Love Over Gold
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Love Over Gold

3 Jun 1996

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  Song Title
Telegraph Road
Private Investigations (Album Version)
Industrial Disease
Love Over Gold
It Never Rains

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  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 1982 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 41:13
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  • ASIN: B001KV6OQ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,820 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 8 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stellar compositions. 29 Aug 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for one track
Really good remastering of one of the last great albums from before the CD revolution.

Side 2 is very good with the most unlikely single Private Investigations ( in the... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pipehugger
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality
A must have C.D This deserves to be played through a good proper Hi-Fi system and its mind blowing quality .
Published 7 days ago by melvinolotus
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of mood, stridence and plain good rock
For me, this is Dire Straits at their towering best. There are just five songs but every one earns its place. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter Sandlee
4.0 out of 5 stars Sublime and shouldn't be overshadowed by Brothers In Arms
For me, this album is essential for any Dire Straits fan, or for any fan of good guitar playing. For that matter, I think it should have a place in the CD collection of any... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TheProf
5.0 out of 5 stars Never fail
Mark and the guys, have been at the top of my likes/loves for many years when it come to class listening. xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxxx
Published 3 months ago by roadie33
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
This is a Chhristmas present but I am sure my husband will love it since he is a fan of Dire Straits
Published 4 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Love over Gold, or art over pop-appeal?
Containing just five numbers, Dire Straits' fourth album release from September 1982 remains one of their most highly regarded and enduring. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Guardian
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
EOne of the essential albums in a nightclub that boasts of being so. No waste any of the discs of this missing group. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Zazo
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Dire Straits
Arguably their finest hour, this is a solid Dire Straits album. While it doesn't have the iconic songs of some of the other albums, it stands out as a whole. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jan Patrik SahlstrÝm
5.0 out of 5 stars Whey Hi
Geordie Rock at it's best.
This album finally showed Knopflers genius and dire straits went on to greater things but never bettered.
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer Clifford
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