Dire Straits CD (2000)

Artist: Dire Straits

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Label Wea/warner Bros.
SKU 60435074
UPC 093624776925
UPC 14 00093624776925
Format CD
Release Date 9/19/2000
Author Dire Straits
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
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Technical Info
Engineer Rhett Davies
Producer Muff Winwood
CatalogID 47769
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 09/19/2000
Original Release 1978
Number of Discs 1
Length 41m : 34s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624776925
Album Notes and Credits
Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler (vocals, guitar); David Knopfler (guitar, background vocals); John Illsley (bass); Pick Withers (drums).
Recorded at Basing St. Studios, London, England in February, 1978.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Composer: Mark Knopfler.
Personnel: David Knopfler, Mark Knopfler (vocals, guitar); John Illsley (vocals); Pick Withers (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Gregg Geller.
Recording information: Basing St. Studios, London, England (02/1978); Basing Street Studios, London, England (02/1978).
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."
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.
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.
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..."
Disc 1
1 Down To The Waterline
2 Water Of Love
3 Setting Me Up
4 Six Blade Knife
5 Southbound Again
6 Sultans Of Swing
7 In The Gallery
8 Wild West End
9 Lions
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