- Released: October 25, 1990
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Entertainment Weekly - 10/12/01, p.43Ranked #81
in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...Exquisite..."
- 1.The Rocks and the Water
- 2.Wild Theme
- 3.Freeway Flyer
- 5.The Way It Always Starts
- 6.The Rocks and the Thunder
- 7.The Ceilidh and the Northern Lights
- 8.The Mist Covered Mountains
- 9.The Ceilidh: Louis' Favourite Billy's Tune
- 10.Whistle Theme
- 13.The Rocks and the Thunder
- 14.Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)
Composed by Mark Knopfler.
Personnel: Mark Knopfler (guitar, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Gerry Rafferty (vocals); Hal Lindes , Roddy Murray, Alan Darby (guitar); Mark Winchester (violin); Dale Winchester (accordion); Michael Brecker (saxophone); Alan Clark (piano, keyboards, synthesizer); Mike Mainieri (vibraphone, background vocals); Steve Jordan , Ed Bicknell, Terry Williams (drums).
Photographers: Denis Waugh; Frank Griffin.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Acetones; Dale Winchester.
Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler's intricate, introspective fingerpicked guitar stylings make a perfect musical complement to the wistful tone of Bill Forsyth's comedy film, Local Hero. This album was billed as a Knopfler solo album rather than an original soundtrack album, with the notation "music...for the film." Knopfler brings along Dire Straits associates Alan Clark (keyboards) and John Illsley (bass), plus session aces like saxophonist Mike Brecker, vibes player Mike Mainieri, and drummers Steve Jordan and Terry Williams. The low-key music picks up traces of Scottish music, but most of it just sounds like Dire Straits doing instrumentals, especially the recurring theme, one of Knopfler's more memorable melodies. Gerry Rafferty (remember him from "Baker Street"?) sings the one vocal selection, "That's the Way It Always Starts." ~ William Ruhlmann