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October 20, 2016

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982) – Lp

by Record Facts

Dire Straits were a British rock band that formed in Deptford, London, in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers. 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:  Love Over Gold
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  Vertigo Records
Catalog#  6359109

Love over Gold is the fourth studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on 20 September 1982 by Vertigo Records internationally. Following the end of the On Location Tour on 6 July 1981 in Luxembourg, Mark Knopfler began writing the songs for Dire Straits’ next album. Alan Clark (keyboards) and Hal Lindes (guitar), who joined the band for the On Location Tour, would also be involved with the new album.

Adding a new rhythm guitarist, Dire Straits expands its sounds and ambitions on the sprawling Love Over Gold. In a sense, the album is their prog rock effort, containing only five songs, including the 14-minute opener “Telegraph Road.” Since Mark Knopfler is a skilled, tasteful guitarist, he can sustain interest even throughout the languid stretches, but the long, atmospheric, instrumental passages aren’t as effective as the group’s tight blues-rock, leaving Love Over Gold only a fitfully engaging listen.
Love over Gold was recorded at the Power Station in New York from 8 March to 11 June 1982. Knopfler produced the album, with Neil Dorfsman as his engineer—the first in a long line of collaborations between the two.

Knopfler used several guitars during the sessions, including four Schecter Stratocasters—two red, one blue, and one sunburst—a black Schecter Telecaster, an Ovation classical guitar on “Private Investigations” and “Love over Gold”, a custom Erlewine Automatic on “Industrial Disease”, and his 1937 National steel guitar on “Telegraph Road“. Knopfler also used Ovation twelve- and six-string acoustic guitars during the recording.

 

Side one
1.  Telegraph Road  (14:20)
2.  Private Investigations  (7:00)

Side two
1.  Industrial Disease  (5:50)
2.  Love Over Gold  (6:15)
3.  It Never Rains  (7:55)

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