I have always been a big fan of Dire Straits and followed Mark through his Notting Hillbillies Days too. I originally prchased this album when it was first released, but my inlaws borrowed it and I never saw it since. Having spent Xmas listening to it at their house, I purchased it again, and now, to have Mark playing his guitar through several hundred watts of set-up at home is truly incredible.
What makes this album so great is that it sounds great with the volume turned up high, or down low.
This is definitely Knopfler at his best.
The intro to El-macho still brings me back to Six blade knife, and its use in Desperado. There are a lot of nods to earlier straits songs, but these songs have evolved too.
In fact the whole album is like a journey through time of old songs evolving into what must be the best album Mark has made.