: Love in Belfast" in The New York Times. 24 August 1984.
  3. ^ a b Cal (booklet). Mark Knopfler. London: Vertigo Records. 1984. p. 2. 822769-2.CS1 maint: others (link)

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