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June 18, 2016

Dire Straits – Communique (1979) – Lp

by Record Facts

Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler his younger brother David, John Illsley and Pick Withers.

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Artist:  Dire Straits
Title:  Communique
Year:   1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Vertigo Records
Catalog#  6360170

“Communiqué” is the second album by British rock band Dire Straits, recorded in November and December 1978, at Compass Point Studios, Nassau and was produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett.
Rushed out less than nine months after the surprise success of “Dire Straits” self-titled debut album, the group’s sophomore effort, “Communiqué”, seemed little more than a carbon copy of its predecessor with less compelling material.

The band continued to refine its pub-rock aesthetic on this unpretentious set of melancholy rock tunes.

Communiqué, seemed little more than a carbon copy of its predecessor with less compelling material. Mark Knopfler and co. had established a sound (derived largely from J.J. Cale) of laid-back shuffles and intricate, bluesy guitar playing, and Communiqué provided more examples of it. But there was no track as focused as “Sultans of Swing,” even if “Lady Writer” (a lesser singles chart entry on both sides of the Atlantic) nearly duplicated its sound. As a result, Communiqué sold immediately to Dire Straits‘ established audience, but no more, and it did not fare as well critically as its predecessor or its follow-up.

Mark’s talent for cynical character sketches is further developed on tracks like “Where Do You Think You’re Going” and “News,” while the presence of Jerry Wexler at the production helm ensures that the rest of the band keeps the rhythms tight.

But the laid-back atmosphere of recording in the Bahamas seems to have had just as much influence, from the reggae lope of the opening “Once Upon A Time In The West” to those waves crashing against the beach in the hypnotic album closer, “Follow Me Home.”

 

Side one
1.  Once Upon a Time in the West   (5:25)
2.  News   (4:14)
3.  Where Do You Think You’re Going?   (3:49)
4.  Communiqué   (5:49)

Side two
1.  Lady Writer   (3:45)
2.  Angel of Mercy   (4:36)
3.  Portobello Belle   (4:29)
4.  Single-Handed Sailor   (4:42)
5.  Follow Me Home   (5:50)

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