Dire Straits Love Over Gold Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Dire Straits Love Over Gold on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
Dire Straits Stretch Out With Extended, Ambitious Arrangements and Moody
Atmospherics: Love Over Gold Mesmerizes With Tension, Contrast, Interplay, and
Love Over Gold Includes the Epic "Telegraph Road" and Aching "Private
Investigations": Heartfelt Narrative Songs Steeped in Patience, Drama, Sadness,
Love Over Gold is all about contrast, tension, and crafty composition. Dire
Straits' fourth album finds the band continuing to evolve by welcoming
increasingly bold arrangements and exploring moody variations. Parts edgy and
sharp, and part seductive and relaxed, the five lengthy songs on Love Over Gold
sprawl out like a long, winding road cutting through a pastoral landscape. The
addition of a new rhythm guitarist, Hal Lindes, encourages deeper atmospheric
interplay while the presence of engineer Neil Dorfsman – his first appearance in
what would be a long string of collaborations with Mark Knopfler – ensures
stunning sonic properties that now come to life like never before.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD of Love
Over Gold teems with superb balances, front-to-back soundstages, and crystalline
purity. It brings forward previously obscured details, extra information, and
mastering-studio-quality transients. The distinctive textures of a host of
instruments – marimbas, acoustic and electric guitars, vibes, synthesizers –
further enhance the ambitiousness of the 1982 album.
On this audiophile disc, everything Knopfler does seemingly turn to gold.
Gearheads will hear the unique characteristics afforded by his use of a Mesa
Boogie Mark II guitar amplifier (soon again employed on Brothers in Arms) and
carefully chosen selection of Schecter Stratocasters, 1937 National steel
guitar, and Ovation six- and twelve-string models. Reference-level separation
and lifelike imaging place Knopfler and company in your room, while tube-like
warmth, spaciousness, and airiness causes the music to breathe anew. This SACD
will be in your rotation for months.
It doesn't take long to realize Love Over Gold is like no other Dire Straits
album – and a staunch proclamation of independence from a band that continued to
take longer creative strides with each successive project. Fearlessly extending
over metaphoric hills, valleys, and plains for nearly 14-and-a-half minutes, the
opening "Telegraph Road" is a guitar hero's dream and exhilarating showcase for
Lindes' give-and-take capabilities. In tandem with keyboardist Alan Clark,
Lindes provides the ideal foil for not only Knopfler but the long-time rhythm
section of bassist John Illsley and drummer Pick Withers.
Taking its time to arrive at destinations, the quintet paints evocative musical
and lyrical portraits steeped in patience, drama, and, often times, sadness.
Desolate emotions color the sweeping "Telegraph Road" and barren "Private
Investigations," which finds Knopfler in the role of a tired private eye
contemplating the emptiness and scars of his profession. Vocally, the Dire
Straits leader remains in top form throughout, his whiskey-coated rasp conveying
romantic ache, ongoing frustration, and what Rolling Stone beautifully deemed
"wracking schizophrenia between the heart and the heartless, the loving and the
Called Dire Straits' prog-rock statement, Love Over Gold is a classic that
defies labeling and avoids aging.
• 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. Telegraph Road
2. Private Investigations
3. Industrial Disease
4. Love Over Gold
5. It Never Rains