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Communique Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (July 29 1983)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000IHE3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
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1. Once Upon a Time in the West
2. News
3. Where Do You Think You're Going
4. Communique
5. Lady Writer
6. Angel of Mercy
7. Portobello Belle
8. Single Headed Sailor
9. Follow Me Home

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Digitally remastered edition of their second album, a top 20record when originally released in 1979. Nine tracks,including 'News', 'Lady Writer' and 'Communique'. 1996Mercury Records release.

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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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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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. While I'm not a fond of 'Once Upon a Time in the West' as the others, the album is a good solid play all the way through - no getting up to skip any songs. The counterpoint guitar and solo of 'News' is beautiful, and listen for some wonderfully subtle volume pedal work. The beginning guitar licks of 'Where Do You Think You're Going?' blend perfectly with the ending of 'News'. 'Communique' is a bouncy unpretentious song the revolves around a great little Strat riff - some find it monotonous as it seldom leaves A major, but it works for me. 'Lady Writer' has better-than-it-deserves guitar work, but seems a bit derivative of 'Sultans of Swing'. 'Angel of Mercy' shifts the gears back down to where Dire Straits is at their best - mid-tempo blues/rock. 'Portobello Belle' reintroduces Mark's steel guitar work, although in a simpler manner than 'Wild West End' 'Single-Handed Sailor' took a couple of listens to get into, but is another better-than-it-first-seems tunes. 'Follow Me Home' - well, if it fell off the album I wouldn't miss it, but it's not bad enough to skip.
David left the band after this album, suddenly they were famous, and became "Springsteen-ized" by Jimmy Iovine on Making Movies, so they would never again have this sound again. Shame - I liked the old Dire Straits better.
PS - and to the reviewer who gave the album 0 stars because he couldn't play it on his PC - what does the inablity to play it on a PC or Mac have to do with the quality of the material? How lame...
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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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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 say "They are Dire Straits I heard on the 1st work". The malicious persons told that "Communiquè" is the exact copy of Dire Straits homomymous debut, but I say it's not a true copy, but another masterpiece like "Dire Straits" was (and it is!!). The album was recorded under the watchful eyes of old foxes like Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett, and under the hottest sun of Bahamas' Islands, who characterized the singular radiance of the whole work. "Once Upon A Time In The West" reveals the Mark's inclination for the western atmospheres (who'll become clear with "Local Hero" soundtrack);"Portobello Belle" follows the city-tour started with "Lions" and "Wild West End"; "Communiquèe" cites the young Mark's journalistic style (do you know that in the end of 60's wrote on the Yorkshire Evening Post?), and "News" (who'll be dedicated during the Making Movies tour, for the J. Lennon's Death!!) one of the most intimist self-confessions of. M.K.. Communiquè shows in his limpidity a strange aspect of the society, nothing to do with the punk-movement; a well-educated group who gives prominence to his aspirations and interests, conscious not to be part of a privileged class. Knopfler's songwriting is more abstract than on the debut-lp, stories are less burning and just a little bit barely perceptible. Do you want to know why "Lady Writer" and "Where do you think you're going" where published on the same single" Discover why I consider this album the right step before "Making......." it big.
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