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Love Over Gold [Original recording remastered]

Dire Straits Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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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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  • Audio CD (3 Jun 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00000J1YS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Telegraph Road14:20Album Only
Listen  2. Private Investigations (Album Version) 6:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Industrial Disease 5:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Love Over Gold 6:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. It Never Rains 8:01£0.99  Buy MP3 


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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
By BD VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
What an Album. Forget the MOR laziness of Brothers in Arms, Love Over Gold was Dire Straits finest hour, with Mark Knopfler reaching a standard of song writing that he would never repeat. He has always been a songwriter in the storyteller style, settings scenes and moods with his words and subtle riffs and licks, and on this album he was at his peak. If you only ever purchase one Dire Straits album buy this one.

The opening and longest track Telegraph Road sets the scene. It is an epic song taking up a third of the albums running time on its own, with a single keyboard note opening that must have surely been influenced by Pink Floyd 'Shine on you crazy Diamond'. The song continues with a story being told of industrial rise and decline and the piano teasing the listener with hints of an ending, eventually building up to an awesome finale where Dire Straits up the tempo and let rip, ending on a scale they would never reach again.

Private Investigations can only be described as an absolute classic track and for me, beyond criticism. The track successfully carries emotion and opens with the piano and acoustic guitar playing off against each other. This partnership continues throughout and builds up to the powerful piano chords and drums, which evoke such emotion at the end. This track never fails to make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

Industrial disease is possibly the most commercial track on the album and is almost daring to be cheerful. I get the feeling this track is very much tongue in cheek and almost feels a little out of place on this album, but ends up providing a bit of light relief. It sometimes comes as a shock on the CD when this track begins so comparatively abruptly after the slow ending of 'Private Investigations.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At their very, very best 7 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
"Dire Straits" was a very good album. "Communiqué" was a good album". "Making Movies" was an excellent album. "Love Over Gold" was an outstandingly brilliant album.
From the opening bars of "Telegraph Road" we know this is something special. This is stronger, more subtle, richer and so much more confident than anything Mark Knopfler had done before. The Midwestern Odyssey that is "Telegraph Road" (named after an extraordinarily ugly freeway in Detroit) shows a lyrical strength that Knopfler had barely revealed before. One line towards the end of the song - "I've run every red light on Memory Lane" - is so profoundly and desperately poetic that it promotes Knopfler, within the 14-minute length of the song, from the second division to the premier league of songwriters. Add to this the fact that "Telegraph Road" encompasses so many moods in its music and you'll appreciate that this is a very, very special song.
The surprise number 1 hit single, "Private Investigations" is a uniquely Dire Straits piece. Without being exceptional in either musical or lyrical terms it has a strong enough mood to make it worthwhile. Unfortunately, it's followed by the very weak "Industrial Disease". Very few people can write funny songs successfully, and Mark Knopfler isn't one of them. There must be many ways in which the issues of alienation from industrialized society could be addressed and satire is definitely a strong contender. While it's obvious that the band felt the mood of the album needed some lightening, this song didn't really succeed in the attempt.
"Love Over Gold" is pleasant enough but doesn't add a great deal to the album. It does, however, fade into the highlight of the album, and, indeed, of Dire Straits' career: "It Never Rains".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What more could you ask for? 14 Oct 2000
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The price of this CD would be justified simply because of the opening track. Telegraph Road is an absolutely wonderful, imaginative, inventive, restless, adventurous and unforgettable epic. One of Dire Straits' defining masterpieces, its lyrics match the music, recounting the story of the rise and fall of an industrial town. Yet, there is more great music on here, as you would expect from a Dire Straits CD. Private Investigations is one of the Straits' best known songs, with those classic keys at the end, Love Over Gold is a touching love song and It Never Rains is another one of those wonderfully understated songs by the band. Industrial Disease is the weakest track on here but retains the Dire Straits characteristic of being tuneful and in fact is quite a witty and incisive song. Just take it tongue in cheek and you'll be all right (like you did with Les Boys from Making Movies). This album unusually saw Dire Straits drawn into delivering some overtly political songs, with both Telegraph Road and Industrial Disease providing Mark Knopfler with opportunities to comment on the industrial malaise Britain had found itself in at the time this album was made in the early 'eighties. If you let this put you off, however, I feel sorry for you. You would be missing out on what I regard as being one of the best albums of the 'eighties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar compositions. 29 Aug 2003
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Mark Knopfler obviously loves to write passacaglias - pieces of music that start with a very basic theme, played by only one or very few instruments and, often over repeated crescendos and slow-downs, increasing in volume and instrumentation to a rousing finale, performed by either all instruments or the instrumental lead "voice;" in Knopfler's case of course his trademark Fender Strat. "Brothers in Arms" has elements of a passacaglia, and so does "Speedway to Nazareth" on his 2000 solo release, "Sailing to Philadelphia." His greatest achievement though, not only in this regard, has to be "Telegraph Road," the opening track of "Love Over Gold." In a little over 14 minutes, the song rises from a simple opening melody, evoking the loneliness of that man walking along a deserted track at the beginning of the song's story, to a final guitar solo which is among the most ambitious and evocative pieces of music written by anyone in recent decades, anywhere and in any musical category. In between, there are no less than two other guitar solos, each of them over a minute long; dramatic centerpieces in their own right in any song but this one. And like the song's instrumentation, its lyrics trace the story of civilization from that one man walking along a track to a modern city, with six lines of traffic (three lines moving slow), unemployment, desolation and anger; so apparent in Knopfler's coarse vocals in the final verse and echoed with even greater force in the instrumental finale. Read more ›
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