Dire Straits — Dire Straits

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Mastered from Original Tapes on 180g Vinyl + Digital download

Dire Straits’ 1978 debut album is now available on 180-gram audiophile-quality vinyl, remastered from the original analogue and digital masters by noted engineers Bernie Grundman and Bob Ludwig.

This first album from Dire Straits is all laid-back Jazz-inflected rock, featuring some virtuoso guitar work from Mark Knopfler on cuts like Sultans of SwingDown to the Waterline and Southbound Again.

This fresh pressing of Dire Straits’ breakthrough debut record breathes new life into a classic!

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These guys were decidedly out of step with the punk and disco that was swirling around them in 1978, which made the first album from Dire Straits sound like nothing else released that year. The best comparison I’ve heard for Dire Straits’ first album was, “the mid-1970s work of Eric Clapton and JJ Cale – and most of all, Eric Clapton covering JJ Cale.”  Dire Straits’ self-titled debut went on to become certified double-platinum in both the United States and the UK.

Side 1:

  1. Down to the Waterline
  2. Water of Love
  3. Setting Me Up
  4. Six Blade Knife
  5. Southbound Again

Side 2:

  1. Sultans of Swing
  2. In the Gallery
  3. Wild West End
  4. Lions

One of the finest fingerstyle guitarists around, Mark Knopfler soars on Dire Straits’ self-titled debut album. From the get-go, he shows himself to be one of rock’s most lyrical guitarists — holding back more than he shreds. As a songwriter, Knopfler embraces a sort of British version of what we would call “heartland rock,” and the first album from Dire Straits is full of French kisses on the quayside and trumpet playin’ bands “way on down south of London town.” If you want to geek out a littler further on his one-of-a-kind style, check out this cool video of Mark Knopfler on guitars.

Dire Straits:
John Illsley (Bass)
Pick Withers (Drums)
Mark Knopfler (Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals)
David Knopfler (Rhythm Guitar

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