Dire Straits Making Movies Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid Stereo SACD
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Dire Straits Making Movies on Numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD from Mobile Fidelity!
Mastered From Original Master Tapes!
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, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD 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. Compared to all prior digital editions, this
disc features 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 SACD
is alone worth the price of admission. Crisp, rich, and balanced, the 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
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. Tunnel of Love
2. Romeo and Juliet
4. Expresso Love
5. Hand In Hand
6. Solid Love
7. Les Boys