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August 12, 2016

Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978) – Lp

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Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits’ sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll.

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Artist:  Dire Straits
Title:  Dire Straits
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Vertigo Records
Catalog#  6360162

Dire Straits is the eponymous debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on 7 October 1978 by Vertigo Records. Dire Straits was recorded at Basing Street Studios in London from 13 February to 5 March 1978. Knopfler used a few guitars for the recording, including a pair of red Fender Stratocasters. David played a black Fender Stratocaster and a Harmony Sovereign acoustic guitar. The album was produced by Muff Winwood, and engineered by Rhett Davies. The single “Sultans of Swing” first broke into the United States top five early in the spring of 1979—being a hit a full five months after the album was released there—and then rose to number eight on the British charts. “Water of Love” was also released as a single in some countries.

Dire Straits‘ minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler‘s spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub-rock is at the core of Dire Straits — even the group’s breakthrough single, “Sultans of Swing,” offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band — their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career.

 

Side one
1.  Down To The Waterline  (4:01)
2.  Water Of Love  (5:27)
3.  Setting Me Up  (3:20)
4.  Six Blade Knife  (4:12)
5.  Southbound Again  (2:59)

Side two
1.  Sultans Of Swing  (5:52)
2.  In The Gallery  (6:19)
3.  Wild Wild West  (4:43)
4.  Lions  (5:07)

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