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Dire Straits (1978)

Artist: Dire Straits
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Format: CD
Sku: 60435074
UPC: 093624776925
UPC 14: 00093624776925
Release Date: 9/19/2000
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Down To The Waterline ~ Dire Straits
2. Water Of Love ~ Dire Straits
3. Setting Me Up ~ Dire Straits
4. Six Blade Knife ~ Dire Straits
5. Southbound Again ~ Dire Straits
6. Sultans Of Swing ~ Dire Straits
7. In The Gallery ~ Dire Straits
8. Wild West End ~ Dire Straits
9. Lions ~ Dire Straits

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler (vocals, guitar); David Knopfler (guitar, background vocals); John Illsley (bass); Pick Withers (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Basing St. Studios, London, England in February, 1978.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Muze PNote Composer: Mark Knopfler.
Muze PNote Personnel: David Knopfler, Mark Knopfler (vocals, guitar); John Illsley (vocals); Pick Withers (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Gregg Geller.
Muze PNote Recording information: Basing St. Studios, London, England (02/1978); Basing Street Studios, London, England (02/1978).
Muze PNote Led by former music journalist/college professor Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits emerged with their melancholy self-titled debut amidst the clatter of punk and gloss of disco. With a laid-back, raspy style of singing and distinctive finger-picking style of guitar playing, Knopfler came across as a fusion of J.J. Cale, Bob Dylan, and Chet Atkins. Coming out of the pub-rock scene, this tight English quartet cracked both sides of the Atlantic with the insanely catchy "Sultans Of Swing." The group further enhanced their reputation with the ominously atmospheric opener "Down to the Waterline." Knopfler's finger-picking style gave his guitar a smooth, distinct tone that was a jazz-country hybrid ("Setting Me Up"), while utilizing fancy country plucking "Southbound Again."
Muze PNote Dire Straits' minimalistic interpretation of pub-rock had already crystallized by the time they released this album. Driven by Knopfler's spare, tasteful guitar lines and 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 aforementioned breakthrough single offers a lament for a neglected pub-rock band--their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery that enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album.

Producer: Muff Winwood

Engineer: Rhett Davies

Artist Overview

The U.K.'s Dire Straits became one of the world's most popular rock bands the old-fashioned way, through songwriting and musicianship. When "Sultans of Swing" broke through on both sides of the Atlantic in 1979, the sound suggested Bob Dylan backed by J.J. Cale. It sure didn't sound like anything else on the radio. Mark Knopfler's gruff singing and exquisite guitar playing were critical to the group's sound. The next two records cemented Dire Straits' reputation and bolstered its popularity. 1985's BROTHERS IN ARMS became one of the biggest sellers of the decade. After the band dissolved, Knopfler (who had already done some well regarded soundtrack work) embarked on a solo career, opting for a more low-key approach.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Live At Knebworth 1990
Muze Music Compilations Desperado (ost)

Associated Artists and Works

Private Investigations: The Best Of Mark Knopfler ~ Knopfler, Mark

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/19/2000
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1978
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 47769
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00093624776925

Professional Reviews

Q (7/96, p.141)
- 3 Stars - Good - "...swam doggedly against the tide of punk, eventually convincing audiences with its direct pop and Knopfler's thrilling guitar..."

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