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Dire Straits [Original recording remastered, Import]

Dire Straits Audio CD
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By the mid-'80s Dire Straits were a platinum band dismissed in their native England as safe, yuppie rockers, yet the original quartet's lean, guitar-driven music struggled to find a label home when first recorded in 1978. Mark Knopfler offers craggy vocals, literate blues-based songs, and sinuous, virtuosic guitar work. He melds keening solo lines and rapidly picked fills and dodges the synth washes and postpunk power chords of then-competing new wavers; he relies on atmosphere, character, and pure musicianship intead of heavy irony or pop fashion. "Sultans of Swing," codifies this stance, a galloping paean to aging jazz musicians playing for the sheer love of the music. This became a major hit and has endured as a radio classic. The album itself has proven equally sturdy thanks to cinematic imagery and the tightly wound arrangements of "Down to the Waterline," "Six Blade Knife," and "Water of Love." --Sam Sutherland

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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and genre-defying. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Bricktop TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This review is specifically for ASIN:B003OTLVAW - the Japanese SHM-SACD release of Dire Straits debut.

I only have two complaints about this release.
1) The price
2) No multi-channel mix

That's it. What else could you complain about? I have never heard S/T sound so good, from the opening track right through, this SHM-SACD delivers. Brilliantly open and natural highs particularly in the cymbals and hi-hat, defined and precise lows, Mark's guitar sounds simply incredible and the vocals are more cohesive than the SACD of Brothers In Arms, perhaps because the source material is on a better medium?

I wish North America had these releases domestically, because everyone deserves the chance to hear how good this SACD is but at $55+ it will not help high resolution adoption at all.

If you are on the fence about the SHM-SACD's because you're not sure about the cost and the fidelity, this isn't a bad option to take a chance on. These aren't priced in a range where I could order a few a month, but I definitely don't regret having this one in my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong at this price Feb. 3 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I paid $5 for this CD, so when you consider that it's a seminal album and remastered to boot, there is no downside!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comment on remaster quality Nov. 30 2011
Format:Audio CD
I'll only take a minute to comment on the recording quality of this particular remaster, since the album itself has often been commented on. Having somewhat of an esoteric high end audio system, I can attest to the quality of this CD. Had been putting off buying the Japan import on SACD, since I thought the price was out of reason.

I'm very glad to have gone with this one after all, exceptional quality remaster, deep sounstage, almost analogue sounding guitar and percussions, proper focus and presence of voices and all instruments. I highly recommend this version for anyone looking to get a fine example, at a down to earth price. My CD collection comprises 500+ SACD's, so I know just how much of a superior medium it is over the CD layer. But this regular CD remaster truly is worthy of top shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desert Island Disc 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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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Dire Straits get this album Jan. 5 2004
By Kilgore
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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5.0 out of 5 stars cd
very good cd
Published 10 days ago by Claude Couillard
5.0 out of 5 stars First and the best - live, too
I first heard this recording in the summer of '78 - I was a guitar-playing college student in Boston and I had to find out how that Stratocaster sounded so good! Read more
Published on May 25 2004 by B. P. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent to the last note!
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. Read more
Published on March 8 2004 by Ilya Malafeyev
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional first album
I was prepared to give this CD four stars instead of five. It's just four guys -- no keyboards, no brass, none of the drama and classy instrumentation of later Dire Straits. Read more
Published on Dec 21 2003 by Smallchief
4.0 out of 5 stars Dream from Poland
Mark Knopfler and the bank members always have been the Dream in Poland. I think about looking and feeling the 'Sultans Of Swing' at the live show in Poland. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by "vortha"
5.0 out of 5 stars What a start to a band's career...
As many other reviewers have said, this is quite simply Dire Straits' most enduring album. It still holds up well almost 30 years after many of the songs were penned. Read more
Published on May 10 2003 by "kiwimuzo"
5.0 out of 5 stars An Old guitar is all he can afford....
It is so hard to believe that this was a late '70s record. Unlike a lot of the overblown rock by bands like the Stones, The Who, and Zeppelin, here was a band that was extremly... Read more
Published on March 21 2003 by Eric E. Weinraub
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