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Dire Straits Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00004Y6NW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

1. Down To The Waterline
2. Water Of Love
3. Settin' Me Up
4. Six Blade Knife
5. Southbound Again
6. Sultans Of Swing
7. In The Gallery
8. Wild West End
9. Lions

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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. Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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A Londres, en pleine explosion punk, Dire Straits sait faire entendre sa différence en remettant au goût du jour la notion de guitar hero. Le premier album du quatuor, sorti en 1978, doit en effet beaucoup de son charme au finger-picking électrique virtuose de Mark Knopfler, qui dit avoir adopté ce style par pure paresse, un jour où il avait égaré son médiator. Quoi qu'il en soit, la limpidité du son de Stratocaster du bonhomme, alliée à sa voix bourrue (l'école Dylan) et à une rythmique discrète, mais toujours swinguante, font des miracles. Manifestement fan du country-blues décontracté de J.J. Cale, l'aîné des Knopfler se révèle également un habile songwriter, qu'il célèbre une obscure mais méritante formation de jazz (l'irrésistible "Sultans Of Swing"), dissèque les relations amoureuses ("Six Blade Knife") ou brocarde les milieux artistiques ("In The Gallery"). Une sacrée carte de visite pour un groupe qu'on imaginait plus à l'époque remplir les pubs que les stades ! --Glenn Dale --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on Feb. 21 2003
Format: Audio CD
Electric guitar music touches a membrane deep inside me that seems to exist for the purpose of resonating this sound alone (the only thing that touches it even more strongly is if the guitar chords are paired with a truly unusual voice). I'm sure every lover of great guitar music knows what I am talking about. Ever since I discovered that membrane years ago, I have been on the look for that special sound; be it straightforward rock, blues or folk music. However, growing up in a time when the radio airwaves were flooded with either disco or punk, depending on what station you were listening to, it wasn't always easy to find. Then one day I heard "Sultans of Swing," and my membrane resonated - all the more because this was not only a great guitarist playing but also one of the most unique voices I'd heard in a while, and the musical style seemed to defy classification, too ... it was somewhere between rock and blues, but I wasn't sure what exactly to call it.
However you define their sound, though, listening to Dire Straits' self-titled debut album almost 25 years after its publication, it is still amazing how rounded and accomplished their style was even then.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kilgore on Jan. 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Sultans of Swing when it first came out on my car radio and couldn't figure out for the longest time who it was, darn DJ never said when it was over. I tracked it down and immediately bought the album and I have been a Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler fanatic since. One of my all-time favourite guitarists, he can play a mile a minute or slow and sweet. I have pretty well every album Knopler has produced with DS or solo and I have to say this is one of my absolute favorites, definitley rate it ahead of Brothers in Arms (the one that set them off on commercial success). Sultan's of Swing is the hit from the album but every song is good (Down to the Waterline is my personal favorite).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terry J. Hinkley on Jan. 17 2009
Format: Audio CD
Have you ever been asked "If you were ever banished to a desert island (With electricity of course)and could only take one cd or dvd etc with you. What would it be?" This album would be mine. I could never get bored of these songs. They are all unique and so very different from one another. Knopfler's guitar (Quoting from his own lyrics) cries and sings so wonderfully and he goes from rock riffs to country swing to pickin' and grinnin' so easily. You cannot keep still. Some part of your body is either tapping or swaying. His best work right from the get go. Mark Knopfler IS DIRE STRAITS no matter who is backing him up. He is the Genius behind every song. This album is the best of DS but the later works are fabulous too. He really set himself above the bar right from the start.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Dickmann on Nov. 16 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you want one Dire Straits cd, this is it. Sure, everybody loves "Sultans of Swing," but the real strength of this album is the first side. In fact, for Best Album Side, I'll nominate this right along with Rush's A-side on "Moving Pictures."
"Down to the Waterline" is vintage Knopfler, "Water of Love" and "Six Blade Knife" are pure, solid grooves, accented by excellent drum work by Pick Withers. "Setting Me Up" is irresistible. Avoid the overrated "Best Of" albums by Dire Straits. THIS album is their "Best Of."
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Format: Audio CD
To fully understand the impact Mark Knopfler made with his band Dire Straits, one have to recall the musical landscape of 1978. Punk-rock was on its peak of success. New musical directions like, new-wave, post-punk, industrial raised head. British heavy metal was gaining strength. And in the midst of such aggressive novelties Dire Straits offered very old-school music, basically a rhythm-n-blues, combined with a little country, a little art-rock, and plain old rock-n-roll. Who could have thought such an out-of-place album would be a huge success?
The key to the success is the ultimate perfection in everything, displayed in this record. Mark wrote perfect songs, the band made perfect arrangements, and they also played perfect! I won't be telling a secret, claiming that Mark Knopfler is perhaps one of ten greatest guitar-players of all time. Just listen to his calm riffing, emotional licks or solos that touch your soul, and you'll see what I mean. His playing style is instantly recognizable. This record generally sounds calm, melodic, sad, and introscope. It provides just the right amount of variety, with a faster "Setting Me Up" with a strong rock-n-roll feel, calm "Six Blade Knife", "Wild West End" and "Lions", a harder "In The Gallery", and bluesy melodic greatness of "Down to the Waterline" and "Sultans of Swing".
The album is created with perfect taste and plenty of soul to it. It comes highly recommended, and perhaps this is where your Dire Straits collection should start.
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