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Dire Straits [VINYL] [Import]

Dire Straits Vinyl
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the ... Read more in Amazon's Dire Straits Store

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  • Vinyl (18 Dec 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chunky, wiry, evocative! 25 Feb 2003
By Conrob
Format:Audio CD
This is an album of evocatively written narrative songs with superb and original guitar playing and, unusually, every song a winner.
Though you can discern Knopfler's influences (Dylan, JJ Cale, Chet Atkins-style picking) it's all blended into a distinctive flavour that is hard to fit into normal pop-rock categories. It is also distinctively English, as the detailed storytelling lyrics make clear. Knopfler's singing is Dylanesque without really sounding like Dylan, and his guitar playing is bluesy, elegant and chunkily percussive without really sounding like anyone (unless it's a more bluesy Richard Thompson). Because of the cleaness of the production and Knopfler's guitar tone, you get a palpable sense of his fingers attacking the guitar strings (something many rock guitarists rely on distortion to hide).
Though the songwriting is on one level conventional enough, the various elements of the band's sound combine forcefully to grab the attention. Dire Straits (in this incarnation) are tight, and rhythmically limber, while Knopfler's distinctive vocals and literate writing draw the listener in relentlessly. And unlike many guitar heroes, Knopfler's solos are always there to support the song rather than to be flashy. When the vocals stop, the guitar really does seem to take over the singing and the expressive foce of the song.
Sultans of Swing is of course known to almost everyone. But Down to the Waterline, Six Blade Knife and South Bound Again, respectively urgent, menacing and wirily funky, are also excellent. Anyone who finds Dire Straits' later work bland or overproduced should check out this album. It's as satisfying and sweet as an exquisitely rendered small-scale novel about ordinary people's lives.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Breathtaking 14 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are not many superlatives to heap upon this album that have not already been used. It is rare in modern music to find anything near as witty, evocative, emotional yet enjoyable as this debut album from Dire Straits. Essentially this is the "real" Dire Straits, not the electronically influenced outfit of "Brothers In Arms" fame, but a group with a classic bar band sound, who combine rock, jazz, blues, country and folk for the ultimate debut album. This shows the roots of Dire Straits, combining Mark Knopfler's folk-tinged vocals and bluesy guitar playing, a rock-solid rhythm section courtesy of Knopfler's brother David and bass player John Illsey and the jazz drumming of Pick Withers.
I would recommend this album to every music fan. From the opening fast-paced "Down To The Waterline" to the classic "Sultans of Swing" to the beautiful "Wild West End," this truly is a class album. Just sit back and enjoy and appreciate the brilliance of the original Dire Straits before they became overwhelmed by the commercialism and temptation of fame. In my opinion this is one of the greatest albums in rock history, I hope after listening to this album you will share the same opinion.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slippery Slope to addiction 3 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you do not currently own a Dire Straits record, then I envy you for the journey of discovery you would embark upon if you bought this album. I have been listening to Straits for over 10 years (I'm only 22) and would give anything to hear this album for the first time again.
If (like many people) you are scared off by the over-playing of Money for Nothing, the "Old Men of Rock" tag Dire Straits have got, or the simply awful 'Twisting by the pool', then 'Down to the Waterline' will immediately change your mind, because from this first song on Dire Straits have produced one of the most irreproachably competent and satisfying debuts I have ever heard: David Knopfler - Rhythm guitar perfection, Mark Knopfler - Lead guitar, song-writing and vocals that will leave you in a frenzied search for more of the same.
You will hear J.J. Cale here as well as any other number of Blues influences, but song-writing on tracks like 'six-blade knife', 'Sultans of Swing', 'In the Gallery' and 'Lions' are unmistakeably Knopfler. Through his distinctive growl and laid back guitar riffs Mark Knopfler tells the story of his journey from Newcastle childhood, to the superficiality of the London arts scene, so the narrative honesty is there if you want to hear it.
Have it loud in your car to pump you up, have it quiet in your bedroom to chill you out. Either way, you have to have it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and genre-defying. 23 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
Electric guitar music touches a membrane deep inside me that seems to exist for the purpose of resonating this sound alone (the only thing that touches it even more strongly is if the guitar chords are paired with a truly unusual voice). I'm sure every lover of great guitar music knows what I am talking about. Ever since I discovered that membrane years ago, I have been on the look for that special sound; be it straightforward rock, blues or folk music. However, growing up in a time when the radio airwaves were flooded with either disco or punk, depending on what station you were listening to, it wasn't always easy to find. Then one day I heard "Sultans of Swing," and my membrane resonated - all the more because this was not only a great guitarist playing but also one of the most unique voices I'd heard in a while, and the musical style seemed to defy classification, too ... it was somewhere between rock and blues, but I wasn't sure what exactly to call it.
However you define their sound, though, listening to Dire Straits' self-titled debut album 25 years after its publication, it is still amazing how rounded and accomplished their style was even then.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really like everything Dire Straits did pre-Brothers in Arms.
Published 8 days ago by Dickie
3.0 out of 5 stars Case was broken
Pleased with the overall product, fast dispatch and delivery, however the case had a huge crack in it which was annoying as this was brought as a Father's Day gift
Published 14 days ago by miss c m nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic album - this album changed music in its day
Published 20 days ago by Brian Nabney
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best
I had not heard of this and of course wanted to add to my library of Mark Knopfler, it does not disappoint , just wonderful.
Published 1 month ago by MaggiJean
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
brought on vinyl when it first came out (got nothing to play it now ) thought it was good then ,it's even better now.
Published 1 month ago by Chris k
5.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?
I've been a Dire Straits fan for many years and I've added this one to my collection which I can download to computer for my Ipod
Published 2 months ago by mcnmo
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past
Another chance to listen to some of the very early work from Mark Knopler. Long time fans may well have these songs on other albums, but for everyone else this is album provides an... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larry Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius
Their first, their best, what more is there to say. Absolutely brilliant debut album from the great Dire Straits. You hear that opening twang and you are in heaven
Published 3 months ago by Joan
4.0 out of 5 stars Origonal
One of the first Dire Straits albums and classically one of the best. Early sounds and music you will only ever hear on this CD.
Published 4 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as it always was
Had to download as my vinyl had too many scratches. What a relief, perfect listening - a truly seminal album
Published 5 months ago by karen brett
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