Dire Straits Making Movies Numbered Limited Edition 45rpm 180g 2LP
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Dire Straits Making Movies on Numbered Limited Edition
180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes & Pressed at RTI!
Dire Straits Expand Musical Framework and Come Into Own on Making Movies:
Co-Produced by Jimmy Iovine, Thematic Album Soars With Personal Songwriting and
Bruce Springsteen Pianist Roy Bittan, Mark Knopfler's Guitar Playing, and
Passionate Performances Turn Making Movies Into a Classic: Includes "Romeo and
Juliet," "Tunnel of Love," "Solid Rock"
Making Movies marks a magnificent turning point in Dire Straits' career.
Considered by many fans to be the group's most complete album, the 1980 set
witnesses leader Mark Knopfler greatly expanding his songwriting palette and
setting his storytelling amidst more complex, involving arrangements. Dire
Straits also benefits from crucial contributions from Bruce Springsteen pianist
Roy Bittan and the departure of rhythm guitarist David Knopfler. The songs spark
with a mιlange of poetry, passion, and cohesion that engages the senses and begs
to be experienced again and again.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's
180g 45RPM 2LP set of Making Movies breathes with reference-caliber airiness,
spaciousness, dynamics, and separation. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Knopfler,
the record which contains many Springsteen-esque elements features the
cleanliness and clarity that have long been Dire Straits trademarks. The
extra-wide 45RPM grooves on this edition provide previously unattainable detail,
information, and soundstaging. This is what audiophile recordings are all about.
You know you're in the presence of sonic greatness as soon as the first few
seconds of the opening "Tunnel of Love" pass, as the introductory passage built
on organ and piano new additions to Dire Straits' palette intertwine with
the unmistakable coil-spring twang of Knopfler's guitar. The three-dimensional,
full-bodied presentation of the latter instrument on this Mobile Fidelity LP is
alone worth the price of admission. Crisp, rich, and balanced, the analog sound
brings Knopfler's Fender Vibrolux and Music Man HD130 amplifiers into your room.
The romanticism of Bittan's piano, precision timekeeping of drummer Pick
Withers, and steady roll of bassist John Illsley come across with similar
potency, scale, and verve.
Always more about the whole than the sum of their individual parts, Dire Straits
demonstrate that while Knopfler is the lynchpin, this record is a true band
effort. Bittan's role cannot be overstated. His melodicism poetically
complements Knopfler's subtle staccato rhythms and more than makes up for the
exit of David Knopfler. Expansive and cinematic, the aptly titled Making Movies
puts a premium on interrelated subjects (love, relationships, heartbreak) and
deep-seated emotions that play out in heartfelt lyrics, intense singing, and
epic frameworks. Everything clicks.
The album's power isn't lost on Iovine, who later told Rolling Stone: "The right
people were in the room together. It really was making a record in the pure
sense of the term. The whole thing sounds like one song. But you what that is?
That's the writing, the guy who wrote it. He wrote the album like that; he
wanted to make the album like that."
Indeed, the first five tracks "Tunnel of Love," "Romeo and Juliet," "Skateaway,"
"Expresso Love," "Hand in Hand" comprise a mini-suite united by theme,
harmony, and spirit. Every member of the newly configured Dire Straits has a say
in the shaping of the material. There's not a note out of place. Iovine and
Knopfler's standout production puts it over the top.
Numbered, Limited Edition
Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered From Original Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI
1. Tunnel of Love
2. Romeo and Juliet
4. Expresso Love
5. Hand In Hand
6. Solid Love
7. Les Boys