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DIRE STRAITS Dire Straits (Original Master Recording limited edition Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 9-track double album 2-LP, mastered by Krieg Wunderlich on the Gain 2 Ultra Analog System, specially plated and pressed on 180-gram High-Definition Vinyl cut at 45RPM. Heavyweight gatefold picture sleeve with original cover artwork, individually gold-foil numbered and sealed inside its perforated loose bag. The ultimate analogue reference of their 1978 debut album!)

TRACKLISTING AND EXTRA INFORMATION
A JAZZ-INFLECTED MIX OF FOLK, BLUES, COUNTRY, AND ROCK: MARK KNOPFLER DISPLAYS UNCANNY PRECISION, INTRICACY, AND TEXTURE

1/4" / 15 IPS analog master to DSD 256 to analog console to lathe

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 than on this meticulous pressing.

Side One
1. Down to the Waterline
2. Water of Love

Side Two
1. Setting Me Up
2. Six Blade Knife
3. Southbound Again

Side Three
1. Sultans of Swing
2. In the Gallery

Side Four
1. Wild West End
2. Lions

Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP 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 numbered-edition collector's set immerses you within the smoky, laidback atmospherics of every song. This is how all vinyl 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. His bandmates, too, benefit from the extra groove space afforded by this 45RPM edition. 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 Knoplfer collaborator, Steve Phillips) while the record's breakout smash, "Sultans of Swing," pays homage to struggling bar bands.

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.

Artist - Dire Straits (click link for complete listing)
Title - Dire Straits (click link for more of the same title)
Year of Release - 2019
Format - 2-LP vinyl record set (Double LP Album)
Record Label - Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Catalogue No - MFSL2-466 (click link for more)
Country of Origin - USA
Language - Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Audiophile – This is an Audiophile item. Click link for similar items
Additional info - Sealed, Picture Sleeve
Barcode - 821797246613
Condition - Factory sealed from new. This item is unplayed. Click here for more info.
RareVinyl.com Ref No - DIR2LDI764344
Alternative Names - Dire Straights.
Related Artists - Brendan Croker, Brewers Droop, Chris White, David Knopfler, John Illsley, Mark Knopfler, The Notting Hillbillies.

GENRES
Rock.

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