Dire Straits Communique Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Dire Straits Communique on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Smooth, Effortless, Relaxed, Tuneful, and Deceivingly Simple: Dire Straits'
Communique Teems With Technical Perfectionism, Southern-Styled Grooves, and
Mark Knopfler's Mesmerizing Textures, Intricate Lines, and Crisp Tones Pair With
Engaging Storytelling and Tight Rhythms: Every Song an Example of Understated
The performances on Dire Straits' Communique are so smooth and effortless, they
were originally criticized for replicating the blueprints of the band's breakout
debut. Time, however, has a way of changing perspectives and exposing the truth.
More than 35 years after its original release in June 1979, Communique
rightfully takes its place as the group's most underrated record – a nine-track
set spiked with engaging storytelling, relaxed vibes, and deceiving simplicity.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered,
limited-edition hybrid SACD of Communique elevates Dire Straits' sophomore album
to an even higher plane. Recorded in the Bahamas by Muscle Shoals veterans Barry
Beckett and Jerry Wexler, the songs benefit from a laidback approach that makes
guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler and company's stellar playing seem even more
fluent – particularly when experienced on this collector's version.
Knopfler's mesmerizing guitar textures and composed vocals appear as if they're
right in front of you, holding court amidst expansive soundstages and deep-black
backgrounds. Details, imaging, and presence are on a level associated with the
finest audiophile recordings. You'll be hard-pressed to find another SACD with
cleaner, pinpoint-accurate tones. Mobile Fidelity's SACD also brings into
transparent view Knopfler's seemingly perfect intricate lines as well as the
simpatico accompaniment from his band mates. Whole, lively, and balanced, the
bass and drums arrive with a solidity rarely heard on albums of this era.
Communique has truly never sounded better.
Of course, the audiophile sonics mean little if the artistic content is lacking.
Needless to say, Dire Straits' technical perfectionism and creative elan prevail
throughout. Knopfler's penchant for sketching cynical characters is further
developed on moody tracks like "Where Do You Think You're Going" and "News,"
while Wexler's presence at the boards ensures the band keeps the rhythms extra
tight. The quartet's low-key blues and swampy, Southern-styled grooves turn
every song into an exercise in understated virtuosity.
Refusing to give into excess, magnetic tunes such as "Lady Writer" and "Angel of
Mercy" split a fine line between insinuating and insisting. The group shows off
a combination of control, virtuosity, and tunefulness that harkens back to a
rock n' roll's classic period while also pointing the way ahead. Need
indisputable evidence of Dire Straits' compositional strengths? Cue up the
closing "Follow Me Home" on this pressing and get lost amidst the peacefulness
of the gentle surf and chirping crickets that frame the song. Heavenly.
The sequence serves as additional proof that Communique remains one of the
best-sounding rock records ever made.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Once Upon A Time In the West
3. Where Do You Think You're Going?
5. Lady Writer
6. Angel of Mercy
7. Portobello Belle
8. Single-Handed Sailor
9. Follow Me Home