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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality
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...
Published on 17 July 2009 by Nolan Harvey

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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Make-up and a bad wig...
Making Movies, the ORIGINAL album, is, as many other reviewers have commented, a much underrated classic. I could bang on for hours about the superb lyrical quality, the rough simplicity, and the sheer brilliance that just oozes from every note, but others have done that.

This review is about the current CD (1996). I wouldn't normally bother, but ten years...
Published on 26 July 2006 by Simonm


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality, 17 July 2009
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Nolan Harvey "Mi Babi" (Staffs, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Making Movies (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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality over Quantity, 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're Back..., 5 Sep 2000
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This review is from: Making Movies (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!

That track is followed by greatness: "Hand in Hand". "Romeo & Juliet" may have made the charts, but "Hand in Hand" has got great lyrics (Elmore James' influence shown in the opening line, blues fans!), brilliant playing and from start to finish is a powerful and emotional piece of writing.

"Solid Rock" probably states most clearly Mark Knopfler's vision of the band. Strip away all the glitz and glamour and you have a band that is really determined to make it. And after the two albums that followed this, you couldn't argue with that vision.

The final track "Les Boys" is fairly funny, but seems to be hindered by Knopfler's lack of confidence in this area. Knopfler seems to be confused as to whether to ham it up or tone it down and the song itself crosses the line between humour and offence.

Overall, the concepts, sounds and songwriting are beyond what Knopfler could have achieved just twelve months before and the prominence of the keyboards really lifts the whole set. The attitude and character shown here is what gives that album four rather than three stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dire Straits Best moment, 20 Nov 2000
This review is from: Making Movies (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dice were loaded from the start......, 9 Aug 2013
This review is from: Making Movies (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REEL MUSIC, 16 Feb 2013
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James N. Boyce (BURY ST EDMUNDS,SUFFOLK) - See all my reviews
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Dire Straits Making Movies album from 1980 is their defining statement and their best ever album. Listening to it after all these years hasn't dulled it's magnificence, and despite the out of place Les Boys it's a wonderful and timeless album. The sprawling Tunnel Of Love begins proceedings with great aplomb and it doesn't let up there, the sensitive Romeo And Juliet keeps standards high and Skateaway soars also,a brilliantly rhythmic track and probably my favourite on the album. The original side two kicks off with the rocking Expresso Love and the lovely Hand In Hand, then the fastest song on the album Solid Rock speeds Dire Straits towards the anticlimax of Les Boys and it's cabaret nonsense, it's silly and daft and harmless enough, but a stronger song would have made Making Movies a complete masterpiece other than just a brilliant album, which it is..:)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 4 Feb 2013
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JMP Scott (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Like all Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler albums, this was excellent. He's touring the UK again in May, so get your tickets while you can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album... well most of it, 6 Jan 2013
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Great fun album with some classic tracks. Not sure about Les Boys though, just doesn't seem to fit in with the other tracks at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, 4 Jan 2013
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Miss M Lacey (Cheltenham, Glos, GB) - See all my reviews
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I had forgotten just how brilliant this CD is. There is hardly a bad track on it, and most of them are reall classics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia, 6 Dec 2012
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Heard a track from this old album on ther car radio and wanted it! Arrived within 3 days by post and haven't stopped playing it yet!
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