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Communiqué [Original recording remastered, Import]

Dire Straits Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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1. Once Upon A Time In The West
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5. Lady Writer
6. Angel Of Mercy
7. Portobello Belle
8. Single-Handed Sailor
9. Follow Me Home

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Recorded a mere nine months after their debut, Communique has often been written off as a mere carbon copy of the Dire Straits' first album featuring less compelling material. Recording took place in the Bahamas with top production team Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett and mixing at the famous Muscle Shoals studio; it consequently features a delicate and supremely balanced sound. Yet even Knopfler has said of this album that the tropical breezes made his song writing "lazy". Whilst being unnecessarily self-deprecating, this has an element of truth about it and at the same time is precisely what is so engaging about the album. It is true that Knopfler doesn't do as much to the songs he's written as on other albums--his guitar playing does not feature the same consistently bubbling energy of his work on the first album. But this gives a little more space for the rest of the band to shine. Pick Withers's drumming is especially hypnotic and David Knopfler's intuitive rhythm guitar interplay with his brother comes across well. Overall, the consistently dreamy atmosphere of the record is decidedly captivating, and the most fully realised tracks, particularly "Once Upon A Time In The West" and "Portobello Belle", are among their best-ever material. "Where Do You Think You're Going", a rather over-zealous attempt to imitate Bob Dylan, is the only song that seems somewhat out-of-place. This was the last album to feature the original Dire Straits line-up, with the departure of David Knopfler for a solo career shortly before the recording of Making Movies. --James Swift

