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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
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • ASIN: B000024H9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Littlepig Littlepig on 12 May 2004
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In the current climate of artists squashing 16 songs on one release(plus a couple of "bonus" tracks), "Making Movies" at first sight looks like a half-hearted attempt at an album. But each of the tracks on here is a real gem, with as much thought put into the lyrics as the accompaniment. "Tunnel of Love" is an exhilarating ride on the rollercoaster of lust (the Spanish City is a fairground in Newcastle by the way) while "Hand in Hand" thuds to the crashing rythmn of an angry broken heart. "Les Boys" is perhaps the weakest song on the album, but an enjoyable, smoky ditty nonetheless... "Romeo & Juliet" is (in my opinion) the jewel in the crown - an explosive, heartfelt love song which anyone who listens to it will feel was written just for them to tell their story. "Making Movies" may perhaps have been overshadowed by "Brothers in Arms" and "Love over Gold" but it is nonetheless an effortlessly brilliant album, a must for anyone who enjoys good music that makes sense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nolan Harvey on 17 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
All of the previous reviewers are spot on! Tunnel of Love is my all time favourite Dire Straits. Lyrical genius and a beautifully crafted and deeply touching song of a bitter sweet encounter. One of the previous reviewers summed this album up nicely as quality not quantity in terms of the number of songs on the album. Highly recommended album. Will modern music ever see this sort of quality again?
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Sheikh VINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Makin' Movies" was the Dire Straits comeback album, following the relatively poor performance of their second LP, "Communique". Starting off a seven-song album with an eight minute song might seem like suicide, but all the tracks are so strong that such a bold move made sense.

The band had to re-invent themselves after a dodgy patch involving a half-empty second US tour and David Knopfler leaving half-way through the recording of this album. The results, though, were a real step up for the band. Mark Knopfler's songwriting moved into a completely different league to that on display on the previous two records. He'd also started taking control of the production with this album too. It's his vision from start to finish.

"Tunnel of Love", the eight-minute opener, moves around like one of the twisters he sings about. The long guitar solo ended up becoming a highlight of the live show and is still an example of how to write innovative guitar music. It's just a great song.

The commercial highlight comes early on in the form of "Romeo and Juliet", which was a successful Top Ten hit here in the UK. The lyrics are standard fare but the whole song works well. The dynamics are excellent, the ebb and flow help the story along.

"Skateaway" is a very American sounding early-eighties pop song. It was a single in the US, but listening to it now, it seems to be stuck in that time. There are some nice ideas (a strong melody, for a start) and Pick Withers' drumming is as impressive as ever.

"Expresso Love" is probably the most sexist song in Knopfler's notepad. There's some good riffing going on, but those lyrics...! "I was made to go with this girl just like the saxophone was made to go with the night." Hello? Just... NO!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in NYC in August 1980, Dire Straits' third album was released in October the same year to widespread critical acclaim. Mark Knopfler's brother David left during the recording sessions and remains un-credited (his already-recorded guitar parts were re-recorded by his brother), and pianist Roy Bittan gives many of the songs - the opener `Tunnel of Love' for instance - a fuller sound than the guitar-rock foursome who cut the first two albums.

The song-writing here is beginning to mature with more thoughtful arrangements especially evident on `Romeo and Juliet', an autobiographical tale written from a third-person perspective by Knopfler about a failed love affair and one of the band's most enduring songs.

All in all this is a minor classic from the 1980s and stands up well with this band's best work. From `Making Movies' Dire Straits started to achieve widespread international recognition leading to eventual `supergroup' status.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By emmanuel_thep@yahoo.com on 20 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is my favourite Dire Starits album ever. It is not immediate, but over time, I defy you to dispute its status as a classic. Every song is a revelation, and it is perhaps the most satisfying and consistent of all their albums. 'Hand in Hand' is a highpoint, so too is 'Tunnel of Love'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Matthew R. Meyrick on 3 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
I suppose any die-hard Dire straits fan will tell you brothers in arms is Dire Straits best album, but i have always prefered this one. Yes, i suppose you could say this is more commercial than BIA, but every song on this album with the exception(predictably!) of Les boys, paints a wonderful picture in your mind and as the song develops, so does the picture. Very few albums have had this affect on me. Making the best movies!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK! on 9 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD
With so many 4/5 star reviews there is not much I can add other than say that this is one of those albums I could not be without in my collection......in the kitchen, in the bedroom, in the car.....on a desert island.

I love this track but, for me, the true gem is this one.
Whatever the lyrics, some words have definitely been uttered before.

.....'And there's a place for us, you know the movie song
When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?'
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