Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes for Supreme Fidelity!
Dire Straits' third release, 1980's Making Movies, features several epic cuts that stand among Mark Knopfler's finest work. "Tunnel of Love," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Solid Rock" all feature the same distinctive jazz-based rhythm underneath Knopfler's fine country-blues staccato guitar flourishes. The addition of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan also greatly benefits the overall tone here.
In addition, the exit of rhythm guitarist David Knopfler creates more space for Mark to roam, and he responds with improves songwriting and country-rock themes that correspond to his detailed storytelling. The band also receives solid production that reinforces the relaxed vibes.
Part of the reason for the band’s uniqueness owes to its clean, vibrant sound. Just as Knopfler’s narratives reflect poetic and surrealist texts, the group’s arrangements--an intoxicating combination of easygoing shuffles, bluesy boogies, and pop-honed ballads--mirror the old-fashioned soulfulness and spaciousness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and early 60s. It’s no wonder why Dire Straits has long been a favorite of audiophiles the world over. When it comes to sonic purity, transparent soundstages, and rich tonalities, few, if any bands sound better.
And now, thanks to the meticulous efforts of Warner Bros., Dire Straits’ 1978 breakthrough debut can be experienced like never before. Remastered and cut from the original analog tapes and pressed on high-quality 180g vinyl, Dire Straits is simply out-of-this-world good. Knopfler’s mesmerizing guitar textures and cool vocals appear as if they’re right in front of you. Details, imaging, and presence are on a level associated with the finest audiophile recordings.
As it’s proven for the last few years, Warner Bros. treats vinyl with the ultimate respect, and this must-have Dire Straits record is no exception. Listeners with original copies of the LP, or Simply Vinyl’s pressing, will be absolutely stunned upon hearing the improvements. A five-star pressing!