|1. Tunnel Of Love|
|2. Romeo & Juliet|
|4. Expresso Love|
|5. Hand in Hand|
|6. Solid Rock|
|7. Les Boys|
Albums to Buy in addition to this one.
ON EVERY STREET
ON THE NIGHT
LOVE OVER GOLD
SULTANS OF SWING
There are no bad songs and certainly no US radio hits ("Skateaway" being the closest) included. There are only 7 songs - so already, most exceed the standard 3:30 single. There is no reason to list the good songs, b/c it's all seven. Mark Knopfler is a master songwriter and guitarist. Jimmy Iovine's production is wonderful - and possibly his best ever.
I did convert my album to CD, but this was before the 'original recording remaster' version. I cannot speak to the quality of that version. The original CD version is ok, but I'm guessing the newer has a better quality transfer.
The strength of this work is really based on two songs..."Romeo and Juliet," and "Skateaway." Neither of which were bonafide top 40 hits to my knowledge. I have listened to "Romeo and Juliet" for my fourth time tonight and it is a song that is not to be tired of. "and all I do is miss your and the way we used to be / all I do is keep the beat and bad company / all I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme / Julie I'd do the stars with you any time." The song strikes the right balance of mood...blues, country, jazz, and poetry. It's an all-time wonderful tune, to be sure.
And then there is the fun of "Skateaway." Skateaway was the closest to a hit catching MTV early day play time. The song is less mood-inducing than "Romeo and Juliet," and more poppy, but not in a bad way. It rolls along with the fun lyrics, "she tortures taxi drivers just for fun / she like to read their lips / says toro toro taxi see ya tomorrow my son / I swear she let a big truck grease her hips."
This was before the overplayed Dire Straits days of "Money for Nothing," and the only Dire Straits CD that holds my interest. Mark Knopfler's guitar playing is impressive and catchy and holds a candle up to its influence...Nashville Blues. He has played with the likes of Chet Atkins. Not bad for a Brit when Brits usually pay homage to blues and not Nashville. The rest of the album is pretty solid with "Expresso Love," and "Hand in Hand," being standouts on their own rights.Read more ›