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The best-selling albums from the greaatest artists on Warner Bros. have never sounded better than on their new Warner Remasters editions. State-of-the-art digitally remastered, each album sounds dramatically superior to its original CD release. In addition, the packaging returns each album to its original artwork and graphics.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars -- not bad at all! Aug. 30 2004
By C S M
Format:Audio CD
It's not their best, but still worth getting. I'd suggest getting this one before Love Over Gold or Making Movies (their two best ones), otherwise Communique will seem like a letdown. Portobello Belle is very nice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good songs -- but not their best July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Dire Straits in its early years was a rock guitar band highlighting Mark Knopfler's exquisite, rapid-fire guitar licks and off-beat, Dylanesque lyrics. "Communique" is similar but not as good as Dire Straits' exceptionally good first album. Two songs rise above the mundane to get to the almost-great category: "Angel of Mercy" and "Portobello Belle," a catchy little number with a honky-tonk piano in the foreground and Knopfler's guitar taking a back-bench for a change.
"Once Upon a Time in the West" is also a good tune with a loping Reggae-like beat, but I prefer the live version on "Alchemy" to this studio version. As a whole, "Communique" is a bit too laid back and unexciting to get a top rating--but I could listen to "Portobello Belle" all day long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated and a must have... April 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
'Communique' was unfairly criticised after the critical acclaim that the first one received. The first one is good but this one is also. It is the most underrated Dire Straits' album. A significant one for the band not just because it was the last one to feature the original lineup including David Knopfler; the group's personnel changed frequently thereafter.
All nine songs, whilst not among the very best or most famous of their work are very appealing and there are no duds here. Knopfler's story-telling provides an interesting scenario throughout. The recording location is powerful as well. Its a more laid-back sound and introduces keyboards which their first album did not have. 'Once Upon A Time in the West' features a reggae beat which the band rarely used.
Perhaps if they had a major hit single or radio faviourite from this one it would have performed better. 'Lady Writer' is most likely to have been released as a single. 'Single Handed Sailor' is another strong track from the album. It then gives way to the crashing of the waves which open the closing 'Follow Me Home' which is flawless.
All in all a solid effort from the group before they made it big, released at a time when punk and disco dominated the headlines. Almost 25 years later and this album - as is their debut album - is still a sound for all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good sophomore effort March 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Let's get to the point right away - this 2nd album by Dire Straits is not better than their debut. Particularly, because the songs are not so good. But yet it calmly flows along just fine, provides a handful of beautiful melodies, a striking guitar playing by Mark Knopfler, and all in all proves to be a 5 star record.
The sound of this album is made with 2 major influences. One, is that the band clearly wanted to make an album in the vein of their first. It gets very obvious in a number of songs, which sound like a rehash of songs from "Dire Straits" with different lyrics. This album starts with almost the same lone guitar licks, and ends in the same style with very calm and relaxed song ("Lions" in the debut and "Follow Me Home" here). "Where Do You Think You're Going?" is not without a taste of "Six Blade Knife". "Lady Writer" borrows a lot from "Sultans of Swing". But what the album lacks in originality, it gains back in soul with which this songs are performed. Another influence I'm talking of is Hawaiian. This album was recorded in the studio in Hawaii, and it shows in positive relaxed feeling to some songs, like "Communique", "Angel of Mercy", and gets to the most notable form in "Follow Me Home".
Along with this tropical feeling, the band introduced keyboards to their sound, that first can be heard in "Where Do You Think You're Going?". History proved it was a step in the right direction.
While this record doesn't hold your attention like "Dire Straits" does, I tend to judge it positively, because typically for Mark, it's done very tastefully. My favorite songs here are "News", "Where Do You Think You're Going?", "Lady Writer" and "Single-Handed Sailor". This album will be a good addition to any blues-rock fan collection. And Mark Knopfler's guitar playing is incredible, like it always was.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites. Aug. 2 2003
By Wes4Les
Format:Audio CD
Dire Straits other studio albums get more attention, but for some reason, I listen to this one the most. It is a brief record, nothing exciting, yet the music here is just so calming and satisfying. "Once Upon a Time" strides along Mark's Spanish-styled guitar-picking, "News" is a mournful, picture-esque ballad, "Lady Writer" resembles "Sultans of Swing" with it's bouncy lyrics and snappy guitar-riffs, "Single Handed Sailor" is as tuneful a song as Mark ever wrote. Perhaps because this album was recorded in the Bahamas, the music here has a laid-back, smooth sounding glide to it; from start to finish, it's almost seamless. I would give it five stars, if there was just a bit more energy to the proceedings. Probably this was the least "important" album they made, as they were obviously trying to capture or improve upon the feel of the first, popular album. To me, this one is a terrific, easy to listen to record; tasteful and appropriate anytime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid cd
This is Dire Straits second cd(lp). It's better than the debut overall. Some real good songs on here are Once Upon a time in the West, Angel of mercy, and Portobello belle. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by Kurt A. Ragsdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second effort
This album seems tighter than the first, although it wasn't near as popular - only the 'Sultans' copycat 'Lady Writer' seemed to get any radio airplay. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2003 by Joel Maye
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid
While there are no songs on this album that stand out like Dire Straits classics like Tunnel of Love, The Man's too Strong or Telegraph road, it is solid throughout without a... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2002 by Matt Powell
4.0 out of 5 stars I think it's their best
Admittedly the first record had 3 or 4 fabulous songs, but this is better and sounds much better. If it weren't for the absolutely bone dull title song, I'd give it a fifth star. Read more
Published on Aug. 6 2002 by G. Wallace
1.0 out of 5 stars Too bad you cant listen to it on your computer
This CD contains copy protection so that you cannot listen to it on a Mac or a PC.
Published on July 8 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their very best.
I originally bought this just because "Once Upon a Time in the West" has always been one of my favorite songs. Read more
Published on May 15 2002 by Doris Satterwhite
4.0 out of 5 stars The step before "Making....." it big
Looking at the cover of this album you recognize similes with the previous work; if you look at the track-list you'll find 9 tracks; and finally when you listen to the album you'll... Read more
Published on April 15 2002 by claudio carpentieri
5.0 out of 5 stars Single Handed Sailor
This album contains one of the most overlooked songs of Dire Straits, namely the one entitled 'Single handed sailor'. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2002 by Brian Mortensen
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