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Mark Knopfler's "Privateering" Album to Get US Release in September

Image courtesy of Verve Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Verve Records (via ABC News Radio)

Mark Knopfler 's latest album, Privateering , is finally set to get its release in the United States.  The two-CD collection, which initially was issued in the U.K. last September, will hit U.S. stores on September 10 thanks to a new worldwide deal the ex- Dire Straits frontman has signed with Universal Music Group's Verve Records label.

In a statement, the singer/guitarist explains that he decided to release Privateering as a double album "because of the sheer volume of material" he had amassed.  He adds, "I didn't want to separate songs into genres and I didn't want to leave too many songs on the shelf.  I just wanted it to be a reflection of the fantastic sessions we had."

Knopfler worked with his longtime solo band on the record, including former Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher .  The album, which is Mark's first ever two-disc studio effort, also includes contributions from Fabulous Thunderbirds singer/harmonica player Kim Wilson and acclaimed country musicians Paul Franklin and Tim O'Brien .

Knopfler's new label agreement comes after he ended a 35-year association with Warner Bros. Records.

"Mark has long been one of the most innovative and successful artists in music," says Universal Music executive Max Hole .  "We're thrilled he's decided to sign to Verve so that we are now working with him everywhere across the world."

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