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20
Oct

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982) – Lp

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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12
Aug

Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978) – Lp

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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18
Jun

Dire Straits – Communique (1979) – Lp

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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