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Making Movies 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: B00004Y6NX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
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1. Tunnel Of Love
2. Romeo & Juliet
3. Skateaway
4. Expresso Love
5. Hand in Hand
6. Solid Rock
7. Les Boys

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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 Platinum by the RIAA. (7/01)


Making Movies is Dire Straits's third album and includes several epic numbers that remain among Mark Knopfler's finest work. "Tunnel of Love, " "Romeo And Juliet" (covered by the Indigo Girls), and "Solid Rock" all work with the same distinctive galloping rhythm underneath Knopfler's country-blues staccato guitar. The addition of Springsteen's E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan hardly seems less a coincidence considering the Springsteen-esque tone of the material. --Rob O'Connor

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After 12 months spent touring between U.S.A. and Europe, - and David Knopfler's departure -(who recorded a "Solid Rock" version published on "Ridin' High" soundtrack), the remaining of Dire Straits gave birth to their 3rd records.
Seven astonishing songs who revealed the true capacities of the group; not more J.J. Cale blues, a faded postcard forgotten on a Caribbean Island, neither dylanian musical inflexions, a keepsake that can't be able to represent the ambitions o f Mark&co., but the will of becoming a mainstream rock'n roll band was admired by everyone. The imaginativeness Mark Knopfler's creativity moves through the liquid and sparkling style of his guitar, making us discovering he doesn't rest on his own laurels. Songs like "Tunnel of love" (a greatest 80's lovestory), "Expresso love" (electric rock that blends love with coffee!), and "Solid Rock" (a pressing rock who tell you what rock'n roll in the 80's was), are the jewels that follow the high road led in the first two albums. The love ballads "Romeo and Juliet" and "Hand in Hand" let grow up the level of gratification for this album and clearing up that Mark is (and going to be) one of the greatest songwriters of all the times (sorry mr. Lennon/Mc Cartney, Jagger/ Richards,etc....) that knows the magical key to make a charming and fascinating songs.
The thrilling "Skateway": where the music becomes epic and the Knopfler's style rise to incredible expressive levels.
A great deal of people glimpse a compromise between business reasons and condescendence for the lovestory, but what i see is an excellent final result, with a portentous biz impact.
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Making Movies is the only Dire Straits album that truly delivers on the band's potential to be one of rock's greatest. No endless guitar noodling, no aimless, endless instrumental passages - just some of the pithist lyrics ever written about romance, set to music that could hail a pharoah!
Although "Tunnel Of Love" and "Romeo & Juliet" are usually acknowledged to be the album's standout tracks, my personal favorites are "Skateaway" and "Solid Rock." These songs celebrate the simplicity and tactical wisdom of keeping one's emotions at a fair distance from everyone else - and yourself.
Roy Bittan's keyboards allow Mark Knopler to focus and condense the song structures here - much as he would do on Bob Seger's 1982 release, The Distance."Solid Rock" is the best Chuck Berry song I've ever heard that wasn't written by Chuck himself! The risk-taking protagonist of "Skateaway" is a direction tha would be more sucessfully addressed on Love Over Gold in 1982, but the guitar riff's breakneck pace draws us into the scene anyway. Even the semingly camp "Les Boys" reminds us that there all KINDS of risks to be taken in life.
This is one of the 10 best albums of the 1980's, and should be heard by anyone who has a love for literate, insightful words married to breakneck barrom music!
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This album forms , along with "Dire Straits" ( their very first ) and "Communiqué" , the trilogy that defines the first stage of Dire Straits ' music : songs almost exclusively built around the "London blues" state of mind that Mark Knopfler and Co. captured , developed and expressed with such artistry and mastery.
Knopfler's Dylan-esque voice , his unique guitar sound , or , better said , the guitar-voice tandem , so magnificently coupled together that one is part of the other , defined this early period . The three albums mentioned above were characterized also by the fact that one song in each stands clearly above the rest , which doesn't mean that the other songs were not good . Far from that , but there was ONE special song , one that would become a classic , one you couldn't forget after the very first listening.
In the first album , that song was , obviously , "Sultans of swing" ; in the second album it was "Angel of Mercy" ; and for the third album , Making Movies , Knopfler gives us the magnificent ( to me the best of all three ) " Tunnel of love " .
As "Sultans of Swing" and "Angel of Mercy" , "Tunnel of love" is a true tour-de-force , a vertiginous ride through different states of mind , emotions and feelings , alternating quick passages with slow , paused ones , and heading towards an exhilarating and frantic end . This is the kind of composition in which Knopfler feels like a fish in water : alternating the blues of love-lost times with the sudden happiness of new emotions and the discovery of love , "Tunnel of love" delivers it all . Plus his guitar paints some of the most beautiful notes and chords ever composed or played for and by this instrument .
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Dire Straits hit the ground running with their self-titled debut album. The brilliant "Sultans of Swing" suggested genius in both leader Mark Knopfler's songwriting ability as well as his unique, lyrical guitar style. "Communiqué" - the hurriedly slapped together follow-up - was clearly an attempt to cash in quickly on what worked so well the first time out; the only elements that succeed are the ones that blatantly imitate the superior first disc.
With "Making Movies", however, a profound sense of maturation made its presence felt. This is surely Dire Straits' finest hour, a collection of cinematic songs that created a renewed vision and provided further depth to the band's ability to tell great stories and rock out while doing so. All of the songs are first-rate: the yearning "Romeo and Juliet" stands among the finest compositions of Knopfler's career; "Solid Rock" and "Expresso Love" are as explosive as anything Dire Straits has produced before or since.
Best of all, to my ears, is the stunning opener "Tunnel of Love". It seems that the departure of rhythm guitarist David Knopfler freed brother Mark's creative juices considerably, allowing him to pen a song that manages to top "Sultans of Swing". This masterful epic runs the gamut of emotions - thrilling, sad, triumphant and bittersweet - employing the imagery of a carnival amusement as a metaphor for first love: when you're riding high it's ecstasy, but the ride eventually comes to an end. The heartbreaking solo that closes out the tune has to be one of the greatest moments in the recorded history of electric guitar.
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