Dire Straits Dire Straits Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Dire Straits Dire Straits on Numbered Limited
Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Dire Straits' Self-Titled 1978 Debut Distinguished by Jazz-Inflected Mix of
Folk, Blues, Country, and Rock: Guitarist Mark Knopfler Displays Uncanny
Precision, Intricacy, and Texture
Breakout Dire Straits Album Includes "Sultans of Swing" and "Down to the
Waterline": Band's Shuffles, Boogies, and Ballads Spark With Crispness,
Dire Straits' arresting self-titled debut arrived in the midst of punk's reign
but couldn't have been further removed from the era's slash-and-burn style.
Recorded in West London in February 1978, the band's tasteful, jazz-inflected
set embraces folk, blues, and pub rock while also tracing a direct line back to
the beat-oriented sound of early rock n' roll. Country and roots accents further
distinguish the British quartet's stripped-down music from any 1970s peers, as
does the transparent production, which has remained revered among audiophiles
the world over – and which has never been better in digital than on this
meticulous hybrid SACD.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered,
limited-edition SACD version of Dire Straits features natural tonalities, superb
balances, you-are-there imaging, deep-black backgrounds, and pristine clarity.
Even if you've heard this album hundreds of times before, you've never
experienced it with such lifelike sonics and premium richness. This collector's
set immerses you within the smoky, laidback atmospherics of every song. This is
how all discs should sound.
Crucial to every arrangement, Mark Knopfler's winding guitar lines emerge with
supreme transparency and multi-hued textural detail. His intricate playing comes
across as if it's being transmitted via his 60s-era Fender Vibrolux amplifier
placed right before you. The cleanliness, dimensions, and live feel are that
good. Rhythms skate and swirl; percussive effects resonate with crispness and
attack; the leading edges of notes naturally decay.
Dire Straits' strong, well-edited batch of original material further enhances
the overall enjoyment and makes the record one whose pleasures go far beyond the
organic sonics. Just as Knopfler's narratives pour forth with poetic and
surrealist texts, the musical settings – an intoxicating combination of
easygoing shuffles, back-hall boogies, and pop-honed ballads – mirror the
old-fashioned soulfulness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and
early 60s. The lyrics are equally captivating.
Drawing from his time as a youth in Newcastle, Leeds, and London, Knopfler
invests tunes with an autobiographical slant and emotional connectivity that
become obvious the moment he opens his mouth to sing. "Down to the Waterline,"
"Wild West End," and "Lions" all feature colloquial touches that add to their
reach. By extension, "In the Gallery" functions as a tribute to Leeds sculptor
Harry Phillips (father of future Knopfler collaborator, Steve Phillips) while
the record's breakout smash, "Sultans of Swing," pays homage to struggling bar
Through it all, Dire Straits performs with a subtle cool and clever poise that
no band ever matched. Just how good is the chemistry? Bob Dylan heard the
quartet and invited Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on Slow Train
Coming. But even Dylan himself didn't hear Dire Straits sound this magnetic back
in its original heyday. Now, everyone can.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 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!
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Down to the Waterline
2. Water of Love
3. Setting Me Up
4. Six Blade Knife
5. Southbound Again
6. Sultans of Swing
7. In the Gallery
8. Wild West End